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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
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Inspector Kayes
Naomi Chance ...
Diana
Lloyd Lamble ...
Waller
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Sandy Thorpe
Frederick Piper ...
Viola Lyel ...
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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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Prelude to a Car Crash
(uncredited)
Music by Jack Beaver
Francis Day & Hunter Ltd
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A good, solid B-picture with a compelling story, an excellent cast and few twists and surprises.
27 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

A rather civilized little film, well-crafted and scripted in a polished but understated way, and populated with good actors. A husband in a rather morally complex situation finds himself suspected of a murder, and additional complications ensue in a well-nuanced and believable fashion. The story is told economically and intimately, with both momentum and narrative skill. While in every way a B-picture, it's a class effort, containing all the usual trappings of a British drama involving murder and "the Yard" yet managing to sidestep expected clichés or stereotypical characters. It was clearly shot inexpensively, 95% on the soundstage, and yet its occasional exteriors were well-chosen and effectively integrated to represent the characters who supposedly live within the various buildings. Indeed the entire production seems informed by intelligent choices by all concerned.

Perhaps not quite "a classic," but certainly a good, solid British noir well worth a look. It's enjoyable and rather satisfying in its own modestly distinctive way. An additional and notable highlight is a young Honor Blackman at her most radiantly beautiful in a distinctively three-dimensional portrayal of the wife of the suspect.


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