Alibi (1929 film)
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|Directed by||Roland West|
|Produced by||Roland West|
|Written by||Elaine Sterne Carrington|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|April 20, 1929|
Alibi is a 1929 American crime film directed by Roland West. The screenplay was written by West and C. Gardner Sullivan, who adapted the 1927 Broadway stage play, Nightstick, written by Elaine Sterne Carrington, J.C. Nugent, Elliott Nugent and John Wray. Alternate titles include The Perfect Alibi and Nightstick.
Joan Manning, the daughter of a police sergeant, secretly marries Chick Williams, a gangleader who convinces her that he is leading an honest life. Chick attends the theater with Joan and, at the intermission, sneaks away, committing a robbery during which a policeman is killed. Chick is suspected of the crime but is able to use Joan to substantiate his alibi. The police plant Danny McGann, an undercover agent, in Chick's gang; but he is discovered, and Chick murders him. Chick is later cornered by the police in his own home.
- Chester Morris as Chick Williams
- Harry Stubbs as Buck Bachman
- Mae Busch as Daisy Thomas
- Eleanor Griffith as Joan Manning Williams
- Regis Toomey as Danny McGann
- Purnell Pratt as Police Sgt. Pete Manning
- Irma Harrison as Toots
The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including one for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Chester Morris), Best Art Direction (William Cameron Menzies) and Best Picture (United Artists, Roland West).
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