Best Action Movies of 1937

1.

Charlie Chan at the Olympics

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Get ready for a Gold Medal murder mystery! This "tense, thrilling mystery" ('California Congress of Parents and Teachers') pits Charlie Chan against international spies who are using the Berlin Olympic games as the perfect cover...for cold-blooded murder!

Starring: Warner Oland, Katherine DeMille, Pauline Moore, Allan Lane, Keye Luke, C. Henry Gordon, John Eldredge, Layne Tom Jr., Jonathan Hale, Morgan Wallace ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1937-05-21
2.

Marked Woman

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Set in the underworld of Manhattan, Marked Woman tells the story of a woman who dares to stand up to one of the city's most powerful gangsters. The women of the story are "hostesses". What is implied, but not stated clearly is that they are prostitutes, who work in a gambling den in the city.

Starring: Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane, Isabel Jewell, Mayo Methot, Eduardo Ciannelli, Rosalind Marquis, Jane Bryan, Allen Jenkins, Mark Strong ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon, Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1937-04-10
3.

The Hurricane

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

In the colonial era, island native Terangi (Jon Hall) spends a blissful honeymoon with his bride, Marama (Dorothy Lamour). Soon after, however, their relationship is torn asunder when Terangi is sent to prison for punching a prejudiced white man. Prominent members of the community -- including the governor's wife, Mme. De Laage (Mary Astor), petition the governor for clemency, but he refuses to budge. However, all pretense of law and order are soon shattered by an incoming tropical storm.

Starring: Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall, Mary Astor, C. Aubrey Smith, Thomas Mitchell, Raymond Massey, John Carradine, Jerome Cowan, Al Kikume, Kuulei De Clercq ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1937-11-05
Best Action Movies of 1937 : Zorro Rides Again
4.

Zorro Rides Again

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

The California-Yucatan Railroad, being built for the good of Mexico, is under siege by a gang of terrorists hoping to force its sale; no one can prove their connection to profiteer Marsden. Manuel Vega, aged co-owner, calls in the aid of his nephew James, great-grandson of the original Zorro. Alas, James seems more adept at golf than derring-do; but after he arrives, Zorro rides again! Can one black-clad man on horseback defeat a gang supplied with airplanes and machine guns?

Starring: John Carroll, Helen Christian, Reed Howes, Duncan Renaldo, Noah Beery, Richard Alexander, Nigel De Brulier ..
Directed by: John English, William Witney
Release date: 1937-11-20
Best Action Movies of 1937 : Bulldog Drummond Comes Back
5.

Bulldog Drummond Comes Back

2.8
6.0/10 IMDB

Drummond's girlfriend has been kidnapped for revenge.

Starring: John Barrymore, John Howard, Louise Campbell, Reginald Denny, E. E. Clive, J. Carrol Naish, Helen Freeman, Zeffie Tilbury, John Sutton, Rita Page ..
Directed by: Louis King
Release date: 1937-09-24
Best Action Movies of 1937 : King Solomon's Mines
6.

King Solomon's Mines

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Adventurer Allan Quartermain leads an expedition into uncharted African territory in an attempt to locate an explorer who went missing during his search for the fabled diamond mines of King Solomon.

Starring: Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke, Anna Lee, Roland Young, John Loder, Arthur Sinclair, Robert Adams, Arthur Goullet, Tony Wane, Sydney Fairbrother ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1937-01-01
7.

Bulldog Drummond Escapes

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond, a former British officer who served in the first world war, falls for an heiress who is imprisoned by her guardians.

Starring: Ray Milland, Guy Standing, Heather Angel, Reginald Denny, Porter Hall, Fay Holden, E. E. Clive, Walter Kingsford, P.J. Kelly, Charles McNaughton ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1937-04-09
Best Action Movies of 1937 : Criminal Lawyer
8.

Criminal Lawyer

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

Barry Brandon, a criminal lawyer, visits the night club of Denny Larkin, his primary client, with Betty Walker, a spoiled society girl. The police raid the club and Brandon pleads that the whole group is guilty, just to get even with Larkin for a rebuke. On the same night in court, Madge Carter is on trial for disorderly conduct, and Brandon volunteers to defend her, and proves the case against her if a frame-up. Finding that she is penniless, Brandon hires her as his secretary, and falls in love with her. Brandon is appointed district attorney and has ambitions of becoming the state governor. Having dinner at Betty's home, she maneuvers him, while he is drunk, into marrying her. Later, Madge is a witness when Larkin shoots down a fellow gangster. By threatening Brandon's life, he forces her to commit perjury at his trial, and say he fired in self-defense. Brandon, the prosecuting attorney (who has had his marriage to Betty annulled) knows she is lying but doesn't know why.

Starring: Lee Tracy, Margot Grahame, Eduardo Ciannelli, Betty Lawford, Erik Rhodes, Frank M. Thomas, Wilfred Lucas, William Stack ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne, Edward Killy
Release date: 1937-01-29
Best Action Movies of 1937 : Missing Witnesses
9.

Missing Witnesses

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

A detective and his bumbling sidekick join the crackdown on racketeering in '30s New York City.

Starring: John Litel, Dick Purcell, Jean Dale, Sheila Bromley, Ben Welden, Raymond Hatton, Veda Ann Borg, Carole Landis, Joan Valerie, Myrtle Stedman ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1937-12-11
Best Action Movies of 1937 : She Loved a Fireman
10.

She Loved a Fireman

2.5
5.4/10 IMDB

A young man with a checkered past struggles to make good as a fireman.

Starring: Dick Foran, Ann Sheridan, Robert Armstrong, Eddie Acuff, Veda Ann Borg, May Beatty, Eddy Chandler, Lane Chandler, Ted Oliver, Pat Flaherty ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1937-12-18

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