Suspended Alibi

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Suspended Alibi
"Suspended Alibi" (1957).jpg
British quad poster
Directed by Alfred Shaughnessy
Produced by Robert Dunbar
Written by Kenneth R. Hayles (as Kenneth Hayles)
Robert Dunbar (additional scenes and dialogue)
Alfred Shaughnessy (additional scenes and dialogue)
Based on original story by Kenneth R. Hayles (as Kenneth Hayles)
Starring Patrick Holt
Honor Blackman
Valentine Dyall
Cinematography Peter Hennessy
Edited by Robert Jordan Hill (as Robert Hill)
Distributed by J. Arthur Rank (UK)
Release dates
February 1957 (UK)
Running time
64 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Suspended Alibi is a 1957 black and white British crime film directed by Alfred Shaughnessy and starring Patrick Holt, Honor Blackman and Lloyd Lamble.[1][2] The film was produced by Robert Dunbar for Act Films Ltd.[3] It was reissued in the U.S. as Suspected Alibi.


Paul Pearson's alibi for seeing his mistress Diana is with his friend, but when this friend is found murdered, Pearson is arrested for the crime, condemned by his own alibi and sentenced to hang. Fortunately, his story is believed by Sandy Thorpe, a diligent crime reporter, who helps to fight Pearson's case.


Critical reception[edit]

The Stop Button wrote, "the movie opens with a neat trick–Holt’s creeping through the opening credits with a gun drawn only for a curtain to pull and reveal he’s playing cowboy and Indian with his son (in England?)–and I hope a better film stole it because it’s a reasonably deft move. But as far as film noir goes–bad film noir–the incompetent direction disqualifies Suspended Alibi. Even from the label" ; [4] while Britmovie called the film an "efficient thriller...undemanding yet fanciful b-movie crime drama crisply directed by Alfred Shaughnessy"; [5] and TV Guide noted "an okay crime drama that passes the time pleasantly." [6]


  1. ^ "Suspended Alibi". BFI. 
  2. ^ Snow Leopard (1 February 1957). "Suspended Alibi (1957)". IMDb. 
  3. ^ Action! Fifty Years in the Life of a Union. Published: 1983 (UK). Publisher: ACTT. ISBN 0 9508993 0 5. ACT Films Limited - Ralph Bond p81 (producer listed as Robert Dunbar)
  4. ^ "Suspended Alibi (1956, Alfred Shaughnessy)". The Stop Button. 
  5. ^ "Suspended Alibi". 
  6. ^ "Suspended Alibi". TV Guide.