Best Crime Movies of 1930

1.

The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

The boys think their days of fishing to feed themselves have come to an end, when Stan's rich uncle Ebenezer dies leaving a large estate. But they soon learn that Ebenezer was murdered and all the relatives, including Stan, are suspects. This is the first film where Oliver says "Here's Another 'Nice' Mess You've Gotten Me Into". The phrase is commonly misquoted as "Here's Another 'Fine' Mess You've Gotten Me Into" and has passed into everyday language usage.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Frank Austin, Stanley Blystone, Bobby Burns, Rosa Gore, Dorothy Granger, Dell Henderson, Fred Kelsey, Lon Poff ..
Directed by: James Parrott
Release date: 1930-09-06
Best Crime Movies of 1930 : The Big House
2.

The Big House

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Convicted of manslaughter for a drunken driving accident, Kent Marlowe is sent to prison, where he meets vicious incarcerated figures who are planning an escape from the brutal conditions.

Starring: Chester Morris, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Robert Montgomery, Leila Hyams, George F. Marion, J. C. Nugent, Karl Dane, DeWitt Jennings, Matthew Betz ..
Directed by: George W. Hill
Release date: 1930-06-14
Best Crime Movies of 1930 : Murder!
3.

Murder!

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

When a woman is convicted of murder, one of the jurors selected to serve on the murder-trial jury believes the accused, an aspiring actress, is innocent of the crime and takes it upon himself to apprehend the real killer.

Starring: Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam, Edward Chapman, Miles Mander, Esme Percy, Donald Calthrop, Esme V. Chaplin, Amy Brandon Thomas, Joynson Powell ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1930-07-31
Best Crime Movies of 1930 : Up the River
4.

Up the River

3.3
6.0/10 IMDB

Daily life at men and women's prison units where baseball and the marching band are serious business. Two prisoners escape in order to help paroled Steve from being blackmailed by his girlfriend's ex-partner-in-crime.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Claire Luce, Warren Hymer, Humphrey Bogart, William Collier Sr., Joan Marie Lawes, Ward Bond, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Bob Burns, Marion Aye ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1930-10-12
Best Crime Movies of 1930 : The Bat Whispers
5.

The Bat Whispers

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Infamous burglar "The Bat" commits a daring jewelry theft despite heavy police presence. Soon after, a bank theft occurs, which may be the work of the criminal as well. Meanwhile, Cornelia Van Gorder has various people arrive at her old mansion, including her niece, Dale, a bank employee, and police detective Anderson. When guests start turning up dead, Cornelia begins to suspect that The Bat may be lurking around the estate.

Starring: Chester Morris, Chance Ward, Una Merkel, Richard Tucker, Wilson Benge, DeWitt Jennings, Sidney D'Albrook, S.E. Jennings, Grayce Hampton, Maude Eburne ..
Directed by: Roland West
Release date: 1930-11-13
Best Crime Movies of 1930 : The Criminal Code
6.

The Criminal Code

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

After young Robert Graham commits a murder while drunk and defending his girlfriend, he is prosecuted by ambitious Mark Brady and sentenced to 10 years. Six years later, Brady becomes the prison warden and offers the beleaguered Robert a job as his chauffeur. Robert cleans up his act, but, on the eve of his pardon, his cellmate drags him back into the world of violence, and he faces a difficult choice that could return him to prison.

Starring: Walter Huston, Phillips Holmes, Constance Cummings, Boris Karloff, DeWitt Jennings, Mary Doran, Ethel Wales, Clark Marshall, Arthur Hoyt, John St. Polis ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1930-12-31
7.

Sinners' Holiday

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

Ma Delano runs a penny arcade in Coney Island, living upstairs with her sons and daughter. Story involves rum-running, accidental murder and a frame-up.

Starring: Grant Withers, Evalyn Knapp, Lucille La Verne, Warren Hymer, James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Noel Madison, Otto Hoffman, Hank Mann, Ray Gallagher ..
Directed by: John G. Adolfi
Release date: 1930-10-11
Best Crime Movies of 1930 : Born Reckless
8.

Born Reckless

2.8
5.4/10 IMDB

In order to use the publicity to get re-elected, a judge sentences a notorious gangster to fight in the war.

Starring: Edmund Lowe, Catherine Dale Owen, Frank Albertson, Marguerite Churchill, William Harrigan, Lee Tracy, Warren Hymer, Ilka Chase, Ferike Boros, Paul Porcasi ..
Directed by: John Ford, Andrew Bennison
Release date: 1930-06-06
9.

Road To Paradise

2.7
5.7/10 IMDB

Loretta Young plays dual roles in this 1930 crime drama about a young thief planning to steal jewels from a wealthy socialite.

Starring: Loretta Young, Jack Mulhall, Raymond Hatton, Purnell Pratt, George Barraud, Bess Flowers, Kathlyn Williams, Fred Kelsey, Ben Hendricks Jr., Dot Farley ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1930-07-20
Best Crime Movies of 1930 : Raffles
10.

Raffles

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

A distinguished English gentleman has a secret life--he is the notorious jewel thief the press has dubbed "The Amateur Cracksman". When he meets a woman and falls in love he decides to "retire" from that life, but an old friend comes to him with a predicament that entails him committing one last job.

Starring: Ronald Colman, Kay Francis, David Torrence, Frederick Kerr, Bramwell Fletcher, John Rogers, Wilson Benge, Alison Skipworth, Frances Dade, Virginia Bruce ..
Directed by: George Fitzmaurice
Release date: 1930-07-24

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