Best Action Movies of 1949

1.

Twelve O'Clock High

4.8
7.7/10 IMDB

In the early days of daylight bombing raids over Germany, General Frank Savage must take command of a 'hard luck' bomber group. Much of the story deals with his struggle to whip his group into a disciplined fighting unit in spite of heavy losses, and withering attacks by German fighters over their targets.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell, Dean Jagger, Robert Arthur, Paul Stewart, John Kellogg, Robert Patten, Lee MacGregor ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1949-12-21
2.

Mighty Joe Young

3.8
7.0/10 IMDB

A young woman, Jill Young, grew up on her father's ranch in Africa, raising a large gorilla named Joe from an infant. Years later, she brings him to Hollywood to become a star.

Starring: Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Robert Armstrong, Frank McHugh, Douglas Fowley, Denis Greene, Paul Guilfoyle, Nestor Paiva, Regis Toomey, Lora Lee Michel ..
Directed by: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Release date: 1949-07-27
3.

Battleground

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

The film concentrates on the camaraderie and the divisions between the troops as they ready for the big offensive. Told in a taut narrative, the men of the 101st, led by Van Johnson, wait out the winter in the Ardennes forest to confront the German army in what would be the last major offensive of World War II. The men are demoralized and trapped, with no hope of support from the Allies.

Starring: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Jerome Courtland, Don Taylor, Bruce Cowling, Douglas Fowley, Leon Ames ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1949-11-09
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Force of Evil
4.

Force of Evil

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Lawyer Joe Morse wants to consolidate all the small-time numbers racket operators into one big powerful operation. But his elder brother Leo is one of these small-time operators who wants to stay that way, preferring not to deal with the gangsters who dominate the big-time.

Starring: John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor, Howland Chamberlain, Roy Roberts, Paul Fix, Barry Kelley, Paul McVey, Beatrice Pearson, Beau Bridges ..
Directed by: Abraham Polonsky
Release date: 1949-03-01
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Bruce Gentry
5.

Bruce Gentry

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Famed aviator Bruce Gentry is working with scientist Andrew Benson, setting out to uncover the origin of a deadly secret weapon---an electronically controlled flying disc which can be directed at moving or stationary targets. The disc was master-minded by an enemy agent known only as "The Recorder" because...he speaks entirely via recordings. Aided by rancher Frank Farrell and his sister Juanita "Nita" Hodges, Gentry consistently foils "The Recorders" schemes, which are carried out by "The Recorder's" henchmen, Krendon, Allen and Chandler, including an attack on the Panama Canal.

Starring: Tom Neal, Judy Clark, Ralph Hodges, Forrest Taylor, Hugh Prosser, Tris Coffin, Jack Ingram, Terry Frost, Eddie Parker, Charles King ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr
Release date: 1949-02-10
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Lust for Gold
6.

Lust for Gold

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

A man determined to track down the fabled Arizona gold mine known as The Lost Dutchman has an affair with a married treasure hunter, whose pursuit of the mine has lead her to double-cross her husband.

Starring: Ida Lupino, Glenn Ford, Gig Young, William Prince, Edgar Buchanan, Will Geer, Paul Ford, Jay Silverheels, Percy Helton, Elspeth Dudgeon ..
Directed by: S. Sylvan Simon, George Marshall
Release date: 1949-06-10
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Rope of Sand
7.

Rope of Sand

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Story of a South African diamond mine watched over by a sadistic policeman tasked with looking out for smugglers.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Corinne Calvet, Sam Jaffe, John Bromfield, Mike Mazurki, Kenny Washington, Edmund Breon ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1949-08-03
Best Action Movies of 1949 : We Were Strangers
8.

We Were Strangers

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

China Valdes joins the Cuban underground after her brother is killed by the chief of the secret police, Ariete. She meets and falls in love with American expatriate Tony Fenner. Tony develops a plan to tunnel under the city's cemetery to a plot owned by a high official, assassinate him, and blow up the whole Cuban hierarchy at the ensuing state funeral. Together with a band of dedicated revolutionaries, they begin digging.

Starring: Jennifer Jones, John Garfield, Gilbert Roland, Ramon Novarro, Pedro Armendáriz, Wally Cassell, David Bond, José Pérez, Morris Ankrum, Lelia Goldoni ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1949-04-27
9.

The Red Pony

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

Peter Miles stars as Tom Tiflin, the little boy at the heart of this John Steinbeck story set in Salinas Valley. With his incompatible parents -- the city-loving Fred and country-happy Alice -- constantly bickering, Tom looks to cowboy Billy Buck for companionship and paternal love.

Starring: Myrna Loy, Robert Mitchum, Louis Calhern, Shepperd Strudwick, Peter Miles, Margaret Hamilton, Melinda Byron, Jackie Jackson, Beau Bridges, Jackie Jackson ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1949-03-08
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Sword in the Desert
10.

Sword in the Desert

3.1
6.6/10 IMDB

First American film about the conflict between Jewish nationalists and the British in the creation of the state of Israel.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Märta Torén, Stephen McNally, Jeff Chandler, Joe Turkel, Philip Friend, Hugh French, Liam Redmond, Lowell Gilmore, Stanley Logan ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1949-08-24
11.

Batman and Robin

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

This 15-chapter serial pits Batman and Robin against The Wizard, who uses a device that allows him to control machinery to hold the city hostage.

Starring: Robert Lowery, Johnny Duncan, Lyle Talbot, Jane Adams, Ralph Graves, Don C. Harvey, William Fawcett, Leonard Penn, Rick Vallin, Michael Whalen ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Release date: 1949-05-26
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Mary Ryan, Detective
12.

Mary Ryan, Detective

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

A female police detective (Marsha Hunt) enters jail to gain the confidence of a shoplifter and learn the identity of the leader of a stolen goods racket.

Starring: Marsha Hunt, John Litel, June Vincent, Harry Shannon, William Phillips, Katherine Warren, Victoria Horne, John Dehner, Arthur Space, Kernan Cripps ..
Directed by: Abby Berlin
Release date: 1949-11-03
Best Action Movies of 1949 : King of the Rocket Men
13.

King of the Rocket Men

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Prof. Millard pretends to be dead and helps Jeff King ferret out Vulcan, the evil traitor at the science academy. Donning his Rocket Man costume King goes from one hair raising rescue to the next in order to keep the newly invented Decimator out of the clutches of Vulcan and his minions.

Starring: Tris Coffin, Mae Clarke, Don Haggerty, James Craven, I. Stanford Jolley, House Peters Jr., Douglas Evans, Ted Adams, Stanley Price, Dale van Sickel ..
Directed by: Fred C. Brannon
Release date: 1949-06-08
Best Action Movies of 1949 : The Fighting O'Flynn
14.

The Fighting O'Flynn

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

A swashbuckling Irishman opposes French agents during the Napoleonic wars.

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Helena Carter, Richard Greene, Patricia Medina, Arthur Shields, Ludwig Donath, Lumsden Hare, Otto Waldis, Henry Brandon, J. M. Kerrigan ..
Directed by: Arthur Pierson
Release date: 1949-02-26
Best Action Movies of 1949 : The Golden Stallion
15.

The Golden Stallion

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

Diamonds are being smuggled across the border from Mexico in a specially made shoe of a palomino mare. One of the smugglers is killed when the mare runs off. The sheriff blames Trigger for the death. To keep his horse from being destroyed, Roy confesses and goes to jail. The smugglers buy Trigger and put him to work smuggling diamonds. The mare, who had earlier heard a trist with Trigger, foals Trigger, Jr. who Roy, finally out of jail, uses to help capture the smugglers.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Dale Evans, Estelita Rodriguez, Pat Brady, Douglas Evans, Frank Fenton, Greg McClure, Dale van Sickel, Clarence Straight ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1949-11-15
16.

The Sun Comes Up

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

Set in the rural south of the United States, a bereaved war widow learns to put aside her bitterness and grief as she grows to love a young orphan boy and his dog.

Starring: Jeanette MacDonald, Lloyd Nolan, Claude Jarman Jr., Lewis Stone, Percy Kilbride, Nicholas Joy, Margaret Hamilton, Hope Landin, Esther Somers, Pal ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1949-05-12
Best Action Movies of 1949 : The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
17.

The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

Saloon-bar singer Freddie gets very angry whenever boyfriend Blackie seems to be playing around. She always packs a six-shooter, so this is bad news for anything that happens to be in the way. As this is usually the local judge's rear-end, Freddie and friend Conchita are soon hiding out teaching school in the middle of nowhere.

Starring: Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, Rudy Vallee, Olga San Juan, Porter Hall, Hugh Herbert, Al Bridge, El Brendel, Sterling Holloway, Chester Conklin ..
Directed by: Preston Sturges
Release date: 1949-05-27
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Alias the Champ
18.

Alias the Champ

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Slammin’ Sammy Menacker is killed in the ring, and Gorgeous George (in his only film appearance) is arrested for murder. Out to clear his name is his manager Lorraine and cop Ron Peterson, who was already on the scene to investigate the Mob’s influence on pro wrestling.

Starring: Robert Rockwell, Audrey Long, Gorgeous George, Barbra Fuller, James Nolan, John Harmon, Sammy Menacker, Joseph Crehan, John Hamilton, Stephen Chase ..
Directed by: George Blair
Release date: 1949-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Treasure of Monte Cristo
19.

Treasure of Monte Cristo

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

A San Francisco lawyer (Steve Brodie) uses a woman (Adele Jergens) to lure a merchant seaman (Glenn Langan) worth a legendary fortune.

Starring: Glenn Langan, Adele Jergens, Steve Brodie, Bobby Jordan, Michael Whalen, George Davis, Margia Dean, Sid Melton ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1949-08-27
Best Action Movies of 1949 : The Gal Who Took the West
20.

The Gal Who Took the West

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

In order to gain passage to the West, a woman poses as an opera singer, and causes a feud between two cousins.

Starring: Yvonne De Carlo, Charles Coburn, Scott Brady, John Russell, Myrna Dell, James Millican, Clem Bevans, Robert R. Stephenson, Houseley Stevenson, Robin Short ..
Directed by: Frederick de Cordova
Release date: 1949-09-01
Best Action Movies of 1949 : The Lost Tribe
21.

The Lost Tribe

2.6
5.5/10 IMDB

Jungle Jim fights a lion and sharks trying to save an African village from those who would despoil it.

Starring: Johnny Weissmüller, Myrna Dell, Elena Verdugo, Joseph Vitale, Ralph Dunn, Paul Marion, Nelson Leigh, George J. Lewis, Ray Corrigan, Jimmy the Crow ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1949-04-19
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Roughshod
22.

Roughshod

2.6
6.6/10 IMDB

Rancher Clay and his brother, Steve, head out across the Sonora mountain pass, followed by Lednov, an ex-con seeking revenge on Clay for putting him behind bars. Clay and Steve unexpectedly cross paths with a group of dance hall girls -- including Mary, Marcia and Helen -- whose stagecoach has broken down, and help them get to the nearest ranch, where Lednov unfortunately catches up to Clay.

Starring: Robert Sterling, Gloria Grahame, Claude Jarman Jr., John Ireland, Jeff Donnell, Myrna Dell, Martha Hyer, George Cooper, Jeff Corey, Sara Haden ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1949-05-11
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Christopher Columbus
23.

Christopher Columbus

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Christopher Columbus overcomes intrigue at the Spanish court and convinces Queen Isabella that his plan to reach the East by sailing west is practical.

Starring: Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, Francis L. Sullivan, Kathleen Ryan, Derek Bond, Nora Swinburne, Abraham Sofaer, Linden Travers, James Robertson Justice, Dennis Vance ..
Directed by: David MacDonald
Release date: 1949-10-12
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Fighting Man of the Plains
24.

Fighting Man of the Plains

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Former bandit Jim Dancer becomes marshal of a Kansas town and cleans up the criminal element - with the help of his old pal, Jesse James.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Bill Williams, Victor Jory, Jane Nigh, Douglas Kennedy, Joan Taylor, Berry Kroeger, Rhys Williams, Barry Kelley, James Todd ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1949-11-16
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Stampede
25.

Stampede

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Brothers Mike and Tim McCall own a large ranch in Arizona, using the surrounding lands for grazing cattle. Stanley Cox and LeRoy Stanton sell this land to settlers who arrive to find it bone dry, as a dam on the McCall ranch controls the water. Among the settlers are John Dawson and his daughter Connie. The latter goes to the nearest town to take action, but Sheriff Ball tells him there is nothing he can do. Tim falls for Connie but Mike is unimpressed with her charms. While returning from a town dance, Tim discovers Stanton trying to dynamite the dam, and is killed in the ensuing gunfight. Stanton later sends his men to stampede the cattle while he and Cox blow up the dam. Despite the efforts of Mike and Sheriff Ball, the cattle are wiped out and Mike races to the dam and kills Stanton in a gunfight.

Starring: Rod Cameron, Gale Storm, Johnny Mack Brown, Don Castle, Donald Curtis, John Miljan, Jonathan Hale, John Eldredge ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1949-05-01
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Tarzan's Magic Fountain
26.

Tarzan's Magic Fountain

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

An expedition tries to enlist Tarzan's help in finding the secret Blue Valley, which legend says is the location of a miraculous fountain of youth.

Starring: Lex Barker, Brenda Joyce, Evelyn Ankers, Alan Napier, Albert Dekker, Charles Drake, Henry Brandon, Ted Hecht, Henry Kulky ..
Directed by: Lee Sholem
Release date: 1949-02-05
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Illegal Entry
27.

Illegal Entry

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Long before he became producer/director of The Tonight Show, Fred DeCordova helmed the Universal meller Illegal Entry. Howard Duff, who later worked with DeCordova on the TV series Mr. Adams and Eve, stars as Bert Powers, an undercover agent for the U.S. Department of Immigration. While attempting to bring a vicious gang of alien smugglers to justice, Powers falls in love with Anna Duvak (Marta Toren), a gang member who is Not What She Seems.

Starring: Howard Duff, Märta Torén, George Brent, Gar Moore, Tom Tully, Paul Stewart, Richard Rober, Joseph Vitale, James Nolan, Clifton Young ..
Directed by: Frederick de Cordova
Release date: 1949-06-01
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Arson, Inc.
28.

Arson, Inc.

2.5
5.2/10 IMDB

An arson investigator goes undercover to break up a ring that sets fires in order to collect the insurance.

Starring: Robert Lowery, Anne Gwynne, Edward Brophy, Marcia Mae Jones, Douglas Fowley, Maude Eburne, William Forrest, Steve Pendleton, Byron Foulger, Matt McHugh ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1949-06-24
29.

The Big Wheel

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

The ambitious son of an accomplished race driver struggles to outrun his father's legacy and achieve his own successes.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Thomas Mitchell, Mary Hatcher, Michael O'Shea, Spring Byington, Hattie McDaniel, Steve Brodie, Allen Jenkins, Richard Lane, Lina Romay ..
Directed by: Edward Ludwig
Release date: 1949-11-04
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Tough Assignment
30.

Tough Assignment

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

A meddlesome reporter sporting a young bride takes on a gang of modern day cattle rustlers. Donald "Red" Barry plays Dan Reilly, a newspaper reporter just returned to LA with his wife, photographer Margie (Marjorie Steele). Margie insists on taking pictures of everywhere they go, and so as she's walking into a butcher shop she poses for Dan - while at the same time three thugs make their way quickly out after beating up the proprietors. Soon Margie and Dan are involved in investigating an illegal meat operation that rustles cattle and forces butchers to buy it - or else. Dan gets beaten up a couple of times, but is undaunted in pursuing the great story - and hey, he's only got 64 minutes to do so, he'd best get cracking!

Starring: Don Barry, Marjorie Steele, Steve Brodie, Marc Lawrence, Ben Welden, Sid Melton, John L. Cason, Frank Richards, Fred Kohler Jr., Michael Whalen ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1949-11-15
31.

Challenge to Lassie

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

When Lassie's master dies, an old friend tries to convince a judge that the dog's life should be spared.

Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Donald Crisp, Geraldine Brooks, Reginald Owen, Alan Webb, Ross Ford, Henry Stephenson, Alan Napier, Pal, Sara Allgood ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1949-10-31
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Enter the Lone Ranger
32.

Enter the Lone Ranger

2.5
7.7/10 IMDB

The sole surviving Texas Ranger of a murderous ambush - John Reid, becomes the great masked hero. He fights for justice with his companion, Tonto.

Starring: Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels, Glenn Strange, George J. Lewis, Jack Clifford ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz Jr.
Release date: 1949-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Riders of the Whistling Pines
33.

Riders of the Whistling Pines

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

While trailing Forest Ranger Charles Carter, who is suspected of permitting lumber man Henry Mitchell to cut restricted timber, Gene fires at a dangerous mountain lion and apparently kills Carter. Actually, Bill Wright, Mitchell's associate, killed Carter because the ranger had discovered tussock moth infestation in the forest, and if the infestation was not reported, the trees would die and have to be cut, thereby profiting Mitchell and Wright. In order to compensate the best he can, Gene sells his sportsman's camp and gives the money to Carter's daughter Helen . En route to Texas, Gene discovers the infestation and is assigned by the Forest Department to supervise the program of spraying the area with DDT from the air. After the first day of spraying, the DDT is blamed by furious stock men for the many animals found dead of poisoning.

Starring: Gene Autry, Champion, Patricia Barry, Jimmy Lloyd, Douglass Dumbrille, Damian O'Flynn, Clayton Moore, Leon Weaver, Harry Cheshire ..
Directed by: John English
Release date: 1949-03-16
Best Action Movies of 1949 : The Kid from Cleveland
34.

The Kid from Cleveland

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

A sports reporter tries to reform a troubled youngster. Drama.

Starring: George Brent, Russ Tamblyn, Lynn Bari, Tommy Cook, Ann Doran, Louis Jean Heydt ..
Directed by: Herbert Kline
Release date: 1949-09-05
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Outpost in Morocco
35.

Outpost in Morocco

2.2
5.2/10 IMDB

Captain Gerard, greatest lover in the Foreign Legion, is assigned to escort an emir's daughter to her father's mountain citadel and find out what he can about the emir's activities. Gerard enjoys his work with lovely Cara, but arrives to find rebellion brewing.

Starring: George Raft, Marie Windsor, Akim Tamiroff, John Litel, Ernö Verebes, Eduard Franz, Crane Whitley, Damian O'Flynn ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1949-05-02
Best Action Movies of 1949 : State Department: File 649
36.

State Department: File 649

2.1
4.7/10 IMDB

Kenneth Seeley, member of the U. S. State Department's Foreign Service Bureau, and Marge Weldon, a morale worker with the bureau, are assigned to an area in Mongolia dominated by an outlaw warlord. The latter captures the village where they reside and when escape is clearly impossible, Seeley blows up the outlaw's headquarters, losing his own life in doing so.

Starring: William Lundigan, Virginia Bruce, Jonathan Hale, Frank Ferguson, Richard Loo, Philip Ahn, Raymond Bond, Milton Kibbee, Victor Sen Yung, Lora Lee Michel ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1949-02-11
Best Action Movies of 1949 : The Mysterious Desperado
37.

The Mysterious Desperado

1.6
6.5/10 IMDB

A cowboy is accused of his father's murder.

Starring: Tim Holt, Richard Martin, Edward Norris, Movita, Frank Wilcox, William Tannen, Robert Livingston, Robert Williams, Kenneth MacDonald, Frank Lackteen ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1949-09-10
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Kazan
38.

Kazan

1.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Based on the novel by James Oliver Curwood about Kazan, the wolfdog.

Starring: Stephen Dunne, Lois Maxwell, Joe Sawyer, Roman Bohnen, George Cleveland, John Dehner, Ray Teal, Loren Gage, Zoro the Dog ..
Directed by: Will Jason
Release date: 1949-07-13
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Frontier Investigator
39.

Frontier Investigator

1.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Rocky Lane, out to find the murderer of his brother, runs into a battle between two stage lines for a mail contract.

Starring: Allan Lane, Black Jack, Eddy Waller, Roy Barcroft, Gail Davis, Robert Emmett Keane, Clayton Moore, Francis Ford, Claire Whitney, Harry Lauter ..
Directed by: Fred C. Brannon
Release date: 1949-05-01
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Susanna Pass
40.

Susanna Pass

1.5
6.2/10 IMDB

The bad guys dynamite a fish hatchery. They're trying to put the hatchery out of business so they can get possession of oil underneath the lake. Roy is a game warden investigating the dynamiting.

Starring: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Dale Evans, Estelita Rodriguez, Martín Garralaga, Robert Emmett Keane, Lucien Littlefield, Douglas Fowley, David Sharpe, Robert Bice ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1949-04-29
Best Action Movies of 1949 : The Mutineers
41.

The Mutineers

1.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Mobster Thomas Nagle and his gang take over a ship to use running guns and counterfeit money into Lisbon.

Starring: Jon Hall, Adele Jergens, George Reeves, Noel Caravat, Don C. Harvey, Matt Willis, Tom Kennedy, Pat Gleason, Frank Jaquet, Lyle Talbot ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1949-04-22
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Prince of the Plains
42.

Prince of the Plains

1.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Banker Ned Owens refuses to call in the many unpaid loans made to the local ranchers as he knows they are being terrorized by a gang of crooks and unable to pay. But the secret leader of the gang is James Taylor large stockholder of the bank.....

Starring: Monte Hale, Paul Hurst, Shirley Davis, Roy Barcroft, Rory Mallinson, Harry Lauter, Lane Bradford, George M. Carleton ..
Directed by: Philip Ford
Release date: 1949-04-08
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Wong Fei-Hung Burn the Tyrant's Lair
43.

Wong Fei-Hung Burn the Tyrant's Lair

1.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Shot at the same time as the inaugural chapter, The Story of Wong Fei-hung, Part Two is a continuation of the story. Solving the cliffhanger at the end of Part One and carrying on with a series of fights against a lineup of martial artists recruited by Master Wong's nemesis, Part Two culminates in a showdown with Grey Hair Fu, played by the great character actor Sek Kin, who is to appear as the archvillain in most of the following chapters, each time in a different guise.

Starring: Kwan Tak-Hing, Walter Tso Tat-Wah, Chan Lo-Wah, Sek Kin, Lau Cham, San Ho, Chi-Wai Tse, Chan Fai, Lo Ngok Lam, Tak-Hing Kwan ..
Directed by: Peng Hu, Hu Peng
Release date: 1949-10-12
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Joe Palooka in the Counterpunch
44.

Joe Palooka in the Counterpunch

1.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Joe heads for South America to fight the Latin champ. Shipboard, he helps federal agents fight counterfeiters. He also spars with love interest Anne Howe.

Starring: Leon Errol, Joe Kirkwood, Jr., Elyse Knox, Marcel Journet, Sheila Ryan, Harry Lewis, Frank Sully, Ian Wolfe, Sam Hayes, Walter Sande ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1949-08-14
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Amazon Quest
45.

Amazon Quest

1.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Thomas Dekker is a diamond cutter attempting to reclaim his right to a portion of a rubber empire in the early part of the twentieth century. Tom travels to Brazil to uncover the fate of his father and along the way meets Teresa, a local girl who offers to be his guide in the jungle. Eventually, they encounter three armed men who take them to Lobato, a bandit who knew his father. Once convinced that Tom is his friend's son, Lobato tells him a lengthy story which culminates with his meeting Tom's father, who rescued him from drowning. With the help of "flashbacks" from an obscure South American feature, Tom learns what really became of his father.

Starring: Tom Neal, Carole Mathews, Carole Donne, Don Zelaya, Ralph Graves, Joseph Crehan, Jack George, Joseph Granby, Edward Clark, Julian Rivero ..
Directed by: Steve Sekely
Release date: 1949-05-13
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Apache Chief
46.

Apache Chief

1.4
6.0/10 IMDB

When his tribesmen begin killing off white settlers, Young Eagle is opposed to the carnage. In order to assure a lasting peace, however, the chief must deal with renegade Apache Black Wolf.

Starring: Alan Curtis, Tom Neal, Russell Hayden, Carol Thurston, Fuzzy Knight, Trevor Bardette, Alan Wells, Francis McDonald, Roy Gordon, Billy Wilkerson ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1949-11-04
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Ghost of Zorro
47.

Ghost of Zorro

1.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Although ostensibly the grand-son of the legendary hero, Clayton Moore's Ken Mason is little more than a cowboy in a black mask in this 12 chapter Republic serial. Mason, the head of the telegraph line work crew, assumes his ancestor's trade-mark mask (but not whip) in order to prevent a local czar (Roy Barcroft) from sabotaging the burgeoning telegraph line. Pamela Blake, a brunette starlet formerly known as Adele Pearce, played Mason's imperiled girlfriend, and the serial also benefitted from the usual competent work of Republic's great stunt-performers, including Dale van Sickel, Tom Steele, Eddie Parker, and Joe Yrigoyen.

Starring: Clayton Moore, Pamela Blake, Roy Barcroft, George J. Lewis, Gene Roth, John Crawford, I. Stanford Jolley, Steve Clark, Steve Darrell, Dale van Sickel ..
Directed by: Fred C. Brannon
Release date: 1949-03-24
48.

Bodyhold

1.4
6.0/10 IMDB

A plumber with a girlfriend turns pro wrestler for a crooked promoter.

Starring: Willard Parker, Lola Albright, Hillary Brooke, Allen Jenkins, Roy Roberts, Pete Peterson ..
Directed by: Seymour Friedman
Release date: 1949-12-08
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Ride, Ryder, Ride!
49.

Ride, Ryder, Ride!

1.3
5.8/10 IMDB

Riding the plains with Little Beaver and Buckskin Blodgett, Red Ryder encounters bandits trying to hold up the stagecoach carrying Libby Brooks, owner of the Devil's Hole newspaper

Starring: Jim Bannon, Don Reynolds, Emmett Lynn, Marin Sais, Edwin Max, Peggy Stewart, Steve Pendleton, Jean Budinger, Jack O'Shea, Fred Coby ..
Directed by: Lewis D. Collins
Release date: 1949-02-02
Best Action Movies of 1949 : Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc.
50.

Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc.

1.3
5.4/10 IMDB

The female leader of an international crime ring steals a valuable artifact that can give her the power to control men's minds. Federal agents are dispatched to get it back and stop her evil plans.

Starring: Kirk Alyn, Rosemary La Planche, Roy Barcroft, Carol Forman, James Dale, Bruce Edwards, James Craven, Dave Anderson ..
Directed by: Fred C. Brannon
Release date: 1949-01-01

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