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グロリア・グレアムという女優の晩年を描いた「リヴァプール、最後の恋」でグレアムの生きざまに魅了され、彼女の出演作を見直していましたが本作だけは本邦未ソフト化のまま。 その「リヴァプール、最後の恋」において彼女本人が歌うモノクロの映像が映し出されますが、その映画が本作"Naked Alibi"そのシーンが素晴らしくて本作が見たくなりました。 彼女の歌う"Ace in the Hole"(吹替らしいですが)が目的だったのですが、ドラマもグレアムの魅力があふれんばかりで素晴らしいです。 スターリング・ヘイドンもいい味をだしていますし、すぐにカッとなり暴力を振るうジーン・バリーも力演。 傑作とまではいかないでしょうがグレアムのファンなら必見。今のところグレアムの最高傑作は本作です。
the three stars are for academy award winner Gloria Grahame. zero stars for the oh so bad film script or the lazy director that caused such terrible acting in all the other cast members. only a grahame fan would watch this more than once. the film stars sterling hayden. also appearing is gene barry embarrassingly overacting.
Naked Alibi is a tough, thrilling film noir from Universal Intl that, while short of a classic, deserves wider recognition. The plot isn't too original, but there are some thought-provoking elements. I appreciate it better than most other reviewers certainly.
The actors' performances, though, carry the movie. The laconic yet menacing Sterling Hayden-sure in his convictions, the gorgeous bad girl with a tender side Gloria Grahamme, and the deceptive villain Gene Barry are all delights to watch. Hayden and Grahamme are well-known for these types of roles, but this is a change-of-pace for the usually upright Barry.(Thunder Road).
For other noir fans, check out Hayden in Asphalt Jungle, one of Noir's best and Grahamme in Human Desire, The Big Heat, and especially In A Lonely Place. Noir's sexiest vixen can actually act too. Let me also add that I consider Hayden's role a precursor to John Wayne in The Searchers and even Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry.
The print is excellent as is Kat Elinger's audio commentary.
Your first impression of each of the main characters is ambiguous. None of them turn out to be what they seem at first. Even the lone survivor remains morally dubious. That’s moire!
Graham is one of favorites from that era. A “tough babe” in the parlance of the genre but ambiguous. Hayden’s role is ambiguous. So is every character and the story as whole. But that’s the point of the thing. The viewer can join the party. If you are looking for angels, look elsewhere - but not in the mirror!
If you like Sterling Hayden and Gloria Grahame you will enjoy this movie.
Disgraced ex-cop hunts suspected cop killer and bakery store owner to Border City and meets beautiful night club singer Grahame, who also happens to be the suspects GF. Is Hayden right about the suspect? Will Grahame choose the right side? Find out.
I'd never seen this noir & being a genre fan and also of Gloria Grahame I took a chance on the purchase. Glad I did. I found it highly entertaining and also the best print of anything put out by KL Studio's (maybe something to do with it being a Universal pictures release?) Glad to add it to my Noir library!
Most fans of film noir know there are many movies in this genre worth seeing primarily for the stars in them, plot/story aside. This is one of those movies, its plot/story secondary to the actors. Because I love Gloria Grahame and Sterling Hayden, and can tolerate Gene Barry, I enjoyed Naked Alibi a lot. My main problem was with the KL Studio DVD, whose quality seems rather subpar compared to their DVD norm. I wish I had bought the blu-ray.
This was a slow moving story. I rated it four because of the picture quality and sound. These are very good. the acting is good, but the story moves slow. gene Barry does a very good job and I enjoyed his take on the character. the other are dull and just slow in moving the story line along.