Best Action Movies of 1942

1.

All Through the Night

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Broadway gamblers stumble across a plan by Nazi saboteurs to blow up an American battleship.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne, Jane Darwell, Frank McHugh, Peter Lorre, Judith Anderson, William Demarest, Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1942-01-10
2.

Larceny, Inc.

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Three ex-cons buy a luggage shop to tunnel into the bank vault next door. But despite all they can do, the shop prospers...

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford, Jack Carson, Anthony Quinn, Edward Brophy, Harry Davenport, John Qualen, Barbara Jo Allen, Grant Mitchell ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1942-04-24
3.

Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Sir Arthur Blake has inherited title and lands from his brother. He also has his orphaned nephew Benjamin working for him as a bonded servant. While he believes the lad was born out of wedlock and so cannot claim the inheritance, he is taking no chances. Benjamin eventually rebels against his uncle and sets sail to try and make his fortune. This may enable him to return to prove his claim to being the rightful heir to the estate.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, George Sanders, Frances Farmer, Elsa Lanchester, Roddy McDowall, John Carradine, Harry Davenport, Kay Johnson, Dudley Digges ..
Directed by: John Cromwell, Darryl F. Zanuck
Release date: 1942-01-29
4.

The Black Swan

3.7
6.7/10 IMDB

When notorious pirate Henry Morgan is made governor of Jamaica, he enlists the help of some of his former partners in ridding the Caribbean of buccaneers. When one of them apparently abducts the previous governor's pretty daughter and joins up with the rebels, things are set for a fight.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar, Thomas Mitchell, George Sanders, Anthony Quinn, George Zucco, Clarence Muse, Helene Costello, Edward Ashley ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1942-12-04
Best Action Movies of 1942 : One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
5.

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

During the Allied Bombing offensive of World War II the public was often informed that "A raid took place last night over ..., One (or often more) of Our Aircraft Is Missing". Behind these sombre words hid tales of death, destruction and derring-do. This is the story of one such bomber crew who were shot down and the brave Dutch patriots who helped them home.

Starring: Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, Bernard Miles, Hugh Burden, Peter Ustinov, Googie Withers, Pamela Brown, Joyce Redman, Robert Beatty ..
Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Release date: 1942-04-24
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Desperate Journey
6.

Desperate Journey

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

During WWII, when an allied bomber is shot down over Germany, the five surviving crew are captured but cleverly escape detention after learning German secret information and knocking out a Nazi major. With the angry major in hot pursuit, aided by military personnel, Gestapo agents and Hitler-loyal citizens, the five wend their way across perilous Germany, intent on reaching the UK with the secrets they have learned.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale, Nancy Coleman, Arthur Kennedy, Ronald Sinclair, Albert Bassermann, Rudolph Anders ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1942-09-25
7.

Jungle Book

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book is given the full treatment in this lavish retelling filled with huge sets, exotic animals, a large cast and the incomparable Sabu, starring as Mowgli, the young orphan boy raised by wolves. Curious to reconnect with his human village, Mowgli returns only to find disappointment in the greed and treachery of man. Over time, Mowgli and the village members do grow to trust one another, but not before the village finds itself under siege. It's up to Mowgli and his jungle friends to save the day.

Starring: Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Frank Puglia, Sabu, Rosemary DeCamp, Patricia O'Rourke, Ralph Byrd, Faith Brook, Noble Johnson, John Mather ..
Directed by: Zoltan Korda
Release date: 1942-04-03
8.

Captains of the Clouds

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Inspired by Churchill's Dunkirk speech, brash, undisciplined Canadian bush pilot Brian MacLean and three friends enlist in the RCAF.

Starring: James Cagney, Dennis Morgan, Brenda Marshall, Alan Hale, George Tobias, Reginald Gardiner, W.A. Bishop, Reginald Denny, Russell Arms, Paul Cavanagh ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1942-02-12
9.

Tarzan's New York Adventure

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Circus owner Buck Rand kidnaps Boy to perform in his show. He forces a pilot to fly him, Boy and his animal trainer out of the jungle. Tarzan and Jane follow them to New York.

Starring: Johnny Weissmüller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Virginia Grey, Charles Bickford, Paul Kelly, Chill Wills, Cy Kendall, Russell Hicks, Howard Hickman ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1942-05-01
10.

Flying Tigers

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Jim Gordon commands a unit of the famed Flying Tigers, the American Volunteer Group which fought the Japanese in China before America's entry into World War II. Gordon must send his outnumbered band of fighter pilots out against overwhelming odds while juggling the disparate personalities and problems of his fellow flyers.

Starring: John Wayne, John Carroll, Anna Lee, Paul Kelly, Gordon Jones, Mae Clarke, Addison Richards, Edmund MacDonald, Bill Shirley, Tom Neal ..
Directed by: David Miller
Release date: 1942-10-08
11.

Arabian Nights

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

Two half brothers battle each other for the power of the throne and the love of sensual, gorgeous dancing girl Scheherazade.

Starring: Jon Hall, Maria Montez, Sabu, Leif Erickson, Billy Gilbert, Edgar Barrier, Richard Lane, Turhan Bey, John Qualen, Shemp Howard ..
Directed by: John Rawlins
Release date: 1942-12-25
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Wake Island
12.

Wake Island

3.3
6.7/10 IMDB

In late 1941, with no hope of relief or re-supply, a small band of United States Marines tries to keep the Japanese Navy from capturing their island base.

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Macdonald Carey, Robert Preston, William Bendix, Albert Dekker, Walter Abel, Mikhail Rasumny, Rod Cameron, Bill Goodwin, Damian O'Flynn ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1942-08-11
13.

Frisco Lil

3.3
5.6/10 IMDB

Lil becomes a dealer in a gambling casino in order to get the information she needs to clear her father of a murder charge. She also falls in love with lawyer Brewster.

Starring: Irene Hervey, Kent Taylor, Minor Watson, Jerome Cowan, Samuel S. Hinds, Milburn Stone, Matty Fain, Claire Whitney, Emmett Lynn, Harry Strang ..
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1942-03-13
Best Action Movies of 1942 : The Old Chisholm Trail
14.

The Old Chisholm Trail

3.2
5.8/10 IMDB

Dusty Gardner, and other Texas ranchers, are driving a herd of cattle to Abilene, Kansas along the Chisholm Trail. Desperate need of water takes them to the Turner ranch, where Belle Turner demands exorbitant prices for the water. Dusty learns that Belle is also trying to oust Mary Lee and Montana Smith from the trading post Mary operates. The sheriff sides with Belle following a fight between the two women. Belle knows there is artesian springs under the land the trading post occupies and intends to get the property by any means.

Starring: Johnny Mack Brown, Tex Ritter, Fuzzy Knight, Jennifer Holt, Mady Correll, Earle Hodgins, Roy Barcroft, Edmund Cobb, Budd Buster, Johnny Bond ..
Directed by: Elmer Clifton
Release date: 1942-12-11
Best Action Movies of 1942 : In Old California
15.

In Old California

3.0
6.3/10 IMDB

Boston pharmacist Tom Craig comes to Sacramento, where he runs afoul of local political boss Britt Dawson, who exacts protection payment from the citizenry. Dawson frames Craig with poisoned medicine, but Craig redeems himself during a Gold Rush epidemic.

Starring: John Wayne, Binnie Barnes, Albert Dekker, Helen Parrish, Patsy Kelly, Edgar Kennedy, Dick Purcell, Harry Shannon, Charles Halton, Emmett Lynn ..
Directed by: William C. McGann
Release date: 1942-05-31
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Billion Dollar Limited
16.

Billion Dollar Limited

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Robbers target a special train carrying a billion dollars worth of gold, and the only one who can stop them is Superman!

Starring: Joan Alexander, Bud Collyer, Julian Noa, Jackson Beck ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-01-09
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Perils of the Royal Mounted
17.

Perils of the Royal Mounted

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Sergeant MacLane of the Mounties investigates the disruptive activities of a bunch of troublemakers.

Starring: Robert Kellard, Nell O'Day, Kenneth MacDonald, Herbert Rawlinson, John Elliott, Richard Fiske, Forrest Taylor, George Chesebro, Jack Ingram, I. Stanford Jolley ..
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1942-05-29
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Mug Town
18.

Mug Town

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Steve Bell, Tommy, Pig, Ape, and String are run of town. Steve, while hopping a freight card and trying to avoid the brakeman, is killed. The boys meet Steve's mother, Alice Bell and Tommy is given a job in the storage garage which she owns jointly with Mack Steward. Steve's brother Don Bell is working with some gangsters by tipping them off on valuable merchandise that can be hijacked. Pig, Ape and String overhear Don's plans to use Tommy as the fall guy in the next hijacking.

Starring: Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Grace McDonald, Bernard Punsly, Gabriel Dell, Edward Norris, Virginia Brissac, Tommy Kelly, Dick Hogan, Jed Prouty ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Release date: 1942-12-18
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Superman: The Bulleteers
19.

Superman: The Bulleteers

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Criminals with rocket powered car loot and extort the city, and only Superman can stop them!

Starring: Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Bud Collyer, Julian Noa ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-03-26
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Superman: Electric Earthquake
20.

Superman: Electric Earthquake

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

A scientist uses an earthquake machine to threaten the city, and only Superman can stop his extortion plan!

Starring: Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Bud Collyer, Julian Noa ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-05-15
21.

Stand by for Action

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

U. S. Navy Lieutenant Gregg Masterman, of The Harvard and Boston Back Bay Mastermans, learned about the sea while winning silver cups sailing his yacht. He climbs swiftly in rank, and is now Junior Aide to Rear Admiral Stephen Thomas.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Charles Laughton, Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Chill Wills, Marilyn Maxwell, Henry O'Neill, Marta Linden, Douglass Dumbrille, Richard Quine ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1942-12-31
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Superman: Showdown
22.

Superman: Showdown

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Superman's reputation is tarnished when a crook begins committing crimes in a Superman costume.

Starring: Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Bud Collyer, Jack Mercer, Julian Noa ..
Directed by: Izzy Sparber
Release date: 1942-10-16
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Superman: Destruction, Inc.
23.

Superman: Destruction, Inc.

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

Superman has to thwart wartime saboteurs tampering with things at the Metropolis Munitions Plant...who have captured Lois Lane and loaded her into a torpedo!

Starring: Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Bud Collyer, Mel Blanc, Julian Noa, Jack Mercer, Purv Pullen ..
Directed by: Izzy Sparber
Release date: 1942-12-25
24.

Bowery at Midnight

2.8
5.3/10 IMDB

A seemingly charitable soup kitchen operator (who moonlights as a criminology professor) uses his Bowery mission as a front for his criminal gang. Police attempt to close in on the gang as they commit a series of robberies, murders and bizarre experiments on corpses.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, John Archer, Wanda McKay, Tom Neal, Vince Barnett, Anna Hope, John Berkes, J. Farrell MacDonald, Dave O'Brien, Lucille Vance ..
Directed by: Wallace Fox
Release date: 1942-10-30
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Junior Army
25.

Junior Army

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

An English refugee and a street thug go to military school together.

Starring: Freddie Bartholomew, Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Boyd Davis, William Blees, Richard Noyes, Joseph Crehan, Don Beddoe, Charles Lind ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1942-11-26
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Murder in the Big House
26.

Murder in the Big House

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

When a prisoner on Death Row is "accidentally" killed just before his execution, a reporter smells something fishy...

Starring: Van Johnson, Faye Emerson, George Meeker, Frank Wilcox, Tod Andrews, Joseph Crehan, Roland Drew, Ruth Ford, Joe Devlin, William Gould ..
Directed by: B. Reeves Eason
Release date: 1942-04-11
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Eleventh Hour
27.

Eleventh Hour

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Using Clark Kent as a cover, Superman travels to Japan as a saboteur during the war.

Starring: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jack Mercer, Jackson Beck ..
Directed by: Dan Gordon
Release date: 1942-11-20
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Spy Smasher
28.

Spy Smasher

2.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Prior to the United States' involvement in World War II, the masked vigilante Spy Smasher fights Nazi agents operating within the US, led by the treacherous sabotage leader codenamed The Mask.

Starring: Kane Richmond, Marguerite Chapman, Sam Flint, Hans Schumm, Tris Coffin, Franco Corsaro, Hans von Morhart, Georges Renavent, Rudolph Anders, Henry Zynda ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1942-04-04
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Bombay Clipper
29.

Bombay Clipper

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Someone has absconded with $4,000,000 worth of diamonds, and that someone may very well be a passenger on the Bombay Clipper.

Starring: William Gargan, Irene Hervey, Turhan Bey, Maria Montez, Charles Lang, Lloyd Corrigan, Mary Gordon, Truman Bradley, Phillip Trent, John Bagni ..
Directed by: John Rawlins
Release date: 1942-01-11
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Sunset Serenade
30.

Sunset Serenade

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Bad guys plot to trick a newly arrived Eastern girl out of a ranch which belongs to her infant ward. Roy, of course, saves the ranch for the girl. Songs include "I'm Headin's for the Home Corral," "He's a No Good Son of a Gun," "Sandman Lullaby," "Song of the San Joaquin," and "I'm a Cowboy Rockefeller."

Starring: Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Bob Nolan, Helen Parrish, Onslow Stevens, Joan Woodbury, Frank M. Thomas, Roy Barcroft, Jack Kirk, Pat Brady ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1942-09-14
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Sunset on the Desert
31.

Sunset on the Desert

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Judge Kirby is being blackmailed and forced to let outlaws go free. He was once the partner of Roy's father and when Roy reads in the paper that he is in trouble he heads out to help him. Arriving, Roy quickly realizes he has been mistaken for one of the outlaws and is not wanted in town. However he stays, and now posing as that outlaw, hopes to learn who is causing all the problems.

Starring: Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Lynne Carver, Frank M. Thomas, Beryl Wallace, Glenn Strange, Douglas Fowley, Fred Burns, Roy Barcroft, Henry Wills ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1942-04-01
Best Action Movies of 1942 : The Payoff
32.

The Payoff

2.6
5.6/10 IMDB

The city's District Attorney is murdered, and a newspaper reporter investigates. He starts finding out that everything wasn't quite as cut and dried as it appeared to be.

Starring: Lee Tracy, Tom Brown, Tina Thayer, Evelyn Brent, Jack La Rue ..
Directed by: Arthur Dreifuss
Release date: 1942-11-24
Best Action Movies of 1942 : The Secret Code
33.

The Secret Code

2.6
7.6/10 IMDB

A superhero known as The Black Commando battles Nazi agents who use explosive gases and artificial lightning to sabotage the war effort.

Starring: Paul Kelly, Anne Nagel, Trevor Bardette, Rudolph Anders, Clancy Cooper, Gregory Gaye, Ludwig Donath, Beal Wong, Eddie Parker, Wade Boteler ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Release date: 1942-09-04
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Duke of the Navy
34.

Duke of the Navy

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

A fake general sends two sailors on a wild-goose chase for buried treasure.

Starring: Ralph Byrd, Veda Ann Borg, Stubby Kruger, Herbert Corthell, Margaret Armstrong, Val Stanton, Paul Bryar, Sammy Cohen, Red Knight, Lester Towne ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1942-01-23
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Born to Sing
35.

Born to Sing

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

A group of children put on a show in order to prove that a down and out musician was the real composer of a Broadway show's songs.

Starring: Virginia Weidler, Ray McDonald, Leo Gorcey, Douglas McPhail, Rags Ragland, Sheldon Leonard, Henry O'Neill, Larry Nunn, Margaret Dumont, Charles Lane ..
Directed by: Edward Ludwig
Release date: 1942-02-18
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Stagecoach Buckaroo
36.

Stagecoach Buckaroo

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Saved from a lynching party by a pair of young women, an itinerant cowpuncher signs on as a stagecoach guard to protect a shipment of gold.

Starring: Johnny Mack Brown, Fuzzy Knight, Nell O'Day, Anne Nagel, Herbert Rawlinson, Glenn Strange, Henry Hall, Ernie Adams, Lloyd Ingraham, Frank Brownlee ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Release date: 1942-02-13
Best Action Movies of 1942 : The Boss of Big Town
37.

The Boss of Big Town

2.3
5.1/10 IMDB

Quality was seldom a consideration in the low-budget films of PRC Studios; still, the company was a welcome harbor for character actors who aspired to occasional leading roles. In Boss of Big Town, veteran supporting player John Litel is top-billed as crusading city market official Michael Lynn. When a criminal gang muscles in on the local food distribution markets, Lynn vows to throw the rascals out. First, however, he pretends to join the villains as a paid government stooge, the better to find out the identity of the "Mister Big" behind the distribution racket. The exposure of the "mystery villain" will come as a shock to fans of the 1927 Cecil B. DeMille epic The King of Kings--but not to dyed-in-the-wool movie buffs.

Starring: John Litel, H.B. Warner, John Miljan, Jean Brooks, Florence Rice ..
Directed by: Arthur Dreifuss
Release date: 1942-12-07
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Bombs Over Burma
38.

Bombs Over Burma

2.2
5.1/10 IMDB

The film tells the story of Chinese guerrillas fighting for the Allied cause in Burma during Early in World War II, Chungking schoolteacher Lin Yang is recruited to help with the dangerous mission of protecting the Allied supply line from Burma into China. In spite of the danger involved, her determination to help is strengthened when one of her young students is killed in a Japanese air raid. Some time later, she is part of a group of Allied representatives departing from Lashio, on a bus traveling the Burma Road back to China. A bridge outage forces them to spend the night in a monastery along the way, and during the night they watch in horror as a supply convoy of trucks is bombed by Japanese planes. The timing and accuracy of the raid brings them to realize that either one of their group, or perhaps the priest in the monastery, is really an enemy agent

Starring: Anna May Wong, Noel Madison, Leslie Denison, Nedrick Young, Dan Seymour, Frank Lackteen, Judith Gibson, Dennis Moore, Connie Leon ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1942-06-05
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Arizona Round-Up
39.

Arizona Round-Up

2.2
5.3/10 IMDB

Tom Kenyon and his sidekick Pierre La Farge are hired by rancher Mike O'Day who, with his daughters Toni and Sugar, provides wild horses for the government remount station.

Starring: Tom Keene, Frank Yaconelli, Sugar Dawn, Jack Ingram, Hope Blackwood, Steve Clark, I. Stanford Jolley, Tom Seidel, Nick Moro, Hal Price ..
Directed by: Robert Emmett Tansey
Release date: 1942-06-03
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Just Off Broadway
40.

Just Off Broadway

2.2
6.0/10 IMDB

Private detective Michael Shayne is on the case again, but this time he's stuck on a jury for a murder trial. So, what does he do? Why, he skips out on sequestration in order to solve the case himself!

Starring: Lloyd Nolan, Marjorie Weaver, Phil Silvers, Janis Carter, Richard Derr, Joan Valerie, Don Costello, Chester Clute, Francis Pierlot, Grant Richards ..
Directed by: Herbert I. Leeds
Release date: 1942-08-28
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Who Is Hope Schuyler?
41.

Who Is Hope Schuyler?

2.1
5.4/10 IMDB

A girl reporter is trying to tack down the lady-in-the-title, as a key witness in a graft trial, which involves three murder and that many failed attempts. A prosecuting attorney in the district attorneys office is aiding her in solving the mystery of the missing lady.

Starring: Mary Howard, Sheila Ryan, Ricardo Cortez, Robert Lowery, Rose Hobart, Janis Carter, Joan Valerie, Paul Guilfoyle, Joseph Allen, Paul Flaherty ..
Directed by: Thomas Z. Loring
Release date: 1942-04-17
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Arizona Stage Coach
42.

Arizona Stage Coach

2.0
4.8/10 IMDB

In the midst of some friendly horseplay on their "Flying R" ranch, the Range Busters, Crash Corrigan, Dusty King and Alibi Terhune, are sobered by the arrival of a buckboard bearing their old friend Larry Meadows and his niece Dorrie Willard. Meadows seeks their aid against a gang of outlaws terrorizing his town. Ernie Willard, Dorrie's brother, has been taken in by Tex Laughlin who is using the Willard ranch as an undercover for his real occupation as a member of a gang of outlaws led by Tim Douglas, a supposed friend of the Willards.

Starring: Ray Corrigan, John 'Dusty' King, Max Terhune, Nell O'Day, Charles King, Riley Hill, Kermit Maynard, Carl Mathews, Slim Whitaker, Slim Harkey ..
Directed by: S. Roy Luby
Release date: 1942-09-04
43.

Foreign Agent

1.9
4.6/10 IMDB

Hollywood starlet foils an Axis plot to sabotage the L.A. infrastructure.

Starring: John Shelton, Gale Storm, Hans Schumm, David Clarke, George Travell, Ivan Lebedeff, William Halligan, Patsy Moran, Lyle Latell, Paul Bryar ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1942-10-09
Best Action Movies of 1942 : I Was Framed
44.

I Was Framed

1.9
5.4/10 IMDB

A reporter runs from charges by a corrupt politician only to face them years later.

Starring: Tod Andrews, Julie Bishop, Regis Toomey, Patti Hale, John Harmon, Aldrich Bowker, Roland Drew, Oscar O'Shea, Wade Boteler, Howard Hickman ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1942-04-04
Best Action Movies of 1942 : The Dawn Express
45.

The Dawn Express

1.8
4.4/10 IMDB

A Nazi spy ring is after a chemical formula that increases the power of ordinary gasoline for U.S. Army aviation use. Two U.S. chemical companies are developing the formula, with each working on half for security purposes. The spies get half the formula and know that either of two chemists, Robert Norton or Tom Fielding, knows the rest. They capture Fielding, through a ruse by gang member Linda Pavlo, and threaten the life of his sister Nancy and his mother if he does not give them the formula. To protect his friend Fielding, who does know the formula and is engaged to Nancy, Tom pretends to know the secret and boards the Dawn Express plane with the spy leader and his gang.

Starring: Michael Whalen, Anne Nagel, William Bakewell, Constance Worth, Poppy Wilde ..
Directed by: Albert Herman
Release date: 1942-03-27
46.

Treat 'Em Rough

1.7
7.4/10 IMDB

When his father is accused of graft, a former boxer returns home to clear his name.

Starring: Eddie Albert, Peggy Moran, William Frawley, Lloyd Corrigan, Truman Bradley, Mantan Moreland, Joseph Crehan, Edward Pawley, William Ruhl, James Flavin ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Release date: 1942-01-30
Best Action Movies of 1942 : The Valley of Vanishing Men
47.

The Valley of Vanishing Men

1.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Prospector Henry Tolliver disappears and his son "Wild Bill" Tolliver comes looking for him.

Starring: Bill Elliott, Slim Summerville, Carmen Morales, Kenneth MacDonald, Jack Ingram, George Chesebro, John Shay, Tom London, Arno Frey, Lane Chandler ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Release date: 1942-12-17
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Perils of Nyoka
48.

Perils of Nyoka

1.5
7.3/10 IMDB

Professor Campbell's expedition into the hills of Libya obtains a papyrus which might reveal the hiding place of the Golden Tablets of Hippocrates, containing lost medical secrets. Also in the region is intrepid Nyoka Gordon, still seeking her father, lost on a previous expedition. She alone can translate the papyrus, which directs our heroes through deadly perils (including the Tunnel of Bubbling Death) into the land of the Tuaregs. Opposing them are Vultura, Queen of the Desert, and her Arab ally Cassib, both greedy for the treasure...

Starring: Kay Aldridge, Clayton Moore, Lorna Gray, Charles Middleton, William Benedict, Tris Coffin, Forbes Murray, Robert Strange, George Pembroke, Georges Renavent ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1942-06-27
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Beyond the Blue Horizon
49.

Beyond the Blue Horizon

1.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A young girl's parents are killed on a tropical island, and the girl is raised and protected by the jungle animals. When she is found, as a grown woman, she is taken back to the United States to claim her inheritance. There are several people, with vested interests, who stand to gain something if she is shown not to be the missing heir.

Starring: Dorothy Lamour, Richard Denning, Jack Haley, Patricia Morison, Walter Abel, Helen Gilbert, Elizabeth Patterson, Edward Fielding, Gerald Oliver Smith, Frank Reicher ..
Directed by: Alfred Santell
Release date: 1942-06-25
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Don Winslow of the Navy
50.

Don Winslow of the Navy

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

A movie serial in 12 Chapters: US naval officer Don Winslow is given command of Tangita Island, near Pearl Harbor, where a ring of saboteurs is trying to destroy ships carrying supplies to the troops stationed in the islands and sabotage the war effort under orders from an unknown leader.

Starring: Don Terry, Walter Sande, Claire Dodd, Anne Nagel, John Litel, Wade Boteler, Ben Taggart, John Holland, Kurt Katch, Lane Chandler ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe
Release date: 1942-01-06

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