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Dark Alibi (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 25 May 1946 (USA)
A public defender enlists Charlie to exonerate one of his clients, an ex-con falsely accused of bank robbery and murder, scheduled for execution in nine days.

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Teala Loring ...
June Harley
George Holmes ...
Hugh Kenzie
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Emily Evans
John Eldredge ...
Anthony R. Morgan
Russell Hicks ...
Warden Cameron
Tim Ryan ...
Foggy
Janet Shaw ...
Miss Petrie
Edward Earle ...
Thomas Harley
Ray Walker ...
Danvers
Milton Parsons ...
Johnson
Edna Holland ...
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Three men are convicted of bank robberies, the main evidence against them being that their fingerprints were found at the scenes. However, Charlie Chan believes them to be innocent, and his investigation reveals that they are indeed innocent and that their fingerprints were forged and planted in the prison files to frame them. Charlie sets out to uncover the real bank robbers. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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THE MASTER OF MYSTERY EXPOSES A GENIUS OF CRIME! (original print ad - all caps)


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Charlie Chan in Alcatraz  »

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$75,000 (estimated)
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The 40th of 47 Charlie Chan films. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: Please continue.
Mrs. Foss: That's all I have to say.
Charlie Chan: That's what woman always say, yet go right on talking.
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Follows Charlie Chan's Courage (1934) See more »

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Short on Mystery, Long on Chuckles
30 September 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The mystery here is not very compelling, which leaves the abundant comedy part that mostly is. Okay, I know the Moreland ("Feets don't fail me now !") brand of silliness is as politically incorrect as can be. But his bits, especially with Ben Carter, are still pretty funny, stereotypes aside. Too bad the weird-looking Milton Parsons (Johnson) doesn't get more screen time. Between him and the jolting Skelton Knaggs, they had the graveyard types of the 1940's all wrapped up.

Seems an innocent man is about to be executed for a robbery and murder he didn't commit. So Charlie has a deadline to meet in clearing him. No dark houses or secret passages here, but there is a prop room full of weird theatrical props (probably Monogram's). Of course, the props meet up with Birmingham (Moreland) creating lots of amusing setups. Fortunately, soon-to-be cult director Karlson keeps things moving in smooth fashion, so we barely notice the skimpy whodunit part. All in all, it's one of the lesser Chan mysteries, but still has compensations.


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