1. “Naked Alibi an unpretentious b-movie from late in the classic noir cycle has just such a surreal quality. Whether from the cheapness of the production, the bizarre plot, or the literal darkness of much of the film, the picture is not so much a banal pastiche of noir motifs and set pieces, but an oneiric hallucination where characters from other films noir assemble onto a movie lot by some perverse twist of fate, and play out an adventure that makes as much sense as Luis Bunuel’s L’Age d’Or.”

    Tony, my apologies for getting over here late, but I had too much emotional investment in the Obama-Romney debate, which ended up allowing me to smile broadly. Ha!

    This is one of your greatest pieces, and it deserves serious attention from both avid and casual cineastes in view of your laudable effort to connect some sub-genres with extraordinary scholarly heft from some of the finest writers out there. Your references in support of NAKED ALIBI are most persuasive, and the comparison to Bunuel certainly submits the style in compelling terms. There was even a shade of surrealism in a film we mutually respect – William Castle’s WHEN STRANGERS MARRY, and we’ve seen this slant in a few well-respected films by Anthony Mann. I’ve always been fascinated by the genre overlap, which thumbs it’s nose at the norm, and leaves the box for a more challenging level of interpretation.

    Great piece!

  2. Thanks Sam. Great insights and yes, I concur on Mann and When Strangers Marry, which is a great noir and very underrated. Of course, the Presidential race must take priority for you guys. You know where my sympathies lie :)

  3. Cigar Joe

    It would have helped if this film would have been shot more on actual locations as it is its almost all Universal backlot, it picks up when it moves to “Border Town” (Tijuana) and Barry is revealed, but that location looks minimally used at best, it pales in comparison to say “Touch of Evil”. Its also one of those quasi Noirs that take place way too much in the sunshine for the first 3rd of the film. But Barry is way better than I was expecting (showing a lot of range), and Grahame & Hayden are great as usual, Connors plays Conroy’s second in command adequately, but the budget lets this film linger in the second tier of Noirs. Graham sings a song at the bar obviously a lip-sync, but shakes that thing a bit doing it so who cares, lol. I’m a Gloria & Sterling fan so its an essential for me. 7/10

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