Alibi (1942 film)

Alibi is a 1942 British mystery film directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and starring Margaret Lockwood, James Mason and Hugh Sinclair.[1] It was based on the novel L'Alibi by Marcel Achard.[2]

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Directed byBrian Desmond Hurst
Produced byJosef Somlo
Herbert Smith (associate producer)
Written byRoy Carter
Jacques Companéez
Brian Desmond Hurst (shooting script)
Herbert Juttke
Lesley Storm (additional dialogue)
Based onL'Alibi
by Marcel Achard
StarringMargaret Lockwood
Hugh Sinclair
James Mason
Raymond Lovell
Music byJack Beaver
CinematographyOtto Heller
William McLeod
Edited byAlan Jaggs
Distributed byBritish Lion Film Corporation (UK)
Release date
  • 10 August 1942 (1942-08-10) (UK)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Police hunt for the killer of a nightclub hostess in pre-war Paris.


Critical reception

In a contemporary review, The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote, "here is a bright film with a bit of everything in it...The film is well directed, and Margaret Lockwood makes an appealing Helene, with James Mason playing opposite to her. Raymond Lovell is first-class as the sinister Winkler, and Rodney Ackland as his assistant and Principal Villain No. 2, plays up to him well, introducing an element of melodrama. The other members of the cast team up to make the whole a creditable production."[3]


  1. "Alibi (1942)".
  2. Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). "The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film". Walter de Gruyter via Google Books.
  3. "Alibi (1942)".
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