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Dark Alibi (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 25 May 1946 (USA)
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.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

George Callahan (screenplay), Earl Derr Biggers (based on characters created by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

Three men are convicted of bank robberies, the main evidence against them being that their fingerprints were found at the scenes. However, Charlie Chan believes them to be innocent, and his investigation reveals that they are indeed innocent and that their fingerprints were forged and planted in the prison files to frame them. Charlie sets out to uncover the real bank robbers. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

THE MASTER OF MYSTERY EXPOSES A GENIUS OF CRIME! (original print ad - all caps)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Chan in Alcatraz See more »

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

When Charlie is examining the pistol after it blew up killing Slade, it has no trigger. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Chan: I will sit in car while you two enjoy nervous breakdown.
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Connections

Followed by The Sky Dragon (1949) See more »

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Good enough, low budget Chan film
5 November 2015 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

Usually films with this much activity are cluttered and over- plotted, but it all works reasonably well in "Dark Alibi". It needed padding but rather than slow it down, the producers wisely just kept adding filler bits, so there is a lot going on. The film's basic frame-up concept is good. The police, warden, prosecutor are blended and balanced expertly by the director to advance the plot.

Teala Loring is attractive and a good actress, well suited for this b-movie. The old gent who portrays her father does a good job, too. I can live without the Birmingham and Benjamin corny old vaudeville bit but it was popular in the 1940's era and it is a better filler for padding purposes than most routines (filler was probably necessary due to Toler's health). Benson Fong is inconsequential, he just moves along and tries to keep up with the pace. Janet Shaw delivers one of her insouciant tough girl performances that always keep her watchable in films.

Sidney Toler gets the job done but he really looks ill at times. He manages valiantly to stay active enough to stride across a room now and then, but he is sitting down in some scenes, obviously for health reasons.

Good work by the director, good red herrings, and lots of somewhat overloaded activity provide us with an OK low budget b-movie in "Dark Alibi".


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