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Suspended Alibi (1957)

A married editor who is having an affair pretends that he is visiting an army friend, to keep his wife from suspecting him of infidelity. But while he is with the girlfriend, his friend is ... See full summary »

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Paul Pearson
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Lynn Pearson
Valentine Dyall ...
Inspector Kayes
Naomi Chance ...
Diana
Lloyd Lamble ...
Waller
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Sandy Thorpe
Frederick Piper ...
Mr. Beamster
Viola Lyel ...
Mrs. Beamster
Bryan Coleman ...
Bill Forrest
Wally Patch ...
Porter
Jeanette Hutchinson ...
Secretary
Toby Winterbottom ...
Bobby Pearson
Madoline Thomas ...
Granny
Edgar Wreford ...
Prison Chaplain
John Baker ...
Post Supervisor
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A married editor who is having an affair pretends that he is visiting an army friend, to keep his wife from suspecting him of infidelity. But while he is with the girlfriend, his friend is murdered, and the editor is suspected of the crime. Written by Snow Leopard

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February 1957 (UK)  »

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Suspected Alibi  »

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Mrs. Beamster: It would be a Christian thing if someone would tell her and put a stop to it!
Mr. Beamster: It would be a Christian thing if someone would mind her own business.
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Prelude to a Car Crash
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Music by Jack Beaver
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Some Suspense, But Too Many Coincidences
12 June 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Suspended Alibi" is a fairly interesting mystery with some moments of suspense, and some interesting characters, but it is pulled down by relying too heavily on implausible developments.

The beginning is interesting, and creates lots of possibilities. A married editor (Patrick Holt) is having an affair with a female reporter, and has been using an old army friend as an alibi, telling his wife that he is with the friend while he really visits his girlfriend. But one night his army friend turns up murdered, and suspicion naturally rests on the editor.

The story that follows has some moments of good suspense, as the editor tries to clear himself in the face of strong skepticism about his alibi. The editor's wife, his nosy neighbors, and some of his loyal employees from his publication also get involved. The main problem is that too much of what develops is based on coincidence or on other unlikely plot elements, and it keeps this from being a really good mystery. (This comment won't give away anything by mentioning specifics - if you see it, you can decide for yourself how plausible it all is.)

The story still has some good moments, and many mystery/suspense fans will still find it worth watching. Once you are involved, you will probably want to stay until the end to find out what happens.


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