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Alibi (1929)

TV-PG | | Crime | 20 April 1929 (USA)
Chick Williams, a prohibition gangster, rejoins his mob soon after being released from prison. When a policeman is murdered during a robbery, he falls under suspicion. The gangster took ... See full summary »

Director:

Roland West

Writers:

Roland West (screenplay), C. Gardner Sullivan (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chester Morris ... Chick Williams (as Mr. Chester Morris)
Harry Stubbs Harry Stubbs ... Buck Bachman (as Mr. Harry Stubbs)
Mae Busch ... Daisy Thomas (as Miss Mae Busch)
Eleanor Griffith Eleanor Griffith ... Joan Manning Williams (as Miss Eleanor Griffith)
Irma Harrison ... Toots (as Miss Irma Harrison)
Regis Toomey ... Danny McGann (as Mr. Regis Toomey)
Al Hill ... Brown - a Crook (as Mr. Al Hill)
James Bradbury Jr. ... Blake - a Crook (as Mr. James Bradbury Jr.)
Elmer Ballard Elmer Ballard ... Soft Malone - Cab Driver (as Mr. Elmer Ballard)
Kernan Cripps ... Trask - Plainclothesman (as Mr. Kernan Cripps)
Purnell Pratt ... Police Sgt. Pete Manning (as Mr. Purnell B. Pratt)
Pat O'Malley ... Detective Sgt. Tommy Glennon (as Mr. Pat O'Malley)
DeWitt Jennings ... Officer O'Brien (as Mr. DeWitt Jennings)
Ed Brady ... George Stanislaus David (as Mr. Ed Brady)
Virginia Flohri Virginia Flohri ... Singer in Theater (as Miss Virginia Flohri)
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Storyline

Chick Williams, a prohibition gangster, rejoins his mob soon after being released from prison. When a policeman is murdered during a robbery, he falls under suspicion. The gangster took Joan, a policeman's daughter, to the theater, sneaked out during the intermission to commit the crime, then used her to support his alibi. The detective squad employs its most sophisticated and barbaric techniques, including planting an undercover agent in the gang, to bring him to justice. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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The Great Talking Picture With a Kick! Musical Melodrama! Hear songs of tender love! Hear the crash of gangster bullets! Breathless contrasts! And the truest, most life-like talking cast ever screened! (Print Ad- Border Cities Star, ((Winsor, PO)) 8 May 1929) See more »

Genres:

Crime

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Based on the Broadway play: Nightstick (1927). Melodrama. Written by John Griffith Wray, J.C. Nugent, Elliott Nugent, and Elaine S. Carrington. Directed and produced by Crosby Gaige. Selwyn Theatre: 10 Nov 1927-Jan 1928 (closing date unknown/84 performances). Cast: Velma Forrest, Kathryn Givney, Raymond Hackett, Harry R. Irving, Charles Kennedy (as "Pete Manning"), Victor Kilian, Judith Lowry, Thomas Mitchell, Edgar Nelson, Lee Patrick (as "Joan Manning"), Harry Stubbs, William Tennyson, Edna White, John Wray. Produced on film as Alibi (1929) by United Artists and released in April, 1929 (in both talkie and silent versions). See more »

Quotes

Joan Manning Williams: I've had enough with being a policeman's daughter. And I don't want to be another policeman's wife
Buck Bachman: Well, now, what's the matter with policemen?
Joan Manning Williams: They think themselves great heroes.
Buck Bachman: Well, we've got to uphold the law.
Joan Manning Williams: Law! Is bull-dogging, third-degreeing people into confessing crimes they didn't commit, is that law?
Buck Bachman: No, but... Oh, I don't understand.
Joan Manning Williams: Of course you don't. You're a policeman. And you'll never understand!
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Connections

Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

"Your Love Is All (1929) (uncredited)
Music by J.S. Zamecnik
Lyrics by Harry D. Kerr
Sung a bit offscreen in a show (possibly by Virginia Flohri and Edward Jardon)
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Wonderful to look at.
4 December 2001 | by boris-26See all my reviews

One of the first scenes of ALIBI has a camera prowl an art deco night club and into the world of an ex-con (Chester Morris) Much of the film is stagy, including Morris' almost death scene. What makes ALIBI shine so well are the visual elements. The art-deco set direction, the incredibly well edited cop shooting sequence and a rooftop chase that looks more pen and ink rather than photograph makes up for the staginess.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nightstick See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Feature Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (Kino Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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