Best Crime Movies of 1942

1.

This Gun for Hire

4.6
7.4/10 IMDB

Sadistic killer-for-hire Raven becomes enraged when his latest job is paid off in marked bills. Vowing to track down his double-crossing boss, nightclub executive Gates, Raven sits beside Gates' lovely new employee, Ellen, on a train out of town. Although Ellen is engaged to marry the police lieutenant who's hunting down Raven, she decides to try and set the misguided hit man straight as he hides from the cops and plots his revenge.

Starring: Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, Laird Cregar, Alan Ladd, Tully Marshall, Marc Lawrence, Olin Howland, Roger Imhof, Pamela Blake, Frank Ferguson ..
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1942-04-24
2.

All Through the Night

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Broadway gamblers stumble across a plan by Nazi saboteurs to blow up an American battleship.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne, Jane Darwell, Frank McHugh, Peter Lorre, Judith Anderson, William Demarest, Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1942-01-10
3.

Larceny, Inc.

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Three ex-cons buy a luggage shop to tunnel into the bank vault next door. But despite all they can do, the shop prospers...

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford, Jack Carson, Anthony Quinn, Edward Brophy, Harry Davenport, John Qualen, Barbara Jo Allen, Grant Mitchell ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1942-04-24
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Castle in the Desert
4.

Castle in the Desert

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Paul Manderley, eccentric historian, and his wife, descendant of the Borgias, live in an isolated castle-like mansion in the Mojave Desert. When a guest suddenly collapses, Charlie Chan is invited to stay. As the standard mystery-mansion props come into play, and all means of outside communication are sabotaged, it becomes evident that one of the inhabitants has access to poisons and is prepared to use them...

Starring: Sidney Toler, Arleen Whelan, Richard Derr, Douglass Dumbrille, Henry Daniell, Edmund MacDonald, Victor Sen Yung, Lenita Lane, Ethel Griffies, Milton Parsons ..
Directed by: Harry Lachman
Release date: 1942-02-02
5.

Roxie Hart

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

A café in Chicago, 1942. On a rainy night, veteran reporter Homer Howard tells an increasing audience the story of Roxie Hart and the crime she was judged for in 1927.

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Lynne Overman, Nigel Bruce, Phil Silvers, Sara Allgood, William Frawley, Spring Byington, Helene Reynolds ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1942-02-20
6.

The Glass Key

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

A crooked politician finds himself being accused of murder by a gangster from whom he refused help during a re-election campaign.

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, Bonita Granville, Richard Denning, Joseph Calleia, William Bendix, Frances Gifford, Donald MacBride, Margaret Hayes ..
Directed by: Stuart Heisler
Release date: 1942-09-08
7.

Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

England, at the start of World War Two. Mysterious wireless broadcasts, apparently from Nazi Germany are heard over the BBC. They warn of acts of terror in England, just before they take place. Baffled, the Defence Committee call in Holmes ...

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Evelyn Ankers, Reginald Denny, Thomas Gomez, Henry Daniell, Montagu Love, Olaf Hytten, Leyland Hodgson, Mary Gordon ..
Directed by: John Rawlins
Release date: 1942-09-18
8.

Eyes in the Night

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Blind detective Duncan Maclain gets mixed up with enemy agents and murder when he tries to help an old friend with a rebellious stepdaughter.

Starring: Edward Arnold, Ann Harding, Donna Reed, Stephen McNally, Katherine Emery, Allen Jenkins, Stanley Ridges, Reginald Denny, John Emery, Rosemary DeCamp ..
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1942-10-16
9.

Kid Glove Killer

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

Van Heflin stars as the head of a city crime lab who tries to solve the murder of the town mayor by scientifically analyzing evidence.

Starring: Van Heflin, Marsha Hunt, Lee Bowman, Samuel S. Hinds, Cliff Clark, Eddie Quillan, John Litel, Cathy Lewis, Nella Walker, Robert Blake ..
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1942-04-17
10.

Crossroads

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

A French diplomat who's recovered from amnesia is blackmailed over crimes he can't remember.

Starring: William Powell, Hedy Lamarr, Claire Trevor, Basil Rathbone, Margaret Wycherly, Felix Bressart, Sig Ruman, H.B. Warner, Philip Merivale, John St. Polis ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1942-07-23
11.

Frisco Lil

3.3
5.6/10 IMDB

Lil becomes a dealer in a gambling casino in order to get the information she needs to clear her father of a murder charge. She also falls in love with lawyer Brewster.

Starring: Irene Hervey, Kent Taylor, Minor Watson, Jerome Cowan, Samuel S. Hinds, Milburn Stone, Matty Fain, Claire Whitney, Emmett Lynn, Harry Strang ..
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1942-03-13
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : The Falcon Takes Over
12.

The Falcon Takes Over

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

While an escaped convict, Moose Malloy, goes in search of his ex-girlfriend Velma, police inspector Michael O'Hara attempts to track him assuming him to be a prime suspect for a number of mishaps.

Starring: George Sanders, Lynn Bari, James Gleason, Allen Jenkins, Helen Gilbert, Ward Bond, Anne Revere, Turhan Bey, Hans Conried, George Cleveland ..
Directed by: Irving Reis
Release date: 1942-05-29
13.

The Big Shot

3.1
6.7/10 IMDB

Duke Berne, former big shot but now a three-time loser, fears returning to crime because a fourth conviction will mean a life sentence. Finally, haunted by his past and goaded by his cohorts, he joins in planning an armoured car robbery.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Irene Manning, Richard Travis, Susan Peters, Stanley Ridges, Minor Watson, Chick Chandler, Joe Downing, Howard Da Silva, Murray Alper ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1942-06-13
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Perils of the Royal Mounted
14.

Perils of the Royal Mounted

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Sergeant MacLane of the Mounties investigates the disruptive activities of a bunch of troublemakers.

Starring: Robert Kellard, Nell O'Day, Kenneth MacDonald, Herbert Rawlinson, John Elliott, Richard Fiske, Forrest Taylor, George Chesebro, Jack Ingram, I. Stanford Jolley ..
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1942-05-29
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Nazi Agent
15.

Nazi Agent

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

Humble stamp dealer Otto Becker has little to do with international politics, so when he receives a surprise visit from his estranged twin brother and Nazi spy, Baron Hugo von Detner, his world is thrown into turmoil. Threatening Becker with deportation, Hugo forces him to use his shop as a front for espionage.

Starring: Conrad Veidt, Ann Ayars, Frank Reicher, Dorothy Tree, Ivan F. Simpson, William Tannen, Martin Kosleck, Marc Lawrence, Sidney Blackmer, Moroni Olsen ..
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Release date: 1942-03-01
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Mug Town
16.

Mug Town

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Steve Bell, Tommy, Pig, Ape, and String are run of town. Steve, while hopping a freight card and trying to avoid the brakeman, is killed. The boys meet Steve's mother, Alice Bell and Tommy is given a job in the storage garage which she owns jointly with Mack Steward. Steve's brother Don Bell is working with some gangsters by tipping them off on valuable merchandise that can be hijacked. Pig, Ape and String overhear Don's plans to use Tommy as the fall guy in the next hijacking.

Starring: Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Grace McDonald, Bernard Punsly, Gabriel Dell, Edward Norris, Virginia Brissac, Tommy Kelly, Dick Hogan, Jed Prouty ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Release date: 1942-12-18
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Rings on Her Fingers
17.

Rings on Her Fingers

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Susan Miller works behind the girdle counter in a department store and dreams about the beautiful clothes and glamour she can never hope to have. Enter May Worthington and Warren, a pair of con artists who pose as the mother and uncle of a pretty girl in order to separate millionaires from their money. They convince Susan she has an opportunity to fulfill all her dreams, and the trio heads for Palm Beach. Susan meets John Wheeler who says he is shopping for a sailboat. Believing that he is a millionaire, Warren and May sell him a boat that doesn't belong to them, and make off with his $15,000 life savings. Looking for greener pastures, they work themselves into the family of wealthy Tod Fenwick, who falls for Sue, posing as "Linda Worthington". But John shows up as a guest of Fenwick and he tells "Linda", not knowing she was part of the scam, that he has a detective after the fake captain that sold him the boat...

Starring: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Spring Byington, Laird Cregar, Poppy Wilde, Shepperd Strudwick, Frank Orth, Henry Stephenson, Marjorie Gateson, George Lessey ..
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
Release date: 1942-03-20
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Juke Girl
18.

Juke Girl

2.9
6.3/10 IMDB

During the depths of the Great Depression a hitch-hiker Steve Talbot and jukebox-joint hostess Lola Mears stumble into Cat-Tail Florida where farmers and pickers struggle under the buyer who rules by monopoly, dirty contracts and violence. Steve helps organize against the buyer, leading to further escalation ending in a lynch mob.

Starring: Ann Sheridan, Ronald Reagan, Richard Whorf, George Tobias, Gene Lockhart, Alan Hale, Betty Brewer, Howard Da Silva, Donald MacBride, Willard Robertson ..
Directed by: Curtis Bernhardt
Release date: 1942-05-30
19.

Grand Central Murder

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

Conniving Broadway starlet Mida King has plenty of enemies, so when she's found murdered at Grand Central Station, Inspector Gunther calls together a slew of suspects for questioning. Mida's shady ex-flame, Turk, seems the most likely culprit, but when smart-mouthed private eye Rocky Custer -- also a suspect himself -- begins to piece together the crime, a few clues that Gunther has overlooked come to light.

Starring: Van Heflin, Patricia Dane, Cecilia Parker, Virginia Grey, Samuel S. Hinds, Sam Levene, Connie Gilchrist, Mark Daniels, Stephen McNally, Tom Conway ..
Directed by: S. Sylvan Simon
Release date: 1942-05-01
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : The Man Who Wouldn't Die
20.

The Man Who Wouldn't Die

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

A man believed to be dead and buried escapes from his grave and returns to the scene of the crime seeking revenge.

Starring: Lloyd Nolan, Marjorie Weaver, Helene Reynolds, Henry Wilcoxon, Richard Derr, Paul Harvey, Billy Bevan, Olin Howland, Robert Emmett Keane, LeRoy Mason ..
Directed by: Herbert I. Leeds
Release date: 1942-04-27
21.

Bowery at Midnight

2.8
5.3/10 IMDB

A seemingly charitable soup kitchen operator (who moonlights as a criminology professor) uses his Bowery mission as a front for his criminal gang. Police attempt to close in on the gang as they commit a series of robberies, murders and bizarre experiments on corpses.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, John Archer, Wanda McKay, Tom Neal, Vince Barnett, Anna Hope, John Berkes, J. Farrell MacDonald, Dave O'Brien, Lucille Vance ..
Directed by: Wallace Fox
Release date: 1942-10-30
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : A Date with the Falcon
22.

A Date with the Falcon

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

In the second film of the series (and not a second part of anything), Gay Lawrence, aka The Falcon, is about to depart the city to marry his fiancée, Helen Reed, when a mystery girl, Rita Mara, asks for his aid in disposing of a secret formula for making synthetic diamonds. He deliberately allows himself to be kidnapped by the gang for which Rita works. His aide, "Goldy" Locke, trails the kidnappers and brings the police. But the head of the gang escapes, and the Falcon continues the pursuit.

Starring: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, James Gleason, Allen Jenkins, Mona Maris, Fred Aldrich, Eddie Arden, Bobby Barber, Roxanne Barkley, Anthony Blair ..
Directed by: Irving Reis
Release date: 1942-01-16
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : The Falcon's Brother
23.

The Falcon's Brother

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

A gentlemanly detective known as The Falcon calls on his brother to help him stop the Nazis from assassinating a key diplomat.

Starring: George Sanders, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Don Barclay, Cliff Clark, Edward Gargan, Eddie Dunn, Charlotte Wynters, James Newill, Keye Luke ..
Directed by: Stanley Logan
Release date: 1942-10-02
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Blue, White, and Perfect
24.

Blue, White, and Perfect

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

In order to win back his girlfriend, Mike Shayne promises to give up his detective practice and get a job as riveter in an aircraft plant. He quickly finds himself investigating the theft of industrial diamonds from the plant's safe and, utilizing a variety of false identities, traces them first to a dress factory and later to a Hawaii-bound ocean liner. Escaping several attempts on his life, he is able to uncover a Nazi smuggling ring, but the location of the missing diamonds continues to elude him.

Starring: Lloyd Nolan, Mary Beth Hughes, George Reeves, Helene Reynolds, Steven Geray, Henry Victor, Curt Bois, Marie Blake, Emmett Vogan, Mae Marsh ..
Directed by: Herbert I. Leeds
Release date: 1942-01-06
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Calling Dr. Gillespie
25.

Calling Dr. Gillespie

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

Dr. Gillespie is called in to investigate when a young man suffering from mental problems disappears on a killing spree.

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Philip Dorn, Donna Reed, Phil Brown, Nat Pendleton, Alma Kruger, Mary Nash, Walter Kingsford, Nell Craig, Ruth Tobey ..
Directed by: Harold S. Bucquet
Release date: 1942-08-01
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Highways by Night
26.

Highways by Night

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

A young millionaire (Richard Carlson) joins the real world and meets a maid (Jane Randolph) and mobsters.

Starring: Richard Carlson, Jane Randolph, Jane Darwell, Barton MacLane, Ray Collins, Gordon Jones, Renee Godfrey, Iris Adrian, Jack La Rue, John McGuire ..
Directed by: Peter Godfrey
Release date: 1942-10-02
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Murder in the Big House
27.

Murder in the Big House

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

When a prisoner on Death Row is "accidentally" killed just before his execution, a reporter smells something fishy...

Starring: Van Johnson, Faye Emerson, George Meeker, Frank Wilcox, Tod Andrews, Joseph Crehan, Roland Drew, Ruth Ford, Joe Devlin, William Gould ..
Directed by: B. Reeves Eason
Release date: 1942-04-11
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : So's Your Aunt Emma!
28.

So's Your Aunt Emma!

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

A dizzy old spinster gets involved in the boxing racket and gangland murders.

Starring: Zasu Pitts, Roger Pryor, Warren Hymer, Douglas Fowley, Gwen Kenyon, Elizabeth Russell, Tris Coffin, Dick Elliott, Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart, Stanley Blystone ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1942-04-17
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Bombay Clipper
29.

Bombay Clipper

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Someone has absconded with $4,000,000 worth of diamonds, and that someone may very well be a passenger on the Bombay Clipper.

Starring: William Gargan, Irene Hervey, Turhan Bey, Maria Montez, Charles Lang, Lloyd Corrigan, Mary Gordon, Truman Bradley, Phillip Trent, John Bagni ..
Directed by: John Rawlins
Release date: 1942-01-11
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine
30.

The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

A New York radio personality travels to the small town of Fernville, Indiana in an attempt to uncover a notorious safecracker, believed to be masquerading as one of the town's upstanding citizens.

Starring: Dennis O'Keefe, Ruth Terry, Roman Bohnen, George E. Stone, Gloria Dickson, Spencer Charters, Roscoe Ates, Bobby Larson, Joe Cunningham, Harry Shannon ..
Directed by: Bernard Vorhaus
Release date: 1942-03-27
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Gang Busters
31.

Gang Busters

2.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Police detectives battle the League of Murdered Men, a gang of resurrected dead criminals.

Starring: Kent Taylor, Irene Hervey, Ralph Morgan, Robert Armstrong, Ralf Harolde, William Haade, Richard Davies, Joseph Crehan, George Watts, John Gallaudet ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor, Noel M. Smith
Release date: 1942-03-31
32.

Sealed Lips

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

There's something very odd about Romano, a notorious gangster serving time in the federal pen. For one thing, Romano doesn't sound much like himself. For another, he always seems to be hiding something. Detective Lee suspects that something's amiss, and he's probably right!

Starring: William Gargan, June Clyde, John Litel, Anne Nagel, Mary Gordon, Ralf Harolde, Joseph Crehan, Addison Richards, Russell Hicks, Edwin Stanley ..
Directed by: George Waggner
Release date: 1942-01-02
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : The Payoff
33.

The Payoff

2.6
5.6/10 IMDB

The city's District Attorney is murdered, and a newspaper reporter investigates. He starts finding out that everything wasn't quite as cut and dried as it appeared to be.

Starring: Lee Tracy, Tom Brown, Tina Thayer, Evelyn Brent, Jack La Rue ..
Directed by: Arthur Dreifuss
Release date: 1942-11-24
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Bullet Scars
34.

Bullet Scars

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Dr. Steven Bishop is taken to the hideout of Frank Dillon and his gang to treat the wounded Joe Madison. Joe's nurse sister Nora Madison is also taken. Dillon tells Bishop that if Joe dies, he will be killed, but Bishop knows he will be either way. Joe dies, but Nora and Steve conceal it from Dillon and send a plea for help in a prescription that Bishop writes in Latin.

Starring: Regis Toomey, Adele Longmire, Howard Da Silva, Ben Welden, John Ridgely, Frank Wilcox, Tod Andrews, Hobart Bosworth, Roland Drew, Walter Brooke ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1942-03-07
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Man From Headquarters
35.

Man From Headquarters

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

A police reporter solves a murder case in Chicago, then moves on to St. Louis-but not voluntarily, since he has been kidnapped by the minions of the Windy City gang leader (Max Hoffman Jr.) against whom he is scheduled to testify.

Starring: Frank Albertson, Joan Woodbury, Dick Elliott, Byron Foulger, John Maxwell, Robert Kellard, Gwen Kenyon, Jack Mulhall, Max Hoffman Jr., Paul Bryar ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1942-01-23
36.

Dr. Kildare's Victory

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Dr. Gillespie supports Kildare's crusade against their hospital's deal with a rival hospital.

Starring: Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Ann Ayars, Robert Sterling, Jean Rogers, Alma Kruger, Walter Kingsford, Nell Craig, Edward Gargan, Marie Blake ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1942-02-04
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Suspected Person
37.

Suspected Person

2.6
5.6/10 IMDB

After a $50,000 heist in New York, two of the suspected robbers walk free from the courtroom and they waste no time in heading to London in search of the missing loot. This means bad news for their former accomplice Jim Raynor, who has the money hidden away not least because they're not the only ones on his tail; Scotland Yard is also on the case...

Starring: Clifford Evans, Patricia Roc, David Farrar, Anne Firth, Robert Beatty, Eric Clavering, Leslie Perrins, Eliot Makeham, John Salew, William Hartnell ..
Directed by: Lawrence Huntington
Release date: 1942-06-01
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Lady Gangster
38.

Lady Gangster

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

An actress gets involved with a criminal gang and winds up taking the rap for a $40,000 robbery. Before being sent to prison, she steals the money from her partners and hides it, she is thinking to use it as a bargaining chip to be released from prison. However, her former partners don't have the same ideas.

Starring: Faye Emerson, Julie Bishop, Frank Wilcox, Roland Drew, Jackie Gleason, Ruth Ford, Virginia Brissac, Dorothy Vaughan, Dorothy Adams, William Hopper ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1942-04-01
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : The Mystery of Marie Roget
39.

The Mystery of Marie Roget

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

A detective investigates the mysterious death of a young actress.

Starring: Patric Knowles, Maria Montez, Maria Ouspenskaya, John Litel, Edward Norris, Lloyd Corrigan, Frank Reicher, Nell O'Day ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1942-04-23
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Broadway
40.

Broadway

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Gangsters, nightclubs and the Roaring '20s.

Starring: George Raft, Pat O’Brien, Janet Blair, Marjorie Rambeau, Broderick Crawford, Anne Gwynne, Edward Brophy, S.Z. Sakall, Marie Wilson, Iris Adrian ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1942-05-08
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : A Close Call for Ellery Queen
41.

A Close Call for Ellery Queen

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

Two mysterious seamen come from Alan Rogers' past to blackmail him as he seeks to locate his missing daughters. Ellery Queen is called in by Stewart Cole, Rogers' secretary. Queen goes to the estate and finds one daughter already there and the second one expected. When she arrives, it is Ellery's secretary Nikki Porter posing as the daughter as Ellery had her intercept the real heiress after learning of a plot to swindle Rogers. The blackmailing seamen are killed at a waterfront café after getting the blackmail money, Rogers is suspected and Inspector Queen arrives to arrest him, but he is also found dead.

Starring: William Gargan, Margaret Lindsay, Charley Grapewin, Ralph Morgan, Kay Linaker, Edward Norris, James Burke, Addison Richards, Charles Judels, Andrew Tombes ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1942-01-29
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Joe Smith, American
42.

Joe Smith, American

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Joe Smith is an ordinary American family man who works in an aircraft factory. Shortly after being a promoted to a much higher position, Joe is kidnapped by enemy agents who are determined to get military secrets out of him by any means possible. Will Joe keep quiet or betray his country...

Starring: Robert Young, Marsha Hunt, Harvey Stephens, Darryl Hickman, Jonathan Hale, Noel Madison, Don Costello, Joseph Anthony, William Forrest, Russell Hicks ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1942-02-01
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Dr. Broadway
43.

Dr. Broadway

2.4
6.6/10 IMDB

A New York doctor (Macdonald Carey) saves a chorus girl (Jean Phillips) from a window ledge, twice, and rounds up racketeers.

Starring: Macdonald Carey, Jean Phillips, Eduardo Ciannelli, Richard Lane, J. Carrol Naish, Joan Woodbury, Arthur Loft, Warren Hymer, Frank Bruno, Sid Melton ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1942-05-09
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Escape from Crime
44.

Escape from Crime

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

An ex-con becomes a daredevil photojournalist.

Starring: Richard Travis, Julie Bishop, Jackie Gleason, Frank Wilcox, Rex Williams, Wade Boteler, Charles C. Wilson, Paul Fix, Ruth Ford, John Hamilton ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1942-07-25
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Born to Sing
45.

Born to Sing

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

A group of children put on a show in order to prove that a down and out musician was the real composer of a Broadway show's songs.

Starring: Virginia Weidler, Ray McDonald, Leo Gorcey, Douglas McPhail, Rags Ragland, Sheldon Leonard, Henry O'Neill, Larry Nunn, Margaret Dumont, Charles Lane ..
Directed by: Edward Ludwig
Release date: 1942-02-18
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood
46.

Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Blackie receives a call from a friend who asks him to retrieve some money from his apartment and deliver it to him in California. Performing this good deed, he is accused of theft, but is allowed to proceed to Hollywood to help the police find a lost diamond.

Starring: Chester Morris, Adele Mara, Richard Lane, Lloyd Corrigan, Forrest Tucker, George E. Stone, Cy Kendall ..
Directed by: Michael Gordon
Release date: 1942-11-05
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Yokel Boy
47.

Yokel Boy

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

A film company hires a gangster to mock himself holding up a bank, but he succeeds too well and makes off with the money. But all ends well.

Starring: Albert Dekker, Joan Davis, Eddie Foy Jr., Alan Mowbray, Roscoe Karns, Marc Lawrence, Lynne Carver, Mikhail Rasumny ..
Directed by: Joseph Santley
Release date: 1942-03-13
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : The Night Before the Divorce
48.

The Night Before the Divorce

2.3
5.9/10 IMDB

Marital comedy with a dash of murder.

Starring: Lynn Bari, Joseph Allen, Mary Beth Hughes, Nils Asther, Truman Bradley, Kay Linaker, Thurston Hall, Mary Treen, Lyle Latell, Tom Fadden ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1942-03-06
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Nightmare
49.

Nightmare

2.3
6.3/10 IMDB

An ex-gambler helps a beautiful widow, and becomes involved with a murder, secret agents, and saboteurs.

Starring: John Abbott, Diana Barrymore, Brian Donlevy, Gavin Muir, Hans Conried, Henry Daniell, Eustace Wyatt, Arthur Shields, Ian Wolfe, Stanley Logan ..
Directed by: Tim Whelan
Release date: 1942-11-10
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Inside the Law
50.

Inside the Law

2.2
5.0/10 IMDB

A gang of crooks wrestles with the temptation to rob the bank that they now manage.

Starring: Wallace Ford, Frank Sully, Harry Holman, Luana Walters, Lafe McKee, Barton Hepburn, Danny Duncan, Earle Hodgins, Rose Plumer, Robert Frazer ..
Directed by: Hamilton MacFadden
Release date: 1942-05-08

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