Midnight Alibi

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Midnight Alibi
Directed by Alan Crosland
Screenplay by Warren Duff
Based on"The Old Doll House" (1933 short story) by Damon Runyon
Starring Richard Barthelmess
Ann Dvorak
Helen Chandler
Cinematography William Rees
Edited by Jack Killifer
Music by Heinz Roemheld
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • July 14, 1934 (1934-07-14)
Running time
58 minutes
CountryUnited States

Midnight Alibi is a 1934 pre-Code crime comedy-drama directed by Alan Crosland, produced by First National Pictures, distributed by Warner Bros. and starring Richard Barthelmess. [1] Midnight Alibi is an adaptation of Damon Runyon's 1933 short story The Old Doll's House. [2]


Barthelmess plays a gangster who returns to New York after some time in Europe and falls in love with Joan (Dvorak), unaware that she's the younger sister of his bitter rival, Angie the Ox (Barrat). After an attempted hit on him, he seeks refuge in the home of an old lady (Lowell), who tells him of her own romance many years ago with a man who looked just like him (also Barthelmess; Chandler plays her in the flashback). Their friendship will prove useful later when he's accused of murder.

This was Barthelmess' last film for First National after a 15-year run at the studio. Jack Warner was anxious to get rid of him because the grosses of his films no longer justified his $250,000 salary.

A print of the film is preserved at the Library of Congress. [3] The film is also available on DVD on Demand from the Warner Archive. [4]


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  1. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Midnight Alibi
  2. NYTimes.com: Movie Review Midnight Alibi - Old Doll's House
  3. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress page 116, c.1978 by The American Film Institute
  4. dvd-on-demand; Warner Archive