Best Crime Movies of 1926

1.

Twinkletoes

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

"Twinkletoes" Minasi wants to be a great dancer like her deceased mother. Twink meets Chuck Lightfoot, a noted prizefighter, who falls in love with her at first sight. She tries to avoid falling in love with Chuck, whose wife, Cissie, is a drunken harridan and more than a little bit spiteful. Meanwhile, Twink has secured a job in a singing-dancing act in a Limehouse theater, under the auspices of Roseleaf, who has more than just a protective interest in the girl. The jealous Cissie discovers that Twink's sign-painting father also has a night job as a burglar, and she turns him into the police. While a big success dancing on the stage, the arrest of her father has left her somewhat down in the dumps, and she decides to toss herself into the Thames. Possibly, the now-free Chuck, since Cissie has been killed in an accident, might come along and rescue her.

Starring: Colleen Moore, Kenneth Harlan, Tully Marshall, Gladys Brockwell, Lucien Littlefield, Warner Oland, John Kolb, Julanne Johnston, William McDonald, Dorothy Vernon ..
Directed by: Charles Brabin
Release date: 1926-11-28
Best Crime Movies of 1926 : The Blackbird
2.

The Blackbird

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Two thieves, the Blackbird and West End Bertie, fall in love with the same girl, a French nightclub performer named Fifi. Each man tries to outdo the other to win her heart.

Starring: Lon Chaney, Owen Moore, Renée Adorée, Doris Lloyd, Andy MacLennan, William Weston, Sidney Bracey, Ernie Adams ..
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1926-01-11
Best Crime Movies of 1926 : The Bells
3.

The Bells

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A kindly but desperate Alsatian innkeeper named Mathias murders and robs a rich Jewish merchant staying at his inn, but the ghost of his victim will not let him rest. Meanwhile, a mysterious Mesmerist has come to town, claiming he has made many criminals confess their crimes...

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Caroline Frances Cooke, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Lorimer Johnston, Boris Karloff, Eddie Phillips, Lola Todd, Laura La Varnie, John George, E. Alyn Warren ..
Directed by: James Young
Release date: 1926-07-29
Best Crime Movies of 1926 : The Flying Ace
4.

The Flying Ace

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

A veteran World War I fighter pilot returns home a war hero and immediately regains his former job as a railroad company detective. His first case: recover a stolen satchel filled with $25,000 of company payroll, locate a missing employee, and capture a gang of railroad thieves.

Starring: Laurence Criner, Kathryn Boyd, Boise De Legge, Harold Platts, Lions Daniels, George Colvin, Sam Jordan, R.L. Brown, Steve Reynolds ..
Directed by: Richard E. Norman
Release date: 1926-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1926 : Obey the Law
5.

Obey the Law

1.6
7.2/10 IMDB

When his old prison-friend's daughter is about to wed a wealthy man, the friend steals a valuable pendant and gives it to the girl's father. The father, in turn and not realizing it is stolen goods, gives it to his daughter as a wedding present. But the law shows up looking for the pendant.

Starring: Bert Lytell, Eugenia Gilbert, Edna Murphy, Hedda Hopper, Larry Kent, Paul Panzer, Sarah Padden, William Welsh ..
Directed by: Alfred Raboch
Release date: 1926-11-05
6.

The Hidden Way

1.5
6.2/10 IMDB

The film tells the tale of three ex-cons who finally go straight, through the redemptive power of love. After rescuing Mary from certain death, the “three bad men” meet her saintly mother and stay on to help on their farm. In The Hidden Way, two of the ex-cons conspire to steal the family’s tiny nest egg, but through plot twists involving a medicinal spring, a wronged woman, a villainous Casanova, his avaricious father, and government inspectors (!), the pair eventually see their error and join the third in turning over a new leaf.

Starring: Mary Carr, Gloria Grey, Tom Santschi, Arthur Rankin, Ned Sparks, Jane Thomas, Billie Jeane Phelps, Wilbur Mack, William Ryno ..
Directed by: Joseph De Grasse
Release date: 1926-07-26
Best Crime Movies of 1926 : Silence
7.

Silence

1.3
5.8/10 IMDB

Jim Warren, a crook, is married to Norma, but there was a flaw in their marriage papers and he must marry her gain to protect their unborn child. He returns home and gives her some money but it has been stolen and she is sent to jail as an accomplice. To get her out, he is forced to marry another woman and Norma, thinking Jim has deserted her marries Phil Powers, and gives birth to Jim's daughter. Years later, Jim meets his daughter in the midst of a blackmail scheme against Norma over her earlier imprisonment. The daughter shoots the blackmailer, and Jim takes the blame.

Starring: Vera Reynolds, H.B. Warner, Raymond Hatton, Jack Mulhall, Rockliffe Fellowes, Virginia Pearson ..
Directed by: Rupert Julian
Release date: 1926-04-25
Best Crime Movies of 1926 : The House Without a Key
8.

The House Without a Key

1.3
5.4/10 IMDB

A Pathe serial in ten chapters of two-reels each: Dan Winterslip, a wealthy man in Honolulu, has not spoken to his brother, who owns a hotel next to Winterslip's estate, in over twenty years. Minerva, sister to the estranged brothers, comes from Boston to try to reconcile the two men. John Quincy Winterslip, Dan's nephew, receives a letter instructing him to retrieve a box from an attic in San Francisco and dump the contents into the ocean. He is on board a ship bound for Hawaii in which other passengers are also after the box. Dan Winterslip is murdered. Charlie Chan, a Chinese detective, offers to help solve the killing and the mysteries surround the box. Chan is looking for the person whose wristwatch is missing the number 'three.'

Starring: Allene Ray, Walter Miller, E.H. Calvert, Betty Caldwell, Natalie Warfield, Jack Pratt, William Bailey, Frank Lackteen, George Kuwa, Harry Semels ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Release date: 1926-11-21
9.

The Blind Goddess

1.1
4.2/10 IMDB

Even though Big Bill Devens is a powerful politician, he still sticks to his working man's roots. His wife walked out on him 20 years before and his daughter, Moira, believes she is dead. Moira falls in love with Hugh Dillon, a handsome young attorney, and Devens gets him a job in the district attorney's office. One night, Devens' wife, now an old, decrepit woman known as Aileen Clayton, returns to ask forgiveness.

Starring: Jack Holt, Ernest Torrence, Esther Ralston, Louise Dresser, Ward Crane, Richard Tucker, Louis Payne, Charles Clary, Erwin Connelly, Charles Lane ..
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Release date: 1926-04-04
Best Crime Movies of 1926 : While London Sleeps
10.

While London Sleeps

1.0
3.6/10 IMDB

Rinty is a police-dog assigned to a young Scotland Yard police-officer who covers the Limehouse district of London.

Starring: Rin-Tin-Tin, Helene Costello, Walter Merrill, John Patrick, Otto Matieson, George Kotsonaros, DeWitt Jennings, Carl Stockdale, Les Bates ..
Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Release date: 1926-11-27
Best Crime Movies of 1926 : The Little Irish Girl
11.

The Little Irish Girl

0.7
2.3/10 IMDB

Beautiful Dot Walker is part of a ring of crooks in San Francisco, who use her to lure impressionable young men into a crooked card game. Young Johnny has come to the big city to sell his grandmother's hotel back in his home town, but he falls under Dot's spell, gets suckered into the game and loses all his money. He asks his newfound "friends" to come back to his hometown to buy the hotel. They accept but are actually planning to swindle Johnny's grandmother out of her hotel. It turns out that Granny isn't quite the easy mark they thought she would be.

Starring: Dolores Costello, John Harron, Matthew Betz, Lee Moran, Gertrude Claire, Henry A. Barrows, Dot Farley, Joseph J. Dowling ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1926-03-06
Best Crime Movies of 1926 : Marriage License?
12.

Marriage License?

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

1926 picture starring Alma Rubens and Walter McGrail.

Starring: Alma Rubens, Walter McGrail, Richard Walling, Walter Pidgeon, Charles Lane, Emily Fitzroy, Langhorn Burton, Edgar Norton, George Cowl, Lon Poff ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1926-09-05
Best Crime Movies of 1926 : Detective K-9
13.

Detective K-9

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

"Fearless" the dog catches rum runners.

Starring: Fearless the Dog, Rodney Hildebrandt, Raymond Manion, Guy Lewis, Aileen Lopez, Dick Carter, Mae Prestell, Bartlett A. Carre ..
Directed by: William Bertram
Release date: 1926-06-30
Best Crime Movies of 1926 : The Old Soak
14.

The Old Soak

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

To the distress of his family, Clem Hawley, retired from his garage business, spends his time and money in the company of Al, the local bootlegger.

Release date: 1926-10-11
Best Crime Movies of 1926 : Sweet Daddies
15.

Sweet Daddies

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Stage comedian Patrick O'Brien is fired from his job because of his drinking celebration of his son, Jimmy, graduating from college. After the show he meets his son on a cabaret and there meets Abel Finklestein and his daughter, Miriam, and the two fathers form a business alliance, suspected of being bootlegging. They are arrested but are released after it is found they were importing molasses - but Miriam has to promise to marry Sam Berkowitz to secure the release. Jimmy and both fathers are unhappy with this turn of events.

Starring: George Sidney, Charles Murray, Vera Gordon, Jobyna Ralston, Jack Mulhall, Gaston Glass, Aggie Herring ..
Directed by: Alfred Santell
Release date: 1926-06-12
Best Crime Movies of 1926 : Red Dice
16.

Red Dice

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

This unusual melodrama with comic touches was based on Octavus Roy Cohen's novel The Iron Chance. Alan Beckwith (Rod La Rocque) is a war hero who is very much down on his luck. He makes a deal with big-time bootlegger Andrew North (Gustave von Seyffertitz) -- if North will give him a large sum of money, Beckwith will kill himself at the end of a year's time. He is to marry a girl of North's choosing and take out an insurance policy naming her as beneficiary; North will collect from the widow. The plot thickens when Beckwith and Beverly (Marguerite De La Motte), the girl North has him marry, actually fall in love. Beverly's brother, Johnny (Ray Hallor), teams up with Beckwith to steal one of North's cargos of rum. North and his men catch them and things look bad until revenue officers -- called on by Beverly -- show up. The North gang is rounded up and Beckwith looks forward to a long life with his wife.

Starring: Rod La Rocque, Marguerite De La Motte, Ray Hallor, Gustav von Seyffertitz, George Cooper, Walter Long ..
Directed by: William K. Howard
Release date: 1926-03-14
Best Crime Movies of 1926 : Shadow of the Law
17.

Shadow of the Law

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A young woman is framed and sent to prison for a crime she didn't commit. When she is released, she sets out to take her revenge on those responsible. -from IMDB.com

Starring: Clara Bow, Forrest Stanley, Stuart Holmes, Ralph Lewis, William V. Mong, J. Emmett Beck, Adele Farrington, Eddie Lyons, George Cooper ..
Directed by: Wallace Worsley
Release date: 1926-01-24
18.

The Impostor

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The debauched son of a wealthy family, Dick Gilbert, is forced to raise money to pay off gambling debts and uses a valuable family jewel as security for a loan from Prince Borkoff, but it is stolen by Morris, a gambler.

Starring: Evelyn Brent, Carroll Nye, James Morrison, Frank Leigh, James Quinn, Carlton Griffin, Edna Griffin ..
Directed by: Chester Withey
Release date: 1926-04-18
Best Crime Movies of 1926 : The Golden Web
19.

The Golden Web

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

After it has been sold to a new owner,a shyster and killer has stolen the property deed to a valuable mine and is using it for blackmail purposes. The former owner of the mine is framed for a murder, and his daughter and the new owner work to save him from the gallows.

Starring: Lillian Rich, Huntley Gordon, Jay Hunt, Lawford Davidson, Boris Karloff, Nora Hayden, Syd Crossley, Joe Moore, Scott Seaton ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1926-09-01
Best Crime Movies of 1926 : Going Crooked
20.

Going Crooked

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A young women is part a jewel theft ring, but opts out of a robbery because guns will be used. A man gets killed in that operation and the district attorney convicts an innocent man.

Starring: Bessie Love, Oscar Shaw, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Edgar Kennedy, Lydia Knott, Bernard Siegel, Scott Seaton ..
Directed by: George Melford
Release date: 1926-12-12

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