Best Crime Movies of 1938

1.

Angels with Dirty Faces

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

In New York, the boys Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connelly are best friends and small time thieves. After a robbery, Rocky is arrested and sent to a reformatory school, where he begins his criminal career. Jerry escapes and later becomes a priest. After three years in prison, Rocky is released and demands the return of $100,000 deposited with his solicitor - prior to his jail term.

Starring: James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, George Bancroft, The 'Dead End' Kids, Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Gabriel Dell ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1938-11-26
2.

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A wealthy society doctor decides to research the medical aspects of criminal behaviour by becoming one himself. He joins a gang of thieves and proceeds to wrest leadership of the gang away from it's extremely resentful leader.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor, Humphrey Bogart, Allen Jenkins, Donald Crisp, Gale Page, Henry O'Neill, John Litel, Thurston Hall, Ward Bond ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1938-07-20
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : You and Me
3.

You and Me

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

Mr. Morris, the owner of a large metropolitan department store, gives jobs to paroled ex-convicts in an effort to help them reform and go straight. Among his 'employed-prison-graduates' are Helen Roberts and Joe Dennis, working as sales clerks. Joe is in love with Helen and asks her to marry him, but she is forbidden to marry as she is still on parole, but she says yes and they are married. In spite of their poverty-level life, their marriage is a happy one until Joe discovers she has lied about her past, in order to marry him. Disillusioned, he leaves, goes back to his old gang and plans to rob the department store.

Starring: Sylvia Sidney, George Raft, Robert Cummings, Barton MacLane, Roscoe Karns, Harry Carey, George E. Stone, Warren Hymer, Guinn Williams, Carol Paige ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1938-06-01
4.

The Mad Miss Manton

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

When the murdered body discovered by beautiful, vivacious socialite Melsa Manton disappears, police and press label her a prankster until she proves them wrong.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Sam Levene, Frances Mercer, Stanley Ridges, Whitney Bourne, Vickie Lester, Ann Evers, Catherine O'Quinn, Linda Perry ..
Directed by: Leigh Jason
Release date: 1938-10-21
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Charlie Chan in Honolulu
5.

Charlie Chan in Honolulu

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

While Charlie is distracted with the birth of his first grandchild, son Jimmy impersonates his father in order to investigate a murder aboard a freighter in the harbor.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Phyllis Brooks, Victor Sen Yung, Eddie Collins, John 'Dusty' King, Claire Dodd, George Zucco, Robert Barrat, Marc Lawrence, Richard Lane ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1938-12-30
6.

A Slight Case of Murder

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

Former bootlegger Remy Marco has a slight problem with forclosing bankers, a prospective son-in-law, and four hard-to-explain corpses.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Jane Bryan, Allen Jenkins, Ruth Donnelly, Willard Parker, John Litel, Edward Brophy, Harold Huber, Eric Stanley, Paul Harvey ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1938-02-26
7.

Crime School

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

In the slums, teenager Frankie Warren hangs out with a rowdy gang who one day knock him out in a fight. In court, the boys refuse to reveal who struck the knockout blow, and all are subsequently sentenced to a reformatory, cruelly run by two corrupt guards. New deputy commissioner Mark Braden arrives determined to change things, but despite the help of Frankie's sister, Mark's reform plans -- and Frankie's future -- may be sabotaged from within.

Starring: The 'Dead End' Kids, Humphrey Bogart, Gale Page, Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, Leo Gorcey, Bernard Punsly, Gabriel Dell, George Offerman, Jr. ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler, William Clemens
Release date: 1938-05-10
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : The Missing Guest
8.

The Missing Guest

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

Newspaper man "Scoop" Hanlon is looking for a way out of his assigned women's interest column. The one chance he has is to spend the night in the "blue room" of a haunted mansion where a number of people are gathered for a party. When one of the guests disappears from his room, "Scoop" decides to get to the bottom of things.

Starring: Paul Kelly, Constance Moore, William Lundigan, Edwin Stanley, Selmer Jackson, Billy Wayne, George Cooper, P.J. Kelly, Florence Wix, Harlan Briggs ..
Directed by: John Rawlins
Release date: 1938-08-12
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Mr. Wong, Detective
9.

Mr. Wong, Detective

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

A chemical manufacturer is killed just after asking detective James Wong to help him. So Detective Wong decides to investigate this as well as two subsequent murders.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Maxine Jennings, Evelyn Brent, George Lloyd, Lucien Prival, John St. Polis, William Gould, Hooper Atchley, John Hamilton ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1938-10-05
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Hide and Shriek
10.

Hide and Shriek

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Detective Alfalfa and his assistants Buckwheat and Porky try to solve a missing-candy case but find themselves in an amusement park haunted house.

Starring: Billy Bletcher, Dick Elliott, Fred Holmes, Darla Hood, Gary Jasgur, Leonard 'Percy' Landy, Eugene 'Porky' Lee, Carl Switzer, Billie Thomas ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1938-06-18
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Double Danger
11.

Double Danger

3.0
5.8/10 IMDB

A crime novelist devises a scheme to catch the thief who has stolen the valuable "Konjer Diamonds". Director Lew Landers' 1938 B-film stars Preston Foster, Whitney Bourne, Cecil Kellaway, Donald Meek, Samuel S. Hinds, Arthur Lake, Paul Guilfoyle and June Johnson.

Starring: Preston Foster, Whitney Bourne, Samuel S. Hinds, Cecil Kellaway, Paul Guilfoyle, Donald Meek, June Johnson, Arthur Lake, Edythe Elliott, Cyril Thornton ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1938-01-28
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Think It Over
12.

Think It Over

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

A gang of 'professional torches' burn down stores for the insurance money.

Starring: Lester Matthews, Dwight Frye, Don Barry, Robert Emmett Keane, Frank Orth, Charles D. Brown, King Baggot, Margaret Bert, Francis X. Bushman Jr., Jack Rube Clifford ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1938-07-24
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Josette
13.

Josette

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Two young men try to wrest their father from the clutches of a gold digger but by mistake think the woman is a young nightclub singer with whom they both fall in love.

Starring: Don Ameche, Simone Simon, Robert Young, Joan Davis, Bert Lahr, Paul Hurst, William Collier Sr., Tala Birell, Lynn Bari, William Demarest ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1938-06-03
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Blondes at Work
14.

Blondes at Work

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

When a rival newspaper publisher complains to his captain about possible collusion between himself and reporter Torchy Blane on scooping her rivals in crime news reporting, Det. Lt. Steve McBride determines to thwart her efforts to get inside information - and she determines to go on getting it, by whatever means necessary.

Starring: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy, Rosella Towne, Donald Briggs, John Ridgely, Betty Compson, Thomas E. Jackson, Frank Shannon, Jeanne Benedict ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1938-02-05
15.

Mr. Moto's Gamble

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Celebrated as supersleuth, Mr. Moto comes out fighting when a brutal boxing match turns into cold-blooded murder! Assisted by detective-in-training Lee Chan, Moto sets out to track down the killer based on a single ominous clue: a poisoned boxing glove! But when Moto's hunch points to a corrupt gambling syndicate, he's forced to wager his very life to unmask the culprit—or go down for the count...permanently!

Starring: Peter Lorre, Keye Luke, Dick Baldwin, Lynn Bari, Douglas Fowley, Jayne Regan, Harold Huber, Maxie Rosenbloom, John Hamilton, George E. Stone ..
Directed by: James Tinling
Release date: 1938-04-07
16.

I Am the Law

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

With the aid of his former law students, a professor-turned-prosecutor battles corruption and organized crime.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Barbara O'Neil, John Beal, Wendy Barrie, Otto Kruger, Arthur Loft, Marc Lawrence, Douglas Wood, Robert Middlemass, Ivan Miller ..
Directed by: Alexander Hall
Release date: 1938-08-25
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Federal Man-Hunt
17.

Federal Man-Hunt

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

By a daring ruse and inside help, Pete Rennick, a noted criminal behind bars on federal charges, escapes from the prison, and all of the law-agencies and local police are out to catch him with roadblocks and every car searched, but the escapee gets away. Bill Hasford, a private detective, investigating a racket finds it leads to the wanted man, and has the biggest adventure of his career.

Starring: Robert Livingston, June Travis, John Gallaudet, Ben Welden, Horace McMahon, Charles Halton, Gene Morgan ..
Directed by: Nick Grinde
Release date: 1938-12-27
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Torchy Gets Her Man
18.

Torchy Gets Her Man

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

A notorious counterfeiter passes himself off as a Secret Service agent to Steve and gets him to unwittingly help him bilk the racetrack out of tens of thousands.

Starring: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy, Willard Robertson, Thomas E. Jackson, George Guhl, Frank Reicher, John Ridgely, Joe Cunningham, Herbert Rawlinson ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1938-11-12
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Little Tough Guy
19.

Little Tough Guy

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

The son of a man sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit vows to become a criminal himself. He starts his own street gang, and their crime spree is financed by a mysterious young man--who turns out to be the son of the District Attorney who sent the boy's father to the electric chair.

Starring: Robert Wilcox, Helen Parrish, Marjorie Main, Jackie Searl, Peggy Stewart, Helen MacKellar, Edward Pawley, Olin Howland, Pat C. Flick, Billy Halop ..
Directed by: Harold Young
Release date: 1938-07-22
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : They Drive by Night
20.

They Drive by Night

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

“Shorty” Matthews having recently been released from prison visits his girlfriend in London only to discover her murdered. Fearing he will be wrongly accused of being the culprit he disappears amongst the long-distance lorry driving community. Meanwhile, the real killer, unassuming ex-schoolteacher Walter Hoover, continues to prey on London women. As Shorty had feared he has become the main suspect. He returns to London with old flame Molly to prove his innocence.

Starring: Emlyn Williams, Ernest Thesiger, Anna Konstam, Allan Jeayes, Anthony Holles, Ronald Shiner, William Hartnell, Joe Cunningham, Yolande Terrell, Jennie Hartley ..
Directed by: Arthur B. Woods
Release date: 1938-12-01
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Lord Jeff
21.

Lord Jeff

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Spoiled child Geoffrey Bramer teams up with a pair of small time crooks to pose as an aristocrat and steal jewelry from exclusive shops. During a a caper, Geoffrey is caught and is sentenced to a reformatory where young men are trained to be sailors. He is befriended by model in-mate Terry O'Mulvaney but soon starts to get them both in trouble.

Starring: Freddie Bartholomew, Mickey Rooney, Charles Coburn, Herbert Mundin, Terry Kilburn, Gale Sondergaard, Peter Lawford, John Burton, Walter Tetley, Peter Ellis ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1938-06-17
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : The Gaunt Stranger
22.

The Gaunt Stranger

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A lawyer receives a note telling him that he'll be dead in 48 hours - and Scotland Yard must work fast to uncover the serial killer known as 'The Ringer'.

Starring: Sonnie Hale, Wilfrid Lawson, Louise Henry, Alexander Knox, Peter Croft, George Merritt, Patrick Barr, John Longden, Patricia Roc, Arthur Hambling ..
Directed by: Walter Forde
Release date: 1938-10-27
23.

Mysterious Mr. Moto

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

The Japanese detective rounds up a league of assassins for Scotland Yard.

Starring: Peter Lorre, Mary Maguire, Henry Wilcoxon, Erik Rhodes, Leon Ames, Forrester Harvey, Frederick Vogeding, Lester Matthews, Jimmy Aubrey, May Beatty ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1938-09-17
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : The Saint in New York
24.

The Saint in New York

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A crime spree in New York forces the police commissioner to turn to Englishman Simon Templar, who fights lawlessness and corruption through unorthodox methods. Templar sets his sights on individual crimes bosses, and after bringing down two vicious leaders through disguise and deception, discovers that there is a mastermind behind all the city's crime.

Starring: Louis Hayward, Kay Sutton, Sig Ruman, Jonathan Hale, Jack Carson, Paul Guilfoyle, Frederick Burton, Ben Welden, Charles Halton, Cliff Bragdon ..
Directed by: Ben Holmes
Release date: 1938-05-25
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Dick Tracy Returns
25.

Dick Tracy Returns

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Dick Tracy battles spies and saboteurs in his efforts to bring to justice the Stark gang, a criminal family led by the vicious Pa Stark.

Starring: Ralph Byrd, Lynne Roberts, Charles Middleton, Jerry Tucker, David Sharpe, Lee Ford, Michael Kent, John Merton, Ray Bennett, Jack Roberts ..
Directed by: John English, William Witney
Release date: 1938-08-19
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Illegal Traffic
26.

Illegal Traffic

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

G-Man Charles Bent Martin is sent out to break up a nationwide racket. A transport company is aiding fugitives making a getaway in exchange for the lion's share of their loot. Through an old friend, whom he once barnstormed in an air circus, Martin joins the gang as a pilot. He becomes interested in Carol Butler, a beautiful girl involved with the gang through the activities of her ne'er-do-well father.

Starring: J. Carrol Naish, Mary Carlisle, Robert Preston, Judith Barrett, Pierre Watkin, Buster Crabbe, George McKay, Richard Denning, Phil Warren, Sheila Darcy ..
Directed by: Louis King
Release date: 1938-11-02
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Crackerjack
27.

Crackerjack

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

London has become enthralled by the antics of the contemporary Robin Hood, but when a band of bad guys start framing him for their misdeeds, the hero has to catch the criminals and clear his name.

Starring: Tom Walls, Lilli Palmer, Noel Madison, Leon M. Lion, Edmund Breon, Jack Lester, Charles Heslop, H.G. Stoker, Henry B. Longhurst, Ethel Griffies ..
Directed by: Albert de Courville
Release date: 1938-10-01
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Danger on the Air
28.

Danger on the Air

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Trouble begins when a hated cad of a sponsor is found murdered during the climax of a live radio show. A radio engineer then tries to solve the murder.

Starring: Nan Grey, Donald Woods, Jed Prouty, Berton Churchill, William Lundigan, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, Edward Van Sloan, George Meeker, Frank Milan, Lee J. Cobb ..
Directed by: Otis Garrett
Release date: 1938-06-30
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : King of Alcatraz
29.

King of Alcatraz

2.6
6.7/10 IMDB

A convict who has just escaped from Alcatraz Prison takes over a passenger ship. Two of the ship's crew hatch a plot to overpower him and rescue the ship's passengers.

Starring: Gail Patrick, Lloyd Nolan, Harry Carey, J. Carrol Naish, Robert Preston, Anthony Quinn, Dennis Morgan, Richard Denning, Konstantin Shayne, Eddie Marr ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1938-09-30
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Wives Under Suspicion
30.

Wives Under Suspicion

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

A merciless district attorney prosecutes a case that mirrors his own life.

Starring: Warren William, Gail Patrick, Constance Moore, William Lundigan, Ralph Morgan, Cecil Cunningham, Samuel S. Hinds, Milburn Stone, Lillian Yarbo, Jonathan Hale ..
Directed by: James Whale
Release date: 1938-06-03
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : They're Always Caught
31.

They're Always Caught

2.6
6.5/10 IMDB

This MGM Crime Does Not Pay series short shows the role the crime laboratory plays in the solving of cases, and how even the smallest detail can become a major clue.

Starring: Stanley Ridges, John Eldredge, Louis Jean Heydt, Charles Waldron, May Beatty, Helen Brown, John Butler, James Conaty, Neil Fitzgerald, Harrison Greene ..
Directed by: Harold S. Bucquet
Release date: 1938-07-03
32.

Mr. Moto Takes a Chance

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

In the jungle near Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Mr. Moto poses as an ineffectual archaeologist and a venerable holy man with mystical powers to help foil two insurgencies against the government.

Starring: Peter Lorre, Rochelle Hudson, Robert Kent, J. Edward Bromberg, Chick Chandler, George Regas, Frederick Vogeding ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1938-06-11
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Newsboys' Home
33.

Newsboys' Home

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

A beautiful girl inherits a newspaper that sponsors a charity home for boys.

Starring: Jackie Cooper, Edmund Lowe, Wendy Barrie, Edward Norris, Samuel S. Hinds, Irving Pichel, Elisha Cook Jr., Harris Berger, Hal E. Chester, David Gorcey ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin, Harold Young
Release date: 1938-12-24
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : The Return of the Frog
34.

The Return of the Frog

2.6
6.9/10 IMDB

The Return of the Frog is a 1938 British crime film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Gordon Harker, Hartley Power and Rene Ray. It was a sequel to the 1937 film 'The Frog', which was based on an Edgar Wallace novel. The film concerns a police hunt for the criminal known as The Frog.

Starring: Gordon Harker, Hartley Power, René Ray, Cyril Smith, Charles Lefeaux, Una O'Connor, Meinhart Maur, George Hayes, Charles Carson, Aubrey Mallalieu ..
Directed by: Maurice Elvey
Release date: 1938-11-24
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Torchy Blane in Panama
35.

Torchy Blane in Panama

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Torchy, Steve, and Gahagan are on the trail of a bank robber aboard an ocean liner traveling from New York to L.A. via the Panama Canal.

Starring: Lola Lane, Paul Kelly, Tom Kennedy, Anthony Averill, Larry Williams, Betty Compson, Hugh O'Connell, Jimmy Conlin, Joe Cunningham, Frank Shannon ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1938-05-07
36.

Accidents Will Happen

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

A married insurance claims adjuster investigates a gang of accident-fraud racketeers, but they retaliate by targeting his wife.

Starring: Ronald Reagan, Sheila Bromley, Gloria Blondell, Dick Purcell, Addison Richards, Hugh O'Connell, Janet Shaw, Elliott Sullivan, Anderson Lawler, Spec O'Donnell ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1938-04-09
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Prison Farm
37.

Prison Farm

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Shirley Ross plays an innocent young girl convicted for complicity in a crime committed by her boy friend (Lloyd Nolan). The male crook is sentence to six months on a prison farm populated by both men and women (segregated, of course). Ross is also incarcerated, suffering the cruelties of the sadistic male and female guards (including J. Carroll Naish and future "Ma Kettle" Marjorie Main!)

Starring: Shirley Ross, Lloyd Nolan, John Howard, J. Carrol Naish, Porter Hall, Esther Dale, May Boley, Marjorie Main, Anna Q. Nilsson, Robert Brister ..
Directed by: Louis King
Release date: 1938-06-17
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : The Patient in Room 18
38.

The Patient in Room 18

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Choreographer Bobby Connolly and prolific screenwriter Crane Wilbur teamed up on the direction of Warner Bros.' The Patient in Room 18. Patric Knowles delivers a delightfully comic performance as Lance, an outwardly normal young man obsessed with detective stories. When his obsession threatens to lapse over into lunacy, Lance is sent to the hospital for a nice long rest. It isn't long before he gets mixed up in a genuine murder mystery, using his second-hand knowhow to solve the case. Up-and-coming Ann Sheridan is quite amusing as Lance's nurse and confidante, while the murderer is played by a fellow who is usually cast as the murder victim.

Starring: Patric Knowles, Ann Sheridan, Eric Stanley, John Ridgely, Rosella Towne, Jeanne Benedict, Charles Trowbridge, Cliff Clark, Harland Tucker, Edward Raquello ..
Directed by: Bobby Connolly, Crane Wilbur
Release date: 1938-01-08
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : The Wrong Way Out
39.

The Wrong Way Out

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Two young people get married and run away, even though their parents advise them to build up their savings first. After they get settled they can barely make ends meet. When opportunity suddenly presents itself, they start on a downward spiral of crime.

Starring: Kenneth Howell, Linda Perry ..
Directed by: Gustav Machatý
Release date: 1938-12-24
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Invisible Enemy
40.

Invisible Enemy

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

Jeffrey Clavering is hired in London by The Great Eastern Oil Corporation to go to Paris to prevent unscrupulous industrialist Nikolai Kamarov from gaining control of their oil fields and turning them over to a foreign power.

Starring: Alan Marshal, Tala Birell, Mady Correll, C. Henry Gordon, Herbert Mundin, Gerald Oliver Smith, Ivan F. Simpson, Elsa Buchanan, Dwight Frye, Leonard Willey ..
Directed by: John H. Auer
Release date: 1938-04-03
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Prison Train
41.

Prison Train

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

Gangsters plan an assassination of a rival while he rides the train carrying him to prison.

Starring: Fred Keating, Dorothy Comingore, Clarence Muse, Faith Bacon, Alexander Leftwich, James Blakeley, Sam Bernard, John Pearson, Nestor Paiva, Val Stanton ..
Directed by: Gordon Wiles
Release date: 1938-10-17
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Crashing Hollywood
42.

Crashing Hollywood

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

A true-to-life gangster movie stirs up an all out mob assault on Hollywood.

Starring: Lee Tracy, Joan Woodbury, Paul Guilfoyle, Lee Patrick, Bradley Page, Richard Lane, Tom Kennedy, George Irving, Frank M. Thomas, Jack Carson ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1938-01-07
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : One Wild Night
43.

One Wild Night

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Frenzied comedy starring June Lang as a reporter investigating the mysterious disappearances of four men who had all withdrawn large sums of money from the local bank in Stockton, Ohio.

Starring: June Lang, Dick Baldwin, Lyle Talbot, J. Edward Bromberg, Sidney Toler, Andrew Tombes, William Demarest, Romaine Callender, Jan Duggan, Spencer Charters ..
Directed by: Eugene Forde
Release date: 1938-06-02
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Black Limelight
44.

Black Limelight

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

This gripping, atmospheric crime thriller from Austrian-born director Paul Stein stars Oscar nominee Raymond Massey as a man at the centre of a multiple murder investigation – a case that sparks a sensationalist press frenzy when it becomes clear that the killer only strikes when there is a full moon.

Starring: Raymond Massey, Joan Marion, Elliott Mason, Diana Beaumont, Walter Hudd, Henry Oscar, Dan Tobin ..
Directed by: Paul L. Stein
Release date: 1938-06-14
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Here's Flash Casey
45.

Here's Flash Casey

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

After graduating college an aspiring photographer lands his first job--with a big city newspaper.

Starring: Eric Linden, Boots Mallory, Cully Richards, Holmes Herbert, Joseph Crehan, Howard Lang, Victor Adams, Harry Harvey, Suzanne Kaaren, Matty Kemp ..
Directed by: Lynn Shores
Release date: 1938-01-07
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Bulldog Drummond's Peril
46.

Bulldog Drummond's Peril

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

Drummond's wedding with Phyllis is interrupted when the inspector guarding their gifts is killed. He tries to trace the killers and uncovers the mystery of diamond counterfeiters.

Starring: John Barrymore, John Howard, Louise Campbell, Reginald Denny, E. E. Clive, Porter Hall, Elizabeth Patterson, Nydia Westman, Halliwell Hobbes, Matthew Boulton ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1938-03-18
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Law of the Underworld
47.

Law of the Underworld

2.5
5.4/10 IMDB

A respected citizen with secret ties to the local mob is faced with revealing his criminal connections to save two innocent people from execution

Starring: Chester Morris, Anne Shirley, Eduardo Ciannelli, Walter Abel, Lee Patrick, Paul Guilfoyle, Jack Carson, Richard Bond, Frank M. Thomas, Eddie Acuff ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1938-05-06
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Midnight Intruder
48.

Midnight Intruder

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

A former actor poses as the son of a wealthy man and gets involved in a murder in which the real son is the suspect.

Starring: Louis Hayward, Eric Linden, J. C. Nugent, Barbara Read, Irving Bacon, Robert Greig, Pierre Watkin, Sheila Bromley, Paul Everton, Nana Bryant ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1938-02-06
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : The Spy Ring
49.

The Spy Ring

2.5
5.3/10 IMDB

Two American-army officers are working on a new type of machine-gun for anti-aircraft warfare, when one of them is murdered. The other vows to get the spies that are after the invention and avenge his friend's death.

Starring: William Hall, Jane Wyman, Esther Ralston, Robert Warwick, Leon Ames, Ben Alexander, Don Barclay, Egon Brecher, Paul Sutton, Jack Mulhall ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1938-01-08
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Mystery House
50.

Mystery House

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

When Hubert Kingery, a banker, is found shot dead with a gun in his hand, his daughter refuses to believe it is a suicide. With the help of a detective, she hopes to get to the bottom of the case.

Starring: Dick Purcell, Ann Sheridan, Anne Nagel, William Hopper, Anthony Averill, Dennie Moore, Hugh O'Connell, Ben Welden, Sheila Bromley, Elspeth Dudgeon ..
Directed by: Noel M. Smith
Release date: 1938-05-21

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