Best Crime Movies of 1927


The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

7.3/10 IMDB

London. A mysterious serial killer brutally murders young blond women by stalking them in the night fog. One foggy, sinister night, a young man who claims his name is Jonathan Drew arrives at the guest house run by the Bunting family and rents a room.

Starring: Ivor Novello, June Tripp, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney, Malcolm Keen, Reginald Gardiner, Eve Gray, Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1927-02-14
Best Crime Movies of 1927 : Underworld


7.5/10 IMDB

Boisterous gangster kingpin Bull Weed rehabilitates his former lawyer from his alcoholic haze, but complications arise when he falls for Weed's girlfriend.

Starring: George Bancroft, Evelyn Brent, Clive Brook, Fred Kohler, Helen Lynch, Larry Semon, Jerry Mandy, Alfred Allen, Shep Houghton, Andy MacLennan ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg, Arthur Rosson
Release date: 1927-08-20
Best Crime Movies of 1927 : Should Men Walk Home?

Should Men Walk Home?

6.7/10 IMDB

Mabel plays an out-and-out crook, a "Girl Bandit," no less. And she quickly hooks up with a male partner in crime, in this case a Gentleman Crook played by perpetually grinning Creighton Hale. Mabel seems a little livelier in this film than in some of her other late works. In the very first scene we find her hitch-hiking, and she's forced to make a mad dash for cover when Hale's car nearly hits her. Soon they team up and crash a swanky party in a mansion to steal a jewel from the host's safe.

Starring: Mabel Normand, Creighton Hale, Eugene Pallette, Oliver Hardy ..
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1927-01-29
Best Crime Movies of 1927 : The Shield of Honor

The Shield of Honor

6.1/10 IMDB

Can Neil Hamilton, the first flying policeman on the force, save his dad from stop-at-nothing jewel thieves?

Starring: Neil Hamilton, Dorothy Gulliver, Ralph Lewis, Nigel Barrie, Claire McDowell, Fred Esmelton, Harry Northrup, Thelma Todd, David Kirby, Joseph W. Girard ..
Directed by: Emory Johnson
Release date: 1927-12-10
Best Crime Movies of 1927 : The Show

The Show

6.9/10 IMDB

Cock Robin is the swaggering ballyhoo man of a Hungarian sideshow known as the Palace of Illusions. The highlight of the show is a reenactment of Salome's dance of the seven veils, replete with the beheading of Jokanaan. The performer portraying Salome is in love with Cock Robin. Jealous, sinister The Greek is determined to eliminate that competition.

Starring: John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Lionel Barrymore, Gertrude Short, Edward Connelly, Andy MacLennan, Agostino Borgato, Betty Boyd, Jules Cowles, Jacqueline Gadsden ..
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1927-01-22
Best Crime Movies of 1927 : Chicago


7.3/10 IMDB

Based on a true story, two-timing boozing wife Roxie Hart kills her lover in cold blood after he leaves her, and finagles her way out being indicted. The basis for Kander/Ebb's 1975 Broadway musical of the same name and its Oscar-winning 2002 film adaptation.

Starring: Phyllis Haver, Victor Varconi, Virginia Bradford, Robert Edeson, Eugene Pallette, Warner Richmond, T. Roy Barnes, Clarence Burton, Julia Faye, May Robson ..
Directed by: Frank Urson
Release date: 1927-12-23
Best Crime Movies of 1927 : The Return of Boston Blackie

The Return of Boston Blackie

5.7/10 IMDB

Just out of jail and vowing to go straight, former jewel thief Boston Blackie, undertakes the reformation of a pretty blonde who has stolen a necklace from a cabaret dancer. He learns that the jewel belongs to the mother of the blonde girl, and the blonde's philandering father gave it as a gift to the cabaret girl. Now, Blackie must find a way to return the necklace to the owner's safe without arousing the suspicions of the girl's family.

Starring: Strongheart, Bob Custer, Corliss Palmer, Rosemary Cooper, Coit Albertson, William Worthington, Florence Wix, J.P. Lockney, Violet Palmer ..
Directed by: Harry O. Hoyt
Release date: 1927-08-01
Best Crime Movies of 1927 : For the Term of His Natural Life

For the Term of His Natural Life

6.0/10 IMDB

A convict, wrongfully accused and sent a harsh prison colony, attempts to escape.

Starring: Eva Novak, George Fisher, Dunstan Webb, Jessica Harcourt, Arthur McLaglen, Katherine Dawn, Gerald Kay Souper ..
Directed by: Norman Dawn
Release date: 1927-06-20
Best Crime Movies of 1927 : The City Gone Wild

The City Gone Wild

6.4/10 IMDB

Hard-boiled underworld melodrama, with gang wars and gunfights, in which criminal lawyer turns prosecutor to avenge a friend's death.

Starring: Thomas Meighan, Marietta Millner, Louise Brooks, Fred Kohler, Duke Martin, Nancy Phillips, Wyndham Standing, Charles Hill Mailes, King Zany, Gunboat Smith ..
Directed by: James Cruze
Release date: 1927-11-12
Best Crime Movies of 1927 : The Chinese Parrot

The Chinese Parrot

6.5/10 IMDB

The plot is motivated by a pearl necklace, which has caused the death and/or ruination of all its owners. The second screen appearance of detective Charlie Chan

Starring: Marian Nixon, Hobart Bosworth, Anna May Wong, Sôjin Kamiyama, Slim Summerville, Florence Turner, Edmund Burns, Albert Conti, Fred Esmelton, Edgar Kennedy ..
Directed by: Paul Leni
Release date: 1927-10-23
Best Crime Movies of 1927 : Finger Prints

Finger Prints

6.0/10 IMDB

A gang of inept crooks and even more inept lawmen search for a cache of hidden money.

Starring: Louise Fazenda, John T. Murray, Helene Costello, Myrna Loy, George Nichols, Martha Mattox, Franklin Pangborn, William Demarest, Bob Perry, Edgar Kennedy ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1927-01-08
Best Crime Movies of 1927 : The Tigress

The Tigress

1.9/10 IMDB

In Spain, a band of gypsies poach the deer in a neighboring estate. The gypsy chief, Tser (Harold Truesdale), is murdered in cold blood, and the estate owner Winston Graham (Jack Holt) is blamed. The chief's daughter Mona (Dorothy Revier) is an expert knife-thrower and sets out to avenge her father.

Starring: Jack Holt, Dorothy Revier, Frank Leigh, Philippe De Lacy, Howard Truesdale, Frank Nelson ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1927-10-21
Best Crime Movies of 1927 : The Great Mail Robbery

The Great Mail Robbery

0.0/10 IMDB

Veteran serial director George B. Seitz keeps things perpetually on the move in The Great Mail Robbery. Theodore von Eltz stars as Marine lieutenant Donald Macready, assigned by his commanding officer to squelch a train-robbery gang. Going undercover, Macready infiltrates the gang and monitors their every move.

Starring: Theodore von Eltz, Frank Nelson, Jean Fenwick, Lee Shumway, DeWitt Jennings, Cora Williams, Nelson McDowell, Charles Hill Mailes, Yvonne Howell ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1927-07-19

Through Thick and Thin

0.0/10 IMDB

An undercover agent tracks a gang of drug smugglers to their headquarters in Mexico, a nightclub, where he manages to get a job as a bouncer. There he meets and falls for a pretty young woman, whose father happens to be the man the agent suspects of heading the gang.

Starring: William Fairbanks, Ethel Shannon, Jack Curtis, George Periolat, Ina Anson, Eddy Chandler, Fred Behrle ..
Directed by: Jack Nelson
Release date: 1927-09-29

One Chance in a Million

0.0/10 IMDB

Secret Service agent Jerry Blaine is hot on the trail of a gang of jewel thieves, Jerry briefly poses as a crook himself to gain the gang's confidence.

Starring: William Fairbanks, Viora Daniel, Charles K. French, Henry Hebert, Eddie Borden, Duke Martin ..
Directed by: Noel M. Smith
Release date: 1927-04-01

Paying the Price

0.0/10 IMDB

Michael Donovan, a heavy loser at a gambling casino, confronts its owner with evidence of cheating and finds himself accused of murder, on circumstantial evidence, of the owner's murder.

Starring: John Miljan, Marjorie Bonner, Priscilla Bonner, George Hackathorne, William Welsh, Mary Carr, Eddie Phillips, William Eugene, George Fawcett ..
Directed by: David Selman
Release date: 1927-04-05
Best Crime Movies of 1927 : The Girl from Chicago

The Girl from Chicago

0.0/10 IMDB

Mary Carlton, who lives with her invalid father on a cotton plantation, receives a letter from Bob, her brother, in New York, stating that he faces death in the electric chair for a crime of which he claims to be innocent. Determined to save him, she goes there, learns of his association with an underworld gang, and begins to suspect Handsome Joe of a connection with the crime.

Starring: Conrad Nagel, Myrna Loy, William Russell, Carroll Nye, Paul Panzer, Erville Alderson ..
Directed by: Ray Enright
Release date: 1927-11-09
Best Crime Movies of 1927 : Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey

0.0/10 IMDB

Helen Wayne and Archie Crossley, two clever pickpockets, rob J. Hamilton Smith, a well-known metropolitan banker, and he is later recognized by one of their gang as a former prisonmate; they demand a price for their silence, and he is forced to accede.

Starring: Priscilla Dean, Hugh Allan, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Ben Hendricks Jr., Sidney Bracey, William H. Tooker ..
Directed by: William James Craft
Release date: 1927-03-27
Best Crime Movies of 1927 : Let It Rain

Let It Rain

0.0/10 IMDB

Let-It-Rain Riley (MacLean) is a devil-may-care Marine sergeant who falls in love with a girl (Shirley Mason) who he assumes to be rich. His rival for the girl's affection is his pal, Kelly (Wade Boteler). The guys find out that the object of their affections is but a modest switchboard operator but she proves to be invaluable when she deciphers a code and discovers that a mail train is about to be robbed.

Starring: Douglas MacLean, Shirley Mason, Wade Boteler, Frank Campeau, James Bradbury Jr., Lincoln Stedman, Lee Shumway, Jim Mason, Eddie Sturgis, Ernest Hilliard ..
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1927-02-12
Best Crime Movies of 1927 : Cheating Cheaters

Cheating Cheaters

0.0/10 IMDB

Nan Carey ( Betty Compson ), a shoplifter, is caught by the police but acquitted through the influence of Lazare ( Lucien Littlefield ), a crooked lawyer, who places her with a gang of crooks. Posing as the Brockton family, they move to a seaside home, where they plan to steal the jewel collection of the Palmers, their neighbours. Nan wins the confidence of the family by flirting with Tom ( Kenneth Harlan ), who becomes infatuated and wants to go away with her, but she refuses him. Tom is caught red-handed in the Brockton mansion attempting to steal their jewels while Nan is making a success of the Palmer robbery.

Starring: Betty Compson, Kenneth Harlan, Sylvia Ashton, Erwin Connelly, Maude Turner Gordon, E.J. Ratcliffe, Lucien Littlefield, Eddie Gribbon, Cesare Gravina ..
Directed by: Edward Laemmle
Release date: 1927-12-05

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