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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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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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20 April 1929 (USA)  »

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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

Irma Harrison's singing was dubbed by Virginia Flohri. 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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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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Stagey early talkie enlivened in last few minutes by Morris performance

ALIBI was nominated for Best Film of 1929 (undeservedly) and Best Actor (Chester Morris). Morris'role as a crime tough is unremarkable until the last ten minutes when he turns chicken and cowers and whimpers - an effective change in the character and well handled by Mr. Morris. The film is a long, rather boring crime melodrama, very stage bound and difficult to sit through.


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