Best Crime Movies of 1942

1.

Larceny, Inc.

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

A hoodlum tries to go legit to buy a dog tract but needs investment money which he plans to get by robbing a bank, tunning in from a neighboring luggage shop. He takes over the luggage shop but is thwarted by its unexpected success.

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
2.

All Through the Night

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Broadway gambler 'Gloves' Donahue wants to find who killed the baker of his favorite cheesecake. He sees nightclub singer Leda Hamilton leaving the bakery. When her boss Marty's partner Joe is murdered, Leda and her accompanist Pepi disappear. It turns out that beneath all the mystery is a gang of Nazi operatives planning to blow up a battleship in New York harbor.

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.

The Glass Key

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

During the campaign for reelection, the crooked politician Paul Madvig decides to clean up his past, refusing the support of the gangster Nick Varna and associating to the respectable reformist politician Ralph Henry. When Ralph’s son, Taylor Henry, a gambler and the lover of Paul’s sister Opal, is murdered, Paul’s right arm, Ed Beaumont, finds his body on the street. Nick uses the financial situation of The Observer to force the publisher Clyde Matthews to use the newspaper to raise the suspicion that Paul Madvig might have killed Taylor.

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
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror
4.

Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror

3.5
6.6/10 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
5.

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

In the midst of World War II, Sherlock Holmes rescues the Swiss inventor of a new bomb-sight from the Gestapo and brings him to England, where he shortly falls into the clutches of Professor Moriarty.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Kaaren Verne, William Post Jr., Dennis Hoey, Mary Gordon, Holmes Herbert, Harry Cording, Harold De Becker ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1942-12-25
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Crossroads
6.

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
7.

Grand Central Murder

2.9
6.6/10 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 : A Tragedy at Midnight
8.

A Tragedy at Midnight

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

The host of a whodunit radio show finds himself involved in his own mystery when he awakens to find a woman with a knife in her back in his bedroom.

Starring: John Howard, Margaret Lindsay, Roscoe Karns, Keye Luke, Miles Mander, Mona Barrie, Hobart Cavanaugh, Chester Clute, Paul Harvey, William Newell ..
Directed by: Joseph Santley
Release date: 1942-02-02
Best Crime Movies of 1942 : Blue, White, and Perfect
9.

Blue, White, and Perfect

2.9
6.7/10 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 : The Man Who Wouldn't Die
10.

The Man Who Wouldn't Die

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

In the shadows of the night Dudley Wolff, his secretary Alfred Dunning, and his doctor, Haggard, bury a body in the estate cemetery. At the house, Wolff's daughter Catherine arrives unexpectedly and tells her step-mother Anne Wolff that she has just been married to Roger Blake who will be along in a few days. Cathy retires and is awakened by a mysterious assailant who fires a shot at her, but her parents tell her she was just dreaming. Wolff goes to the cemetery and finds the body missing. The scared Cathy calls in fast-talking private detective Mike Shayne and, since her father doesn't like detectives, she introduces him as her husband. That evening Shayne hears a shot and finds that Haggard has been killed. While the police are questioning the family, the lights go out and a shot is fired from outside.

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

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