Best Crime Movies of 1936



7.9/10 IMDB

Joe, who owns a gas station along with his brothers and is about to marry Katherine, travels to the small town where she lives to visit her, but is wrongly mistaken for a wanted kidnapper and arrested.

Starring: Sylvia Sidney, Spencer Tracy, Walter Abel, Bruce Cabot, Edward Ellis, Walter Brennan, Frank Albertson, George Walcott, Arthur Stone, Morgan Wallace ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1936-06-05

After the Thin Man

7.6/10 IMDB

Nick and Nora Charles investigate when Nora's cousin reports her disreputable husband is missing, and find themselves in a mystery involving the shady owners of a popular nightclub, a singer and her dark brother, the cousin's forsaken true love, and Nora's bombastic and controlling aunt.

Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart, Elissa Landi, Joseph Calleia, Jessie Ralph, Alan Marshal, Teddy Hart, Sam Levene, Penny Singleton ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1936-12-25

The Petrified Forest

7.5/10 IMDB

Gabby, the waitress in an isolated Arizona diner, dreams of a bigger and better life. One day penniless intellectual Alan drifts into the joint and the two strike up a rapport. Soon enough, notorious killer Duke Mantee takes the diner's inhabitants hostage. Surrounded by miles of desert, the patrons and staff are forced to sit tight with Mantee and his gang overnight.

Starring: Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Genevieve Tobin, Dick Foran, Humphrey Bogart, Joe Sawyer, Porter Hall, Charley Grapewin, Paul Harvey, Eddie Acuff ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1936-02-08
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Charlie Chan at the Race Track

Charlie Chan at the Race Track

7.1/10 IMDB

When a friend of Charlie's is found kicked to death by his own race horse on board a Honolulu-bound liner, the detective discovers foul play and uncovers an international gambling ring.

Starring: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Helen Wood, Thomas Beck, Alan Dinehart, Gavin Muir, Gloria Roy, Jonathan Hale, G.P. Huntley, George Irving ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1936-08-07
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Charlie Chan's Secret

Charlie Chan's Secret

7.0/10 IMDB

Allen Colby, heir to a huge fortune, is presumed drowned after an ocean liner sinks off the coast of Honolulu. Mysteriously, Colby reappears at his mansion only to be murdered soon after. When his body is discovered during a seance, everyone in attendance becomes a suspect, and it's up to Chan to find the murderer before he or she strikes again.

Starring: Warner Oland, Rosina Lawrence, Charles Quigley, Henrietta Crosman, Edward Trevor, Astrid Allwyn, Herbert Mundin, Egon Brecher, Gloria Roy, Ivan Miller ..
Directed by: Gordon Wiles
Release date: 1936-01-10

Charlie Chan at the Opera

7.2/10 IMDB

A dangerous amnesiac escapes from an asylum, hides in the opera house, and is suspected of getting revenge on those who tried to murder him 13 years ago.

Starring: Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Keye Luke, William Demarest, Guy Usher, Margaret Irving, Gregory Gaye, Nedda Harrigan, Frank Conroy, Charlotte Henry ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1936-12-04


7.1/10 IMDB

Madeleine steals a string of pearls in Paris and uses US engineer Tom, who is driving on his vacation to Spain, to get the pearls out of France. But getting the pearls back from him proves to be difficult without falling in love.

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, John Halliday, William Frawley, Ernest Cossart, Akim Tamiroff, Alan Mowbray, Zeffie Tilbury, George MacQuarrie, Robert Emmett O'Connor ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage, Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1936-04-11

Bullets or Ballots

7.0/10 IMDB

After Police Captain Dan McLaren becomes police commissioner, former detective Johnny Blake publicly punches him, convincing rackets boss Al Kruger that Blake is sincere in his effort to join the mob. "Bugs" Fenner, meanwhile, is certain that Blake is a police agent.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Blondell, Barton MacLane, Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, Joe King, Dick Purcell, George E. Stone, Joseph Crehan, Henry O'Neill ..
Directed by: William Keighley
Release date: 1936-06-06
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Charlie Chan at the Circus

Charlie Chan at the Circus

6.8/10 IMDB

While visiting the circus with his family, Charlie is recruited by the big top's co-owner to investigate threatening letters that he's received.

Starring: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, George Brasno, Olive Brasno, Francis Ford, Wade Boteler, Boothe Howard, Drue Leyton, Maxine Reiner, Shirley Deane ..
Directed by: Harry Lachman
Release date: 1936-03-27

The Walking Dead

6.6/10 IMDB

Down-on-his-luck John Ellman is framed for a judge's murder. After he's convicted and sentenced to death, witnesses come forth and prove his innocence. But it was too late for a stay to be granted and Ellman is executed. A doctor uses an experimental procedure to restore him to life, though the full outcome is other than expected.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Ricardo Cortez, Edmund Gwenn, Marguerite Churchill, Warren Hull, Barton MacLane, Henry O'Neill, Joe King, Addison Richards, Paul Harvey ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1936-03-01
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : The General Died at Dawn

The General Died at Dawn

6.5/10 IMDB

China, 1930s, during the ravaging civil war. General Pen entrusts O'Hara, an intrepid American adventurer, with the mission of providing a large sum of money to Mr. Wu with the task of buying weapons in Shanghai to help end General Yang's tyranny that keeps an entire province under his ruthless iron boot.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Akim Tamiroff, Madeleine Carroll, Porter Hall, Dudley Digges, William Frawley, J. M. Kerrigan, Philip Ahn, Leonid Kinskey, Willie Fung ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1936-11-17

Great Guy

6.3/10 IMDB

A meat inspector sets out to rid his town of payoff deals affecting the quality of meat being sold to the public.

Starring: James Cagney, Mae Clarke, James Burke, Edward Brophy, Henry Kolker, Bernadene Hayes, Edward McNamara, Robert Gleckler, Joe Sawyer, Edward Gargan ..
Directed by: John G. Blystone
Release date: 1936-12-01

Satan Met a Lady

5.9/10 IMDB

In the second screen version of The Maltese Falcon, a detective is caught between a lying seductress and a lady jewel thief.

Starring: Bette Davis, Warren William, Alison Skipworth, Arthur Treacher, Marie Wilson, Wini Shaw, Porter Hall, Olin Howland, Charles C. Wilson, John Alexander ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1936-07-22
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : The Case of the Black Cat

The Case of the Black Cat

6.3/10 IMDB

Lawyer Perry Mason is summoned to the Laxter mansion in the dead of night to write granddaughter Wilma out of invalid Peter Laxter's will, to keep her from marrying suspected fortune hunter Doug. Peter dies in a mysterious fire and Laxter's two grandsons, Sam Laxter and Frank Oafley, inherit his estate on the condition old caretaker Schuster and his cat Clinker are kept on. When cat-hating Sam threatens Clinker, Perry steps in and learns Laxter's death was suspicious and the family fortune and diamonds are missing. Schuster's found dead in his basement apartment, Laxter's nurse Louise is murdered with Schuster's crutch, and circumstantial evidence brings Doug to trial for Louise's death. Mason's investigation produces a surprise witness who turns the trial around. Written by Sister Grimm

Starring: Ricardo Cortez, June Travis, Jane Bryan, Craig Reynolds, Carlyle Moore Jr., Bill Elliott, Nedda Harrigan, Garry Owen, Harry Davenport, George Rosener ..
Directed by: William C. McGann
Release date: 1936-10-31
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Crown v. Stevens

Crown v. Stevens

6.5/10 IMDB

When an ex-dancer marries a man for his money she is suprised find he is a real skinflint. She owes a lot of money to a loan-shark who is after her. However, her husband does carry a lot of insurance

Starring: Beatrix Thomson, Patric Knowles, Glennis Lorimer, Reginald Purdell, Allan Jeayes, Frederick Piper, Googie Withers, Mabel Poulton, Davina Craig, Morris Harvey ..
Directed by: Michael Powell
Release date: 1936-08-03
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : The Public Pays

The Public Pays

6.2/10 IMDB

In this MGM Crime Does Not Pay series short, a protection racket preying on milk distribution is broken through the persistence of law enforcement and the courage of a local businessman.

Starring: Richard Alexander, Barbara Bedford, Harry C. Bradley, Russ Clark, Betty Ross Clarke, John Dilson, Bess Flowers, Karl Hackett, Robert Homans, George Humbert ..
Directed by: Errol Taggart
Release date: 1936-10-10
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : The Return of Sophie Lang

The Return of Sophie Lang

6.9/10 IMDB

In order to give up her life of crime and go straight, renowned jewel thief Sophie Lang fakes her own death and retires to London. She soon finds a job as a companion to a wealthy old lady who is also a jewel collector. One day her employer decides to take an ocean trip to the US, taking Sophie with her. She also takes along a $200,000 diamond, which she locks up in the ship's safe. Of course, the diamond is soon stolen from the safe. A reporter also happens to be aboard the ship, and he has had his suspicions about who Sophie really is. Sophie has to find the real thief and recover the jewel before the ship docks in New York, because an investigation could reveal her true identity.

Starring: Gertrude Michael, Guy Standing, Ray Milland, Elizabeth Patterson, Colin Tapley, Paul Harvey, Garry Owen, Don Rowan, Purnell Pratt, Ted Oliver ..
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1936-06-18

The Unguarded Hour

6.6/10 IMDB

A blackmailer tries to stop a woman from revealing evidence that could save a condemned man.

Starring: Loretta Young, Franchot Tone, Lewis Stone, Roland Young, Jessie Ralph, Dudley Digges, Henry Daniell, Robert Greig, E. E. Clive, Wallis Clark ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1936-04-10
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Exclusive Story

Exclusive Story

6.0/10 IMDB

A reporter and his newspaper's attorney try to gather evidence that will put a notorious gangster behind bars.

Starring: Franchot Tone, Madge Evans, Stuart Erwin, Joseph Calleia, Robert Barrat, J. Farrell MacDonald, J. Carrol Naish, Louise Henry, Margaret Irving, Wade Boteler ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1936-01-17
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Road Gang

Road Gang

6.3/10 IMDB

A crusading young reporter planning a series of articles about a corrupt politician is framed for a crime and sentenced to serve five years at a prison farm.

Starring: Donald Woods, Kay Linaker, Carlyle Moore Jr., Joseph Crehan, Henry O'Neill, Joe King, Addison Richards, Charles Middleton, Olin Howland, William B. Davidson ..
Directed by: Louis King
Release date: 1936-03-28
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : The Old Corral

The Old Corral

5.7/10 IMDB

As the sheriff of a small western town, Autry sings his way into a relationship with Eleanor, a singer from a Chicago nightclub who earlier witnessed a murder.

Starring: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Irene Manning, Champion, Cornelius Keefe, Lon Chaney Jr., Roy Rogers ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1936-12-21
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Women Are Trouble

Women Are Trouble

6.0/10 IMDB

A young reporter tries to prove her mettle by exposing a liquor racketeering gang.

Starring: Florence Rice, Stuart Erwin, Paul Kelly, Margaret Irving, Cy Kendall, John Harrington, Harold Huber, Kitty McHugh, Raymond Hatton, George Chandler ..
Directed by: Errol Taggart
Release date: 1936-07-31
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Dusty Ermine

Dusty Ermine

6.3/10 IMDB

A forger returns to his family when he leaves jail vowing to go straight. Although approached by an international counterfeiting gang he keeps his word only to find his nephew is in the Swiss Alps helping the crooks. He sets off to try and put a stop to things, but with Scotland Yard also hot-footing it to the resort his problems are just beginning. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Starring: Anthony Bushell, Jane Baxter, Arthur Macrae, Ronald Squire, Margaret Rutherford, Austin Trevor, Davina Craig, Athole Stewart, Katie Johnson, Felix Aylmer ..
Directed by: Bernard Vorhaus
Release date: 1936-12-01
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : The Case of the Velvet Claws

The Case of the Velvet Claws

6.0/10 IMDB

Perry and Della are finally married by his old friend, Judge Mary. They plan to go on a honeymoon, but before it can start, Perry is retained by a woman with a gun and $5000.

Starring: Warren William, Claire Dodd, Wini Shaw, Bill Elliott, Joe King, Addison Richards, Eddie Acuff, Olin Howland, Dick Purcell, Kenneth Harlan ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1936-08-15
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Don't Turn 'em Loose

Don't Turn 'em Loose

6.3/10 IMDB

A conscientious attorney who is a member of the State Parole Board, finds his own son, using an alias, up for parole and makes the decision to cast the approving vote.

Starring: Lewis Stone, James Gleason, Bruce Cabot, Louise Latimer, Betty Grable, Grace Bradley, Nella Walker, Frank M. Thomas, Harry Jans, John Arledge ..
Directed by: Benjamin Stoloff
Release date: 1936-09-18
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Special Investigator

Special Investigator

6.0/10 IMDB

A lawyer changes from defending public enemies to bringing them to justice after his brother is killed.

Starring: Richard Dix, Margaret Callahan, Erik Rhodes, Owen Davis Jr., Ray Mayer, Harry Jans, Joe Sawyer, J. Carrol Naish, Sheila Terry, Jed Prouty ..
Directed by: Louis King
Release date: 1936-05-08
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Two Against the World

Two Against the World

6.1/10 IMDB

A radio-network manager's boss makes him air a serial based on a murder, tormenting a woman involved.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Beverly Roberts, Linda Perry, Carlyle Moore Jr., Henry O'Neill, Helen MacKellar, Claire Dodd, Hobart Cavanaugh, Harry Hayden, Robert Middlemass ..
Directed by: William C. McGann
Release date: 1936-07-11
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Counterfeit


6.3/10 IMDB

A cop goes undercover to infiltrate and break up a counterfeiting ring.

Starring: Chester Morris, Margot Grahame, Lloyd Nolan, Marian Marsh, Claude Gillingwater, George McKay, John Gallaudet, Gene Morgan, Pierre Watkin, Marc Lawrence ..
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1936-05-25
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Adventure in Manhattan

Adventure in Manhattan

6.5/10 IMDB

The story of an egotistical crime writer who gets involved with the case of a notorious art thief (who is believed to be dead) while at the same time romancing a lovely young actress who's in a play that also happens to be the cover for massive jewel job. Art connoisseur and criminologist George Melville is hired to track down art thieves, assisted by perky Claire Peyton and goaded by Phil Bane, the roaring newspaper editor who has employed him. The mastermind poses as a theatrical impresario and stages a war drama, replete with loud explosions, to divert attention from his band of thieves, who are cracking safes in a bank adjacent to the theater.

Starring: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Reginald Owen, Thomas Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell, John Gallaudet, Emmett Vogan, George Cooper, Herman Bing, Robert Warwick ..
Directed by: Edward Ludwig
Release date: 1936-10-08
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Career Woman

Career Woman

6.2/10 IMDB

A young woman graduates from a New York City law school, returns to her small hometown, and finds her first case is defending a childhood friend accused of murder. Director Lewis Seiler's 1936 courtroom drama stars Claire Trevor, Isabel Jewell, Michael Whalen, Gene Lockhart, Eric Linden, Charles Middleton, Edward Brophy, Kathleen Lockhart, Guinn Williams, El Brendel, Sterling Holloway, Ray Brown, Howard Hickman, Frank McGlynn Sr., Charles Waldron Sr., Spencer Charters and Eily Malyon.

Starring: Claire Trevor, Michael Whalen, Isabel Jewell, Gene Lockhart, Eric Linden, Virginia Field, Edward Brophy, El Brendel, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Sterling Holloway ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1936-12-18
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Riffraff


6.2/10 IMDB

Fisherman Dutch marries cannery worker Hattie. After he is kicked out of his union and fired from his job he leaves Hattie who steals money for him and goes to jail. He gets a new job, foils a plot to dynamite the ship, and promises to wait for Hattie.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Jean Harlow, Una Merkel, Joseph Calleia, Victor Kilian, Mickey Rooney, J. Farrell MacDonald, Roger Imhof, Juanita Quigley, Helene Costello ..
Directed by: J. Walter Ruben
Release date: 1936-01-03
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Seven Sinners

Seven Sinners

6.7/10 IMDB

Ed Harwood, a wisecracking private investigator from New York, discovers a crime at an hotel in Nice during a carnival. The unraveling of the mystery which lies behind will lead him and Caryl Fenton, a female insurance agent, who will become his companion, first to Paris, then to London, later through the English countryside and finally to Southampton, in search of a criminal train wrecker.

Starring: Edmund Lowe, Constance Cummings, Thomy Bourdelle, Henry Oscar, Felix Aylmer, Joyce Kennedy, O.B. Clarence, Mark Lester, Allan Jeayes, Anthony Holles ..
Directed by: Albert de Courville
Release date: 1936-06-01
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Easy Money

Easy Money

6.0/10 IMDB

Dan Adams resigns his position as prosecutor on the district attorney's staff and sets out to clean up a gang of fake-accident racketeers. He gets a job with an insurance company, and assures the company president he will get the goods on the gang or die in the attempt. At the company offices, he meets Carol Carter and she, believing he is a shyster (possibly redundant) lawyer in the employ of the racketeers gives him as little help as possible. Dan visits his brother Eddie, who is mixed up with the gang and tries to make him break away. Eddie is belligerent but finally, because of the pressure brought by Dan and his wife Tonia, agrees to go straight. The gang, led by "Duke" Trotti, fears he will squeal and they kill him, plus they make his death look like an accident and plan to collect on it. Dan is closing in on the gang when Carol, who is now his assistant, comes up with some conclusive evidence, but "Duke" has plans to get rid of her before she can give the information to Dan.

Starring: Onslow Stevens, Kay Linaker, Noel Madison, Allen Vincent, Barbara Barondess, Wallis Clark, Selmer Jackson, Robert Homans, Robert Frazer, Broderick O'Farrell ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1936-06-13
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : The Dark Hour

The Dark Hour

5.4/10 IMDB

A pair of detectives investigates the murder of an elderly millionaire who was the target of blackmail and death threats and find that there is no shortage of suspects, many of them in the victim's own family.

Starring: Ray Walker, Berton Churchill, Irene Ware, Hobart Bosworth, Hedda Hopper, E. E. Clive, Harold Goodwin, William V. Mong, Michael Mark, John St. Polis ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1936-02-17
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Midnight at Madame Tussaud's

Midnight at Madame Tussaud's

5.6/10 IMDB

Explorer Sir Clive bets that he can spend the night alone in Madame Tussauds Chamber of Horrors. Meanwhile, crooks hope to exploit his ward, Carol, for her fortune.

Starring: James Carew, Charles Oliver, Lucille Lisle, Kim Peacock, Patrick Barr, William Hartnell, Lydia Sherwood ..
Directed by: George Pearson
Release date: 1936-12-03
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Winterset


6.1/10 IMDB

A man is determined to find the real culprit behind the crime for which his father was wrongly executed.

Starring: Burgess Meredith, Margo, Eduardo Ciannelli, Maurice Moscovitch, John Carradine, Edward Ellis, Paul Guilfoyle, Stanley Ridges, Mischa Auer, Willard Robertson ..
Directed by: Alfred Santell
Release date: 1936-12-03
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Two in the Dark

Two in the Dark

6.3/10 IMDB

Ford Adams regains consciousness in Boston, bloody and suffering from amnesia. Information he eventually uncovers (with the help of Marie Smith) connects him to a well-known producer--who's just been murdered.

Starring: Walter Abel, Margot Grahame, Gail Patrick, Wallace Ford, Alan Hale, Eric Blore, Leslie Fenton, J. Carrol Naish, Ward Bond, Erin O'Brien-Moore ..
Directed by: Benjamin Stoloff
Release date: 1936-01-10
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : It Couldn't Have Happened (But It Did)

It Couldn't Have Happened (But It Did)

6.0/10 IMDB

When a play's two producers are murdered, the playwright tries to solve the crime.

Starring: Reginald Denny, Inez Courtney, Jack La Rue, Hugh Marlowe, Evelyn Brent, Claude King, Bryant Washburn, Robert Homans, Crauford Kent, Robert Frazer ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1936-08-01
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : The House of the Spaniard

The House of the Spaniard

5.2/10 IMDB

A man ignores a warning to stay away from a sinister house on marshland near Liverpool; when someone drowns close by, he finds the evidence doesn’t add up…

Starring: Brigitte Horney, Peter Haddon, Jean Galland, Allan Jeayes, Gyles Isham, Hay Petrie, Ivor Barnard, Minnie Rayner, Gibson Gowland, David Horne ..
Directed by: Reginald Denham
Release date: 1936-11-01
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Night Waitress

Night Waitress

5.6/10 IMDB

Helen Roberts, who's on probation, goes back to work as a waitress at Torre's Fish Palace, a San Francisco waterfront dive. The customers are low characters trying to make time with Helen and ex-rum runners trying to make a dishonest dollar. Some of the latter, including Helen's unwelcome suitor Martin Rhodes, are after a mysterious, valuable hidden "cargo"; when violence erupts, Helen finds herself innocently involved, and is soon on the run from both cops and crooks.

Starring: Margot Grahame, Gordon Jones, Vinton Hayworth, Marc Lawrence, Billy Gilbert, Don Barry, Otto Yamaoka, Paul Stanton, Arthur Loft, Walter Miller ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1936-12-18
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Muss 'em Up

Muss 'em Up

5.8/10 IMDB

Famous private detective Tip O'Neil is summoned by telegram to the estate of old friend Paul Harding, but finds the telegram was sent by Paul's attractive secretary, Amy Hutchins. Paul admits his dog was shot by extortionists to show they mean business, and shows Tip some threatening notes they sent. That night, Paul's ward, Corinne, is kidnapped by two gangsters and her driver is found dead the next morning. The kidnappers contact Tip demanding $200,000, which is delivered according to instructions. Awaiting the return of Corrine, Tip learns her fiancé, Gene Leland, is an ex-convict, and he also investigates why a thug, Maratti, was found prowling around the grounds, and why Paul's brother-in-law, Jim Glenray, was seen leaving the estate late the night before. And when the chauffeur is murdered with Amy's gun as he was about to confess some complicity, Tip has to piece together various clues to pinpoint the culprits.

Starring: Preston Foster, Alan Mowbray, Ralph Morgan, John Carroll, Molly Lamont, Ward Bond, Maxine Jennings, Robert Middlemass, Margaret Callahan, Clarence Muse ..
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1936-02-13
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Tough Guy

Tough Guy

5.8/10 IMDB

An unhappy child, accompanied by his dog, runs away from home and is befriended by a gangster on the lam.

Starring: Jackie Cooper, Joseph Calleia, Rin Tin Tin Jr., Harvey Stephens, Jean Hersholt, Mischa Auer, Robert Warwick, Edward Pawley, Sue Moore ..
Directed by: Chester M. Franklin
Release date: 1936-01-24
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Alibi for Murder

Alibi for Murder

5.9/10 IMDB

A radio commentator named Perry Travis fancies himself a brilliant amateur detective. The cops wish he’d stick to his microphone and let them do the detecting. This proves impossible when a famed scientist is murdered in Perry’s studio, right in the middle of the interview. All evidence points to Perry, and he sets out to clear his name before the Shadow-like villain roaming the hallways of the radio station gets away with murder.

Starring: William Gargan, Marguerite Churchill, Gene Morgan, John Gallaudet, Romaine Callender, Egon Brecher, Drue Leyton, Wade Boteler, Dwight Frye, Raymond Lawrence ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1936-09-23
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : How to Be a Detective

How to Be a Detective

5.4/10 IMDB

This Robert Benchley 'How To' comedy short attempts to teach us how to profile criminals by physical characteristics.

Starring: Robert Benchley, Arthur Hoyt, Dewey Robinson ..
Directed by: Felix E. Feist
Release date: 1936-10-17
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Sworn Enemy

Sworn Enemy

6.1/10 IMDB

A law student poses as a fight promoter to catch a notorious gangster.

Starring: Robert Young, Florence Rice, Joseph Calleia, Lewis Stone, Nat Pendleton, Harvey Stephens, Samuel S. Hinds, Edward Pawley, John Wray, Cy Kendall ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1936-09-11
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : The Accusing Finger

The Accusing Finger

6.5/10 IMDB

A proud, pro-capital punishment district attorney with a 90% execution rate, finds himself wrongly convicted of murdering his estranged wife and sentenced to die. The woman he loves and his investigator rival for her affections rally to find the real killer, while he is confronted by the misery of life on death row.

Starring: Paul Kelly, Marsha Hunt, Kent Taylor, Robert Cummings, Harry Carey, Bernadene Hayes, Joe Sawyer, DeWitt Jennings, Russell Hicks, Jonathan Hale ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1936-11-17
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Public Enemy's Wife

Public Enemy's Wife

5.9/10 IMDB

Judith has just been paroled for a crime which her vindictive, jealous, violent husband, Gene, fingered her for. Gene is in prison for life. She claims that she had no knowledge of Gene's criminal activity, but FBI agent Lee Laird doesn't buy it.

Starring: Pat O’Brien, Margaret Lindsay, Robert Armstrong, Cesar Romero, Dick Foran, Joe King, Dick Purcell, Addison Richards, Hal K. Dawson, Harry Hayden ..
Directed by: Nick Grinde
Release date: 1936-07-24

The Penitentes Murder Case

5.5/10 IMDB

Fact and fiction collide in this exploitation flick that employs documentary footage depicting the bizarre self-flagellation rituals of the fanatical Catholic sect known as the Penitentes. Mixed with those truly disturbing sequences is a story concerning a killing in New Mexico, itself inspired by the murder of real-life reporter Carl Taylor as he worked on an article on the Penitentes.

Starring: Marie DeForrest, William Marcos, Victor Justi, Josef Swickard, Pepe Rubio, Billy Bletcher, Zelma Carroll ..
Directed by: Harry Revier, Roland Price
Release date: 1936-04-12
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Below the Deadline

Below the Deadline

5.5/10 IMDB

After a good-natured Irish cop is framed for a diamond robbery and murder and presumed dead in a train wreck, he gets plastic surgery and returns to expose the real killers.

Starring: Cecilia Parker, Russell Hopton, Theodore von Eltz, Thomas E. Jackson, Warner Richmond, John St. Polis, Kathryn Sheldon, Robert Homans, Jack Gardner, Charles Delaney ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1936-06-07
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : Lady Luck

Lady Luck

5.3/10 IMDB

New York manicurist Mamie Murphy plans to marry a rich man, so she repeatedly turns down the proposals of honest reporter David Haines. When she is announced the winner of $2,500 and a ticket worth $150,000 for champion horse Lady Luck, if the horse wins an upcoming race, Mamie is pursued by wealthy sportsman Jack Conroy and nightclub owner and racketeer Tony Morelli.

Starring: Patricia Farr, William Bakewell, Duncan Renaldo, Iris Adrian, Lulu McConnell, Lew Kelly, Jameson Thomas, John Kelly, Claud Allister, Arthur Hoyt ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1936-09-13

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