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Dark Alibi

1946

From IMDb: Three innocent men, ex-convicts, are convicted of bank robbery and murder on the strength of fingerprints found at the scene of the crime. Police detective Charlie Chan, believes the men are innocent, investigates and finds that others have planted the fingerprints, using prison-file fingerprints as their source. Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter, Benson Fong, Teala Loring, George Holmes, Joyce Compton, John Eldredge, Russell Hicks, and Tim Ryan Mantan Moreland and Ben Carter perform a version of their nightclub routine. This movie can also be found here.


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Dark Alibi is a 1946 American film directed by Phil Karlson featuring Sidney Toler as Charlie Chan. It is also known as Charlie Chan in Alcatraz, Fatal Fingerprints and Fatal Fingertips.

Plot

Thomas Harley, an ex-convict who served time in prison eight years ago, is wrongfully arrested for a bank robbery he didn't commit. The police have found fingerprints on the crime scene, incriminating Harley, even though he was present at the Carey Theatrical Warehouse at the time of the crime.
The policemen don't believe Harley's explanation, partly because he claims to have been called to the warehouse by a note from an old cell mate by the name of Dave Wyatt, a man that has been dead for eight years. Subsequently, Harley is sentenced to death for the robbery. He goes off to prison to wait for his execution.
Harley's daughter June asks private investigator Charlie Chan for help to prove her father's innocense. Hearing about the suspicious circumstances, Chan immediately agrees to take the case.
Chan starts investigating the suspicious note to Harley, and find out that it was written on a typewriter belonging to Mrs. Foss, Harley's landlady, who often rents to ex-cons. He talks to the other tenants in the building: the poor Miss Petrie, bookkeeper Mr. Johnson, salesman Mr. Danvers and showgirl Emily Evans, whose work costume was found in warehouse near the crime scene.
Curiously enough, both Danvers and Evans had been in other cities at the time of bank robberies there. When Chan, his son Tommy and the chauffeur Birmingham goes to the prison to see Harley, they are shot at. This makes Chan sure that they are on the right track and believes that the fingerprints on the crimscene must have been placed there by someone else.
When Chan looks into the other robberies he finds that the modus operandi was always the same, and the perpetrators ended up in the same prison. It also turns out the quiet Miss Petrie is married to a convict who works in the prison's fingerprint department.
Later Miss Petrie is overrun and killed by a truck outside the warehouse, and Johnson is at the scene when Chan arrives. Chan returns to the prison to check out the fingerprint department, and discovers that someone has exchanged the print cards. Miss Petrie's husband hears of Chan's suspicions and attempts to escape, but is shot and wounded.
Petrie's husband dies from his wounds, and Chan demands new prints from everyone living in Harley's building, including Johnson. He discovers that Johnson's prints are all over one of the print cards in the prison.
Chan returns to the warehouse again, and finds the tools used to forge fingerprints in the truck that ran Petrie over. Chan is discovered by Danver at the warehouse. It turns out Danver has killed Johnson to stop him from talking, and nlw he tries to kill Chan for the same reason. He fails and is arrested for all the robberies. Harley us released from prison. Chan tells Harley that June's boyfriend Kenzie was the leader of the robbers, and that he framed Harley because he didn't consent to him marrying June.

Cast

  • Sidney Toler as Charlie Chan
  • Benson Fong as Tommy Chan
  • Mantan Moreland as Birmingham Brown
  • Teala Loring as June Harley
  • George Holmes as Hugh Kenzie
  • Ben Carter as Carter
  • Joyce Compton as Emily Evans
  • John Eldredge (actor) as Morgan
  • Russell Hicks (actor) as Warden Cameron
  • Tim Ryan (actor) as Foggy
  • Janet Shaw as Miss Petrie
  • Edward Earle as Thomas Harley
  • Ray Walker as Danvers
  • Milton Parsons as Johnson
  • Edna Holland as Mrs. Foss
  • Anthony Warde as Slade
  • George Eldredge as Brand




Category:1946 films
Category:American films
Category:1940s crime films
Category:American crime thriller films
Category:American mystery films
Category:Detective films
Category:English-language films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Monogram Pictures films
Category:1940s drama films
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