Best Crime Movies of 1946


The Big Sleep

7.9/10 IMDB

Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is hired by wealthy General Sternwood regarding a matter involving his youngest daughter Carmen. Before the complex case is over, Marlowe sees murder, blackmail, deception, and what might be love.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone, Peggy Knudsen, Regis Toomey, Charles Waldron, Charles D. Brown, Bob Steele ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1946-08-23

The Killers

7.7/10 IMDB

Two hit men walk into a diner asking for a man called "the Swede". When the killers find the Swede, he's expecting them and doesn't put up a fight. Since the Swede had a life insurance policy, an investigator, on a hunch, decides to look into the murder. As the Swede's past is laid bare, it comes to light that he was in love with a beautiful woman who may have lured him into pulling off a bank robbery overseen by another man.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker, Sam Levene, Vince Barnett, Virginia Christine, Jack Lambert, Charles D. Brown, Donald MacBride ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1946-08-28

The Postman Always Rings Twice

7.4/10 IMDB

A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband.

Starring: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames, Audrey Totter, Alan Reed, Jeff York, Morris Ankrum, Betty Blythe ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1946-05-02

The Spiral Staircase

7.3/10 IMDB

On a stormy night, the mute servant to an ailing matriarch is stalked by a serial killer.

Starring: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith, Rhonda Fleming, Gordon Oliver, Elsa Lanchester, Sara Allgood, Rhys Williams, James Bell ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1946-02-06

The Stranger

7.3/10 IMDB

An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi, who may be hiding out in a small town in the guise of a distinguished professor engaged to the Supreme Court Justice’s daughter.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Orson Welles, Philip Merivale, Richard Long, Konstantin Shayne, Byron Keith, Billy House, Martha Wentworth, Erskine Sanford ..
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1946-07-02

The Blue Dahlia

7.1/10 IMDB

Soon after a veteran's return from war his cheating wife is found dead. He evades police in an attempt to find the real murderer.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva, Doris Dowling, Tom Powers, Hugh Beaumont, Howard Freeman, Don Costello, Will Wright ..
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1946-04-16
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Green for Danger

Green for Danger

7.4/10 IMDB

In the midst of Nazi air raids, a postman dies on the operating table at a rural hospital. But was the death accidental?

Starring: Leo Genn, Alastair Sim, Trevor Howard, Sally Gray, Rosamund John, Judy Campbell, Megs Jenkins, Ronald Adam, George Woodbridge, John Rae ..
Directed by: Sidney Gilliat
Release date: 1946-12-07

Somewhere in the Night

7.1/10 IMDB

George Taylor returns from WWII with amnesia. Back home in Los Angeles, he tries to track down his old identity, stumbling into a 3-year old murder case and a hunt for a missing $2 million.

Starring: John Hodiak, Nancy Guild, Lloyd Nolan, Richard Conte, Josephine Hutchinson, Fritz Kortner, Margo Woode, Sheldon Leonard, Lou Nova, Whit Bissell ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1946-06-12

The Dark Corner

7.1/10 IMDB

Ex-con turned private investigator Bradford Galt suspects someone is following him and maybe even trying to kill him. With the assistance of his spunky secretary, Kathleen Stewart, he dives deep into a mystery in search of answers.

Starring: Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, William Bendix, Mark Stevens, Kurt Kreuger, Cathy Downs, Reed Hadley, Constance Collier, Eddie Heywood, Ellen Corby ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1946-04-09
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : The Locket

The Locket

7.1/10 IMDB

A dark personal secret drives a young woman to use every man she encounters.

Starring: Laraine Day, Brian Aherne, Robert Mitchum, Gene Raymond, Sharyn Moffett, Ricardo Cortez, Henry Stephenson, Katherine Emery, Reginald Denny, Fay Helm ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1946-12-20

Terror by Night

6.7/10 IMDB

Holmes and Watson board a passenger train bound from London to Edinburgh, to guard the Star of Rhodesia, an enormous diamond worth a fortune belonging to an elderly woman of wealth; but within the first hour of the trip, the woman's son is murdered and the diamond stolen and any of the passengers in their car could be the killer thief.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, Dennis Hoey, Mary Forbes, Renee Godfrey, Frederick Worlock, Janet Murdoch, Gerald Hamer, Geoffrey Steele ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1946-02-01

Dressed to Kill

6.8/10 IMDB

A convicted thief in Dartmoor prison hides the location of the stolen Bank of England printing plates inside three music boxes. When the innocent purchasers of the boxes start to be murdered, Holmes and Watson investigate.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morison, Edmund Breon, Frederick Worlock, Carl Harbord, Patricia Cameron, Holmes Herbert, Harry Cording, Leyland Hodgson ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1946-05-24

Nobody Lives Forever

7.0/10 IMDB

A con artist falls for the rich widow he's trying to fleece.

Starring: John Garfield, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Walter Brennan, Faye Emerson, George Coulouris, George Tobias, Robert Shayne, Richard Gaines, Richard Erdman, James Flavin ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1946-11-01

Black Angel

6.9/10 IMDB

A falsely convicted man's wife, Catherine, and an alcoholic composer and pianist, Martin team up in an attempt to clear her husband of the murder of a blonde singer, who is Martin's wife.

Starring: Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre, Broderick Crawford, Constance Dowling, Wallace Ford, Hobart Cavanaugh, Freddie Steele, Ben Bard, Junius Matthews ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1946-08-02

A Scandal in Paris

6.6/10 IMDB

A smooth-talking French thief wangles his way into an important position as prefect of police.

Starring: George Sanders, Signe Hasso, Carole Landis, Akim Tamiroff, Gene Lockhart, Alma Kruger, Alan Napier, Jo Ann Marlowe, Vladimir Sokoloff, Pedro de Cordoba ..
Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Release date: 1946-07-19


6.8/10 IMDB

A fatally shot female gangleader recounts her sordid life of crime to a police officer just before she dies.

Starring: Jean Gillie, Edward Norris, Robert Armstrong, Herbert Rudley, Sheldon Leonard, Marjorie Woodworth, Philip Van Zandt, Carole Donne, John Shay, Bert Roach ..
Directed by: Jack Bernhard
Release date: 1946-09-14
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : The Chase

The Chase

6.5/10 IMDB

Chuck Scott gets a job as chauffeur to tough guy Eddie Roman; but Chuck's involvement with Eddie's fearful wife becomes a nightmare.

Starring: Robert Cummings, Michèle Morgan, Steve Cochran, Peter Lorre, Lloyd Corrigan, Jack Holt, Don Wilson, Alex Minotis, Nina Koshetz, Yolanda Lacca ..
Directed by: Arthur Ripley
Release date: 1946-11-16
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Dark Alibi

Dark Alibi

6.5/10 IMDB

After three men are convicted of bank robberies, Charlie becomes suspicious. After some investigation Charlie finds the men are innocent and that the fingerprint evidence used to convict them had been forged. Charlie then proceeds to find the true bank robbers.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter, Benson Fong, Teala Loring, George Holmes, Joyce Compton, John Eldredge, Russell Hicks, Tim Ryan ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1946-05-25
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : The Trap

The Trap

6.0/10 IMDB

When a troupe of showgirls with their impresario and press agent vacation at a Malibu Beach resort, two of them are garroted. Charlie takes on the case assisted by Number Two Son Jimmy and faithful chauffeur Birmingham Brown.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung, Tanis Chandler, Larry J. Blake, Kirk Alyn, Rita Quigley, Anne Nagel, Helen Gerald, Howard Negley ..
Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Release date: 1946-11-30

Lady in the Lake

6.5/10 IMDB

Private eye Phillip Marlowe wants to get out of the detective racket and into crime writing. But when he's called to the office of editor Adrienne Fromsett, it's not to talk about his story ideas — she wants him to locate the missing wife of her boss, Mr. Kingsby. The assignment quickly becomes complicated when bodies start turning up

Starring: Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan, Tom Tully, Leon Ames, Jayne Meadows, Dick Simmons, Ellay Mort, Morris Ankrum, Lila Leeds ..
Directed by: Robert Montgomery
Release date: 1946-12-19
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Dangerous Money

Dangerous Money

6.3/10 IMDB

A treasury agent on the trail of counterfeit money confides to fellow ocean liner passenger, Charlie Chan, that there have been two attempts on his life.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Gloria Warren, Victor Sen Yung, Rick Vallin, Joseph Crehan, Willie Best, John Harmon, Bruce Edwards, Dick Elliott, Joseph Allen ..
Directed by: Terry O. Morse
Release date: 1946-10-12

So Dark the Night

6.3/10 IMDB

Inspector Cassin, a renowned Paris detective, departs to the country for a much-needed break. There he falls in love with the innkeeper’s daughter, Nanette, who is already betrothed to a local farmer. On the evening of their engagement party, Nanette and the farmer both disappear. Cassin takes up the case immediately to discover what happened to them and who is responsible.

Starring: Steven Geray, Micheline Cheirel, Eugene Borden, Ann Codee, Egon Brecher, Helen Freeman, Theodore Gottlieb, Gregory Gaye, Jean Del Val, Emil Rameau ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1946-10-10
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Nocturne


6.5/10 IMDB

In 1940s Los Angeles, when womanizing composer Keith Vincent is found dead, the inquest concludes it was a suicide but police detective Joe Warne isn't so sure.

Starring: George Raft, Lynn Bari, Virginia Huston, Joseph Pevney, Myrna Dell, Edward Ashley, Walter Sande, Mabel Paige, Bern Hoffman, Queenie Smith ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1946-10-29
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Racketeer Rabbit

Racketeer Rabbit

7.9/10 IMDB

Hugo and Rocky (caricatures of Edward G. Robinson and Peter Lorre) make it home to their hideout only to find Bugs already settled down there for the night.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Dick Nelson ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1946-09-14
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Dick Tracy vs. Cueball

Dick Tracy vs. Cueball

5.9/10 IMDB

A police detective uses his girlfriend to track down a homicidal maniac.

Starring: Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Lyle Latell, Rita Corday, Ian Keith, Dick Wessel, Douglas Walton, Esther Howard, Joseph Crehan, Byron Foulger ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1946-11-22
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : She-Wolf of London

She-Wolf of London

5.2/10 IMDB

A young heiress finds evidence suggesting that at night she acts under the influence of a family curse and has begun committing ghastly murders in a nearby park.

Starring: June Lockhart, Don Porter, Sara Haden, Jan Wiley, Eily Malyon, Lloyd Corrigan, Dennis Hoey, Martin Kosleck, Frederick Worlock ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1946-05-17
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Wanted for Murder

Wanted for Murder

6.8/10 IMDB

The son of a notorious hangman is gradually becoming insane and he finds himself unable to resist the urge to strangle women to death.

Starring: Eric Portman, Dulcie Gray, Derek Farr, Roland Culver, Stanley Holloway, Barbara Everest, Bonar Colleano, Jenny Laird, Kathleen Harrison, Bill Shine ..
Directed by: Lawrence Huntington
Release date: 1946-06-17
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Shadows Over Chinatown

Shadows Over Chinatown

6.5/10 IMDB

In San Francisco's Chinatown, Charlie helps two different people search for their missing relatives and uncovers a murder for insurance scheme.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung, Tanis Chandler, John Gallaudet, Paul Bryar, Bruce Kellogg, Al Bridge, Mary Gordon, Dorothy Granger ..
Directed by: Terry O. Morse
Release date: 1946-06-27

Two Smart People

6.4/10 IMDB

Con woman Ricki Woodner and detective Bob Simms follow a prison-bound swindler Ace Connors on his five-day gourmet binge.

Starring: Lucille Ball, John Hodiak, Lloyd Nolan, Hugo Haas, Lenore Ulric, Elisha Cook Jr., Lloyd Corrigan, Vladimir Sokoloff, David Cota, Clarence Muse ..
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Release date: 1946-06-04
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Calcutta


6.4/10 IMDB

Neale and Pedro fly cargo between Chungking and Calcutta. When their buddy Bill is murdered they investigate. Neale meets Bill's fiancée Virginia and becomes suspicious of a deeper plot while also falling for her charms.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Gail Russell, William Bendix, June Duprez, Lowell Gilmore, Milton Parsons, John Whitney, Don Beddoe, Edith King, Paul Singh ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1946-12-20
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Whistle Stop

Whistle Stop

5.5/10 IMDB

When beautiful Mary returns to her "whistle stop" hometown, long-standing feelings of animosity between two of her old boyfriends leads to robbery and murder.

Starring: George Raft, Ava Gardner, Victor McLaglen, Tom Conway, Jorja Curtright, Jane Nigh, Florence Bates, Charles Drake, Carmel Myers, Jimmy Conlin ..
Directed by: Léonide Moguy
Release date: 1946-01-25
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog

It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog

6.5/10 IMDB

A pretty blonde with a Doberman pinscher walks into a bar on April Fool's Day and asks for a bag of bones. Thus begins a merry chase in which a newspaper reporter, a drunken policeman and a hand-painted necktie help locate the missing witness in a criminal investigation.

Starring: Carole Landis, Allyn Joslyn, Margo Woode, Harry Morgan, Reed Hadley, Jean Wallace, Roy Roberts, John Ireland, Whit Bissell, Tom Dugan ..
Directed by: Herbert I. Leeds
Release date: 1946-07-01
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : The Secret of the Whistler

The Secret of the Whistler

6.4/10 IMDB

A deranged artist who may have murdered his wife is investigated by the Whistler.

Starring: Richard Dix, Leslie Brooks, Michael Duane, Mary Currier, Mona Barrie, Ray Walker, Claire Du Brey, John Hamilton, Byron Foulger ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1946-11-07
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Step by Step

Step by Step

6.3/10 IMDB

Marine veteran Johnny Christopher meets and is immediately drawn to beautiful Evelyn Smith one day on the beach. Evelyn's new job as secretary to a U.S. senator in California soon brings unexpected intrigue and trouble for her and Johnny. The machinations of a sinister group of Nazi spies lead to mysteries and mistaken identities, and the two soon find themselves framed for murder!

Starring: Lawrence Tierney, Anne Jeffreys, Lowell Gilmore, Jason Robards Sr., Myrna Dell, George Cleveland, John Hamilton, Addison Richards, James Flavin, Harry Harvey ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1946-08-23
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Appointment with Crime

Appointment with Crime

6.3/10 IMDB

Small-time jewel thief Leo Martin is deserted by his partners-in-crime, club owner Gus Loman and driver Hatchett, when the robbery they are committing goes wrong. After serving his prison sentence, Leo emerges with an intricate plan for revenge. Leo implicates Loman, as well as his amoral boss, Gregory Lang, for murder -- but Inspector Rogers suspects Leo.

Starring: William Hartnell, Raymond Lovell, Robert Beatty, Herbert Lom, Joyce Howard, Alan Wheatley, Cyril Smith, Elsie Wagstaff, Ian Fleming, Wally Patch ..
Directed by: John Harlow
Release date: 1946-05-13
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : San Quentin

San Quentin

5.8/10 IMDB

An ex-con sets up a program to straighten out hard-core prisoners. Things don't go as planned.

Starring: Lawrence Tierney, Barton MacLane, Marian Carr, Harry Shannon, Carol Forman, Joe Devlin, Tom Keene, Tony Barrett, Lee Bonnell, Robert Clarke ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1946-12-16
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : The Devil's Mask

The Devil's Mask

5.8/10 IMDB

A San Francisco airplane bound for South America crashes, and among the scorched debris is found a shrunken native human head, neatly packaged. The perplexed police contact a local anthropology museum about this unclaimed piece of grisly baggage, where they intersect with Jack and Doc, two private eyes, called there to meet a mysterious woman who had a case for them and wanted to meet in private.

Starring: Jim Bannon, Anita Louise, Michael Duane, Barton Yarborough, Paul E. Burns, Thomas E. Jackson, Mona Barrie, Frank Wilcox, Richard Hale, Ludwig Donath ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1946-05-23
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Just Before Dawn

Just Before Dawn

6.3/10 IMDB

In the 7th film of the "Crime Doctor" series based on the radio program, Dr. Robert Ordway is summoned to take attend a diabetic, and gives an injection of insulin taken from a bottle in the patient's pocket. The man dies and Ordway discovers that what he thought was insulin was really poison. Oops! Two other people are murdered before Ordway discovers who replaced the insulin with poison and what the motive was

Starring: Warner Baxter, Adele Roberts, Martin Kosleck, Mona Barrie, Marvin Miller, Charles D. Brown, Robert Barrat, Charles Arnt, Egon Brecher, Peggy Converse ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1946-03-07
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : The Falcon's Adventure

The Falcon's Adventure

6.3/10 IMDB

A society sleuth rescues a kidnapped woman, then is framed for murder.

Starring: Tom Conway, Madge Meredith, Edward Brophy, Robert Warwick, Myrna Dell, Steve Brodie, Ian Wolfe, Carol Forman, Joseph Crehan, Phil Warren ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1946-12-13
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : The Walls Came Tumbling Down

The Walls Came Tumbling Down

6.4/10 IMDB

A PI investigates a priest's murder.

Starring: Lee Bowman, Marguerite Chapman, Edgar Buchanan, George Macready, Lee Patrick, Jonathan Hale, Elisabeth Risdon, J. Edward Bromberg, Miles Mander, Moroni Olsen ..
Directed by: Lothar Mendes
Release date: 1946-06-07
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Wife Wanted

Wife Wanted

5.7/10 IMDB

Career-slipping movie star Carole Raymond buys in as a real estate partner of Jeff Caldwell. Actually, through his secretary, Nola Reed, Caldwell runs a matrimonial bureau and, with the aid of his associate, Lee Kirby, they defraud and blackmail a large group of lonely people. Carole, unknowingly, is used as bait for one of their victims, Walter Desmond, who "commits suicide." Reporter William Tyler 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 : The Falcon's Alibi

The Falcon's Alibi

6.3/10 IMDB

A society sleuth sets out on the trail of a society matron's lost jewels.

Starring: Tom Conway, Rita Corday, Vince Barnett, Jane Greer, Elisha Cook Jr., Emory Parnell, Al Bridge, Esther Howard, Jean Brooks, Paul Brooks ..
Directed by: Ray McCarey
Release date: 1946-04-12
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Behind Green Lights

Behind Green Lights

6.4/10 IMDB

An unscrupulous private investigator with a penchant for blackmail is found dead in a car and the leading suspect is Janet Bradley, the daughter of a mayoral candidate. With the election just weeks away, shady and ruthless individuals muscle the medical officer into switching the corpse with another body. Lieutenant Sam Carson, one of the few good apples in the bunch must find a way to get to the bottom of it all.

Starring: Carole Landis, William Gargan, Richard Crane, Mary Anderson, John Ireland, Charles Russell, Roy Roberts, Mabel Paige, Stanley Prager, Charles Tannen ..
Directed by: Otto Brower
Release date: 1946-02-15

They Made Me a Killer

5.9/10 IMDB

A fugitive receives help from a victim's sister as he tries to clear his name of robbery and murder charges.

Starring: Robert Lowery, Barbara Britton, Lola Lane, Frank Albertson, Elisabeth Risdon, Byron Barr, Edmund MacDonald, Ralph Sanford, James Bush, Paul Harvey ..
Directed by: William C. Thomas
Release date: 1946-05-03
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Night Editor

Night Editor

6.7/10 IMDB

A daily news editor recalls a married detective and the deadly woman behind his downfall.

Starring: William Gargan, Janis Carter, Jeff Donnell, Coulter Irwin, Charles D. Brown, Paul E. Burns, Harry Shannon, Frank Wilcox, Robert Kellard, Roy Gordon ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1946-03-29
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Boston Blackie and the Law

Boston Blackie and the Law

6.3/10 IMDB

Blackie performs in a magic show at a women's prison, which gives an inmate an opportunity to escape.

Starring: Chester Morris, Trudy Marshall, Constance Dowling, Richard Lane, George E. Stone, Frank Sully, Warren Ashe, Selmer Jackson, Wanda Perry ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1946-12-12
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : Inside Job

Inside Job

5.6/10 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 : Mysterious Intruder

Mysterious Intruder

6.4/10 IMDB

A private detective is hired to find a young heiress but finds himself accused of murder.

Starring: Richard Dix, Barton MacLane, Nina Vale, Regis Toomey, Helen Mowery, Mike Mazurki, Pamela Blake, Charles Lane, Paul E. Burns, Kathleen Howard ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1946-04-11
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : The Phantom Thief

The Phantom Thief

6.4/10 IMDB

Boston Blackie, in the 11th film of the Columbia series, indulges in some wit-trading with a squirmy spiritualist who deals in blackmail, murder and the occult. "Blackie" out to help his pal, "Runt," recover some jewels, finds himself involved in the homicides, and also finds himself as the prime suspect, and now has to find the real culprit in order to clear himself. So "Blackie,", a man of many talents and already a proved magician from cases past, shows he knows a little bit about dancing skeletons, walking phantoms and spiritualism himself, and holds a séance to unmask the murderer.

Starring: Chester Morris, Jeff Donnell, Richard Lane, Dusty Anderson, George E. Stone, Frank Sully, Marvin Miller, Wilton Graff, Murray Alper, Forbes Murray ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1946-05-02
Best Crime Movies of 1946 : The French Key

The French Key

6.3/10 IMDB

Private detective Johnny Fletcher and his sidekick Sam Cragg skip out on their rented room, but when they sneak back to retrieve their luggage, they discover a dead body on the bed, holding a gold coin in its hand. Fletcher is told by a coin collector that the piece is an old and valuable Spanish coin, but Fletcher soon begins to suspect that the man is himself involved in the murder. Fletcher's investigation leads to he and Sam getting caught up in a murder and gold smuggling scheme.

Starring: Albert Dekker, Mike Mazurki, Evelyn Ankers, John Eldredge, Frank Fenton, Selmer Jackson, Byron Foulger, Joe DeRita, David Gorcey, Emmett Vogan ..
Directed by: Walter Colmes
Release date: 1946-05-18

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