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
4.

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
5.

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
Best Crime Movies of 1938 : Hide and Shriek
6.

Hide and Shriek

3.2
7.2/10 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
7.

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
8.

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 : Josette
9.

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 : Strange M. Victor
10.

Strange M. Victor

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Outwardly, Monsieur Victor would appear to be the model citizen. A respectable Toulon shopkeeper, he has a devoted wife and is courteous and considerate to all who know him. However, beneath this veneer of respectability hides a notorious receiver of stolen goods, who trades with hardened criminals. Victor manages to keep up his double life without any difficulty until the fateful day when one of his partners in crime threatens to expose him. Fearing a scandal, Victor kills the crook in a moment of panic, using a shoemaker's tool. Naturally, the murder is blamed on a local shoemaker, who is sentenced to ten years' hard labour. Seven years later, the former shoemaker reappears in Toulon, having escaped from prison. The first person to recognise him is Monsieur Victor...

Starring: Raimu, Madeleine Renaud, Pierre Blanchar, Viviane Romance, Andrex, Marcelle Géniat, Georges Flamant, Charles Blavette, Marcel Maupi, Charblay ..
Directed by: Jean Grémillon
Release date: 1938-05-04

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