Strange Alibi (1941)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Police Detective Film  |   Run Time - 63 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Strange Alibi offered young Warner Bros. contractee Arthur Kennedy to carry a picture all by himself. The star is cast as detective Joe Geary, who is suddenly and unexpectedly fired from the police force. Appararently embittered, Geary joins a criminal gang. Actually, it's all part of a scheme cooked up between Geary and police chief Sprague (Jonathan Hale) to infiltrate the mob. But the crooks get wise, bump off Sprague, and frame Geary for murder. It takes a jail break and a wild chase before Geary is able to clear himself. Critics in 1941 noted that a Warner Bros. B picture would have seemed incomplete without at least one prison scene. And isn't that a young Jackie Gleason as one of the bad guys?

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alibi, chief, city, escape, expose [revelation], false-accusation, frame-up, honor [recognition], investigation, killing, murder, performer, police, police-chief, redemption, underworld