The first films to benefit from the new technology of sound in the late 1920s were musicals and crime-gangster, such as “Thunderbolt.”
One of the best talkie crime pictures was “Alibi,” written and directed by producer Roland West, which tells the story of a policeman’s daughter (Eleanor Griffith) who falls in love with a gangster (Chester Morris).
Due to the rapid changes in the industry, United Artist ordered the film to be reshot with sound after production was completed. Indeed, at the time, the movie was praised for its sound recording and interior decoration.
The film made a star out of Chester Morris, who played the gunman. A child actor, Morris had appeared in several silent pictures and on Broadway. Unfortunately, most of his subsequent movies were of the B-kind. He’s best known for the “Boston Blackie” movie series.
Oscar Nominations: 3
Production, Roland West
Actor: Chester Morris
Interior Decoration: William Cameron Menzies
Oscar Awards: None
The winners in these categories were “Broadway Melody” as Best Picture, Warner Baxter as Best Actor for the Western “In Old Arizona,” and Cedric Gibbons for his Art Direction in “The Bridge of San Luis Rey.”