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L'alibi (1937) HD online
Language: English
Category: Movie / Mystery
Original Title: Lu0027alibi
Director: Pierre Chenal
Writers: Marcel Achard,Jacques Companéez
Released: 1937
Duration: 1h 24min
Video type: Movie
Paris, 1937. Winckler kills his enemy Gordon, a Chicago mobster, from the stage of a Parisian music hall, where he performs telepathy. He pays another artist, Helene, so that she tells the police they've spent the night together, which doesn't fool Callas, the police officer who investigates the murder. He hires one of his fellow officers in order to seduce Helene.
Cast overview, first billed only:
Erich von Stroheim Erich von Stroheim - Le professeur Winckler
Albert Préjean Albert Préjean - André Laurent
Jany Holt Jany Holt - Hélène Ardouin
Louis Jouvet Louis Jouvet - Le commissaire Calas
Véra Flory Véra Flory - Une entraîneuse (as Vera Flory)
Foun-Sen Foun-Sen - L'assistante de Winckler (as Foun Sen)
Génia Vaury Génia Vaury - Une entraîneuse (as Genia Vaury)
Made Siamé Made Siamé - La secrétaire de Calas (as Madeleine Siame)
Roger Blin Roger Blin - Kretz, l'homme de main de Winckler
Philippe Richard Philippe Richard - John Gordon
Jean Témerson Jean Témerson - Jojo, l'ami de Dany (as Temerson)
Maurice Baquet Maurice Baquet - Gérard
Pierre Labry Pierre Labry - Le premier inspecteur
Max Dalban Max Dalban - Le second inspecteur
Florence Marly Florence Marly - La maitresse de Gordon

Film debut of Florence Marly.

Reviews: [2]

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    Erich Von Stroheim had three 'French' periods, the late 30s, late 40s and late 50s and this is from the first period - roughly 1937-1940. It would perhaps be foolish to equate it with two other films from that first period, Les Disparus de St Agil and La Grande Illusion, but neither is it chopped liver. Pierre Chenal is an underrated director who worked with Von Stroheim several times and was still turning out interesting stuff - The Killer Knows The Score, Dangerous Games - at the end of his career and this is a neat little entry which is fairly representative of French cinema at the time. At 80 minutes it equates to the Hollywwod 'program' picture or the 'quota quickies' produced in England, solid fare designed to fill the bottom half of a double bill supporting an 'A' picture (which is why they were also known as 'B' pictures - or even one equal half of a double bill of two 'B' pictures (let's face it, moviegoers got a lot for their money in those days; two feature films, cartoon, newsreel plus a one or two reel 'magazine', The March Of Time, Pathe Pictorial, Look At Life; how come WE accept one feature, 50 commercials and a couple of trailers). This one sees Von Stroheim as a telepathist working in a plush Parisian nite-club (telepathy was a not-so-elaborate con which was code-based so that the usually blindfolded maestro relied on an Assistant to say 'I'm holding a silver object' or some such which would be the code for a wristwatch, etc. Incredibly it actually flourished in England up to the fifties via a husband-and-wife act The Piddingtons) where one night an old enemy turns up by chance. Naturally he has to be killed and Von Stroheim is up to the task and having done so he bribes one of the 'hostesses' at the club to swear he spent the night with her. Louis Jouvet, in charge of the murder investigation, isn't buying this for birdseed but lacking hard evidence he persuades a colleague, Albert Prejean, to seduce the girl and get at the truth (this, of course, would be inadmissible today). That's about it but Chenal has a sure eye and keeps the action rolling along and no way are Jouvet and Von Stroheim ever going to be less than watchable.
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    Pierre Chenal who made the first version of "postman always rings twice' (le grand tournant) two years later was a minor film noir director.

    "L'alibi" has not worn well and has little to grab an audience today.A phony magician (Von Stroheim)commits murder and pays a girl to be his "alibi".A cop (Jouvet) investigates in a very dubious way:one of his colleagues (Préjean) will seduce the girl in order to make her tell the truth.What follows is easy to guess for sure.

    Bad screenplay and two great actors are wasted.Best scene shows Von Stroheim talking about French and English vocabulary with Jouvet and wondering at the similarities (discret and discreet).