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Director:
Writers:
Roland West (screenplay) and
C. Gardner Sullivan (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
20 April 1929 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
Stagey early talkie enlivened in last few minutes by Morris performance See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (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) and
C. Gardner Sullivan (screenplay)

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

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 
 
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 .... presenter (as Joseph Schenck)
John McCaleb .... police advisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Perfect Alibi" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK (alternative title)
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Runtime:
91 min (copyright length) | 83 min (Kino Print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (MovieTone)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1930) | UK:A | USA:TV-PG

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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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
I've Never Seen a Smile Like YoursSee more »

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10 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Stagey early talkie enlivened in last few minutes by Morris performance, 3 April 2000

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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