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The Alibi (1937)

L'alibi (original title)
Paris, 1937. Winckler kills his enemy Gordon, a Chicago mobster, from the stage of a Parisian music hall, where he performs telepathy. He pays another artist, Helene, so that she tells the ... See full summary »

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André Laurent
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Hélène Ardouin
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Le commissaire Calas
Véra Flory ...
Une entraîneuse (as Vera Flory)
Foun-Sen ...
L'assistante de Winckler (as Foun Sen)
Génia Vaury ...
Une entraîneuse (as Genia Vaury)
Made Siamé ...
La secrétaire de Calas (as Madeleine Siame)
Roger Blin ...
Kretz, l'homme de main de Winckler
Philippe Richard ...
John Gordon
Jean Témerson ...
Jojo, l'ami de Dany (as Temerson)
Maurice Baquet ...
Gérard
Pierre Labry ...
Le premier inspecteur
Max Dalban ...
Le second inspecteur
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La maitresse de Gordon
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Paris, 1937. Winckler kills his enemy Gordon, a Chicago mobster, from the stage of a Parisian music hall, where he performs telepathy. He pays another artist, Helene, so that she tells the police they've spent the night together, which doesn't fool Callas, the police officer who investigates the murder. He hires one of his fellow officers in order to seduce Helene. Written by Vincent Merlaud <merlaud@studi.mathematik.hu-berlin.de>

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This movie has no more alibi.
14 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Pierre Chenal who made the first version of "postman always rings twice' (le grand tournant) two years later was a minor film noir director.

"L'alibi" has not worn well and has little to grab an audience today.A phony magician (Von Stroheim)commits murder and pays a girl to be his "alibi".A cop (Jouvet) investigates in a very dubious way:one of his colleagues (Préjean) will seduce the girl in order to make her tell the truth.What follows is easy to guess for sure.

Bad screenplay and two great actors are wasted.Best scene shows Von Stroheim talking about French and English vocabulary with Jouvet and wondering at the similarities (discret and discreet).


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