Best Action Movies of 1938


The Adventures of Robin Hood

7.9/10 IMDB

Robin Hood fights nobly for justice against the evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne while striving to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marian.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette, Alan Hale, Melville Cooper, Ian Hunter, Una O'Connor ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
Release date: 1938-05-13

Angels with Dirty Faces

7.9/10 IMDB

In New York, the boys Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connelly are best friends and small time thieves. After a robbery, Rocky is arrested and sent to a reformatory school, where he begins his criminal career. Jerry escapes and later becomes a priest. After three years in prison, Rocky is released and demands the return of $100,000 deposited with his solicitor - prior to his jail term.

Starring: James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, George Bancroft, The 'Dead End' Kids, Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Gabriel Dell ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1938-11-26

The Dawn Patrol

7.5/10 IMDB

In 1915 France, Major Brand commands the 39th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. The young airmen go up in bullet-riddled "crates" and the casualty rate is appalling, but Brand can't make the "brass hats" at headquarters see reason. Insubordinate air ace Captain Courtney is another thorn in Brand's side...but finds the smile wiped from his face when he rises to command the squadron himself. Everyone keeps a stiff upper lip.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, David Niven, Donald Crisp, Melville Cooper, Barry Fitzgerald, Carl Esmond, Peter Willes, Morton Lowry, James Burke ..
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1938-12-24

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

7.0/10 IMDB

A wealthy society doctor decides to research the medical aspects of criminal behaviour by becoming one himself. He joins a gang of thieves and proceeds to wrest leadership of the gang away from it's extremely resentful leader.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, Humphrey Bogart, Allen Jenkins, Donald Crisp, Gale Page, Henry O'Neill, John Litel, Thurston Hall, Ward Bond ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1938-07-20


6.7/10 IMDB

Pepe Le Moko is a notorious thief, who escaped from France. Since his escape, Moko became a resident and leader of the immense Casbah of Algiers. French officials arrive insisting on Pepe's capture are met with unfazed local detectives, led by Inspector Slimane, who are biding their time. Meanwhile, Pepe meets the beautiful Gaby , which arouses the jealousy of Ines

Starring: Charles Boyer, Sigrid Gurie, Hedy Lamarr, Joseph Calleia, Alan Hale, Gene Lockhart, Walter Kingsford, Paul Harvey, Stanley Fields, Johnny Downs ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1938-01-16

In Old Chicago

6.7/10 IMDB

The O'Leary brothers -- honest Jack and roguish Dion -- become powerful figures, and eventually rivals, in Chicago on the eve of its Great Fire.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Alice Brady, Andy Devine, Brian Donlevy, Phyllis Brooks, Tom Brown, Sidney Blackmer, Berton Churchill ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1938-04-15
Best Action Movies of 1938 : The Missing Guest

The Missing Guest

5.9/10 IMDB

Newspaper man "Scoop" Hanlon is looking for a way out of his assigned women's interest column. The one chance he has is to spend the night in the "blue room" of a haunted mansion where a number of people are gathered for a party. When one of the guests disappears from his room, "Scoop" decides to get to the bottom of things.

Starring: Paul Kelly, Constance Moore, William Lundigan, Edwin Stanley, Selmer Jackson, Billy Wayne, George Cooper, P.J. Kelly, Florence Wix, Harlan Briggs ..
Directed by: John Rawlins
Release date: 1938-08-12
Best Action Movies of 1938 : The Crowd Roars

The Crowd Roars

6.7/10 IMDB

A young boxer gets caught between a no-good father and a crime boss when he starts dating the boss's daughter, although she doesn't know what daddy does for a living.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Edward Arnold, Frank Morgan, Maureen O'Sullivan, William Gargan, Lionel Stander, Jane Wyman, Nat Pendleton, Charles D. Brown, Gene Reynolds ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1938-08-06
Best Action Movies of 1938 : The Buccaneer

The Buccaneer

6.6/10 IMDB

French pirate Jean Lafitte rescues a girl and joins the War of 1812.

Starring: Fredric March, Franziska Gaal, Akim Tamiroff, Margot Grahame, Walter Brennan, Ian Keith, Anthony Quinn, Douglass Dumbrille, Beulah Bondi, Robert Barrat ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1938-02-04

Mr. Moto's Gamble

6.6/10 IMDB

Celebrated as supersleuth, Mr. Moto comes out fighting when a brutal boxing match turns into cold-blooded murder! Assisted by detective-in-training Lee Chan, Moto sets out to track down the killer based on a single ominous clue: a poisoned boxing glove! But when Moto's hunch points to a corrupt gambling syndicate, he's forced to wager his very life to unmask the culprit—or go down for the count...permanently!

Starring: Peter Lorre, Keye Luke, Dick Baldwin, Lynn Bari, Douglas Fowley, Jayne Regan, Harold Huber, Maxie Rosenbloom, John Hamilton, George E. Stone ..
Directed by: James Tinling
Release date: 1938-04-07
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Her Jungle Love

Her Jungle Love

6.4/10 IMDB

While searching the South Pacific for a missing aviator, Bob Mitchell and Jimmy Wallace are caught in a typhoon and crack up on an island, escaping unharmed with the aid of Tura, a beautiful jungle girl who is the only inhabitant of the island and is believed a goddess by the natives of the adjoining islands. The three are about to leave the island on a make-shift raft when a gang of savage tribesman land, headed by Kuasa, a half-mad potentate who informs them that all whites are his mortal enemies because an Englishwoman once spurned his love and he got his revenge by stealing her daughter, who is Tura.

Starring: Dorothy Lamour, Ray Milland, Lynne Overman, J. Carrol Naish, Virginia Vale, Jonathan Hale, Archie Twitchell, Edward Earle, Sonny Chorre, Tony Urchel ..
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1938-04-15
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars

Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars

7.0/10 IMDB

A 15-episode serial starring Buster Crabbe.

Starring: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Frank Shannon, Charles Middleton, Beatrice Roberts, Donald Kerr, Richard Alexander, C. Montague Shaw, Wheeler Oakman, Kane Richmond ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe, Robert F. Hill
Release date: 1938-03-21
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Arrest Bulldog Drummond

Arrest Bulldog Drummond

6.1/10 IMDB

The invention of a machine that can cause remote explosions brings the attention of Scotland Yard and Bulldog Drummond.

Starring: John Howard, Heather Angel, H.B. Warner, Reginald Denny, E. E. Clive, Jean Fenwick, Zeffie Tilbury, George Zucco, Leonard Mudie, Evan Thomas ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1938-11-25

Mysterious Mr. Moto

6.7/10 IMDB

The Japanese detective rounds up a league of assassins for Scotland Yard.

Starring: Peter Lorre, Mary Maguire, Henry Wilcoxon, Erik Rhodes, Leon Ames, Forrester Harvey, Frederick Vogeding, Lester Matthews, Jimmy Aubrey, May Beatty ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1938-09-17
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Spawn of the North

Spawn of the North

6.7/10 IMDB

Two Alaskan salmon fisherman find their friendship at risk when one aligns with Russian fish pirates and the other aligns with local vigilantes.

Starring: George Raft, Henry Fonda, John Barrymore, Dorothy Lamour, Akim Tamiroff, Louise Platt, Lynne Overman, Fuzzy Knight, Vladimir Sokoloff, Duncan Renaldo ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1938-08-26
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Six Shootin' Sheriff

Six Shootin' Sheriff

6.2/10 IMDB

Cowboy star Ken Maynard is Jim "Trigger" Morton, in town undercover while pursuing the man who framed him for robbery. But a well-placed shot tames a band of scofflaws and gains Morton the sheriff's badge. Now, he's riding on both sides of the law. The line is further blurred when old buddy Chuck (Walter Long) offers evidence of Morton's innocence in exchange for a blind eye to Chuck's impending postal heist in this classic Western.

Starring: Ken Maynard, Marjorie Reynolds, Lafe McKee, Walter Long, Bob Terry, Ben Corbett, Roger Williams, Harry Harvey, Tom London, Richard Alexander ..
Directed by: Harry L. Fraser
Release date: 1938-05-20
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Dick Tracy Returns

Dick Tracy Returns

6.4/10 IMDB

Dick Tracy battles spies and saboteurs in his efforts to bring to justice the Stark gang, a criminal family led by the vicious Pa Stark.

Starring: Ralph Byrd, Lynne Roberts, Charles Middleton, Jerry Tucker, David Sharpe, Lee Ford, Michael Kent, John Merton, Ray Bennett, Jack Roberts ..
Directed by: John English, William Witney
Release date: 1938-08-19

Mr. Moto Takes a Chance

6.4/10 IMDB

In the jungle near Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Mr. Moto poses as an ineffectual archaeologist and a venerable holy man with mystical powers to help foil two insurgencies against the government.

Starring: Peter Lorre, Rochelle Hudson, Robert Kent, J. Edward Bromberg, Chick Chandler, George Regas, Frederick Vogeding, H.W. Gim, Al Kikume, James B. Leong ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1938-06-11
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Newsboys' Home

Newsboys' Home

6.0/10 IMDB

A beautiful girl inherits a newspaper that sponsors a charity home for boys.

Starring: Jackie Cooper, Edmund Lowe, Wendy Barrie, Edward Norris, Samuel S. Hinds, Irving Pichel, Elisha Cook Jr., Harris Berger, Hal E. Chester, David Gorcey ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin, Harold Young
Release date: 1938-12-24
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Gang Bullets

Gang Bullets

5.6/10 IMDB

Gang Bullets was one of a myriad of late-1930s Monogram crime pictures, bearing such interchangable titles as I Am a Criminal, Convict's Code and Federal Bullets. Morgan Wallace plays a Capone-like racketeer named Anderson, who after being chased out of one town by the authorities immediately sets up shop in another. Unable to get any tangible evidence against Anderson, DA Wayne (Charles Trowbridge) orders his assistant Carter (Robert Kent) to dig up some dirt on the gangster boss. To do this, Carter pretends to turned crooked, joining Anderson's gang in order to accumulate evidence. Alas, Carter's girl friend Patricia (Anne Nagel) knows nothing of her boyfriend's subterfuge, and she suspects the worst. With such formidable henchmen as John Merton and Carleton Young at his beck and call, it's something of a surprise when Anderson comes a-cropper in the last reel.

Starring: Anne Nagel, Robert Kent, Charles Trowbridge, Morgan Wallace, J. Farrell MacDonald, John T. Murray, Joseph Crehan, Benny Bartlett, John Merton, Roger Williams ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1938-11-10
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Under Western Stars

Under Western Stars

5.8/10 IMDB

In his starring debut, Roy gets elected to Congress in order to bring water to the ranchers in his district. In Washington, he learns he needs the backing of a key congressman and gets that man to go west for an inspection trip. When the congressman is initially unimpressed, Roy gets the inspection party stranded without water to show the true conditions.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Carol Hughes, Maple City Four, Guy Usher, Tom Chatterton, Kenneth Harlan, Stephen Chase, Brandon Beach, Earl Dwire ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1938-04-20
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Illegal Traffic

Illegal Traffic

6.1/10 IMDB

G-Man Charles Bent Martin is sent out to break up a nationwide racket. A transport company is aiding fugitives making a getaway in exchange for the lion's share of their loot. Through an old friend, whom he once barnstormed in an air circus, Martin joins the gang as a pilot. He becomes interested in Carol Butler, a beautiful girl involved with the gang through the activities of her ne'er-do-well father.

Starring: J. Carrol Naish, Mary Carlisle, Robert Preston, Judith Barrett, Pierre Watkin, Buster Crabbe, George McKay, Richard Denning, Phil Warren, Sheila Darcy ..
Directed by: Louis King
Release date: 1938-11-02
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Here's Flash Casey

Here's Flash Casey

5.5/10 IMDB

After graduating college an aspiring photographer lands his first job--with a big city newspaper.

Starring: Eric Linden, Boots Mallory, Cully Richards, Holmes Herbert, Joseph Crehan, Howard Lang, Victor Adams, Harry Harvey, Suzanne Kaaren, Matty Kemp ..
Directed by: Lynn Shores
Release date: 1938-01-07
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Rocket Ship

Rocket Ship

6.7/10 IMDB

Condensed feature version of the 1936 serial Flash Gordon, with altered musical score. The film, which was shown outside the US as simply "Flash Gordon", was re-named Rocket Ship for its 1950 stateside re-release.

Starring: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Priscilla Lawson, Frank Shannon, Richard Alexander, Jack 'Tiny' Lipson, Theodore Lorch, James Pierce, Earl Askam ..
Directed by: Frederick Stephani, Ray Taylor
Release date: 1938-03-05
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Barefoot Boy

Barefoot Boy

5.5/10 IMDB

A spoiled boy sent to the country to grow-up. He has to deal with life, friends and crooks.

Starring: Jackie Moran, Marcia Mae Jones, Bradley Metcalfe, Marilyn Knowlden, Ralph Morgan, Claire Windsor, Helen MacKellar, Matty Fain, Frank Puglia, J. Farrell MacDonald ..
Directed by: Karl Brown
Release date: 1938-08-03
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Bulldog Drummond in Africa

Bulldog Drummond in Africa

6.0/10 IMDB

Drummond has to leave for Morocco on his wedding day with his fiancee and trusted friends to rescue his friend Nielsen who is kidnapped by an international criminal.

Starring: John Howard, Heather Angel, H.B. Warner, J. Carrol Naish, Reginald Denny, E. E. Clive, Anthony Quinn, Michael Brooke, Matthew Boulton, Neil Fitzgerald ..
Directed by: Louis King
Release date: 1938-08-05
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Sky Giant

Sky Giant

5.9/10 IMDB

Given the job of training young pilots for important post-war cargo flights, hard-boiled Col. Stockton forces ex-officer Stag Cahill back into the military to be his aide at the academy. Complications arise when Stockton's son Kenneth arrives for training and Stockton, believing his son to be a slackard, looks for an excuse to drop him from the program. Rivalry develops between Stag and Ken as well, as they fall for the same girl.

Starring: Richard Dix, Chester Morris, Joan Fontaine, Harry Carey, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert Strange, Vickie Lester ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1938-07-22

Adventure in Sahara

5.7/10 IMDB

Agadez is a lonely French outpost baking under the desert sun and commanded by the cruel and oppressive Captain Savatt. To it comes, at his own request, Legionnaire Jim Wilson soon followed by his fiancée, Carla Preston, who has been tracing him from post to post. Legionnaires seize the fort and turn Savitt loose in the Arab-haunted desert with only a fraction of the water and food needed to get back to civilization. But Savitt gets through and returns to the fort at the head of an avenging troop of men. But Arabs surround Savitt and his men, and the mutineers, knowing that to leave the fort and aid them means their own death

Starring: Paul Kelly, C. Henry Gordon, Lorna Gray, Robert Fiske, Marc Lawrence, Dick Curtis, Stanley Brown, Al Bridge, Ray Bennett, Charles R. Moore ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1938-11-15
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Billy The Kid Returns

Billy The Kid Returns

5.8/10 IMDB

After Pat Garrett kills Billy the Kid, Billy's look-alike Roy Rogers arrives and is mistaken for him. Although a murderer, Billy was on the side of the homesteaders against the large ranchers. As Billy's death is unknown, Roy gets Garrett to let him pose as Billy to continue the fight, but without the killing.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, Lynne Roberts, Morgan Wallace, Wade Boteler, Fred Kohler, Edwin Stanley, Horace Murphy, Joseph Crehan, Robert Emmett Keane ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1938-09-04
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Down in 'Arkansaw'

Down in 'Arkansaw'

5.4/10 IMDB

A government representative travels to the backwoods of Arkansas to convince the people there of the benefits to them of a proposed dam on their river.

Starring: Ralph Byrd, Leon Weaver, June Weaver, Frank Weaver, June Storey, Pinky Tomlin, Berton Churchill, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Walter Miller ..
Directed by: Nick Grinde
Release date: 1938-10-07

Two-Gun Man from Harlem

5.4/10 IMDB

A cowboy is wrongfully accused of murder. He winds up in Harlem, where he assumes the identity of a preacher-turned-gangster who looks like him. He infiltrates the gang to catch the men who framed him.

Starring: Herb Jeffries, Marguerite Whitten, Clarence Brooks, Mantan Moreland, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Spencer Williams, Mae Turner, Jess Lee Brooks, Rosalie Lincoln, Tom Southern ..
Directed by: Richard C. Kahn
Release date: 1938-05-01
Best Action Movies of 1938 : The Duke of West Point

The Duke of West Point

6.4/10 IMDB

A cocky new West Point cadet from Cambridge is given the cold shoulder by his classmates because of his rule-breaking antics.

Starring: Louis Hayward, Joan Fontaine, Tom Brown, Richard Carlson, Alan Curtis, Don Barry, Steve Pendleton, Charles D. Brown, Jed Prouty, Marjorie Gateson ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1938-12-29
Best Action Movies of 1938 : On the Great White Trail

On the Great White Trail

5.2/10 IMDB

Death stalked Garou's Landing, in the Canadian frozen north, but who was the killer who murdered two men and left them huddled in the snow. Sergeant Renfrew (James Newill, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, accompanied by his dog, Silver King (Silver King the Dog), and Kay Larkin (Terry Walker) the daughter of the man, Andrew Larkin (Robert Frazer) accused of the crime, sets out to solve the crime and bring the real killer to justice.

Starring: James Newill, Terry Walker, Robert Frazer, Richard Alexander, Richard Tucker, Bob Terry, Eddie Gribbon, Walter McGrail, Philo McCullough, Charles King ..
Directed by: Albert Herman
Release date: 1938-07-22
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Call The Mesquiteers

Call The Mesquiteers

5.9/10 IMDB

The Three Mesquiteers are forced to track down a train robbery ring after some of the gang hijack their truck for a getaway and the police conclude they are part of the gang, an identification which is just fine with the gang's nameless chief.

Starring: Robert Livingston, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, Lynne Roberts, Earle Hodgins, Sammy McKim, Eddy Waller, Maston Williams, Eddie Hart, Pat Gleason ..
Directed by: John English
Release date: 1938-03-07
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Call of The Yukon

Call of The Yukon

5.3/10 IMDB

Adventuring author Jean Williams is living in the wilds of Alaska alongside the Eskimo people gathering material for her novel. She befriends several animals who become her loyal friends such as a pair of bear cubs whose mother has been killed by hunter Gaston Rogers, a talking raven and the bereaved collie Firefly who will not leave the grave of her master, a game warden killed in the line of duty. The community is imperiled by a pack of wolves and wild dogs, led by a wild dog called Swift Lightning, who are killing all the reindeer. With the supply of fresh meat gone, the Eskimos are migrating to lands with more food. Hunter Gaston agrees to take Jean to Nenana, Alaska, along with his furs by dog sled. Jean, who despises Gaston as being more savage and blood thirsty than the four-legged predators, is followed by her loyal animals.

Starring: Richard Arlen, Beverly Roberts, Lyle Talbot, Mala, Garry Owen, Ivan Miller, Billy Dooley, Al St. John, Swift Lightning, Firefly ..
Directed by: B. Reeves Eason, John T. Coyle
Release date: 1938-04-18
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Battle Of Broadway

Battle Of Broadway

6.1/10 IMDB

The wealthy owner of a Pennsylvania steel business travels to New York to break up his son's romance with a showgirl. Director George Marshall's 1938 comedy stars Victor McLaglen, Brian Donlevy, Gypsy Rose Lee, Raymond Walburn, Hattie McDaniel, Lynn Bari, Robert Kellard, Jane Darwell, Andrew Tombes, Esther Muir and Frank Moran.

Starring: Victor McLaglen, Brian Donlevy, Gypsy Rose Lee, Raymond Walburn, Hattie McDaniel, Lynn Bari, Jane Darwell, Robert Kellard, Sammy Cohen, Esther Muir ..
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1938-04-22
Best Action Movies of 1938 : The Daredevil Drivers

The Daredevil Drivers

4.7/10 IMDB

To spite his girlfriend, the owner of a successful bus company, an auto racer goes to work for her rival.

Starring: Dick Purcell, Beverly Roberts, Charley Foy, Donald Briggs, Gloria Blondell, Gordon Oliver, Ferris Taylor, Earl Dwire, Wilfred Lucas, Eric Stanley ..
Directed by: B. Reeves Eason
Release date: 1938-02-12
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Tarzan and the Green Goddess

Tarzan and the Green Goddess

4.4/10 IMDB

Tarzan retells the story of a trip to Guatemala in which the ape-man had gone to aid a friend in searching for a very valuable totem pole called the Green Goddess. Second of two feature versions of the 1935 serial film "The New Adventures Of Tarzan", culled from the serial's last 10 episodes.

Starring: Bruce Bennett, Ula Holt, Ashton Dearholt, Frank Baker, Lewis Sargent, Jack Mower ..
Directed by: Edward A. Kull, Wilbur McGaugh
Release date: 1938-02-14
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Air Devils

Air Devils

4.8/10 IMDB

Two daredevil pilots go after the same girl.

Starring: Larry J. Blake, Dick Purcell, Beryl Wallace, Mamo Clark, Charles Brokaw, Minerva Urecal, Forbes Murray, Paul Sutton, LeRoy Mason, Al Kikume ..
Directed by: John Rawlins
Release date: 1938-05-13
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Tarzan's Revenge

Tarzan's Revenge

4.7/10 IMDB

Eleanor and her parents are hunting big game, acompanied by her wimpish fiance.

Starring: Glenn Morris, Eleanor Holm, George Meeker, Hedda Hopper, George Barbier, C. Henry Gordon, Joe Sawyer, Frederick Clarke, Corbet Morris, John Lester Johnson ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1938-01-07
Best Action Movies of 1938 : The Secret of Treasure Island

The Secret of Treasure Island

4.8/10 IMDB

A variety of people are searching for a long-hidden treasure somewhere on an island. Chapter titles: 1.The Isle of Fear 2.The Ghost Talks 3.The Phantom Duel 4.Buried Alive 5.The Girl Who Vanished 6.Trapped by the Flood 7.The Cannon Roars 8.The Circle of Death 9.The Pirate's Revenge 10.The Crash 11.Dynamite 12.The Bridge of Doom 13.The Mad Flight 14.The Jaws of Destruction 15.Justice

Starring: Don Terry, Gwen Gaze, Walter Miller, George Rosener, Grant Withers, Hobart Bosworth, Sandra Karina, P.J. Kelly, Yakima Canutt, William Farnum ..
Directed by: Elmer Clifton
Release date: 1938-03-17
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Flight Into Nowhere

Flight Into Nowhere

4.2/10 IMDB

When headstrong pilot Bill Kellogg disobeys orders and takes a plane to photograph potential landing fields in uncharted Latin American country, he ends up running out of gas and crashing. The members of a nearby tribal village save Bill from the wreckage, but arent willing to help him get home.

Starring: Jack Holt, Dick Purcell, Julie Bishop, James Burke, Lotus Long, Robert Fiske, Fritz Leiber, Ward Bond, Howard Hickman, Hector V. Sarno ..
Directed by: Lewis D. Collins
Release date: 1938-04-19
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Hawk of the Wilderness

Hawk of the Wilderness

7.4/10 IMDB

An expedition arrives on an uncharted jungle island to rescue the local natives, led by a jungle boy, from a volcano that is about to erupt.

Starring: Bruce Bennett, Mala, Monte Blue, Harley Wood, Noble Johnson, William Royle, Tom Chatterton, George Eldredge, P.J. Kelly, Dick Wessel ..
Directed by: John English, William Witney
Release date: 1938-12-03
Best Action Movies of 1938 : The Fighting Devil Dogs

The Fighting Devil Dogs

6.9/10 IMDB

Two marine lieutenants battle a masked would-be world conqueror who uses electricity as a weapon.

Starring: Lee Powell, Bruce Bennett, Eleanor Stewart, Hugh Sothern, Montagu Love, Perry Ivins, Forrest Taylor, John Picorri, Sam Flint, Carleton Young ..
Directed by: John English, William Witney
Release date: 1938-05-27
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Crime Takes a Holiday

Crime Takes a Holiday

6.8/10 IMDB

A district attorney uses psychology to expose a criminal gang by publicizing the prosecution of an innocent man.

Starring: Jack Holt, Marcia Ralston, Russell Hopton, Douglass Dumbrille, Arthur Hohl, Thomas E. Jackson, John Wray, William Pawley, Paul Fix, Harry Woods ..
Directed by: Lewis D. Collins
Release date: 1938-10-05
Best Action Movies of 1938 : The Spider's Web

The Spider's Web

6.9/10 IMDB

Pulp hero "The Spider" seeks to destroy all criminals. In this serialized adventure, he battles The Octopus, who intends to replace the government of the United States.

Starring: Warren Hull, Iris Meredith, Richard Fiske, Kenne Duncan, Forbes Murray, Marc Lawrence, Charles C. Wilson, Eugene Anderson Jr, Ann Doran, Paul Whitney ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor, James W. Horne
Release date: 1938-10-21
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Red Barry

Red Barry

6.6/10 IMDB

A police detective is caught up in a plot to steal two million dollars in bonds.

Starring: Buster Crabbe, Frances Robinson, Edna Sedgewick, Cyril Delevanti, Frank Lackteen, Wade Boteler, Hugh Huntley, Philip Ahn, William Ruhl, William Gould ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe, Alan James
Release date: 1938-10-18
Best Action Movies of 1938 : The Marines Are Here

The Marines Are Here

6.8/10 IMDB

A cocky young Marine who's alienated many of his fellow soldiers with his smart-aleck, wiseguy attitude gets a "wake-up call" when his unit comes under attack by bandits.

Starring: Gordon Oliver, June Travis, Ray Walker, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Ronnie Cosby, Billy Dooley, Pat Gleason, Edward Earle, Wade Boteler ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1938-06-08
Best Action Movies of 1938 : Penitentiary


6.4/10 IMDB

The story of a D.A. who becomes a prison warden and winds up overseeing the sentence of a man he prosecuted.

Starring: Walter Connolly, John Howard, Jean Parker, Robert Barrat, Marc Lawrence, Arthur Hohl, Charles Halton, Edward Van Sloan, Marjorie Main, Stanley Andrews ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1938-02-05
Best Action Movies of 1938 : The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok

The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok

6.7/10 IMDB

A group of "Phantom Raiders" interfere with a cattle drive from Texas to Abilene; fortunately, U.S. Marshal Wild Bill Hickok is appointed to ensure the success of the mission.

Starring: Bill Elliott, Monte Blue, Carole Wayne, Frankie Darro, Dickie Jones, Sammy McKim, Kermit Maynard, Roscoe Ates, Roscoe Ates, Chief Thundercloud ..
Directed by: Mack V. Wright, Sam Nelson
Release date: 1938-06-30

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