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The alibi, a term from jurisprudence, is a form of legal defense; in which a defendant argues that they were engaged in some other activity, such that they could not possibly have committed the crime in question. The Criminal Law Deskbook[?] (1988) states: "Alibi is different from all of the the other defenses...it is based upon the premise that the defendant is truly innocent."

Alibi is a 1929 film that was written by Elaine S. Carrington[?], J.C. Nugent[?], C. Gardner Sullivan[?], Roland West[?] and John Griffith Wray[?], from the play Nightstick by Carrington, Nugent and Wray. The film was directed by Roland West[?].

The movie is a crime melodrama starring Chester Morris, Harry Stubbs[?], Mae Busch[?] and Eleanore Griffith[?]. Director West did a great deal of experimentation with sound, music, and camera angles.

It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Chester Morris), Best Art Direction and Best Picture.

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