Dark Alibi (1946)
Director: Phil Karlson
Screenplay: George Callahan, based on characters created by Earl Derr Biggers
Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter, Benson Fong, John Eldredge, Tim Ryan, Ray Walker and Milton Parsons
Tagline: THE MASTER OF MYSTERY EXPOSES A GENIUS OF CRIME!
When Thomas Harley is sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit it will be up to Charlie Chan to prove his innocence.
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
Mantan Mooreland, who plays Charlie Chan’s valet, Birmingham, is the reason I started watching. Mooreland is one of my favorite comedians from that era. His timing and physical comedy are pure perfection. Mooreland has three scenes in Dark Alibi with his former vaudeville partner, Ben Carter, that are shoehorned into the film.
The Charlie Chan films are low-budget and run just over an hour. They’re a great way to close out a day. The Chan films often set the viewer up to think one person is the villain only for it to turn out to be another. Thankfully, we have Charlie Chan to set us straight.
Dark Alibi earns 4 of 5 stars.