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
3.

The Mad Miss Manton

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

Charlie Chan in Honolulu

3.5
6.8/10 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.

A Slight Case of Murder

3.5
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
6.

Crime School

3.4
6.6/10 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 : 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
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 : Double Danger
9.

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
10.

Think It Over

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Dwight Frye (Renfield in Tod Browning’s 1930 “Dracula”) as an arsonist who proves to be too good at his job.

Starring: Lester Matthews, Dwight Frye, Don Barry, Robert Emmett Keane, Frank Orth, Charles D. Brown ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1938-07-24

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