Best Action Movies of 1931

1.

Little Caesar

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

A small-time hood shoots his way to the top, but how long can he stay there?

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell, William Collier Jr., Sidney Blackmer, Ralph Ince, Thomas E. Jackson, Stanley Fields, Maurice Black, George E. Stone ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1931-01-25
Best Action Movies of 1931 : Smart Money
2.

Smart Money

3.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Two brothers' trip to the big city to do a little gambling results in a fateful turn of events.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Margaret Livingston, Evalyn Knapp, Ralf Harolde, Noel Francis, Maurice Black, Billy House, Paul Porcasi, Gladys Lloyd ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1931-07-11
3.

The Vanishing Legion

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

A mysterious master criminal known as The Voice plots with his gang to sabotage the Milesburg Oil Company, but the rightful heir has a secret army of her own to protect her rights.

Starring: Harry Carey, Edwina Booth, William Desmond, Frankie Darro, Philo McCullough, Yakima Canutt, Joe Bonomo, Tom Dugan, Lafe McKee, Bob Kortman ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe, B. Reeves Eason
Release date: 1931-06-01
Best Action Movies of 1931 : Seas Beneath
4.

Seas Beneath

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

In the waning days of WWI, a U.S. "Mystery Ship," sets sail for the coast of Spain towing a submarine. Their mission is to find and sink a U-boat that has been especially effective in attacking Allied shipping. Posing as a harmless schooner, the mystery ship is in fact fitted with a formidable gun capable of sinking a U-boat. Stopping in the Canary Islands to refuel, the crew interacts with locals involved with Germans, and with Germans themselves, including the sister of the U-Boat commander, who is lurking offshore waiting for the coming battle.

Starring: George O’Brien, Marion Lessing, Mona Maris, Walter C. Kelly, Warren Hymer, Steve Pendleton, Walter McGrail, Larry Kent, Henry Victor, John Loder ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1931-01-30
Best Action Movies of 1931 : Fighting Caravans
5.

Fighting Caravans

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

Clint Belmet (Gary Cooper) is a bit of a firebrand and is sentenced to at least 30 days in jail, but his partners, Bill Jackson (Ernest Torrence) and Jim Bridger (Tully Marshall) talk a sympathetic Frenchwoman named Felice (Lili Damita) into telling the bumbling, drunken marshal that Clint had married her the previous night. Clint is released so he can accompany Felice on the wagon train heading west to California.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Lili Damita, Ernest Torrence, Tully Marshall, Fred Kohler, Eugene Pallette, Roy Stewart, May Boley, Eve Southern, Frank Campeau ..
Directed by: Otto Brower, David Burton
Release date: 1931-02-01
Best Action Movies of 1931 : Trader Horn
6.

Trader Horn

2.3
6.2/10 IMDB

While on safari in an unexplored area of Africa, Trader Horn and Peru find missionary Edith Trent killed by natives. They decide to carry on her quest for her lost daughter Nina. They find her as the queen of a particularly savage tribe, and try to bring her back to civilization.

Starring: Harry Carey, Edwina Booth, Duncan Renaldo, Mutia Omoolu, Olive Carey, C. Aubrey Smith ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1931-05-23
7.

The Sea Ghost

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

A crooked lawyer trying to cheat a young girl out of her inheritance tries to convince a sea captain to help him. Re-released in 1939 as "Phantom Submarine U-67."

Starring: Alan Hale, Laura La Plante, Clarence Wilson, Peter Erkelenz, Claud Allister, Broderick O'Farrell ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1931-11-28
8.

The Viking

2.0
6.0/10 IMDB

Originally called White Thunder, American producer Varick Frissell's 1931 film was inspired by his love for the Canadian Arctic Circle. Set in a beautifully black-and-white filmed Newfoundland, it is the story of a rivalry between two seal hunters that plays out on the ice floes during a hunt. Unsatisfied with the first cut, Frissell arranged for the crew to accompany an actual Newfoundland seal hunt on The SS Viking, on which an explosion of dynamite (carried regularly at the time on Arctic ships to combat ice jams) killed many members of the crew, including Frissell. The film was renamed in honor of the dead.

Starring: Charles Starrett, Louise Huntington, Arthur Vinton, Bob Bartlett, Wilfred Grenfell ..
Directed by: Varick Frissell, George Melford
Release date: 1931-06-21
Best Action Movies of 1931 : The Blonde Captive
9.

The Blonde Captive

1.9
4.4/10 IMDB

An expedition is sent into the rugged Australian outback to search for a lost white woman.

Starring: Lowell Thomas, Clifton Childs, Paul Withington ..
Directed by: Clinton Childs, Ralph P. King, Linus J. Wilson, Paul Withington
Release date: 1931-12-29
Best Action Movies of 1931 : Men Like These
10.

Men Like These

1.6
5.9/10 IMDB

A British submarine on patrol is accidentally rammed by a merchant ship, that tears a big hole in in sub which sinks trapping the crew.

Starring: John Batten, Sydney Seaward, James Enstone, Syd Crossley, John Hunt, Edward Gee, Charles Peachey, Atholl Fleming, Lesley Wareing ..
Directed by: Walter Summers
Release date: 1931-01-01

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