|DARK ALIBI (director: Phil Karlson; screenwriters: George Callahan/based on characters created by Earl Derr Biggers; cinematographer: William Sickner; editor: Ace Herman; music: Edward J. Kay; cast: Sidney Toler (Charlie Chan), Mantan Moreland (Birmingham Brown), Ben Carter (Benjamin Brown), Benson Fong (Tommy Chan), Teala Loring (June Harley), Edward Earle (Thomas Harley), George Holmes (Hugh Kenzie), Joyce Compton (Emily Evans), Russell Hicks (Warden Cameron), Tim Ryan (Foggy); Runtime: 60; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: James S. Burkett; Monogram; 1946)|
|"Lesser Charlie Chan."
by Dennis Schwartz
Karlson ("Thet Rode West"/"Hell to
Eternity"/"Key Witness") directs this lesser Charlie
Chan 35th vehicle, that switched from the classier Fox
to the cheaper Monogram studio. Journeyman writer
George Callahan comes up with a weak screenplay.
young woman (Teala Loring) in San
Francisco finds her ex-convict father (Edward Earle),
who previously served a 15 year stretch, is arrested
for bank robbery and the murder of a bank guard. Dad
says false fingerprints were left at the crime scene.
After the father is arrested and sent to Alcatraz, and
there's 9 days before his execution, June hires
private eye Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler). Chan
is helped in his investigation by his number three son
(Benson Fong) and comic relief chauffeur (Mantan
Moreland). Tension mounts as the
executionapproaches, but the film is flat and incurs
no excitement despite following its usual series
formula for delivery.
REVIEWED ON 3/24/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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