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Dark Alibi (1946)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  25 May 1946 (USA)
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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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Ray Walker ...
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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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25 May 1946 (USA)  »

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Ben Carter and Mantan Moreland were vaudeville comedy partners and their three scenes together are from their regular routine. They had done a similar routine in another Chan film, The Scarlet Clue (1945). See more »

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Anthony R. Morgan: Charlie, what can one man do against the entire legal force of the state?
Charlie Chan: Ancient proverb say, "One small wind can raise much dust."
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Forging fingerprints
5 October 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although the premise was way far-fetched Dark Alibi is nicely done and one of the better Charlie Chan features coming from Monogram. Sidney Toler as Chan takes on a case where time is essential, the life of Edward Earle who was convicted for a robbery/homicide is at stake, he's scheduled to go to the chair in nine days.

Ironically technology has caught up to the events of this film. The idea of forging fingerprints and leaving them at the scene of a crime as a false clue is not anything startling today. In fact it's fairly simple if you want to take the time and trouble to do same. Still in 1946 I'm sure it was a shock to many.

Poor Earle in order to be freed has to find out who put him in the jackpot. And it doesn't take long for Charlie to be convinced of his innocence when on the way to state prison someone takes some sniper shots at him. That by the way was the weakness of the film. No reason to shoot at him yet as he wasn't on to anything yet.

There are more than one individual involved in this, in fact it's quite a list of conspirators. And in fact there is one real big connection to the state prison where Earle is counting down his last hours.

Ben Carter plays one of the prisoners and an old friend of Mantan Moreland playing the Chan family chauffeur Birmingham. These two had a nice comic act before going into films involving them in a conversation where they constantly interrupt each other's words. They know what they're talking about, but poor Tommy Chan played by Benson Fong is standing there without a clue. Wonderful comic timing all around.

Good Charlie Chan film and a masterpiece coming from Monogram.


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