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Alibi (1929)

TV-PG | | Crime | 20 April 1929 (USA)
Chick Williams, a prohibition gangster, rejoins his mob soon after being released from prison. When a policeman is murdered during a robbery, he falls under suspicion. The gangster took ... See full summary »

Director:

Roland West (as Roland West's Alibi)

Writers:

Roland West (screenplay), C. Gardner Sullivan (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chester Morris ... Chick Williams
Harry Stubbs Harry Stubbs ... Buck Bachman
Mae Busch ... Daisy Thomas
Eleanor Griffith Eleanor Griffith ... Joan Manning Williams
Regis Toomey ... Danny McGann
Purnell Pratt ... Police Sgt. Pete Manning (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Irma Harrison ... Toots
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Storyline

Chick Williams, a prohibition gangster, rejoins his mob soon after being released from prison. When a policeman is murdered during a robbery, he falls under suspicion. The gangster took Joan, a policeman's daughter, to the theater, sneaked out during the intermission to commit the crime, then used her to support his alibi. The detective squad employs its most sophisticated and barbaric techniques, including planting an undercover agent in the gang, to bring him to justice. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Genres:

Crime

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nightstick See more »

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Production Co:

Feature Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (Kino Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Features Chester Morris's only Oscar nominated performance, though nominations were not official that year. See more »

Quotes

Joan Manning Williams: I've had enough with being a policeman's daughter. And I don't want to be another policeman's wife
Buck Bachman: Well, now, what's the matter with policemen?
Joan Manning Williams: They think themselves great heroes.
Buck Bachman: Well, we've got to uphold the law.
Joan Manning Williams: Law! Is bull-dogging, third-degreeing people into confessing crimes they didn't commit, is that law?
Buck Bachman: No, but... Oh, I don't understand.
Joan Manning Williams: Of course you don't. You're a policeman. And you'll never understand!
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Connections

Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Then I'll Know Why
(1929) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Paul Titsworth and Lynn Cowan
Copyright 1929 by Sherman, Clay & Co.
Sung by a chorus in a show, twice
Played in the score often
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Early Gangster
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Alibi (1929)

** (out of 4)

Early talkie has a gangster (Chester Morris) released from prison and deciding to go straight. He married a police captain's daughter (Mae Busch) but soon afterwards police begin to think he was behind a cop killing. This thing was a huge hit back in the day and even got Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Actor but time hasn't been too friendly to this thing. Like many early talkies, the film spends way too much time letting the viewing know that it can talk. In fact, the first minute is nothing more than various police hitting their nightsticks up against a wall so that the sound effects can come through. Also with most early talkies, the characters just keep talking and talking and most of the talk has nothing to do with the plot of the film. Director Roland West does a nice job in certain aspects but I guess you can't blame him since I'm sure the studio was wanting to show off this new format. Future Boston Blackie star Morris is good in his role but it's Busch who steals the show. Some might remember her from The Unholy Three as well as several Laurel and Hardy shorts.


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