Best Crime Movies of 1933

1.

The Mayor of Hell

3.8
7.0/10 IMDB

Members of a teenage gang are sent to the State Reformatory, presided over by the callous Thompson. Soon Patsy Gargan, a former gangster appointed Deputy Commissioner, arrives and takes over the administration to run the place on radical principles. Thompson needs a quick way to discredit him.

Starring: James Cagney, Madge Evans, Frankie Darro, Dudley Digges, Arthur Byron, Allen Jenkins, Allen 'Farina' Hoskins, Sidney Miller, Sheila Terry, Robert Barrat ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo, Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1933-06-24
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : Midnight Mary
2.

Midnight Mary

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A young woman is on trial for murder. In flashback, we learn of her struggles to overcome poverty as a teenager -- a mistaken arrest and prison term for shoplifting and lack of employment lead to involvement with gangsters. In a brothel, she meets a young lawyer, scion of a wealthy and prestigious family, who falls for her and helps her turn around her life. But her past catches up with her, and she must face the music rather than cause him scandal.

Starring: Loretta Young, Ricardo Cortez, Franchot Tone, Andy Devine, Una Merkel, Frank Conroy, Warren Hymer, Ivan F. Simpson, Harold Huber, Sandy Roth ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1933-06-30
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : The Story of Temple Drake
3.

The Story of Temple Drake

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

A wealthy but neurotic Southern belle finds herself trapped in the hideout of a gang of vicious bootleggers. The gang's leader lusts after her, and is determined not to let anything stand in the way of his having her.

Starring: Miriam Hopkins, William Gargan, Jack La Rue, Florence Eldridge, Guy Standing, Irving Pichel, Jobyna Howland, William Collier Jr., Elizabeth Patterson, James Eagles ..
Directed by: Stephen Roberts
Release date: 1933-05-06
4.

Ladies They Talk About

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A moll, imprisoned after participating in a bank robbery, helps with a breakout plot.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot, Dorothy Burgess, Lillian Roth, Maude Eburne, Ruth Donnelly, Harold Huber, Robert McWade, Cecil Cunningham ..
Directed by: Howard Bretherton, William Keighley
Release date: 1933-02-04
5.

Blood Money

3.3
6.8/10 IMDB

The title refers to the business of affable, ambitious bail bondsman (and politically-connected grifter) Bill Bailey, who, in the course of his work, crosses paths with every kind of offender there is, from first-time defendants to career criminals.

Starring: George Bancroft, Judith Anderson, Frances Dee, Chick Chandler, Blossom Seeley, Etienne Girardot, George Regas, Theresa Harris, Kathlyn Williams, John Bleifer ..
Directed by: Rowland Brown
Release date: 1933-11-17
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : Private Detective 62
6.

Private Detective 62

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

A former government agent in France, who has failed at an assignment and been disavowed, is deported back to the USA, where he can only find work at a low-rent detective agency. He soon gets involved with a woman with ties to a crooked gambling club owner, who is a client of his agency.

Starring: William Powell, Margaret Lindsay, Arthur Hohl, Ruth Donnelly, Gordon Westcott, Natalie Moorhead, James Bell, Hobart Cavanaugh, Irving Bacon, Arthur Byron ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1933-06-10
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : The Prizefighter and the Lady
7.

The Prizefighter and the Lady

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

An ex-sailor turned boxer finds romance and gets a shot at the heavyweight title.

Starring: Myrna Loy, Max Baer, Primo Carnera, Jack Dempsey, Walter Huston, Otto Kruger, Vince Barnett, Robert McWade, Muriel Evans, Jean Howard ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke, Howard Hawks
Release date: 1933-11-10
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : The Sin of Nora Moran
8.

The Sin of Nora Moran

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Nora Moran, a young woman with a difficult and tragic past, is sentenced to die for a murder that she did not commit. She could easily reveal the truth and save her own life, if only it would not damage the lives, careers and reputations of those whom she loves.

Starring: Zita Johann, John Miljan, Alan Dinehart, Paul Cavanagh, Claire Du Brey, Sarah Padden, Henry B. Walthall, Otis Harlan, Aggie Herring, Cora Sue Collins ..
Directed by: Phil Goldstone
Release date: 1933-12-13
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : Girl Missing
9.

Girl Missing

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Golddiggers Kay and June are left stranded in Palm Beach after their latest catch skips without paying the girls' hotel bill. They're also steamed because their rival Daisy has just nailed a handsome heir to a fortune. When Daisy vanishes on her wedding night her husband offers a $25,000 reward. Anxious to land that bankroll, Kay and June turn detective to find Daisy and also to solve a murder that happened at the scene of her disappearance.

Starring: Glenda Farrell, Ben Lyon, Mary Brian, Lyle Talbot, Guy Kibbee, Harold Huber, Edward Ellis, Peggy Shannon, Helen Ware, Ferdinand Gottschalk ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1933-03-04
Best Crime Movies of 1933 : Whistling in the Dark
10.

Whistling in the Dark

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

A mystery writer and his sweetheart are held hostage by a fugitive gangster, who hopes to enlist their help in devising the perfect crime.

Starring: Ernest Truex, Una Merkel, Edward Arnold, John Miljan, C. Henry Gordon, Nat Pendleton, Johnny Hines, Joseph Cawthorn, Tenen Holtz, Marcelle Corday ..
Directed by: Elliott Nugent
Release date: 1933-01-21

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