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Red-Haired Alibi (October 21, 1932)

Shirley Temple in Red Haired Alibi
 

Released on October 21, 1932: (running time 67 minutes) A young girl in the big city is swept off her feet by a wealthy man who hires her to be his companion, and she doesn't know until it is too late that he is a notorious gangster.

Produced by Sigmund Neufeld

Directed by Christy Cabanne

The Actors: Merna Kennedy (Lynn Monith), Theodore von Eltz (Trent Travers), Grant Withers (Bob Shelton), Shirley Temple (Gloria Shelton), Purnell Pratt (Police Inspector Regan), Huntley Gordon (Police Captain Kent), Fred Kelsey (Police Detective Corcoran), Arthur Hoyt (Henri, restaurant waiter), Paul Porcasi (Margoli, restaurant owner), John Vosper (Morgan, gangster), Harry Bowen (Travers' henchman), Lynton Brent (Travers' henchman), Harrison Greene (Harry, Silver Moon Maitre D'), Maynard Holmes (beer garden singer), Marion Lessing (Miss Bee Lee), Spec O'Donnell (Tommy)

 

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Red-Haired, Beautiful, Sophisticated, and Very Naive

Nine-year-old Merna Kennedy and her brother Bud were part of a Vaudeville act when they met eight-year-old Lita Grey. The kids and their mothers became lifelong friends as they traveled on their acting journey. When Lita Grey was sixteen-years-old and working on a Charlie Chaplain silent movie, she became pregnant, and the second wife of thirty-five-year-old Charlie Chaplain.

Chaplain and Lita divorced three years later, and when Lita learned that Charlie was looking for a fresh face for his next movie, she arranged a dinner for herself, Charlie Chaplain, and her long-time friend Merna. Merna’s appearance in a 1928 silent comedy with Charlie Chaplain made her an instant favorite in Hollywood.

Her motion picture career didn’t last long, because she retired from acting when she married Busby Berkley two years after this movie was made. They divorced after a year, but Merna was never again in need of a job to maintain a good lifestyle. Her final film appearance was an almost-private one that was well-publicized. In 1938 she got a film crew together and created her will, speaking and explaining all of her final wishes on film, to be shown by her lawyer after her death. Unfortunately, she passed a couple months after turning thirty-six from a massive heart attack, just four days after marrying a soldier returning from World War Two.

In this adventure she is a well-bred small-town girl who will become attracted to a wealthy New York City man. She has no idea that he is one of the biggest gangsters in the city, and that she will become his alibi for murder. As a side-note, this is the first full length motion picture to feature child actress Shirley Temple. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy
Arthur Hoyt, Paul Porcasi
Arthur Hoyt, Paul Porcasi
Arthur Hoyt, Paul Porcasi
Arthur Hoyt, Paul Porcasi
Fred Kelsey
Fred Kelsey
Fred Kelsey, Theodore von Eltz
Fred Kelsey, Theodore von Eltz
Grant Withers
Grant Withers
Grant Withers
Grant Withers
Harrison Greene
Harrison Greene
Harrison Greene, Theodore von Eltz
Harrison Greene, Theodore von Eltz
Huntley Gordon
Huntley Gordon
Huntley Gordon, Arthur Hoyt, Paul Porcasi
Huntley Gordon, Arthur Hoyt, Paul Porcasi
Huntley Gordon, Arthur Hoyt
Huntley Gordon, Arthur Hoyt
Huntley Gordon, Purnell Pratt
Huntley Gordon, Purnell Pratt
John Vosper, Marion Lessing
John Vosper, Marion Lessing
John Vosper, Theodore von Eltz
John Vosper, Theodore von Eltz
Maynard Holmes
Maynard Holmes
Theodore von Eltz
Theodore von Eltz
Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy, Marion Lessing
Merna Kennedy, Marion Lessing
Merna Kennedy, Purnell Pratt
Merna Kennedy, Purnell Pratt
Merna Kennedy, Shirley Temple, Grant Withers
Merna Kennedy, Shirley Temple, Grant Withers
Merna Kennedy, Shirley Temple
Merna Kennedy, Shirley Temple
Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy, Shirley Temple
Merna Kennedy, Shirley Temple
Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy, Grant Withers
Merna Kennedy, Grant Withers
Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy
Merna Kennedy
Paul Porcasi
Paul Porcasi
Purnell Pratt
Purnell Pratt
Purnell Pratt, Arthur Hoyt
Purnell Pratt, Arthur Hoyt
Purnell Pratt, Huntley Gordon
Purnell Pratt, Huntley Gordon
Purnell Pratt, Merna Kennedy
Purnell Pratt, Merna Kennedy
Purnell Pratt, Shirley Temple
Purnell Pratt, Shirley Temple
Purnell Pratt, Theodore von Eltz
Purnell Pratt, Theodore von Eltz
Purnell Pratt, Shirley Temple
Purnell Pratt, Shirley Temple
Purnell Pratt
Purnell Pratt
Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple
Theodore von Eltz
Theodore von Eltz
Theodore von Eltz
Theodore von Eltz
Theodore von Eltz
Theodore von Eltz