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Alibi Racket (1935)

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How police interrogation cracks the "airtight" alibi of a criminal.



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Uncredited cast:
Granville Bates ...
Hopkins (uncredited)
Al Bridge ...
Chief Inspector August Wilmer (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ...
Detective (uncredited)
Edward Norris ...
Joe Rinelli / Leo Rinelli (uncredited)
Inez Palange ...
Mrs. Rinelli (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
Detective (uncredited)
Harry Semels ...
Mr. Rinelli (uncredited)
John Sheehan ...
Mackaye's Older Assistant (uncredited)
William Tannen ...
Mackaye's Younger Assistant (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ...
Inspector Charles Mackaye (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ...
Epstein (uncredited)


The MGM crime reporter introduces August Wilmer, the Chief Inspector of Police in his town, who talks about how debunking alibis can help solve cases. In one such case, well known racketeer Mike Lichter is murdered, the police believed by Joe Rinelli, Lichter's second in command who rumors have it that Lichter was pushing out, and upon Lichter's death is the heir apparent to lead Lichter's racketeering organization. But Rinelli has what seems to be an airtight and almost too publicly announced alibi as to his whereabouts at the time of the murder. He was at the movie theater where the ticket seller, the usher and the theater manager can all vouch for him being there the evening in question. His exact whereabouts are unaccounted for for about ten or fifteen minutes, during which time there is no way he could have made it to the crime scene and back. The lead investigator, Inspector Charles Mackaye, is almost certain that Rinelli did it despite the alibi. Rinelli also seemed to have ... Written by Huggo

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Short | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

14 September 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 2: Alibi Racket  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Iron clad alibi
24 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Crime Does Not Pay Series No. 2. A notorious gangster is murdered and the police believe that another gangster, Leo Rinelli, committed the murder. However, there is no hard evidence of this and worse yet, from the police's point of view, is that Rinelli has a cast iron alibi. He was at the movies and can prove it because he was called away to take a telephone call. The police delve deeper and come up with an interesting albeit old hat resolution to the problem. The short is filled with stalwart character actors whose faces will be familiar if not their names. Edward Norris as Rinelli does a great job and it's surprising that he didn't have an even more illustrious career, although he did dozens of movies.

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