Best Crime Movies of 1937

1.

Confession

3.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Vera Kowalska is put on trial for murdering concert pianist Michael Michailow. In court it is revealed that some years earlier Michael ruined Vera's life.

Starring: Kay Francis, Ian Hunter, Basil Rathbone, Jane Bryan, Donald Crisp, Mary Maguire, Dorothy Peterson, Laura Hope Crews, Robert Barrat, Ben Welden ..
Directed by: Joe May
Release date: 1937-08-19
2.

You Only Live Once

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Based partially on the story of Bonnie and Clyde, Eddie Taylor is an ex-convict who cannot get a break after being released from prison. When he is framed for murder, Taylor is forced to flee with his wife Joan Graham and baby. While escaping prison after being sentenced to death, Taylor becomes a real murderer, condemning himself and Joan to a life of crime and death on the road.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Sylvia Sidney, Barton MacLane, Jean Dixon, William Gargan, Jerome Cowan, Charles 'Chic' Sale, Margaret Hamilton, Warren Hymer, Guinn Williams ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1937-01-23
3.

Dead End

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Mobster "Baby Face" Martin returns home to visit the New York neighborhood where he grew up, dropping in on his mother, who rejects him because of his gangster lifestyle, and his old girlfriend, Francey, now a syphilitic prostitute. Martin also crosses paths with Dave, a childhood friend struggling to make it as an architect, and the Dead End Kids, a gang of young boys roaming the streets of the city's East Side slums.

Starring: Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart, Wendy Barrie, Claire Trevor, Allen Jenkins, Marjorie Main, Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1937-08-27
4.

Kid Galahad

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Fight promoter Nick Donati grooms a bellhop as a future champ, but has second thoughts when the 'kid' falls for his sister.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Wayne Morris, Jane Bryan, Harry Carey, William Haade, Soledad Jiménez, Joe Cunningham, Ben Welden ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1937-05-29
5.

Marked Woman

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Set in the underworld of Manhattan, Marked Woman tells the story of a woman who dares to stand up to one of the city's most powerful gangsters. The women of the story are "hostesses". What is implied, but not stated clearly is that they are prostitutes, who work in a gambling den in the city.

Starring: Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane, Isabel Jewell, Mayo Methot, Eduardo Ciannelli, Rosalind Marquis, Jane Bryan, Allen Jenkins, Mark Strong ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon, Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1937-04-10
Best Crime Movies of 1937 : Young and Innocent
6.

Young and Innocent

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Robert Tisdall finds on the beach the corpse of a woman he knew. Others wrongly conclude that he is the murderer. Fleeing, he desperately attempts to prove that he is not the killer. A young woman becomes embroiled in the effort.

Starring: Nova Pilbeam, Derrick De Marney, Percy Marmont, Edward Rigby, Mary Clare, John Longden, George Curzon, Basil Radford, Pamela Carme, George Merritt ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1937-11-01
7.

Black Legion

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

When a hard-working machinist loses a promotion to a Polish-born worker, he is seduced into joining the secretive Black Legion, which intimidates foreigners through violence.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Dick Foran, Erin O'Brien-Moore, Helen Flint, Joe Sawyer, Clifford Soubier, Alonzo Price, John Litel, Henry Brandon ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz, Archie Mayo
Release date: 1937-01-30
Best Crime Movies of 1937 : They Gave Him a Gun
8.

They Gave Him a Gun

3.1
6.4/10 IMDB

With no other prospects, a World War I veteran puts the skills they taught him in the War to use.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Gladys George, Franchot Tone, Edgar Dearing, Mary Treen, Cliff Edwards, Charles Trowbridge, Ernie Alexander, Hooper Atchley, Irving Bacon ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1937-05-07
Best Crime Movies of 1937 : This Is My Affair
9.

This Is My Affair

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

President McKinley asks Lt. Richard L. Perry to go underground to identify some obviously very well briefed Mid-Western bank robbers based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Victor McLaglen, Brian Donlevy, John Carradine, Douglas Fowley, Alan Dinehart, Sig Ruman, Robert McWade, Sidney Blackmer ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1937-05-28
Best Crime Movies of 1937 : Internes Can't Take Money
10.

Internes Can't Take Money

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

The young Dr. Kildare treats and falls for impoverished ex-con Janet Healy, widow of a bank robber, who can't find her baby. Later she helps Kildare sew up gangster Hanlon in a tavern back room. Kildare pursues Janet and enlists Hanlon to help her; the gangster's solution, not surprisingly, is violent.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Lloyd Nolan, Stanley Ridges, Lee Bowman, Barry Macollum, Irving Bacon, Steve Pendleton, Pierre Watkin, Charles Lane ..
Directed by: Alfred Santell
Release date: 1937-04-16

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