The Red-Haired Alibi
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.
A young woman seeks employment with a pleasant and charming man in Manhattan, only to learn over time that he's a gangster. After his crimes escalate to murder, police urge her to leave him in order to protect herself. She builds a new life in White Plains, marrying for love -- but one night, when she drops off her husband at Grand Central in New York, she's spotted by her former employer, who threatens to reveal her past if she doesn't give him a large sum so he can leave the country.
The next night, she meets her former employer at a restaurant, as they'd arranged -- only she refuses to pay him and fires a gun at him. A waiter who had overheard part of their conversation shares the information with police, who visit her at her home in White Plains. She confesses and hands over her gun, at which point the police realize that she's innocent, because the weapon that killed the gangster was a different caliber.
- Merna Kennedy as Lynn Monith
- Theodore von Eltz as Trent Travers
- Grant Withers as Bob Shelton
- Purnell Pratt as Police Inspector Regan
- Huntley Gordon as Police Captain Kent
- Fred Kelsey as Detective Corcoran
- Arthur Hoyt as Henri
- Paul Porcasi as Margoli
- John Vosburgh as Morgan
- Shirley Temple as Gloria Shelton
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