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Release Date:
20 April 1929 (USA) See more »
Chick Williams, a prohibition gangster, rejoins his mob soon after being released from prison. When a policeman is murdered during a robbery... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
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A Pretty Good Story And A Very Interesting Example Of An Early "Talkie" See more (18 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chester Morris ... Chick Williams
Harry Stubbs ... Buck Bachman

Mae Busch ... Daisy Thomas
Eleanor Griffith ... Joan Manning Williams

Regis Toomey ... Danny McGann
Purnell Pratt ... Police Sgt. Pete Manning (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Irma Harrison ... Toots
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elmer Ballard ... Soft Malone - Cab Driver (uncredited)

Diana Beaumont ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
James Bradbury Jr. ... Blake - a Crook (uncredited)
Ed Brady ... George Stanislaus David (uncredited)
Edgar Caldwell ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Kernan Cripps ... Trask - Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Virginia Flohri ... Singer in Theater (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Brown - a Crook (uncredited)
Edward Jardon ... Singer in Theater (uncredited)
DeWitt Jennings ... Officer O'Brien (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Detective Sgt. Tommy Glennon (uncredited)

Directed by
Roland West  (as Roland West's Alibi)
Writing credits
Roland West (screenplay by) and
C. Gardner Sullivan (screenplay by)

John Griffith Wray (used in the play "Nightstick" by) &
J.C. Nugent (used in the play "Nightstick" by) and
Elaine S. Carrington (used in the play "Nightstick" by)

C. Gardner Sullivan  titles for silent version
Roland West  titles for silent version

Produced by
Roland West .... producer
Cinematography by
Ray June (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Hal C. Kern (edited by) (as Hal Kern)
Art Direction by
William Cameron Menzies (art direction)
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Robert Stephanoff .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Howard Campbell .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ned Mann .... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Zech .... special effects (uncredited)
Music Department
Hugo Riesenfeld .... musical arrangements
Other crew
Fanchon .... choreographer
Joseph M. Schenck .... presents (as Joseph Schenck)
John McCaleb .... police advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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91 min (copyright length) | 83 min (Kino Print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (MovieTone)
Argentina:13 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1930) | USA:TV-PG

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Film debut of Regis Toomey.See more »
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A Pretty Good Story And A Very Interesting Example Of An Early "Talkie", 25 January 2010
Author: sddavis63 ( from Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

The story here is interesting enough and on its own ensures that no one will feel disappointed at having watched this. Chick Weaver is a gangster just released from prison who hooks up with a "copper's daughter." Unfortunately, he can't go straight and gets involved with a warehouse robbery during which he kills a cop. The rest of the movie essentially deals with his attempts to frame an alibi for himself and with the efforts of the police to find the cop-killer. There are a few points at which the story gets a bit confusing, but it holds your interest well enough as you follow the various characters. What's really most interesting about this, though, is its status as a very early "talkie."

In that sense, I almost saw this serving as a proverbial "missing link" between the silent era and the sound era. There are parts of this movie which are very much like a silent movie - with no dialogue or sound effects other than a musical background. And yet, most of the movie has dialogue, although strangely the accompanying sound effects (ie, the sound of doors slamming, etc.) often seem to be missing. At times, this movie even has, in both sound and picture quality, a very later (say 1950's) feel to it. This diversity of "style" (for lack of a better word) would seem to me to be an example of director Roland West experimenting with this new way of movie-making. The weirdest aspect of this would probably be an extended scene right at the beginning of the movie, where police officers do nothing but bang their billy clubs against a wall for no apparent purpose - except, perhaps, to demonstrate to the audience that this has sound?

This is an enjoyable enough movie, and an interesting look at this transitional era of movie-making. 7/10

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