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

3.8
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
3.

A Slight Case of Murder

3.6
7.1/10 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
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Charlie Chan in Honolulu
4.

Charlie Chan in Honolulu

3.5
6.9/10 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
5.

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
6.

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 : Hide and Shriek
7.

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
8.

Double Danger

3.0
5.9/10 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 : Josette
9.

Josette

2.9
6.6/10 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
10.

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

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