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Dual Alibi (1947)

Twin trapezists fall out over a lottery ticket and a worthless woman, but later extract a unique revenge.

Director:

Alfred Travers

Writers:

Alfred Travers (screenplay), Stephen Clarkson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Herbert Lom ... Jules de Lisle / Georges de Lisle
Phyllis Dixey Phyllis Dixey ... Penny aka Gloria Gregg
Terence de Marney ... Mike Bergen
Ronald Frankau ... Vincent Barney
Abraham Sofaer ... French Judge
Eugene Deckers ... French Ringmaster
The Cromwell Brothers The Cromwell Brothers ... Trapeze Act
Ernst Ulman
Ben Williams Ben Williams ... Charlie
Clarence Wright Clarence Wright ... M. Mangan
Beryl Measor Beryl Measor ... Gwen
Harold Berens Harold Berens ... Ali
Griffiths Moss Griffiths Moss
Gerald Conway Gerald Conway
Sebastian Cabot ... Loterie Nationale Official
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Twin trapezists fall out over a lottery ticket and a worthless woman, but later extract a unique revenge.

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The Perfect Murder?

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1947 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Zirkus Barney See more »

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British National Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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As well as appearing in their own right, The Cromwell Brothers doubled for Herbert Lom. See more »

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interesting film noir with on of the best twin roles
14 February 2016 | by segloraSee all my reviews

This is a very fine and interesting film noir — among the better films of post-war British cinema. The story with twin trapeze artists might be a bit far-fetched in some aspects, but the opening of the film is brilliant, as is the ending. The photography is in beautiful dark tones and the music accompanying the trapeze acts is excellent. Herbert Lom is convincing in the role of both twins. I think the merit of his subtle performance lies above all in not exaggerating too much the difference in character between the two twins. Extreme characterization is normally a much easier option for an actor or actress when one thinks of other famous stars playing twins, such as Bettie Davis, who did this twice in "Stolen Life" and "Dead Ringer", or Olivia de Havilland in "The Dark Mirror". This is an excellent British film noir which deserves to be much better-known. Apart from this, I have not seen any more films by Alfred Travers, who seems to be a totally forgotten director. Astonishingly, hardly anything seems to be known about his life and career (apart from the titles of the films he directed), not even the date of his death. This must surely have happened, as the only scant detail available about this director is that he was born in 1906, in Constantinople.


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