Best Action Movies of 1946


Terror by Night

6.7/10 IMDB

Holmes and Watson board a passenger train bound from London to Edinburgh, to guard the Star of Rhodesia, an enormous diamond worth a fortune belonging to an elderly woman of wealth; but within the first hour of the trip, the woman's son is murdered and the diamond stolen and any of the passengers in their car could be the killer thief.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, Dennis Hoey, Mary Forbes, Renee Godfrey, Frederick Worlock, Janet Murdoch, Gerald Hamer, Geoffrey Steele ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1946-02-01

Tarzan and the Leopard Woman

6.1/10 IMDB

A tribe devoted to the leopard cult is dedicated to preventing civilization from moving further into Africa.

Starring: Johnny Weissmüller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield, Acquanetta, Edgar Barrier, Dennis Hoey, Tommy Cook, Anthony Caruso, Doris Lloyd, Cheeta the Chimp ..
Directed by: Kurt Neumann
Release date: 1946-02-18
Best Action Movies of 1946 : The Return of Monte Cristo

The Return of Monte Cristo

6.8/10 IMDB

Louis Hayward, star of 1940's Son of Monte Cristo, returns to Alexandre Dumas territory in Columbia's Return of Monte Cristo. This time, Hayward plays the grandson of his namesake Edmond Dantes, who, it will be recalled, was cheated out of his fortune and falsely imprisoned, only to escape and wreak vengeance on his betrayers by assuming the guise of the Count of Monte Cristo. Just like grandpa, the younger Dantes is framed by a trio of connivers and shipped off to Devil's Island. Escaping with a fellow convict, political radical Bombelles (Steven Geray), Dantes adopts the bearded guise of an elderly man in order to destroy his enemies and reclaim his birthright. One of his principal antagonists - at least during the first half of the film - is haughty aristocrat Angele Picard (Barbara Britton), who because she wasn't a part of the original conspiracy genuinely believes that Dantes is a criminal.

Starring: Louis Hayward, Barbara Britton, George Macready, Una O'Connor, Henry Stephenson ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1946-12-19
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Dick Tracy vs. Cueball

Dick Tracy vs. Cueball

5.9/10 IMDB

A police detective uses his girlfriend to track down a homicidal maniac.

Starring: Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Lyle Latell, Rita Corday, Ian Keith, Dick Wessel, Douglas Walton, Esther Howard, Joseph Crehan, Byron Foulger ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1946-11-22


6.7/10 IMDB

The (O)ffice of (S)trategic (S)ervices' Cmdr. Brady (Patric Knowles) forms Operation "Applejack" (based on a composite of actual incidents during WWII) and sends Lt. (j.g.) Philip Masson, U.S.N.R. aka John Martin as spy Philippe Martine (Alan Ladd) along with Miss Ellen Rogers posing as her college roommate, Madame Elaine Duprez (Geraldine Fitzgerald) and Robert Bouchet, Tech Sgt., A.U.S. as Albert Bernardito (Richard Benedict) to acquire secret Nazi plans. After nearly getting caught they succeed and get new identities. However they discover a secret that could change the war and risk their lives to get the information back to London before it jeopardizes their lives. Martine and Duprez then get reassigned to assist fellow spy Frank Schmidt aka Parker (Richard Webb) embedded in the German army so he can relay important Nazi troop movements. Then she is discovered by an old foe, Col. Paul Meister (John Hoyt) but Martine must radio the vital information and misses her.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Patric Knowles, John Hoyt, Gloria Saunders, Richard Webb, Richard Benedict, Harold Vermilyea, Don Beddoe, Crane Whitley ..
Directed by: Irving Pichel, Mitchell Leisen
Release date: 1946-05-26
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Live Wires

Live Wires

6.2/10 IMDB

Slip gets fired from his job at a construction company for decking his boss. His sister, who got him a job at the company, is angry with him. Slip manages to get a job with the District Attorney serving warrants, as does Sach. Through his job, Slip finds out that all is not quite kosher at his old construction company, and that his sister may be in danger.

Starring: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Mike Mazurki, Bobby Jordan, William Benedict, William Frambes, Claudia Drake, Pamela Blake, John Eldredge, Bernard Gorcey ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1946-01-12
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Calcutta


6.4/10 IMDB

Neale and Pedro fly cargo between Chungking and Calcutta. When their buddy Bill is murdered they investigate. Neale meets Bill's fiancée Virginia and becomes suspicious of a deeper plot while also falling for her charms.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Gail Russell, William Bendix, June Duprez, Lowell Gilmore, Milton Parsons, John Whitney, Don Beddoe, Edith King, Paul Singh ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1946-12-20
Best Action Movies of 1946 : It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog

It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog

6.6/10 IMDB

A pretty blonde with a Doberman pinscher walks into a bar on April Fool's Day and asks for a bag of bones. Thus begins a merry chase in which a newspaper reporter, a drunken policeman and a hand-painted necktie help locate the missing witness in a criminal investigation.

Starring: Carole Landis, Allyn Joslyn, Margo Woode, Harry Morgan, Reed Hadley, Jean Wallace, Roy Roberts, John Ireland, Whit Bissell, Tom Dugan ..
Directed by: Herbert I. Leeds
Release date: 1946-07-01
Best Action Movies of 1946 : My Pal Trigger

My Pal Trigger

6.4/10 IMDB

Gabby doesn´t want to breed his horse the Golden Sovereign with Roy's. When Sovereign and Roy's horse escape, the Sovereign get shoot accidentally by Skoville but Roy is blamed and jailed. A year later Roy returns with Trigger, the son of the Sovereign. When Skoville reveals he was present when the horse was shot, Roy sees an opportunity to clear his name.

Starring: Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Dale Evans, Jack Holt, LeRoy Mason, Roy Barcroft, Trigger, Sam Flint, Kenne Duncan, Ralph Sanford ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald, Yakima Canutt
Release date: 1946-07-10
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Lost City of the Jungle

Lost City of the Jungle

6.1/10 IMDB

A movie serial in 13 chapters, and Lionel Atwill's final film: Following the end of WWII, war-monger Sir Eric Hazarias sets the wheel in motion for WWIII. His search for Meteorium 245, the only practical defence against the atomic bomb, leads him to mythical Pendrang. Obstructing his sinister plan to rule the world are Rod Stanton, United Peace Foundation investigator, Tal Shan , Pendrang native, and Marjorie Elmore, daughter of scientist Dr. Elmore, unwilling assistant to Sir Eric.

Starring: Russell Hayden, Jane Adams, Keye Luke, Lionel Atwill, John Eldredge, John Mylong, Helen Bennett, John Gallaudet, Dick Curtis, George Lynn ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor, Lewis D. Collins
Release date: 1946-04-23
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Home in Oklahoma

Home in Oklahoma

6.0/10 IMDB

In this Roy Rogers entry, featuring a song written by Oklahoma Governor Roy J. Turner (making him and Lousiania's Jimmie Davis and Texas' W.E. "Pappy" O'Daniel possibly the only state governors to write songs used in a western), Flying U ranch owner Sam Talbot is killed by a fall from a horse. St. Louis reporter Connie Edwards comes to check a rumor that he might have been murdered. She goes to Roy Rogers, editor of the local newspaper, and he takes her to the reading of Talbot's will. The ranch is left to Talbot's 12-year-old ward, Duke Lowery, much to the dismay of Talbot's niece, Jan Holloway. After some attempts on Duke's life, Roy finally proves that Jan, Steve McClory and coroner Jim Judnick had Talbot killed and are conspiring to do the same for Duke, making Jan the last heir.

Starring: Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Dale Evans, Carol Hughes, George Meeker, Lanny Rees, Ruby Dandridge, George Lloyd, Arthur Space, Frank Reicher ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1946-10-18
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Roll on Texas Moon

Roll on Texas Moon

5.9/10 IMDB

To get the Delaney ranch Cole's henchman Anders has started a phony range war between the cattlemen and sheepmen. After killing Delaney, he tries to kill his daughter Jill and then Roy who was sent to investigate the war. But the failed attempts gives Roy the information he needs.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Trigger, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Dale Evans, Dennis Hoey, Elisabeth Risdon, Francis McDonald, Edward Keane, Kenne Duncan, Tom London ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1946-09-12
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Badman's Territory

Badman's Territory

6.2/10 IMDB

After some gun play with a posse, the James Gang head for Quinto in a section of land which is not a part of America. Anyone there is beyond the law so the town is populated with outlaws. Next to arrive is Sheriff Rowley, following his brother whom the Gang have brought in injured. Rowley has no authority and gets on well enough with the James boys but is soon involved in other local goings-on, including a move to vote for annexation with Oklahoma which would allow the law well and truly in.

Starring: Randolph Scott, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Ann Richards, Ray Collins, James Warren, Morgan Conway, Virginia Sale, John Halloran, Richard Hale, Harry Holman ..
Directed by: Tim Whelan
Release date: 1946-05-04
Best Action Movies of 1946 : A Boy, a Girl and a Dog

A Boy, a Girl and a Dog

6.6/10 IMDB

During World War II, a young boy and girl, living with their respective families in an apartment house that had restrictions against pets, adopt a lost dog and hide it in a vacant apartment, which may have been the only vacant apartment in the United States at the time this movie was being filmed. A burglar breaks in and the apartment is damaged when the dog and crook have a tussle. This blows the dog's cover, but the kids enlist him in the K-9 Corps, and the dog distinguishes himself in the WWII Italian campaign

Starring: Jerry Hunter, Sharyn Moffett, Lionel Stander, Harry Davenport, Charles Williams, Charlotte Treadway, John Vosper, Nancy Evans, Howard Johnson ..
Directed by: Herbert Kline
Release date: 1946-07-01

The Crimson Ghost

6.8/10 IMDB

A criminal mastermind known as The Crimson Ghost is out to steal a device called the Cyclotrode, which can short-circuit all electrical current on the planet.

Starring: Charles Quigley, Linda Stirling, Clayton Moore, I. Stanford Jolley, Kenne Duncan, Forrest Taylor, Emmett Vogan, Sam Flint, Joseph Forte, Stanley Price ..
Directed by: William Witney, Fred C. Brannon
Release date: 1946-10-26
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Under Nevada Skies

Under Nevada Skies

6.1/10 IMDB

Rodeo star Roy Rogers returns home to find that his old friend Tom Craig has been murdered after he was accused of stealing a family crest from Helen Williams. Helen joins up with Roy and Gabby Whittaker to find the killers and the crest.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Trigger, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Dale Evans, Douglass Dumbrille, Leyland Hodgson, Tris Coffin, Rudolph Anders, LeRoy Mason, George Lynn ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1946-08-26
Best Action Movies of 1946 : The Bandit of Sherwood Forest

The Bandit of Sherwood Forest

5.8/10 IMDB

Robin Hood's swashbuckling son comes to the rescue when England's boy-king is captured by the evil, power-hungry William of Pembroke.

Starring: Anita Louise, Jill Esmond, Edgar Buchanan, Cornel Wilde, John Abbott, Henry Daniell, George Macready, Russell Hicks, John Abbott, Lloyd Corrigan ..
Directed by: Henry Levin, George Sherman
Release date: 1946-02-21
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Swamp Fire

Swamp Fire

5.4/10 IMDB

Highlights in this one include a fist-fight between Johnny Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe (I won't give away the winner, but check the cast order); a cat-fight between Virginia Grey and Carol Thurston that the male cast of Sienfeld would pay to see and, just to keep things moving, Weissmuller wrestles an alligator, and there are two mid-water collisions between small-craft boats, a big ship wreck and a blazing swamp fire finale. Toss in a plot that has Weissmuller as a psycho-neurotic war veteran who, because he piled up his Navy destroyer on the rocks, now dreads returning to his pre-war occupation of a pilot guiding ships through the channels at the mouth of the Mississippi. Throw in icy Virginia Grey as a spoiled heiress out to take Johnny away from his job, his friends and the girl he loves (who knows why), and you have enough plot and action for two Pine-Thomas jewels.

Starring: Johnny Weissmüller, Virginia Grey, Buster Crabbe, Carol Thurston, Pedro de Cordoba, Marcelle Corday, William Edmunds, Edwin Maxwell, Pierre Watkin, Charles Gordon ..
Directed by: William H. Pine
Release date: 1946-09-06
Best Action Movies of 1946 : The Notorious Lone Wolf

The Notorious Lone Wolf

5.5/10 IMDB

Ex-thief Lone Wolf and his valet don turbans to solve a museum jewel theft.

Starring: Gerald Mohr, Janis Carter, Eric Blore, John Abbott, William B. Davidson, Don Beddoe, Bess Flowers ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1946-02-14
Best Action Movies of 1946 : The Mysterious Mr. M

The Mysterious Mr. M

6.5/10 IMDB

An evil scientist known as "Mr. M." uses a drug he has developed called "hypnotreme" to help steal submarine equipment. Federal agent Grant Farrell is dispatched to find the mysterious villain and stop his nefarious plans.

Starring: Edmund MacDonald, Pamela Blake, Danny Morton, Virginia Brissac, Joseph Crehan, Jack Ingram, Dennis Moore, Richard Martin, Byron Foulger, Jane Randolph ..
Directed by: Vernon Keays, Lewis D. Collins
Release date: 1946-07-23
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Song of Arizona

Song of Arizona

5.5/10 IMDB

Roy Rogers rides to the rescue when a bank robber's orphaned son (Tommy Cook), who is living at a ranch for homeless boys run by Gabby Whittaker (George "Gabby" Hayes), attracts the attention his father's rowdy gang, who want to claim the boy's inheritance for themselves

Starring: Roy Rogers, Trigger, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Dale Evans, Lyle Talbot, Tommy Cook, Johnny Calkins, Sarah Edwards, Tommy Ivo, Michael Chapin ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1946-03-08
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Blonde Alibi

Blonde Alibi

6.2/10 IMDB

Soon after a young woman breaks off her engagement to a doctor, the doctor is found murdered. Suspicion falls on his ex-fiancé and a pilot with a checkered past.

Starring: Martha O'Driscoll, Tom Neal, Donald MacBride, Robert Armstrong, Samuel S. Hinds, Elisha Cook Jr., Peter Whitney, Marc Lawrence, Oliver Blake, John Berkes ..
Directed by: Will Jason
Release date: 1946-03-01
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Desert Command

Desert Command

4.8/10 IMDB

Tom Wayne rescues Clancy, Renard and Schmidt in the Arabian desert and they join him in going after El Shaitan, a bad guy who is never seen as he tries to wipe out the Foreign Legion. Feature version of the movie serial, The Three Musketeers (1934).

Starring: John Wayne, Ruth Hall, Jack Mulhall, Raymond Hatton, Francis X. Bushman Jr., Noah Beery Jr., Robert Frazer, Robert Warwick, Hooper Atchley, George Magrill ..
Directed by: Colbert Clark, Armand Schaefer
Release date: 1946-05-31
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Sunset Pass

Sunset Pass

5.5/10 IMDB

A young outlaw gets involved with a gang of crooks. When he tells them he is breaking away, they threaten to pin a false murder charge on him. But he is rescued and reformed by his sister, and an undercover agent for the express company.

Starring: James Warren, Nan Leslie, John Laurenz, Jane Greer, Robert Barrat, Harry Woods, Robert Clarke, Steve Brodie, Harry Harvey ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1946-07-08
Best Action Movies of 1946 : King of the Forest Rangers

King of the Forest Rangers

7.0/10 IMDB

An Indian rug is the key to the location of a lost treasure. When the rug's owner is murdered, it becomes a case for Forest Ranger Steve King

Starring: Larry Thompson, Helen Talbot, Stuart Hamblen, Anthony Warde, LeRoy Mason, Scott Elliott, Tom London, Walter Soderling, Bud Geary, Harry Strang ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Fred C. Brannon
Release date: 1946-04-25
Best Action Movies of 1946 : The Invisible Informer

The Invisible Informer

7.0/10 IMDB

An aristocratic but destitute southern family attempts to swindle an insurance company by faking the theft of a valuable emerald necklace. The company assigns operatives Eve Rogers and Mike Regan to the case.

Starring: Linda Stirling, William Henry, Adele Mara, Peggy Stewart, Tom London, Gerald Mohr, Donia Bussey, Claire Du Brey, Charles Lane, Cy Kendall ..
Directed by: Philip Ford
Release date: 1946-08-19
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Night Train to Memphis

Night Train to Memphis

7.0/10 IMDB

A mountain community is thrown into turmoil as the townspeople debate the advantages and disadvantages of having a railroad.

Starring: Roy Acuff, Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys, Allan Lane, Adele Mara, Irving Bacon, Joseph Crehan, Roy Barcroft, Kenne Duncan, LeRoy Mason, Nina Mae McKinney ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1946-07-12
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Murder Is My Business

Murder Is My Business

6.2/10 IMDB

Michael Shayne is a private detective who is disliked greatly by Pete Rafferty, local chief of police detectives. Rafferty notifies the newspaper press that he is going to close Shayne's agency, just as Michael is about to be hired by the wealthy Eleanor Ramsey, who is being blackmailed. She is the stepmother of what she considers to be two grown-up brats, Dorothy and Ernest, and she considers their father to be of little value to the world himself. They all conspire to get their hands on her money, even to the extent of attempting to hire Shayne to frame an insurance robbery. Mrs. Ramsey is murdered, and Rafferty is trying to pin the killing on Shayne, despite the fact that suspicion points to Buell Renslow, brother of the slain woman. Shayne's secretary, the fetching Phyllis Hamilton, decides to do a little detective work to help her boss.

Starring: Hugh Beaumont, Cheryl Walker, Lyle Talbot, George Meeker, Pierre Watkin, Richard Keene, David Reed, Carol Andrews, Julia McMillan, Helene Heigh ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1946-03-07
Best Action Movies of 1946 : The Phantom Rider

The Phantom Rider

6.1/10 IMDB

A new town doctor arrives at the same time as local Indians needprotection from troublemaking looters.

Starring: Robert Kent, Peggy Stewart, LeRoy Mason, George J. Lewis, Kenne Duncan, Hal Taliaferro, Chief Thundercloud, Tom London, Roy Barcroft, Hugh Prosser ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Fred C. Brannon
Release date: 1946-01-26
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Silver Range

Silver Range

6.2/10 IMDB

Veteran cowboy star Johnny Mack Brown plays a cattle buyer turned prairie sleuth in this low-budget oater from Monogram, which co-stars perennial old-timer Raymond Hatton as a retired U.S. Marshal assigned to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a rancher. As the two old friends soon learn, a gang of smugglers headed by the town's banker (Frank LaRue) needs the use of the Flying Arrow Ranch for their nefarious purposes.

Starring: Johnny Mack Brown, Raymond Hatton, Jan Bryant, I. Stanford Jolley, Terry Frost, Eddie Parker, Ted Adams, Frank LaRue, Cactus Mack, Lane Bradford ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1946-11-16
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Fool's Gold

Fool's Gold

6.1/10 IMDB

The son of an Army friend is about the join an outlaw gang. Hoppy prevents this and brings the gang to justice.

Starring: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Rand Brooks, Robert Emmett Keane, Jane Randolph, Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ..
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1946-10-09
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Strange Journey

Strange Journey

6.1/10 IMDB

Reformed racketeer "Lucky" Leeds flees from the police when he thinks they are about to arrest him for a murder he didn't commit. He and his wife Patti fly to his privately-owned remote island and have to crash land. Also on the island is a group of shipwrecked people, including a German professor, his daughter, an English journalist, a wealthy widow, a sailor and a Nazi Agent.

Starring: Paul Kelly, Osa Massen, Hillary Brooke, Lee Patrick, Bruce Lester, Gene Roth, Kurt Katch, Fritz Leiber, Larry J. Blake, Joseph Crehan ..
Directed by: James Tinling
Release date: 1946-10-03
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Ambush Trail

Ambush Trail

5.8/10 IMDB

One of four western films made for PRC by bantam-weight Bob Steele, Ambush Trail stars Steele as cowpoke Curley Thompson. The villain of the piece intends to bankrupt all the local ranchers and grab up the surrounding property for himself. But with Curley involved, the bad guy and his minions don't have a chance. The screenplay, by D. W. Griffith alumnus Elmer Clifton, is a medley of western cliches, pausing every so often for a first-rate action sequence. Perennial sagebrush sidekick Sid Saylor provides negligible comedy relief.

Starring: Bob Steele, Syd Saylor, I. Stanford Jolley, Lorraine Miller, Charles King, John L. Cason, Budd Buster, Kermit Maynard, Frank Ellis, Ed Cassidy ..
Directed by: Harry L. Fraser
Release date: 1946-02-17
Best Action Movies of 1946 : The Fighting Guardsman

The Fighting Guardsman

5.7/10 IMDB

A French Baron robs Louis XVI like Robin Hood.

Starring: Willard Parker, Anita Louise, Janis Carter, John Loder, Edgar Buchanan, George Macready, Lloyd Corrigan, Elisabeth Risdon, Charles Halton, Ian Wolfe ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1946-01-04
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Deadline for Murder

Deadline for Murder

5.5/10 IMDB

A favor for an old friend leads a Los Angeles gambler (Kent Taylor) into a dangerous search for a missing document.

Starring: Paul Kelly, Kent Taylor, Sheila Ryan, Jerome Cowan, Renee Carson, Marion Martin, Joan Blair, Leslie Vincent, Eddie Marr, Matt McHugh ..
Directed by: James Tinling
Release date: 1946-06-28
Best Action Movies of 1946 : Avalanche


5.0/10 IMDB

Two T-men track a tax evader and his money to an Idaho ski resort, where a raven tends bar.

Starring: Bruce Cabot, Roscoe Karns, Helen Mowery, Veda Ann Borg, Regina Wallace, John Good, Philip Van Zandt, Eddie Parks, Wilton Graff, Harry Hays Morgan ..
Directed by: Irving Allen
Release date: 1946-06-30

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