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Blind Alibi (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 20 May 1938 (USA)
Paul Dover lives in Paris and works as an artist. He is visited by Julia Fraser an art buyer and critic who irritates Dover with her opinionated attitude. When she finally finds a piece of ... See full summary »


Lew Landers


Lionel Houser (screen play), Harry Segall (screen play) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Paul Dover
Whitney Bourne ... Julia Fraser
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Mitch
Frances Mercer ... Ellen
Paul Guilfoyle ... Taggart
Richard Lane ... Bowers
Vinton Hayworth ... Dirk (as Jack Arnold)
Walter Miller ... Maitland
Frank M. Thomas ... Larson
Solly Ward Solly Ward ... Al
George Irving ... Curator
Ace the Wonder Dog ... Ace


Paul Dover lives in Paris and works as an artist. He is visited by Julia Fraser an art buyer and critic who irritates Dover with her opinionated attitude. When she finally finds a piece of sculpture that she likes, he quotes a ridiculously high price which she refuses, but she is very intrigued with him and at least she leaves on a friendly note. But Paul's treatment of Julia is not usual for him. Earlier he had received an upsetting visit from his kid sister Ellen. She is married to a very wealthy man who is running for office and who, although he is in love with his wife, will not bear any scandal. Unfortunately, we learn, she is being blackmailed by a man who was her fiancé before she married her husband. She discovered him to be a cad, and she broke off the relationship. But he had saved her love letters to him, and now is demanding two hundred thousand francs from her or else he will publish her letters. She asks Paul to help, and he agrees. The result is that the letters end up ... Written by Jim Knoppow

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

20 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Afsporet See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Tommy Bupp is in casting call lists for the role of Freddy, but he is not seen in the movie. Contemporary news items lists several cast members not seen either: Gladden James, Clyde Willson, Pat O'Malley and Monte Montague. See more »

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Introducing… Ace, the Wonder Dog!
7 July 2015 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In Paris, American sculptor Richard Dix (as Paul Dover) tries to retrieve some scandalous love letters sent by his beautiful sister Frances Mercer (as Ellen). He fails in the attempt, but Mr. Dix tracks the love letters to a Los Angeles museum. Donning dark glasses, Dix disguises himself as a blind man and buys the seeing-eye dog Ace (as Ace). Fetching museum manager Whitney Bourne (as Julia Fraser) catches Dix' eye. She may lead Dix to his sister's love letters, and write a few of her own. Murderously nasty Eduardo Ciannelli (as Mitch) causes trouble for the duo - or trio, if you count Ace...

The German Shepherd Ace does very well in his first feature film performance. "Ace the Wonder Dog" was RKO's version of Warner Bros.' Rin Tin Tin, then the #1 animal star at the box office. This slow-moving film is most notable for being Ace's debut. He was a good dog, but only the collie Lassie could ever approach the level, and long-term popularity, of Rin Tin Tin. Directed by the prolific Lew Landers, this story is a stretch from beginning to end, the height being Dix posing as a blind man in order to inconspicuously feel around a museum for clues leading to his sister's old love letters.

**** Blind Alibi (1938-05-20) Lew Landers ~ Richard Dix, Whitney Bourne, Ciannelli, Frances Mercer

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