Best Crime Movies of 1939


The Roaring Twenties

7.9/10 IMDB

After World War I, Armistice Lloyd Hart goes back to practice law, former saloon keeper George Hally turns to bootlegging, and out-of-work Eddie Bartlett becomes a cab driver. Eddie builds a fleet of cabs through delivery of bootleg liquor and hires Lloyd as his lawyer. George becomes Eddie's partner and the rackets flourish until love and rivalry interfere.

Starring: James Cagney, Priscilla Lane, Humphrey Bogart, Gladys George, Jeffrey Lynn, Frank McHugh, Paul Kelly, Elisabeth Risdon, Edward Keane, Joe Sawyer ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1939-10-28

Jamaica Inn

6.3/10 IMDB

In coastal Cornwall, England, during the early 19th Century, a young woman who's come there to visit her aunt, discovers that she's married an inkeeper who's a member of a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecking and murder for profit.

Starring: Charles Laughton, Horace Hodges, Maureen O'Hara, Hay Petrie, Frederick Piper, Emlyn Williams, Herbert Lomas, Clare Greet, William Devlin, Jeanne De Casalis ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1939-05-11

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

7.3/10 IMDB

Having once again avoided criminal conviction, Professor Moriarity develops a murderous plan to “finish off” his last major nemesis, Sherlock Holmes, by making him fail to prevent the perfect crime. Does it involve a family curse, the crown jewels of England, or something else…

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino, Alan Marshal, Terry Kilburn, George Zucco, Henry Stephenson, E. E. Clive, Arthur Hohl, May Beatty ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1939-09-01

Another Thin Man

7.4/10 IMDB

Not even the joys of parenthood can stop married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles from investigating a murder on a Long Island estate.

Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey, Otto Kruger, C. Aubrey Smith, Ruth Hussey, Nat Pendleton, Patric Knowles, Tom Neal, Phyllis Gordon ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1939-11-17

Each Dawn I Die

7.2/10 IMDB

A corrupt D.A. with governatorial ambitions is annoyed by an investigative reporter's criticism of his criminal activities and decides to frame the reporter for manslaughter in order to silence him.

Starring: James Cagney, George Raft, Jane Bryan, George Bancroft, Maxie Rosenbloom, Stanley Ridges, Alan Baxter, Victor Jory, John Wray, Edward Pawley ..
Directed by: William Keighley
Release date: 1939-07-22

Jesse James

7.0/10 IMDB

After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott, Henry Hull, Slim Summerville, J. Edward Bromberg, Brian Donlevy, John Carradine, Donald Meek ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1939-01-14

It's a Wonderful World

6.9/10 IMDB

Detective Guy Johnson's client, Willie Heywood, is framed for murder. While Guy hides him so he can catch the real killer, both of them are nabbed by the police, tried, convicted and sentenced to jail: Guy for a year with Willie to be executed. On the way to jail, Guy comes across a clue and escapes from the police.

Starring: Claudette Colbert, James Stewart, Guy Kibbee, Nat Pendleton, Frances Drake, Edgar Kennedy, Ernest Truex, Richard Carle, Cecilia Callejo, Sidney Blackmer ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1939-05-19

The Man They Could Not Hang

6.8/10 IMDB

Dr. Henryk Savaard is a scientist working on experiments to restore life to the dead. When he is unjustly hanged for murder, he is brought back to life by his trusted assistant. Re-animated he turns decidedly nasty and sets about murdering the jury that convicted him.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Lorna Gray, Robert Wilcox, Roger Pryor, Don Beddoe, Ann Doran, Joe De Stefani, Charles Trowbridge, Byron Foulger, Dick Curtis ..
Directed by: Nick Grinde
Release date: 1939-08-17
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : They Made Me a Criminal

They Made Me a Criminal

6.8/10 IMDB

A boxer flees, believing he has committed a murder while he was drunk.

Starring: John Garfield, Claude Rains, Ann Sheridan, May Robson, Gloria Dickson, Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell ..
Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1939-01-21
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : City in Darkness

City in Darkness

6.5/10 IMDB

Chan, in Paris for a reunion with friends from World War I, becomes involved in investigating the murder of a munitions manufacturer who was supplying arms to the enemy, even as the rising clouds of World War II force the city into nightly blackout status..

Starring: Sidney Toler, Lynn Bari, Richard Clarke, Harold Huber, Pedro de Cordoba, Dorothy Tree, C. Henry Gordon, Douglass Dumbrille, Noel Madison, Leo G. Carroll ..
Directed by: Herbert I. Leeds
Release date: 1939-11-15

King of the Underworld

6.4/10 IMDB

Physician Carole Nelson, suspected of having ties to notorious gangster Joe Gurney, must prove her innocence or the Medical Board will revoke her license. When Gurney seeks her out for treatment after being shot, it could be the break Nelson needs. Now she has a chance to use her medical know-how to outwit Gurney and his goons and reestablish her professional reputation.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Kay Francis, James Stephenson, John Eldredge, Jessie Busley, Arthur Aylesworth, Raymond Brown, Harland Tucker, Ralph Remley, Charley Foy ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1939-01-14

Invisible Stripes

6.7/10 IMDB

A gangster is unable to go straight after returning home from prison.

Starring: George Raft, Jane Bryan, William Holden, Humphrey Bogart, Flora Robson, Paul Kelly, Lee Patrick, Henry O'Neill, Frankie Thomas, Moroni Olsen ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1939-12-30

Nancy Drew... Reporter

6.5/10 IMDB

While participating in a contest at a local newspaper in which school children are asked to submit a news story, local attorney Carson Drew's daughter Nancy intercepts a real story assignment. She "covers" the inquest of the death of a woman who was poisoned. Nancy doesn't think the young woman accused of the crime is guilty and corrals her neighbor Ted into searching for a vital piece of evidence and stumbles onto the identity of the real killer.

Starring: Bonita Granville, John Litel, Frankie Thomas, Dickie Jones, Renie Riano, Mary Lee, Larry Williams, Betty Amann, Thomas E. Jackson, Olin Howland ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1939-02-18
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Raffles


6.4/10 IMDB

Man about town and First Class cricketer A.J. Raffles keeps himself solvent with daring robberies. Meeting Gwen from his schooldays and falling in love all over again, he spends the weekend with her parents, Lord and Lady Melrose. A necklace presents an irresistible temptation, but also in attendance is Scotland Yard's finest, finally on the trail.

Starring: David Niven, Olivia de Havilland, May Whitty, Dudley Digges, Douglas Walton, E. E. Clive, Lionel Pape, Margaret Seddon, Hilda Plowright, Gilbert Emery ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1939-11-11
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Mr. Moto's Last Warning

Mr. Moto's Last Warning

6.4/10 IMDB

A Japanese man claiming to be Mr. Moto, of the International Police, is abducted and murdered soon after disembarking from a ship at Port Said in Egypt. The real Mr. Moto is already in Port Said, investigating a conspiracy against the British and French governments.

Starring: Peter Lorre, Ricardo Cortez, Virginia Field, John Carradine, George Sanders, Joan Carroll, Robert Coote, Margaret Irving, Leyland Hodgson, John Davidson ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1939-01-20
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Outside These Walls

Outside These Walls

7.2/10 IMDB

Walen plays Dan Sparling, a convicted embezzler who becomes editor of his prison newspaper. After serving out his sentence, he sets up an independent newspaper devoted to attacking corruption in public life, encountering various difficulties due to his being an ex-con and opposition from the incumbent administration.

Starring: Michael Whalen, Dolores Costello, Virginia Weidler, Don Beddoe, Selmer Jackson, Mary Forbes, Robert Emmett Keane, Pierre Watkin, Kathleen Lockhart, Dick Curtis ..
Directed by: Ray McCarey
Release date: 1939-05-04
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Mystery Plane

Mystery Plane

5.2/10 IMDB

An American pilot with a top-secret invention is kidnapped by foreign agents.

Starring: John Trent, Marjorie Reynolds, Milburn Stone, Lucien Littlefield, Tommy Bupp, Jason Robards Sr., George Lynn, Polly Ann Young, Betsy Gay, William P. Carleton ..
Directed by: George Waggner
Release date: 1939-03-08

You Can't Get Away with Murder

6.3/10 IMDB

Johnnie learns crime from petty thug Frank Wilson. When Wilson kills a pawnbroker with a gun stolen from Johnnie's sister Madge's fiance Fred Burke, Fred goes to Sing Sing's death house. Wilson uses all the pressure can to keep Johnnie silent, even after he and Johnnie themselves wind up in the big house.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Gale Page, Billy Halop, John Litel, Henry Travers, George E. Stone, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Tom Dugan, Frank Faylen, Frank Mayo ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1939-03-23
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday

Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday

6.8/10 IMDB

During a holiday by the British seaside, Hornleigh and Bingham grow bored and turn their hand to investigating a local crime.

Starring: Gordon Harker, Alastair Sim, Linden Travers, Wally Patch, Edward Chapman, Philip Leaver, Kynaston Reeves, John Turnbull, Wyndham Goldie, Cyril Conway ..
Directed by: Walter Forde
Release date: 1939-12-01
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Blackmail


6.7/10 IMDB

A fugitive from a chain gang becomes an oil-well firefighter and meets the man who framed him.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Hussey, Gene Lockhart, Bobs Watson, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, John Wray, Arthur Hohl, Esther Dale, Trevor Bardette, Willie Best ..
Directed by: H. C. Potter
Release date: 1939-09-08
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Mr. Moto in Danger Island

Mr. Moto in Danger Island

6.7/10 IMDB

In Puerto Rico to investigate a glut of contraband diamonds that are flooding the world's jewel market, Mr. Moto and his sidekick, a wrestler, find themselves involved in murders by thrown daggers, the frame-up of an overstressed Army colonel, and a pirate gang led by an unknown boss who has inside knowledge of the ensuing investigation.

Starring: Peter Lorre, Jean Hersholt, Amanda Duff, Warren Hymer, Richard Lane, Leon Ames, Douglass Dumbrille, Charles D. Brown, Paul Harvey, Robert Lowery ..
Directed by: Herbert I. Leeds
Release date: 1939-04-07
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Let Us Live

Let Us Live

6.7/10 IMDB

When a confused eyewitness identifies New York City cabbie Brick Tennant as a killer, he is sentenced to death for a murder that he wasn't involved in. Though no one is willing to listen to the innocent prisoner's pleas for freedom, Brick's faithful fiancée, Mary, knows that her lover is innocent because she was with him when the crime was committed. As the scheduled execution draws ever nearer, Mary begins to investigate the murder herself.

Starring: Maureen O'Sullivan, Henry Fonda, Ralph Bellamy, Alan Baxter, Stanley Ridges, Henry Kolker, George Lynn, George Douglas, Phillip Trent, Martin Spellman ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1939-03-29
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : The House of Fear

The House of Fear

6.3/10 IMDB

A detective goes undercover as a producer to investigate an actor's murder, which occurred during the performance of a play...

Starring: William Gargan, Irene Hervey, Dorothy Arnold, Alan Dinehart, Harvey Stephens, Walter Woolf King, Robert Coote, El Brendel, Tom Dugan, Jan Duggan ..
Directed by: Joe May
Release date: 1939-06-30
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation

Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation

6.5/10 IMDB

Mr. Moto is in Egypt to thwart a criminal mastermind determined to steal the priceless crown of the Queen of Sheba. When the precious treasure is transported to America, Mr. Moto must race against time to unmask the cunning thief who will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get what he wants.

Starring: Peter Lorre, Joseph Schildkraut, Lionel Atwill, Virginia Field, John 'Dusty' King, Iva Stewart, G.P. Huntley, Victor Varconi, John Bleifer, Honorable Wu ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1939-07-07
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Tell No Tales

Tell No Tales

6.5/10 IMDB

A newspaper editor turns a kidnapping into the banner headlines and exclusive story that could save his publication.

Starring: Melvyn Douglas, Louise Platt, Gene Lockhart, Douglass Dumbrille, Florence George, Halliwell Hobbes, Zeffie Tilbury, Harlan Briggs, Sara Haden, Hobart Cavanaugh ..
Directed by: Leslie Fenton
Release date: 1939-06-12
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : We Are Not Alone

We Are Not Alone

7.1/10 IMDB

A British doctor and his son's Austrian governess have an affair and are accused of killing his wife.

Starring: Paul Muni, Jane Bryan, Flora Robson, Raymond Severn, Una O'Connor, Henry Daniell, Montagu Love, James Stephenson, Stanley Logan, Cecil Kellaway ..
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1939-11-25

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

6.6/10 IMDB

Nancy helps two aging spinsters fulfill the byzantine provisions of their father's will, but the murder of their chauffeur complicates matters.

Starring: Bonita Granville, Frankie Thomas, John Litel, Frank Orth, Renie Riano, Vera Lewis, Louise Carter, William Gould, John Ridgely, William Hopper ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1939-09-09
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : The Lady and the Mob

The Lady and the Mob

6.3/10 IMDB

Hattie Leonard sets out to break a criminal gang controlling the dry cleaning business.

Starring: Fay Bainter, Ida Lupino, Lee Bowman, Henry Armetta, Warren Hymer, Harold Huber, Forbes Murray, Joe Sawyer, Tom Dugan, Joe Caits ..
Directed by: Benjamin Stoloff
Release date: 1939-04-03
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Those High Grey Walls

Those High Grey Walls

6.6/10 IMDB

Dr. MacAuley, a kindly, beloved country doctor, is sent to Fillmore Prison. His crime was for removing a bullet from a young man who was escaping from the police.

Starring: Walter Connolly, Onslow Stevens, Paul Fix, Bernard Nedell, Iris Meredith, Oscar O'Shea, Nicholas Soussanin, Don Beddoe ..
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1939-09-21
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Thugs with Dirty Mugs

Thugs with Dirty Mugs

6.9/10 IMDB

Killer Diller and his gang are robbing every bank in town in numerical order (except the 13th National Bank, which they skip out of superstition). Despite their predictable actions, the police are unable to catch them...until they get a tip from an unlikely source.

Starring: Tex Avery, Mel Blanc, John Deering ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1939-05-06
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : The Arsenal Stadium Mystery

The Arsenal Stadium Mystery

6.2/10 IMDB

During a charity football match between Arsenal and touring amateur side Trojans, the Trojan's new star player collapses and dies. Inspector Slade of Scotland Yard is called in and declares it was murder. It takes all his ingenuity and another death before the motive is discovered and the killer revealed.

Starring: Leslie Banks, Greta Gynt, Ian McLean, Liane Linden, Anthony Bushell, Esmond Knight, Brian Worth, Richard Norris, Wyndham Goldie, Alastair MacIntyre ..
Directed by: Thorold Dickinson
Release date: 1939-11-01
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Dust Be My Destiny

Dust Be My Destiny

6.8/10 IMDB

Embittered after serving time for a burglary he did not commit, Joe Bell is soon back in jail, on a prison farm. His love for the foreman's daughter leads to a fight between them, leading to the older man's death due to a weak heart. Joe and Mabel go on the run as he thinks no-one would believe a nobody like him.

Starring: John Garfield, Priscilla Lane, Alan Hale, Frank McHugh, Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Charley Grapewin, Henry Armetta, Stanley Ridges, John Litel ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1939-09-16

Miracles for Sale

6.2/10 IMDB

A maker of illusions for magicians protects an ingenue likely to be murdered.

Starring: Robert Young, Florence Rice, Frank Craven, Henry Hull, Lee Bowman, Cliff Clark, Astrid Allwyn, Walter Kingsford, Frederick Worlock, Gloria Holden ..
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1939-08-10
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Money to Loan

Money to Loan

6.6/10 IMDB

The MGM crime reporter introduces Norman Kennedy, District Attorney of a large city, he who talks about the general want for money, and the extraordinary lengths some will go to to get it. The loan sharking business has that want for money on both sides. He tells the story of one such loan shark, Stephen Hanley, who tried to pass his company off as a legitimate loan business, but who charged exorbitant rates, and used extortion and fraud to get out of his customers even more than what they may have owed on paper.

Starring: Alan Dinehart, Paul Guilfoyle, John Butler, Addison Richards, Tom Collins, Eddy Chandler, John Dilson, Lester Dorr, Jack Egan, Chuck Hamilton ..
Directed by: Joseph M. Newman
Release date: 1939-03-11
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Within the Law

Within the Law

6.4/10 IMDB

A wrongly convicted woman studies law and seeks her revenge.

Starring: Ruth Hussey, Tom Neal, Paul Kelly, William Gargan, Paul Cavanagh, Rita Johnson, Samuel S. Hinds, Lynne Carver, Sidney Blackmer, Jo Ann Sayers ..
Directed by: Gustav Machatý
Release date: 1939-03-17
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Code of the Streets

Code of the Streets

5.5/10 IMDB

Frankie Thomas plays Bob Lewis, leader of a gang consisting of Sailor (Harris Berger), Murph (Hally Chester), Monk (Charles Duncan), Trouble (Billy Benedict) and Yap (David Gorcey). The son of disgraced police officer Lt. Lewis (Harry Carey), Bob vows to clear his dad's name, and also to prove that accused murderer Tommy Shay (Paul Fix) is innocent.

Starring: Harry Carey, Frankie Thomas, James McCallion, Juanita Quigley, El Brendel, Leon Ames, Paul Fix, Marc Lawrence, Dorothy Arnold, Harris Berger ..
Directed by: Harold Young
Release date: 1939-04-13
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Waterfront


5.7/10 IMDB

A hard-living dockworker finds religion until his brother is murdered.

Starring: Dennis Morgan, Gloria Dickson, Marie Wilson, Sheila Bromley, Larry Williams, Aldrich Bowker, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, Arthur Gardner, George Lloyd ..
Directed by: Terry O. Morse
Release date: 1939-07-15
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Design for Murder

Design for Murder

5.8/10 IMDB

When a wealthy, lonely university music student is beaten and has his apartment trashed by a fellow dorm resident-bully and his gang, he goes mad, lures the bully into his room on pretense of forgiveness, slips him a paralyzing agent in a drink, throws him in a trunk and locks him in, and taunts the bully with the promise that he will be buried alive in the trunk. Only, once he gets his trunk and his prey to his country estate, the vengeful victim finds things keep going wrong...

Starring: Manning Whiley, Barbara Everest, Thorley Walters, Michael Drake, Hay Petrie, David Keir, Tom Gill, Lewis Stringer, Ian Fulton, Geoffrey Gabriel ..
Directed by: Roy Boulting
Release date: 1939-03-27
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : The Spellbinder

The Spellbinder

6.2/10 IMDB

Jed Marlowe is a brilliant, scheming, unscrupulous criminal lawyer whose specialty is defending criminal he knows is guilty but gets them off through loop-holes or bribery. Then his daughter, misled by her father’s courtroom performance, but unaware of his back-room tactics, marries the killer her father has just unjustly save from the electric chair. What’s a poor father to do?

Starring: Lee Tracy, Barbara Read, Patric Knowles, Allan Lane, Linda Hayes, Morgan Conway, Robert Emmett Keane, Roy Gordon, Robert Strange, Elliott Sullivan ..
Directed by: Jack Hively
Release date: 1939-07-28
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : The Mystery of Mr. Wong

The Mystery of Mr. Wong

6.1/10 IMDB

Detective James Lee Wong must find the "Eye of the Daughter of the Moon," a priceless but cursed sapphire stolen in China and smuggled to America. His search takes him into the heart of Chinatown and to the dreaded "House of Hate" to find the deadly gem before it can kill again.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Dorothy Tree, Craig Reynolds, Ivan Lebedeff, Holmes Herbert, Morgan Wallace, Lotus Long, Chester Gan, Hooper Atchley ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1939-03-08
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Torchy Blane in Chinatown

Torchy Blane in Chinatown

6.2/10 IMDB

Torchy Blane joins her police-detective fiance to solve a series of murders involving a set of Chinese grave tablets taken and sold to a collector and death-threats written in Chinese characters.

Starring: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy, Henry O'Neill, Patric Knowles, James Stephenson, Janet Shaw, Frank Shannon, George Guhl, Anderson Lawler ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1939-02-02
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite

Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite

6.1/10 IMDB

Torchy Blane and Steve McBride try to nab a gangster by tracking his moll.

Starring: Jane Wyman, Allen Jenkins, Tom Kennedy, Sheila Bromley, Joe Cunningham, Eddie Marr, Edgar Dearing, Frank Shannon, Bruce MacFarlane, George Lloyd ..
Directed by: Noel M. Smith
Release date: 1939-08-12

Fast and Furious

6.1/10 IMDB

Joel & Garda Sloan, a husband and wife detective team, who also sell rare books in New York, take a vacation to Seaside City. At Seaside, Joel's pal, Mike Stevens is managing and preparing for their beauty pageant. Joel is made one of the judges plus he has invested $5,000 in it, to Garda's dismay. Eric Bartell, promoter, arrives to dupe Stevens. When Ed Connors, New York racketeer arrives, Bartell is mysteriously murdered. Joel and Garda set out to investigate the murder.

Starring: Franchot Tone, Ann Sothern, Ruth Hussey, Allyn Joslyn, Lee Bowman, Frank Orth, John Miljan, Mary Beth Hughes, Bernard Nedell, Cliff Clark ..
Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1939-10-06
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : The Saint Strikes Back

The Saint Strikes Back

6.2/10 IMDB

Suave private detective Simon "The Saint" Templar arrives in San Francisco and meets Val, a woman whose police inspector father killed himself after being accused of corruption and dismissed from the force. Convinced of the man's innocence, Templar takes it upon himself to vindicate the memory of Val's father. To do so he must take on the city's most dangerous criminal gang, while also battling hostile members of the police department.

Starring: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Jonathan Hale, Jerome Cowan, Barry Fitzgerald, Neil Hamilton, Robert Elliott, Russell Hopton, Edward Gargan, Robert Strange ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1939-03-08
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : 6,000 Enemies

6,000 Enemies

6.1/10 IMDB

A tough prosecutor who has sent dozens of criminals to prison finds himself framed on a bribery charge and winds up in prison himself.

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Rita Johnson, Paul Kelly, Nat Pendleton, John Arledge, Grant Mitchell, Harold Huber, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Arthur Aylesworth, Esther Dale ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1939-06-09
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : On the Night of the Fire

On the Night of the Fire

6.5/10 IMDB

A barber gives in to temptation and steals some money, leading to blackmail and murder.

Starring: Ralph Richardson, Diana Wynyard, Romney Brent, Mary Clare, Henry Oscar, Dave Crowley, Gertrude Musgrove, Frederick Leister, Ivan Brandt, Sara Allgood ..
Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst
Release date: 1939-10-26
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Back Door to Heaven

Back Door to Heaven

6.0/10 IMDB

The life of a young kid, who starts stealing small things to fit in with the "cool crowd".

Starring: Wallace Ford, Aline MacMahon, Stuart Erwin, Bert Frohman, Jimmy Lydon, Anita Magee, Raymond Roe, William Redfield, Kenneth LeRoy, David Johnson ..
Directed by: William K. Howard
Release date: 1939-04-19
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Secret Service of the Air

Secret Service of the Air

5.6/10 IMDB

Brass Bancroft and his sidekick Gabby Watters are recruited onto the secret service and go undercover to crack a ruthless gang that smuggles illegal aliens.

Starring: Ronald Reagan, Ila Rhodes, Eddie Foy Jr., James Stephenson, John Litel, Frank M. Thomas, Bernard Nedell, John Ridgely, Anthony Averill, Rosella Towne ..
Directed by: Noel M. Smith
Release date: 1939-03-04

Sergeant Madden

6.1/10 IMDB

A dedicated police officer is torn between family and duty when his son turns to a life of crime.

Starring: Wallace Beery, Alan Curtis, Tom Brown, Fay Holden, Laraine Day, Marc Lawrence, Marion Martin, David Gorcey, Ben Welden, Donald Haines ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1939-03-24
Best Crime Movies of 1939 : Inquest


5.7/10 IMDB

A woman is suspected of killing her husband after a revolver is found in her attic. A coroner is determined to prove that she did it, but thanks to the assistance of a quick-witted lawyer she is eventually found innocent.

Starring: Elizabeth Allan, Herbert Lomas, Hay Petrie, Barbara Everest, Olive Sloane, Philip Friend, Harold Anstruther, Malcolm Morley, Jean Shepherd, Charles Stephenson ..
Directed by: Roy Boulting
Release date: 1939-12-01

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