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Midnight Alibi (1934)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 14 July 1934 (USA)
A gambler hides out for some gangsters in an old lady's house. Later he's arrested for murder but the old woman provides him with an alibi by saying he was with her on the night of the murder.

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Lance McGowan / Robert Anders
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Joan Morley
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A gambler hides out for some gangsters in an old lady's house. Later he's arrested for murder but the old woman provides him with an alibi by saying he was with her on the night of the murder.

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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When Lance (Richard Barthelmess) wants to visit Joan (Ann Dvorak), he tells his driver to go to the Crosland Apartments. Alan Crosland is the film's director. See more »

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When Joan is prone on the couch talking to Lance, the position of her arms, folded in front of her, changes between shots. See more »

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Summer Is Over
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Played occasionally in the score
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Guys and Doilies
17 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

A real First National oddity, in that it's mostly a Damon Runyon comedy, part of a mini-Runyon wave then in Hollywood ("Lady for a Day," "Little Miss Marker"), but it's also a historical romance. There's a lengthy, sentimental flashback to 1880s New York, where the Sky Masterson-ish Barthelmess plays a different character altogether, a glum office boy romancing the boss's daughter. (He looks 30 years too old, and he's not the most natural Runyon hero in the modern sequences, either.) The screenwriter has the right ear for Runyonese, a mixture of modern '30s slang and fanciful preciousness, and it's certainly a handsome production, especially in the flashbacks. But the tone isn't consistent, the resolution is too pat (the title is something of a plot giveaway), and the always-interesting Ann Dvorak looks a little bored in a conventional-leading-lady role.


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