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 : The Mad Miss Manton
3.

The Mad Miss Manton

3.5
6.8/10 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
4.

Crime School

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Deputy Commissioner of Correction Mark Braden finds a reform school in terrible condition and assumes control himself. He wins the boy's cooperation by being fair and falls in love with gang leader Frankie's sister Sue. This aides disgruntled employees in challenging Braden.

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
Release date: 1938-05-10
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : You and Me
5.

You and Me

3.2
7.0/10 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: 1938-06-03
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Hide and Shriek
6.

Hide and Shriek

3.2
7.3/10 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
7.

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 : Blondes at Work
8.

Blondes at Work

2.9
6.6/10 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
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Little Tough Guy
9.

Little Tough Guy

2.8
6.4/10 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 : Lord Jeff
10.

Lord Jeff

2.7
6.6/10 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

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