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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 »

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(as Roland West's Alibi)

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(screenplay), (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »
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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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Crime

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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20 April 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nightstick  »

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(copyright length) | (Kino Print)

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(MovieTone)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Alternative scenes were shot for a silent version of the film which was released simultaneously. 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

Aloha Oe
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Queen Liliuokalani
Variation in the score during a death scene
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Tough going, but you can see why it impressed in 1929
25 January 2000 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This crime melodrama isn't terribly easy to sit through today, but you can see why it impressed everybody and got a Best Picture Oscar nomination in 1929-- director West is constantly experimenting with the possibilities of sound, dramatically raising and lowering voice volumes and playing with background noise, music (there's a not-bad dance number that foreshadows Busby Berkeley a little), etc.


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