Best Crime Movies of 1946

1.

Wife Wanted

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

Career-slipping movie star Carole Raymond (Kay Francis) buys in as a real estate partner of Jeff Caldwell (Paul Cavanagh). Actually, through his secretary, Nola Reed (Veda Ann Borg), Caldwell runs a matrimonial bureau and, with the aid of his associate, Lee Kirby (John Gallaudet), they defraud and blackmail a large group of lonely people. Carole, unknowingly, is used as bait for one of their victims, Walter Desmond (Barton Yarborough), who "commits suicide." Reporter William Tyler (Robert Shayne) thinks otherwise.

Starring: Kay Francis, Paul Cavanagh, Robert Shayne, Veda Ann Borg, Teala Loring, John Gallaudet, Jonathan Hale, Tim Ryan, Barton Yarborough, Paul Everton ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1946-11-02
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Inside Job
2.

Inside Job

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

A pair of married ex-convicts trying to go straight get jobs at a department store. A gangster who knows about their past threatens to expose it unless they agree to help him rob the department store.

Starring: Preston Foster, Ann Rutherford, Alan Curtis, Milburn Stone, Samuel S. Hinds, Joe Sawyer, Marc Lawrence, John Berkes, Jimmy Moss, Howard Freeman ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1946-06-14
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Murder in the Music Hall
3.

Murder in the Music Hall

2.4
6.7/10 IMDB

An orchestra leader (William Marshall) turns sleuth to clear his ice-skating girlfriend (Vera Hruba Ralston) for murder.

Starring: Vera Ralston, William Marshall, Helen Walker, Nancy Kelly, William Gargan, Ann Rutherford, Julie Bishop, Jerome Cowan, Edward Norris, Jack La Rue ..
Directed by: John English
Release date: 1946-04-10
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : The Mysterious Mr. Valentine
4.

The Mysterious Mr. Valentine

2.3
6.6/10 IMDB

Janet Spencer (Linda Stirling) is driving down a country road when one of her tires blows out. This seemingly innocuous, everyday occurrence leads Linda into a labyrinth of murder, blackmail and intrigue.

Starring: William Henry, Linda Stirling, Virginia Christine, Thomas E. Jackson, Barbara Woodell, Kenne Duncan, Virginia Brissac, Lyle Latell, Ernie Adams, Tris Coffin ..
Directed by: Philip Ford
Release date: 1946-09-03
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Send for Paul Temple
5.

Send for Paul Temple

2.2
5.6/10 IMDB

Novelist and amateur sleuth, Paul Temple, meets a newspaper woman called "Steve." Together they investigate a gang of diamond robbers.

Starring: Anthony Hulme, Joy Shelton, Tamara Desni, Jack Raine, Beatrice Varley, Hylton Allen, Maire O'Neill, Michael Golden, Richard Shayne ..
Directed by: John Argyle
Release date: 1946-12-23
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Lawless Breed
6.

Lawless Breed

1.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Government agents Ted Everett and Tumbleweed are sent to Spearville, Texas, where the law agencies have failed to stop a series of bank robberies. Arriving incognito, they become involved with the gang, and end up being accused of murdering banker Bartlet Mellon. They escape a lynch mob and return with evidence that Mellon has faked his death, hoping to gain the insurance, and is also leading the gang under another name.

Starring: Kirby Grant, Fuzzy Knight, Jane Adams, Dick Curtis, Claudia Drake, Hank Worden, Karl Hackett, Charles King, Harry Brown ..
Directed by: Wallace Fox
Release date: 1946-08-16
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Perilous Holiday
7.

Perilous Holiday

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Pat O'Brien makes the casual acquaintance of fellow American Ruth Warrick while on vacation in Mexico City. What Warrick doesn't know is that O'Brien is a treasury agent, out to get expatriate counterfeiters Alan Hale and Edgar Buchanan. What O'Brien doesn't know is that Warrick is also out to get Hale, whom she holds responsible for her father's death.

Starring: Pat O’Brien, Ruth Warrick, Alan Hale, Edgar Buchanan, Audrey Long, Willard Robertson, Eduardo Ciannelli, Minna Gombell, Eddie Le Baron ..
Directed by: Edward H. Griffith
Release date: 1946-03-20
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Passkey to Danger
8.

Passkey to Danger

1.4
6.0/10 IMDB

An advertising man's new campaign for a fashion designer attracts the attention of mysterious characters.

Starring: Kane Richmond, Stephanie Bachelor, Adele Mara, Gregory Gaye, Gerald Mohr, George J. Lewis, John Eldredge, Fred Graham, Tom London, Donia Bussey ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1946-05-11
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : The Man Who Dared
9.

The Man Who Dared

1.4
5.7/10 IMDB

A crusading reporter plans his own arrest and conviction for first degree murder, trying to show that the death sentence should be outlawed when based on circumstantial evidence alone, but his plan goes awry.

Starring: Leslie Brooks, George Macready, Forrest Tucker, Charles D. Brown, Warren Mills, Richard Hale, Charles Evans ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1946-05-30
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Blonde for a Day
10.

Blonde for a Day

1.2
5.1/10 IMDB

Hugh Beaumont stars as detective "Michael Shayne" in this 1946 B-film.

Starring: Hugh Beaumont, Kathryn Adams, Cy Kendall, Marjorie Hoshelle, Frank Ferguson, Richard Fraser, Paul Bryar, Mauritz Hugo, Charles C. Wilson, Sonia Sorel ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1946-06-10

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