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Strange Alibi (1941)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 19 April 1941 (USA)
In a pre-arranged set-up, a cop strikes his police-chief, is fired and infiltrates the mob but when the police-chief is murdered, the ex-cop is unable to prove his innocence and is left-out in the cold, on the wrong side of the law.


D. Ross Lederman


Kenneth Gamet (screenplay), Leslie T. White (from a story by)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Kennedy ... Joe Geary
Joan Perry ... Alice Devlin
Jonathan Hale ... Chief Sprague
John Ridgely ... Tex
Florence Bates ... Katie
Charles Trowbridge ... Governor Phelps
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Captain Reddick
Stanley Andrews ... Lieutenant-Detective Pagle
Howard Da Silva ... Monson
Wade Boteler ... Captain Allen
Ben Welden ... Durkin
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Benny McKaye
Dick Rich Dick Rich ... Big Dog
Paul Phillips Paul Phillips ... Crips Vossen
Joe King ... Warden Morrell


A gambler comes into town to testify before the grand jury. He is killed by the mob before he can testify. Joe Geary (Kennedy) is fired from the police force for being soft on crime. This is a setup between him and the Police Chief so that Geary can infiltrate the gangsters. Geary then goes to prison when the police chief is killed. Geary escapes from prison and with the governor's help proves he is innocent and cleans up the mob. Written by <finley@concentric.net>

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ONLY A DEAD MAN COULD SAVE HIS LIFE! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Columbus Tuesday 24 July 1956 on WTVN (Channel 6), in Tucson Monday 13 August 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9) and in Indianapolis Sunday 19 August 1956 on WISH (Channel 8); it first aired in Boston Wednesday 3 October 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4) and in Albuquerque Thursday 3 January 1957 on KOAT (Channel 7). See more »


When Captain Allen surprises Joe Geary (just escaped from prison), Alice Devlin and Katie at Katie's place as they try to figure out what to do after Benny McKaye dies, and Allen tells the others that corrupt policeman Pagle was promoted to Detective Captain, Geary repeats the news but refers to Pagle as "Lieutenant Captain" Pagle. See more »


The Japanese Sandman
Music by Richard A. Whiting
First tune played by the band at Durkin's Cafe
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Top Cops in on the take
10 September 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Arthur Kennedy stars in this film from Warner Brothers B picture unit where he plays a cop gone undercover to get the goods on a gambling syndicate. What he doesn't know is that the top cop brass Stanley Andrews and Cliff Clark are the head of the syndicate. After testifying in court Kennedy's framed for murder and sent to prison.

What a predicament, to the crooks he's a stool pigeon and he's now a criminal as well.

In only 63 minutes running time this B film goes at a rapid pace as Kennedy works out a situation that even Franz Kafka couldn't conceive.

Some mighty good performances characterize this film besides those mentioned. Florence Bates as the owner of a lakeside roadhouse, Howard DaSilva as a sadistic prison guard, Jonathan Hale as the governor, and John Ridgely as one of the few convict friends Kennedy makes in the joint.

There's a slam bang chicken run with a freight train during Kennedy's prison break. And his gimmick for clearing himself with the governor, absolutely inspired.

Good product from the Brothers Warner.

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Release Date:

19 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alibi straniu See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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