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Dark Alibi -- Three men are convicted of bank robbery, the main evidence against them being that their fingerprints were found at the scene...

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Director:
Writers:
George Callahan (screenplay)
Earl Derr Biggers (based on characters created by)
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Release Date:
25 May 1946 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THE MASTER OF MYSTERY EXPOSES A GENIUS OF CRIME! (original print ad - all caps)
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(2 articles)
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"One small wind can raise much dust." See more (14 total) »

Cast

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Sidney Toler ... Charlie Chan
Mantan Moreland ... Birmingham Brown
Ben Carter ... Benjamin Brown
Benson Fong ... Tommy Chan
Teala Loring ... June Harley
George Holmes ... Hugh Kenzie
Joyce Compton ... 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 ... Mrs. Foss

Anthony Warde ... Jimmy Slade
George Eldredge ... Brand
Meyer Grace ... Punchy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Marlowe ... Barker (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Criminologist (uncredited)
William Ruhl ... Thompson - Criminologist (uncredited)
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Directed by
Phil Karlson 
 
Writing credits
George Callahan (screenplay)

Earl Derr Biggers (based on characters created by)

Produced by
James S. Burkett .... producer
 
Original Music by
Edward J. Kay (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William A. Sickner 
 
Film Editing by
Ace Herman 
 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Max Pittman (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Harry Ross .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sandra Walters .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Glenn Cook .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Theodore Joos .... assistant director
Joel Kronish .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John Orlando .... props (uncredited)
Al Seiger .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound
Harry Bavaird .... cable man (uncredited)
Louis Johnson .... mikeman (uncredited)
Joseph I. Kane .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Dean Spencer .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Mario Castegnaro .... special effects (uncredited)
Larry Glickman .... special effects (uncredited)
Augie Lohman .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Carstensen .... grip (uncredited)
Bud Davidson .... loader (uncredited)
Joe Farley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John M. Lee .... gaffer (uncredited)
Harry Lewis .... grip (uncredited)
Al Nicklin .... second camera operator (uncredited)
M.H. Serotte .... electrician (uncredited)
Bill Wallace .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Rose Alexander .... casting director assistant (uncredited)
Bert Hampton .... extras casting (uncredited)
Menifee Johnstone .... casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harry Bourne .... wardrobe man (uncredited)
Nanette Smith .... wardrobe woman (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Richard C. Currier .... supervising editor (as Richard Currier)
 
Music Department
Edward J. Kay .... musical director
William A. Wilmarth .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dave Milton .... technical director
Ilona Vas .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Charlie Chan in Dark Alibi" - USA (informal title)
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Runtime:
61 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
UK:U | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
The 40th of 47 Charlie Chan films.See more »
Quotes:
Birmingham Brown:[Driving] Mr. Chan, is this the shortest way to prison?
Charlie Chan:No, shortest way is commit crime.
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
"One small wind can raise much dust.", 24 September 2004
Author: classicsoncall from United States

Three former convicts have served time in States Prison together. At one time or another, each has been convicted of bank robbery based on fingerprints found at the crime scene. Charlie Chan's hunch is that the fingerprints were forgeries, and the victims were all set up by the real thief. Only one of the three is still alive, and he's just been arrested for the latest bank heist.

If you're keeping score, "Dark Alibi" is the eighth installment in the Monogram Studios series of Sidney Toler Charlie Chan films. Benson Fong is Number #3 Son Tommy; and after a one film hiatus (Red Dragon), Mantan Moreland is back, this time sharing equal billing with Ben Carter. The two reprise their "Pidgin" English escapades from "The Scarlet Clue" with three different conversations that are the comedic highlights of the film.

As usual, there is a lot of misdirection with the introduction of the suspects, but one good clue comes with the identity of States Prison inmate #8251 - Jimmy Slade, a fingerprint file clerk. But rather than being the master criminal, he winds up being a victim, as does his wife, known to us as Miss Petrie.

It's interesting how many times the same gimmicks are repeated in the Chan movies. Back in the 1940 film "Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise", Chan throws a coin to test the response of a man who claims he's hard of hearing. He does it here as well, and again uncovers the subterfuge.

As we've seen before, the mastermind behind the bank robberies and the murders is revealed at the end with no fanfare or buildup, only the convincing explanation by Charlie Chan himself. The film almost had me though, I thought the warden was in on it!

For a Monogram, this is a fast paced fun film, made even more enjoyable by the Moreland/Carter dialog. It's a good enough reason by itself to watch "Dark Alibi".

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