The Glass Alibi

Released Apr 27, 1946: THE GLASS ALIBI, starring Paul Kelly, Douglas Fowley, and Anne Gwynne. Directed by W. Lee Wilder (The Pretender, Once a Thief, Three Steps North).  Douglas Fowley is an unprincipled opportunistic journalist who is romantically involved with the girlfriend (Anne Gwynne) of a TheGlassAlibiprominent criminal (Cy Kendall).  Kendall is on the run from the law and eludes police pursuit by strong-arming his way into an upscale home where he hides out and calls Gwynne, telling her to meet him there.  But Fowley uses this information to lead police to the house so he can get the inside scoop on the arrest.  After the arrest is made, Fowley discovers the owner of the house (Maris Wrixon) is a very wealthy young woman, who only has 6 months to live due to a heart condition.  Being the heel that he is, Fowley sees this as an opportunity to cash in big if he can only convince Wrixon to marry him, so once she dies in a few short months, he’ll inherit all her millions and he and Gwynne can run off together.  This is a micro-budget film made on a shoestring, so it’s a little rough around the edges, but taken as a whole, it succeeds in spite of its limitations.  The cast does a surprisingly good job for a film of this caliber, with Gwynne giving a standout performance.  Her character is put through a wide range of emotions during the story, and she is consistently believable.  But more than anything, it’s the story itself that keeps this film interesting.  It culminates in a wonderfully unexpected twist ending that makes it all worthwhile.  The low budget production values keep The Glass Alibi from making a strong initial impression – there are only a few different locations, the lighting and camera work are pedestrian, and the dialog is sometimes awkward.  But in spite of these shortcomings, the film delivers a reasonably pleasant movie experience, especially if you hold out for the big surprise ending.  We give The Glass Alibi 3 out 5 fedoras.

3 Fedoras

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