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Red-Haired Alibi (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 21 October 1932 (USA)
A young girl new to the big city gets a job as a man's companion. What she doesn't know is that the man is a notorious gangster.

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... Lynn Monith
... Trent Travers
... Bob Shelton
... Police Inspector Regan
... Police Capt. Kent
... Detective Corcoran
... Henri
... Margoli
... Morgan (as John Vosburgh)
... Gloria Shelton
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Lynn Monith (Kennedy, Merna)is cleared by the police of shooting a man because of a difference in the caliber of the bullets. After that, a New York gangster, hires her as his companion to keep him company at nights. (The Greeks had a word for it). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Shirley's first feature is only for completists
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Assembly line drama that gets more ridiculous as it goes along. Very early Shirley Temple flick, she is NOT the Red-Haired Alibi of the title, she's precious but for one of the few times in her career not entirely relaxed on screen. It's not surprising considering she had just turned four but she was always so effortlessly natural on screen it's a bit odd to see her obviously waiting for her cue at times. She's only in the film for about 5 or 6 minutes tops.

As for the rest of the film it's the standard tale of a naive girl who gets in over her head with a gangster who she doesn't realize is leading her astray and then is trapped when she gets wise and tries to break free.


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