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



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Uncredited cast:
Hopkins (uncredited)
Chief Inspector August Wilmer (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ...
Detective (uncredited)
Joe Rinelli / Leo Rinelli (uncredited)
Inez Palange ...
Mrs. Rinelli (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
Detective (uncredited)
Harry Semels ...
Mr. Rinelli (uncredited)
Mackaye's Older Assistant (uncredited)
Cap Somers ...
Police Officer (uncredited)
William Tannen ...
Mackaye's Younger Assistant (uncredited)
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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Solid and entertaining.
3 July 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

During the 1930s and 40s, MGM made a string of "Crime Does Not Pay" shorts--all of which illustrate excellent police work and serve to convince viewers that crooks ultimately WILL get caught. It's interesting, but these films usually showed a lot more realistic police procedures than the regular movies at the various studios (many full-length films portrayed the cops as idiots). In addition, they tell great stories that even when seen today are quite satisfying.

The film is told through a flashback. The story begins with a mobster being killed--and the most logical killer is a fellow mobster. However, this suspect has a seemingly air-tight alibi--one in which it appears he went to great lengths to establish where he was and when. But, thanks to nice work by the police, they are able to prove exactly how the guy was able to be at one place while killing another at a different location. Very enjoyable and well-written.

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