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Alibi Mark (1937)

When an out-of-work Chicagoan travels west as a hobo on a freight train, he finds himself falsely accused of murder.


Joseph Henabery


Ira Genet (screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Floyd Gibbons ... The Headline Hunter / Narrator
Dennis Moore ... Vincent Bader
Cliff Storey Cliff Storey ... Proprietor Lunchroom (as Clifford Stork)
Fred Whitehouse Fred Whitehouse ... Dishwasher
Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Mack
Joseph Singer Joseph Singer ... Bill (as Joe Singer)
Harry Shannon ... Railroad Detective
Charles Withers Charles Withers ... Sheriff


Floyd Gibbons, in another of the Vitaphone "Your True Adventure" series of shorts featuring him as The Headline Hunter, narrates the story of a young man from Chicago who went west to seek a job and hopped a freight car. Getting off the train, he is clubbed by a railroad watchman, escapes and heads for town. He finds an empty wallet and tries to trade it in town for a meal. The counterman recognizes it as belonging to a filling station man who was killed by a tramp. The angry townsmen are about to lynch the boy, when the railroad detective shows up and identifies him (by the bruise on his head) as the man he slugged, establishing an alibi and saving his life. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

25 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Your True Adventures (1937-1938 season) #4: Alibi Mark See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp MC-64, Co. 1212 shown in the film was located in Whippany, New Jersey, near Morristown. It was established on October 25, 1935. See more »


When grabbed by the mob, Vince says is was in a boxcar in Arizona. However, earlier, he is shown jumping off a Pennsylvania Railroad train. That railroad did not operate west of Illinois or the Mississippi River. See more »


Features Wild Boys of the Road (1933) See more »


I'll String Along with You
Music by Harry Warren
Played at the lunch room
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An Object Lesson for the 1930's
29 November 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Old-time front row kids will recognize cowboy star Denny Moore as the unfortunate hobo. But no six-guns here. The short's actually a good glimpse of what Roosevelt's New Deal expected from one of its creations, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

The program employed young men, usually urban, to work in rural conservation areas, thus giving them a way out of the crippling 1930's Depression. As an object lesson, the adult leader tells the cadets the story of unemployed Vince Bader (Moore), a young man riding the rails westward. Luckily the hobo soon finds a wallet. But what Vince doesn't know is that the empty leather belonged to a murdered man. So when he's discovered with it by a crowd, he's accused unjustly of murder. Will the angry mob lynch him. For the CCC cadets, Vince's story represents an object lesson in the hazards of what might happen if they drop out of the Corps.

I'm not surprised Warner Bros. produced the short; among Hollywood studios-- they were the one most interested in chronicling Depression Era hardships. Of course, 13-minutes is barely long enough to crystallize a plot, but the short does manage. And in the process, it furnishes a snapshot of New Deal hopes and efforts to confront a crippling calamity. All in all, the lesson remains an interesting little moral even for our own era.

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