Best Crime Movies of 1929

1.

Blackmail

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

London, 1929. Frank Webber, a very busy Scotland Yard detective, seems to be more interested in his work than in Alice White, his girlfriend. Feeling herself ignored, Alice agrees to go out with an elegant and well-mannered artist who invites her to visit his fancy apartment…

Starring: Anny Ondra, Sara Allgood, Charles Paton, John Longden, Donald Calthrop, Cyril Ritchard, Hannah Jones, Harvey Braban, Ex-Det. Sergt. Bishop, Alfred Hitchcock ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1929-07-28
2.

Springtime Saps

3.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Snub Pollard and Marvin Loback find comic situations as bums, night cops and seance attendees in this silent short.

Starring: 'Snub' Pollard, Marvin Loback ..
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Release date: 1929-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1929 : Seven Footprints to Satan
3.

Seven Footprints to Satan

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

A young man of society wants to make an expedition to Africa, but his fiancée asks him for help about one of her fathers guests shortly before his planed departure. Her suspects about that guest were serious, this man tries to steal one of her fathers rubin, and she and her fiance are kidnapped and brought to a house, where strange things happen. The whole thing becomes a nightmare under the direction of a mysterious Mr. Satan.

Starring: Thelma Todd, Creighton Hale, Sheldon Lewis, William V. Mong, Sôjin, Laska Winters, Angelo Rossitto, Loretta Young ..
Directed by: Benjamin Christensen
Release date: 1929-01-27
Best Crime Movies of 1929 : Alibi
4.

Alibi

2.7
5.9/10 IMDB

Chick Williams, a prohibition gangster, rejoins his mob soon after being released from prison. When a policeman is murdered during a robbery, he falls under suspicion. The gangster took Joan, a policeman's daughter, to the theater, sneaked out during the intermission to commit the crime, then used her to support his alibi. The detective squad employs its most sophisticated and barbaric techniques, including planting an undercover agent in the gang, to bring him to justice.

Starring: Chester Morris, Harry Stubbs, Mae Busch, Eleanor Griffith, Regis Toomey, Purnell Pratt, Irma Harrison ..
Directed by: Roland West
Release date: 1929-04-20
Best Crime Movies of 1929 : The Canary Murder Case
5.

The Canary Murder Case

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

A beautiful showgirl, name "the Canary" is a scheming nightclub singer. Blackmailing is her game and with that she ends up dead. But who killed "the Canary". All the suspects knew and were used by her and everyone had a motive to see her dead. The only witness to the crime has also been 'rubbed out'. Only one man, the keen, fascinating, debonair detective Philo Vance, would be able to figure out who is the killer. Written by Tony Fontana

Starring: William Powell, Louise Brooks, Jean Arthur, James Hall, Charles Lane, Lawrence Grant, Gustav von Seyffertitz, E.H. Calvert, Eugene Pallette, Ned Sparks ..
Directed by: Malcolm St. Clair, Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1929-02-16
Best Crime Movies of 1929 : Thunderbolt
6.

Thunderbolt

2.6
6.6/10 IMDB

A criminal known as Thunderbolt is imprisoned and facing execution. Into the next cell is placed Bob Morgan, an innocent man who has been framed and who is in love with Thunderbolt's girl, without knowing of their relationship. Thunderbolt hopes to stave off the execution long enough to kill young Morgan for romancing his girl.

Starring: George Bancroft, Fay Wray, Richard Arlen, Tully Marshall, Eugenie Besserer, James Spottswood, Fred Kohler, Robert Elliott, E.H. Calvert, George Irving ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1929-06-20
Best Crime Movies of 1929 : Side Street
7.

Side Street

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

Three New York Irish brothers cross paths as policeman, doctor and bootlegger.

Starring: Tom Moore, Owen Moore, Matt Moore, Emma Dunn, Katherine Perry, Frank Sheridan, Charles Byer, Arthur Housman, Mildred Harris, Walter MacNamara ..
Directed by: Malcolm St. Clair
Release date: 1929-09-14
Best Crime Movies of 1929 : The Phantom in the House
8.

The Phantom in the House

2.4
5.4/10 IMDB

A man is blamed for a murder that was actually committed by his wife.

Starring: Ricardo Cortez, Nancy Welford, Henry B. Walthall, Grace Valentine, Thomas A. Curran, Jack Curtis ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1929-10-20
Best Crime Movies of 1929 : The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu
9.

The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu

2.3
6.8/10 IMDB

A Chinese doctor vows revenge against the allied troops who killed his wife and child during the Boxer Rebellion.

Starring: Warner Oland, Neil Hamilton, Jean Arthur, O.P. Heggie, William Austin, Claude King, Charles A. Stevenson, Evelyn Selbie, Noble Johnson, Laska Winters ..
Directed by: Rowland V. Lee
Release date: 1929-08-10
Best Crime Movies of 1929 : The Racketeer
10.

The Racketeer

2.1
5.4/10 IMDB

This late-20s gangster movie features Carole Lombard as a young gal who agrees to marry a smooth-talking gangster in exchange for the mob man's pledge to arrange a big-time concert appearance for her violinist boyfriend. The only thing that can save the day for the mis-aligned lovers is a shootout between the cops and the gangland thugs. This film is notable because it is one of the early 'talkies," and uses the newly developing audio technology with abandon. In fact, most of the action takes place off screen and the characters tell the cameras just what's happened. This one's small on sets, big on dialog.

Starring: Robert Armstrong, Carole Lombard, Roland Drew, Paul Hurst, Hedda Hopper, Budd Fine, Jeanette Loff, Kit Guard, Al Hill, Bobby Dunn ..
Directed by: Howard Higgin
Release date: 1929-11-09

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