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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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A hair-curling thriller vibrant with the pulse of the underworld, asparkle with the glamour of the New York night clubs. (Print Ad- Southeast Missourian, ((Cape Girardeau, Mo.)) 24 September 1929)

Genres:

Crime

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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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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Trivia

Film debut of Regis Toomey. 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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Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Never Seen a Smile Like Yours
(1929) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Justin Johnson and Eddie Frazier
Copyright 1929 by M. Witmark & Sons
Sung by Irma Harrison (dubbed by Virginia Flohri)
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Early Gangster
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Alibi (1929)

** (out of 4)

Early talkie has a gangster (Chester Morris) released from prison and deciding to go straight. He married a police captain's daughter (Mae Busch) but soon afterwards police begin to think he was behind a cop killing. This thing was a huge hit back in the day and even got Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Actor but time hasn't been too friendly to this thing. Like many early talkies, the film spends way too much time letting the viewing know that it can talk. In fact, the first minute is nothing more than various police hitting their nightsticks up against a wall so that the sound effects can come through. Also with most early talkies, the characters just keep talking and talking and most of the talk has nothing to do with the plot of the film. Director Roland West does a nice job in certain aspects but I guess you can't blame him since I'm sure the studio was wanting to show off this new format. Future Boston Blackie star Morris is good in his role but it's Busch who steals the show. Some might remember her from The Unholy Three as well as several Laurel and Hardy shorts.


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