Best Action Movies of 1947


Captain from Castile

6.8/10 IMDB

Spain, 1518: young caballero Pedro De Vargas offends his sadistic neighbor De Silva, who just happens to be an officer of the Inquisition. Forced to flee, Pedro, friend Juan Garcia, and adoring servant girl Catana join Cortez' first expedition to Mexico. Arriving in the rich new land, Cortez decides to switch from exploration to conquest...with only 500 men. Embroiled in continuous adventures and a romantic interlude, Pedro almost forgets he has a deadly enemy...

Starring: Tyrone Power, Jean Peters, Cesar Romero, Lee J. Cobb, Antonio Moreno, Thomas Gomez, John Sutton, Alan Mowbray, Barbara Lawrence, George Zucco ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1947-12-25
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Buck Privates Come Home

Buck Privates Come Home

6.8/10 IMDB

Two ex-soldiers return from overseas--one of them having smuggled into the country a French orphan girl he has become attached to. They wind up running into their old sergeant--who hates them--and getting involved with a race-car builder who's trying to find backers for a new midget racer he's building.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Tom Brown, Joan Shawlee, Nat Pendleton, Beverly Simmons, Don Porter, Donald MacBride, Don Beddoe, Charles Trowbridge ..
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1947-04-04

Angel and the Badman

6.8/10 IMDB

Notorious shootist and womanizer Quirt Evans' horse collapses as he passes a Quaker family's home. Quirt has been wounded, and the kindly family takes him in to nurse him back to health against the advice of others. The handsome Evans quickly attracts the affections of their beautiful daughter, Penelope. He develops an affection for the family and their faith, but his troubled past follows him.

Starring: John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey, Bruce Cabot, Irene Rich, Lee Dixon, Stephen Grant, Tom Powers, Paul Hurst, Olin Howland ..
Directed by: James Edward Grant
Release date: 1947-02-15
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome

Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome

6.1/10 IMDB

A gang of criminals, which includes a piano player and an imposing former convict known as 'Gruesome', has found out about a scientist's secret formula for a gas that temporarily paralyzes anyone who breathes it. When Gruesome accidentally inhales some of the gas and passes out, the police think he is dead and take him to the morgue, where he later revives and escapes. This puzzling incident attracts the interest of Dick Tracy, and when the criminals later use the gas to rob a bank, Tracy realizes that he must devote his entire attention to stopping them.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Ralph Byrd, Anne Gwynne, Edward Ashley, June Clayworth, Lyle Latell, Tony Barrett, Skelton Knaggs, James Nolan, Joseph Crehan ..
Directed by: John Rawlins
Release date: 1947-09-26
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Tycoon


6.1/10 IMDB

Engineer Johnny Munroe is enlisted to build a railroad tunnel through a mountain to reach mines. His task is complicated, and his ethics are compromised, when he falls in love with his boss's daughter

Starring: John Wayne, Laraine Day, Cedric Hardwicke, Judith Anderson, Anthony Quinn, James Gleason, Grant Withers, Paul Fix, Fernando Alvarado, Harry Woods ..
Directed by: Richard Wallace
Release date: 1947-12-27
Best Action Movies of 1947 : The Vigilante: Fighting Hero of the West

The Vigilante: Fighting Hero of the West

7.1/10 IMDB

Columbia's 33rd serial (made between "Jack Armstrong" and "The Sea Hound") was based on the character that first appeared in "Action Comics" No. 42.

Starring: Ralph Byrd, Ramsay Ames, Lyle Talbot, George Offerman, Jr., Robert Barron, Hugh Prosser, Jack Ingram, Eddie Parker, Tiny Brauer ..
Directed by: Wallace Fox
Release date: 1947-05-22
Best Action Movies of 1947 : A Hare Grows in Manhattan

A Hare Grows in Manhattan

7.3/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny relates his early life in the Manhattan tenements and spotlights his encounter with a gang of canine toughs.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Michael Maltese, Tedd Pierce ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1947-03-22
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Easter Yeggs

Easter Yeggs

7.2/10 IMDB

Bugs gets roped into delivering the Easter Rabbit's eggs for him.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1947-06-28
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back

Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back

6.6/10 IMDB

Captain Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond investigates the murder of the C.I.D. man who had been tracing validity of rival claims to a large estate.

Starring: Ron Randell, Gloria Henry, Patrick O'Moore, Anabel Shaw, Terry Kilburn, Holmes Herbert, Wilton Graff, Matthew Boulton, Barry Bernard, Carl Harbord ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1947-09-04
Best Action Movies of 1947 : The Mighty McGurk

The Mighty McGurk

6.2/10 IMDB

A retired prizefighter becomes the unlikely guardian of a young orphan recently arrived in the United States. Director John Waters' 1946 period comedy, set in New York's Bowery, stars Wallace Beery, Dean Stockwell, Aline MacMahon, Edward Arnold, Cameron Mitchell, Dorothy Patrick, Aubrey Mather, Clinton Sundberg, Milton Parsons, Morris Ankrum and Oliver Blake.

Starring: Wallace Beery, Dean Stockwell, Edward Arnold, Aline MacMahon, Cameron Mitchell, Dorothy Patrick, Morris Ankrum, Clinton Sundberg, Tom Kennedy, Guy Stockwell ..
Directed by: John Waters
Release date: 1947-01-02
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Bush Christmas

Bush Christmas

6.2/10 IMDB

In Australia, five children pursue horse thieves through the mountains.

Starring: Chips Rafferty, John Fernside, Helen Grieve, Nicky Yardley, Stan Tolhurst, Pat Penny, Thelma Grigg, Morris Unicomb, Michael Yardley, Neza Saunders ..
Directed by: Ralph Smart
Release date: 1947-07-28
Best Action Movies of 1947 : The Trespasser

The Trespasser

6.1/10 IMDB

Stevie Carson, a newspaper reporter, and Danny Butler, the "morgue" manager on the same newspaper, set out to track down the killer of a colleague, a book-reviewer who was involved with a group of rare book forgers and whose sister has been convinced her editor-fiance, Bill Monroe, killed him.

Starring: Dale Evans, Warren Douglas, Janet Martin, Douglas Fowley, Adele Mara, Gregory Gaye, Grant Withers, William Bakewell, Vince Barnett, Francis Pierlot ..
Directed by: George Blair
Release date: 1947-07-03

High Barbaree

6.4/10 IMDB

After his plane is downed in the South Pacific, a Navy flier recounts his life to a co-pilot while awaiting rescue.

Starring: Van Johnson, June Allyson, Thomas Mitchell, Marilyn Maxwell, Cameron Mitchell, Claude Jarman Jr., Henry Hull, Ruth Brady ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1947-05-01
Best Action Movies of 1947 : On the Old Spanish Trail

On the Old Spanish Trail

5.9/10 IMDB

A cowboy turns bounty hunter to pay off his debts.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Tito Guízar, Jane Frazee, Andy Devine, Estelita Rodriguez, Charles McGraw, Fred Graham, Steve Darrell, Marshall Reed ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1947-10-15
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Blaze of Noon

Blaze of Noon

6.3/10 IMDB

In this aerial melodrama, four brothers working as stunt pilots for a flying circus leave their jobs to become mail pilots. Because their job requires that they constantly travel, they are advised to not settle down with wives and kids. Still, one pilot falls in love and marries. Unfortunately, the woman dislikes his brothers and constantly worries that he will be killed during a flight. Her fears are not unfounded and much tragedy ensues as the story unfolds.

Starring: Anne Baxter, William Holden, Sonny Tufts, William Bendix, Sterling Hayden, Howard Da Silva, Johnny Sands, Jean Wallace, Lloyd Corrigan, Will Wright ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1947-05-02
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Code of the West

Code of the West

6.3/10 IMDB

Knowing the railroad is coming, Carter is after the rancher's land. Bob and Chito return just in time to save Banker Stockton and his money from Carter's men. When Stockton then lends the ranchers money, Carter has them burned out. Bob knows Carter is responsible and when Carter's henchman Saunders is recognized, Bob goes into action.

Starring: James Warren, Debra Alden, John Laurenz, Steve Brodie, Rita Lynn, Harry Woods, Carol Forman, Raymond Burr, Harry Harvey, Phil Warren ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1947-02-20
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Yankee Fakir

Yankee Fakir

5.7/10 IMDB

A medicine show pitchman investigates a small town murder in Arizona.

Starring: Douglas Fowley, Joan Woodbury, Clem Bevans, Frank Reicher, Ransom M. Sherman, Marc Lawrence, Walter Soderling, Eula Guy, Elspeth Dudgeon, Tom Bernard ..
Directed by: W. Lee Wilder
Release date: 1947-04-01
Best Action Movies of 1947 : The Hat Box Mystery

The Hat Box Mystery

5.0/10 IMDB

Susan Hart, assistant to private detective Russ Ashton, is given a camera concealed in a hat box and assigned to take a picture of a woman. A gun is accidentally hidden in the box and the woman is killed. Susan is charged with murder, but Russ and his less-than-useful associate, Harvard, get on the case and prove that the fatal shot was fired by the killer from across the street.

Starring: Tom Neal, Pamela Blake, Allen Jenkins, Virginia Sale, Leonard Penn, Olga Andre, Tom Kennedy ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1947-06-12
Best Action Movies of 1947 : The Black Widow

The Black Widow

6.4/10 IMDB

The Daily Clarion hires detective story writer Steve Colt to investigate the deaths of a group of scientists working on an atomic rocket development project. Behind the killings is fortune teller Sombra, a spy from an Asian country intent on world domination, who is determined to pilfer the atomic rocket by luring workers from the project to her parlor and killing them with black widow spider venom when they refuse to cooperate.

Starring: Bruce Edwards, Virginia Lee, Carol Forman, Anthony Warde, Ramsay Ames, I. Stanford Jolley, Dave Anderson ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Fred C. Brannon
Release date: 1947-11-01
Best Action Movies of 1947 : The Adventures of Dusty Bates

The Adventures of Dusty Bates

6.1/10 IMDB

Dusty Bates observes some smuggled jewels hidden in a crate aboard a ship; he is pursued by low-lifes when the crate is put ashore.

Starring: Anthony Newley, Billie Brooks, Michael McKeag, John Longden, Dennis Harkin, Grace Arnold, Tony Arpino, Bernard Lee, Ronald Shiner, Ralph Truman ..
Directed by: Darrell Catling
Release date: 1947-09-01
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Bells of San Angelo

Bells of San Angelo

5.6/10 IMDB

Gridley is mining silver from an old Mexican mine and bringing it into the USA thru a passage into his worthless mine. Border guard Rogers suspects Gridley and finally finds the secret entrance to the Mexican mine. He sends Lee Madison for help only to have her captured by Gridley. Trigger brings help that takes care of Gridley's men and now Roy has to rescue Madison.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Andy Devine, John McGuire, Olaf Hytten, Fritz Leiber, Hank Patterson, Fred 'Snowflake' Toones, Eddie Acuff, David Sharpe ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1947-04-15
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Blackmail


5.6/10 IMDB

A private detective is offered a job protecting a rich business man from suspected blackmail. Before he can accept the case a murder is uncovered.

Starring: William Marshall, Adele Mara, Ricardo Cortez, Grant Withers, Stephanie Bachelor, Richard Fraser, Roy Barcroft, George J. Lewis, Gregory Gaye, Tris Coffin ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1947-07-24
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Jewels of Brandenburg

Jewels of Brandenburg

5.6/10 IMDB

A former secret agent is sent to retrieve a priceless collection of stolen jewels from a Lisbon nightclub owner who worked both sides during World War II.

Starring: Richard Travis, Micheline Cheirel, Carol Thurston, Leonard Strong, Louis Mercier, Eugene Borden, Ralf Harolde, Lewis L. Russell, Fernando Alvarado ..
Directed by: Eugene Forde
Release date: 1947-05-02
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Web of Danger

Web of Danger

5.9/10 IMDB

Ernie Reardon, the superintendent, and Bill O'Hara, the foreman, of a construction company crew working on a bridge to a remote valley, are constantly quarreling over small and minor matter, especially when it comes to Peg Mallory, whom both men are romancing and Peg enjoys the attention. Thed work is suspended when a worker is killed, but a flood is approaching and the valley citizens are in dire straits unless the bridge is completed - in a hurry.

Starring: Adele Mara, Bill Kennedy, Damian O'Flynn, Richard Loo, Victor Sen Yung, Roy Barcroft, William Hall, J. Farrell MacDonald, Archie Twitchell, Edward Gargan ..
Directed by: Philip Ford
Release date: 1947-06-10
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Adventure Island

Adventure Island

4.6/10 IMDB

Travelers find themselves marooned on an island with a maniacal self-made ruler.

Starring: Rhonda Fleming, Rory Calhoun, Paul Kelly, Alan Napier, John Abbott, Douglas Spencer, Val Carlo, Iris Bynam, Julian Rivero ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1947-08-13
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Judo Jymnastics

Judo Jymnastics

7.2/10 IMDB

In a gym, a girl is pulling some pulleys, to gain arm strength, while three men and three girls watch a judo demonstration in the middle of the room. A girl wearing a sweater and shorts applies a succession of holds to a young man in a sleeveless undershirt and a black trunks: over the shoulder projection, arm lock, over the hip projection, sideways headlock and knee to the face, sacrifice fall followed by school-girl pin, kidney punching followed by a groin kick, sideways kick to the knee and arm-lock, eye-gouge and kick to the ribs, attack to both legs with arms and legs, arm-lock and tripping followed by a leg blow to the throat, disarming a knife attack from above, and then an up-thrust with the knife, disarming a revolver menace from the back, usage of a leather belt to strangle and throw an attacker, usage of hair holds for control and throw of the opponent, and KO punching. The man simulates different forms of attack and stands gamely every time - except the last.

Starring: Mary Parker, Lou Leonard ..
Directed by: William Forest Crouch
Release date: 1947-12-01
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Jesse James Rides Again

Jesse James Rides Again

6.3/10 IMDB

Jesse James wants to start a new life in a new location, but quickly finds himself wrapped-up in protecting townsfolk from the machinations of evil oilmen.

Starring: Clayton Moore, Linda Stirling, Roy Barcroft, John Compton, Tris Coffin, Tom London, Mike Ragan, Edmund Cobb, Gene Roth, Fred Graham ..
Directed by: Fred C. Brannon, Thomas Carr
Release date: 1947-08-02
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Northwest Outpost

Northwest Outpost

6.4/10 IMDB

US cavalry officer James Laurence (Nelson Eddy) arrives at one of the Russian colonies to pave the way for the eventual American takeover of the territory. He faces resistance in the form of Prince Nikolai Balinin (Hugo Haas), who has no intention of weakening his despotic hold over the local peasants. The plot thickens when Laurence falls in love with Natalie Alanova (Ilona Massey), the wife of disgraced nobleman Count Igor Savin (Joseph Schildkraut).

Starring: Nelson Eddy, Ilona Massey, Joseph Schildkraut, Elsa Lanchester, Hugo Haas, Lenore Ulric, Peter Whitney, Tamara Shayne, Ernö Verebes, George Sorel ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1947-06-25
Best Action Movies of 1947 : King of the Bandits

King of the Bandits

6.1/10 IMDB

Traveling north into Arizona, Cisco finds that someone committing robberies has been impersonating him and he is a wanted man. After retrieving some of the stolen loot, he is caught with it in his posession and put in the guard house. A friend whose life he recently saved beaks him out and Cisco heads out to find the impersonator and clear himself.

Starring: Gilbert Roland, Angela Greene, Chris-Pin Martin, Anthony Warde, Laura Treadwell, William Bakewell, Rory Mallinson, Pat Goldin, Cathy Carter, Boyd Irwin ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1947-11-07
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain

6.2/10 IMDB

Marvin Hayden returns to find his ranch is about to be sold at auction and the Hayden Jorth feud still going strong. Carson wants the Hayden ranch and tries to kill Hayden. When he fails he kills Chick Jorth with a rock. As Hayden does not carry a gun and the two had argued earlier, Hayden is arrested for the murder. With Hayden in jail, his friends Chito, Ginger, and his Lawyer Gardner now go to work to find the murderer.

Starring: Tim Holt, Martha Hyer, Richard Martin, Steve Brodie, Virginia Owen, Jason Robards Sr., Harry Woods, Tom Keene, Robert Clarke, Harry Harvey ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1947-06-01
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Black Hills

Black Hills

5.9/10 IMDB

When Hadley finds gold on his land, Kirby kills him and then goes after Hadley's ranch. After Eddie Dean foils Kirby's robbery attempt, Kirby forces the assistant land agent Tuttle to sell the ranch to him. But Eddie learns of the forgery thru Tuttle's boss and goes after Kirby.

Starring: Eddie Dean, White Cloud, Roscoe Ates, Shirley Patterson, Terry Frost, Steve Drake, Nina Bara, William Fawcett, Lane Bradford, Lee Morgan ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Release date: 1947-10-26
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Michigan Kid

Michigan Kid

6.0/10 IMDB

A former U.S. marshal rescues an instant heiress from an outlaw's gang.

Starring: Jon Hall, Victor McLaglen, Rita Johnson, Andy Devine, Joan Shawlee, William Ching, Stanley Andrews, Byron Foulger, Milburn Stone, Leonard East ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Release date: 1947-08-11
Best Action Movies of 1947 : The Vigilantes Return

The Vigilantes Return

5.7/10 IMDB

Marshal Johnnie Taggart (Jon Hall) , posing as an outlaw named "Ace" Braddock, comes to Bannack, Montana to restore law and order. But he is recognized by Kitty, co-owner with Clay Curtwright of the infamous Bull Whip saloon. But "bad-girl" Kitty keeps her mouth shut. When Johnnie's pal Andy reports a stage holdup, Curtwright's henchman, Ben Borden, talks the sheriff and Judge Holden into suspecting Johnnie. Johnnie reveals himself to Judge Holden as a government marshal, and the judge voices his opinion that Curtwright is the leader of the road agents, but voices it in the presence of his granddaughter, Louise Holden. The Judge doesn't know that Louise is in love with Curtwright, and she tips him off as to Johnnie's real identity. Curtwright frames Johnnie for a murder and arranges for the crooked sheriff to promote a lynching and Andy and Kitty help Johnnie escape jail. Johnnie rounds up vigilantes and heads for a showdown at the Bull Whip saloon

Starring: Jon Hall, Margaret Lindsay, Andy Devine, Paula Drew, Jack Lambert, Jonathan Hale, Robert Wilcox, Arthur Hohl, Joan Shawlee, Lane Chandler ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Release date: 1947-05-31
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Under the Tonto Rim

Under the Tonto Rim

6.3/10 IMDB

A stagecoach owner goes to jail to catch a holdup gang.

Starring: Tim Holt, Nan Leslie, Richard Martin, Tom Keene, Carol Forman, Tony Barrett, Harry Harvey, Jason Robards Sr., Robert Clarke, Lex Barker ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1947-08-01
Best Action Movies of 1947 : The Crime Doctor's Gamble

The Crime Doctor's Gamble

5.7/10 IMDB

While visiting France, a criminal psychologist tries to clear a disturbed young man of his father's murder.

Starring: Warner Baxter, Micheline Cheirel, Roger Dann, Steven Geray, Marcel Journet, Eduardo Ciannelli, Maurice Marsac, Henri Letondal, Bernard DeRoux ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1947-11-27
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Born to Speed

Born to Speed

5.3/10 IMDB

The romantic, dangerous and fast-paced world of professional midget auto racing provides the backdrop for this dramatic tale of a young driver who decides to follow in his late father's footsteps and win the big race.

Starring: Johnny Sands, Vivian Austin, Don Castle, Frank Orth, Geraldine Wall, Joe Haworth ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1947-01-12
Best Action Movies of 1947 : Blonde Savage

Blonde Savage

4.8/10 IMDB

An expedition into the deep jungle discovers a native tribe led by a tall white blonde woman.

Starring: Gale Sherwood, Leif Erickson, Frank Jenks, Douglass Dumbrille, Veda Ann Borg, Matt Willis, Ernest Whitman, Alex Frazer, James Logan, Eve Whitney ..
Directed by: Steve Sekely
Release date: 1947-11-22
Best Action Movies of 1947 : The Prairie

The Prairie

6.0/10 IMDB

The Prairie is set at the time of the Louisiana Purchase. Hoping to find their destiny in the new territory, the Bush Family heads southward in a covered wagon. Sharing the family's numerous dangers and hardships are Ellen Wade (Lenore Aubert), sole survivor of an Indian attack, and army mapmaker Paul Hover (Alan Baxter). Cousins Abiram (Russ Vincent) and Asa (Jack Mitchum) duke it out over Ellen's affections

Starring: Lenore Aubert, Alan Baxter, Russ Vincent, John Mitchum, Charles Evans, Edna Holland, Chief Thundercloud, Fred Coby, William Murphy, David Gerber ..
Directed by: Frank Wisbar
Release date: 1947-11-27

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