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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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Very Interesting Crime Drama 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) 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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"The Perfect Alibi" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK (alternative title)
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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) | UK:A | USA:TV-PG

Did You Know?

Film debut of Regis Toomey.See more »
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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30 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Very Interesting Crime Drama, 11 April 2006
Author: ctrout from USA

For its time, Alibi was probably groundbreaking with a crime world never truly seen before. That's probably why it was nominated for Best Picture in 1929. Today, people just see it as one of those creaky gangster movies from the early days of sound and pass it up thinking that it won't hold their attention one bit. I'm here to prove those people wrong.

For one thing, the story is what usually makes a movie for me. A film has to have a good story to get me to see it. Well, if you like any type of crime related movies, that's all you need to know. Even if you aren't a fan of crime dramas, this film will interest you with the way it captures the human spirit and the way it can deteriorate very quickly in times of stress.

Obviously that last bit can only be performed by great actors and actresses with natural talent. That's what you get with this film. Chester Morris deserved the Oscar he was nominated for, even if you just see his final scene you'll give it to him for his shocking portrayal of a rotten gangster.

I think that it's Regis Toomey, a forgotten star, who really shines in this film though. His performance as a drunk with something to hide is really quite remarkable. If they had Supporting categories back then, he'd have been a shoe-in.

I hope I've convinced you enough to check out Alibi because it's actually a really good film. I recommend it if you're looking for a good crime drama that will hold your attention, which shouldn't be hard since it's not a very long movie. Enjoy it, if you get the chance to see it.

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