Best Crime Movies of 1936


Crown v. Stevens

6.6/10 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

6.3/10 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

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 : Two in the Dark

Two in the Dark

6.4/10 IMDB

Director Benjamin Stoloff's 1936 mystery, set in Boston, stars Walter Abel as an amnesiac and Margot Grahame as an unemployed stage actress who work together to solve the murder of a playwright.

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 : 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
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : 13 Hours by Air

13 Hours by Air

6.6/10 IMDB

Womanizer and airline pilot Jack Gordon must fly the world's fastest airliner from New York to California while dealing with dangerous jewel thieves on the run from the law.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett, Zasu Pitts, John Howard, Benny Bartlett, Grace Bradley, Alan Baxter, Brian Donlevy, Ruth Donnelly, Fred Keating ..
Directed by: Mitchell Leisen
Release date: 1936-04-29
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 : Sensation


5.7/10 IMDB

Pat Heaton may be the best crime reporter in town but his fiancée Claire, despairing of the more tawdry aspects of his profession, makes him promise to give the job up. When a pretty waitress is found murdered, however, Pat falls in line with the rest of the 'Murder Gang' the pack of reporters who gather to glean stories by fair means or foul!

Starring: John Lodge, Diana Churchill, Francis Lister, Joan Marion, Margaret Vyner, Jerry Verno, Richard Bird, Athene Seyler, Dennis Wyndham, Henry Oscar ..
Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst
Release date: 1936-12-16
Best Crime Movies of 1936 : The Law in Her Hands

The Law in Her Hands

5.9/10 IMDB

A female lawyer (Margaret Lindsay) sets up her own practice but only achieves success as an attorney for the mob.

Starring: Margaret Lindsay, Glenda Farrell, Warren Hull, Lyle Talbot, Eddie Acuff, Dick Purcell, Addison Richards ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1936-05-16

The Captain's Table

4.5/10 IMDB

A passenger is murdered on board an ocean going liner and suspicion falls all too neatly upon her husband.

Starring: Louis Goodrich, Mark Daly, Philip Brandon, Marian Spencer, Daphne Courtney, Eric Lugg, Arthur Webb, R. Steuart West, Hugh McDermott, Percy Marmont ..
Directed by: Percy Marmont
Release date: 1936-11-01

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