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Dark Alibi
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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 »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
User Reviews:
A classic case of a frame-up See more (15 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:
Chet Brandenburg ... Convict (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Barker (uncredited)
Mathew McCue ... Convict (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Criminologist (uncredited)
William Ruhl ... Thompson - Criminologist (uncredited)

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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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
UK:A | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Charlie Chan:[Encouraging June] Remember old saying: "Earthquake may shatter rock, but sand upon which rock stood still right there in same old place."See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)See more »

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A classic case of a frame-up, 22 March 2014
Author: binapiraeus from Greece

Thomas Harley, a former criminal who's gone straight for years, is suddenly arrested for bank robbery and the murder of a guard - and although he insists that he was locked up in a warehouse at the time the crime was committed, his fingerprints are found on the scene of the crime; and so he's trialled and sentenced to death...

Since his daughter June is convinced that her father is innocent, she begs Charlie Chan to take on the case; and since he remembers immediately that there have been two very similar cases in the last years, he starts investigating: at the hotel where Harley stayed, which is led by Mrs. Foss, a social worker who helps former convicts to start a new life. But all the people staying at the hotel seem in some way connected either to the warehouse where Harley was locked up, or to the other two banks that were robbed in different cities, or to the prison where Harley had been years ago...

And then Charlie gets a seemingly crazy idea: could it be able to FORGE someone's fingerprints and 'plant' them on the scene of a crime? He comes to the conclusion that there's something going on at the prison's fingerprints department; and, at the risk of his own life, he tries once more to prove his theory's right, to find the real culprits, and to save a man from being murdered 'accidentally' by the State...

A VERY clever and suspenseful piece of crime fiction, set partially at the creepy theatrical warehouse and partially in prison - but wherever they are, Charlie's 'sitting assistants', as he calls them, Tommy and Birmingham find time for hilarious jokes and hopeless confusion; but this time, they prove REAL helpful to Charlie, too! And when Birmingham plays the 'unfinished sentences game' again with his brother Benjamin (who's doing time in the 'cooler'), even 'Pop' joins in this time, and Tommy's the only one who doesn't get a thing!

ABSOLUTELY worth watching, not only for fans of the series, but for every friend of good old-fashioned crime entertainment; one of the very best of the Monogram 'Charlie Chans'!

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