Duration DirectorChristy Cabanne ScreenplayEdward T. Lowe, Jr.
WriterWilson Collison (novel), Edward T. Lowe Jr. (dialogue), Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screenplay) CastMerna Kennedy (Lynn Monith), Theodore von Eltz (Trent Travers), Grant Withers (Bob Shelton), Shirley Temple (Gloria Shelton), Purnell Pratt (Regan), Huntley Gordon (Capt. Kent) Similar moviesShirley Temple appears in The Red-Haired Alibi and Polly Tix in Washington
The Red-Haired Alibi is an American Pre-Code feature-length film produced by Tower Productions. The film was produced by Sigmund Neufeld.
Released on October 15, 1932, it was directed by Christy Cabanne. The movie was based on a novel of the same name written by Wilson Collison. It is the first feature-length film to feature child actress Shirley Temple in the credits.
The film begins with a woman murdering a man. The police arrive at the restaurant where the murder was committed and talk to the woman. A waiter was eavesdropping and overheard part of the conversation between the killer and the victim. The waiter tells the police about the red-haired woman.
Police Inspector Regan (Purnell Pratt) and his colleague Police Captain Kent (Huntley Gordon) come to see Bob Shelton, and to talk with his wife. She (Merna Kennedy) is already prepared with an explanation of why she had to kill the man. After she tells them, they ask her to give them the gun. They discover she did fire her gun, but as it is a 32 calibre, it couldn't have been the same gun which killed the man, as he was shot with a 45. The mystery continues.