GenreCrime ProducerRoland West CountryUnited States
Release dateApril 20, 1929 (1929-04-20) WriterRoland West (screenplay), C. Gardner Sullivan (screenplay), John Griffith Wray (play), J.C. Nugent (play), Elaine S. Carrington (play), C. Gardner Sullivan (titles for silent version), Roland West (titles for silent version) CastChester Morris (Chick Williams), Harry Stubbs (Buck Bachman), Mae Busch (Daisy Thomas), Eleanor Griffith (Joan Manning Williams), Regis Toomey (Danny McGann), Purnell Pratt (Sgt. Pete Manning) Similar moviesChester Morris and others appear in Alibi and Corsair
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.
The movie is a crime melodrama starring Chester Morris, Harry Stubbs, Mae Busch and Eleanore Griffith. Director West experimented a great deal with sound, music, and camera angles.
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 for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Chester Morris), Best Art Direction (William Cameron Menzies) and Best Picture (Roland West).