Best Crime Movies of 1953

1.

The Big Heat

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby, Lee Marvin, Jeanette Nolan, Peter Whitney, Willis Bouchey, Robert Burton, Adam Williams ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1953-10-14
2.

Pickup on South Street

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

In New York City, an insolent pickpocket, Skip McCoy, inadvertently sets off a chain of events when he targets ex-prostitute Candy and steals her wallet. Unaware that she has been making deliveries of highly classified information to the communists, Candy, who has been trailed by FBI agents for months in hopes of nabbing the spy ringleader, is sent by her ex-boyfriend, Joey, to find Skip and retrieve the valuable microfilm he now holds.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye, Richard Kiley, Willis Bouchey, Milburn Stone, Parley Baer, Chet Brandenburg, Frank Kumagai ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1953-05-27
3.

I Confess

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Unable, due to the seal of the confessional, to be forthcoming with information that would serve to clear himself during a murder investigation, a priest becomes the prime suspect.

Starring: Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden, O.E. Hasse, Brian Aherne, Roger Dann, Dolly Haas, Charles Andre, Nan Boardman, Henry Corden ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1953-02-28
4.

Angel Face

4.4
7.2/10 IMDB

An ambulance driver gets involved with a rich girl that might have a darker side.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman, Herbert Marshall, Barbara O'Neil, Leon Ames, Raymond Greenleaf, Griff Barnett, Kenneth Tobey, Jim Backus ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1953-01-02
5.

The Hitch-Hiker

4.2
6.9/10 IMDB

Roy and Gilbert's fishing trip takes a terrifying turn when the hitchhiker they pick up turns out to be a sociopath on the run from the law. He's killed before, and he lets the two know that as soon as they're no longer useful, he'll kill again. The two friends plot an escape, but the hitchhiker's peculiar physical affliction, an eye that never closes even when he sleeps, makes it impossible for them to tell when they can make a break for it.

Starring: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay, Sam Hayes, Wendell Niles, Jean Del Val, Clark Howat, Natividad Vacío, Larry Hudson ..
Directed by: Ida Lupino
Release date: 1953-03-30
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : The Tell-Tale Heart
6.

The Tell-Tale Heart

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

One of the most discussed and imaginative cartoons of any era. It tells the famous Edgar Allan Poe story of the deranged boarder who had to kill his landlord, not for greed, but because he possessed an "evil eye." The killer is never seen but his presence is felt by the use light-and-shadow to give the impression of impending disaster.

Starring: James Mason ..
Directed by: Ted Parmelee
Release date: 1953-12-17
7.

99 River Street

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

A former boxer --now taxi driver-- gets mixed up with jewel thieves.

Starring: John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter, Frank Faylen, Peggie Castle, Jay Adler, Jack Lambert, Glenn Langan, Eddy Waller, John Daheim ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1953-08-21
8.

Crime Wave

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter. The other two former cellmates then attempt to force him into doing a bank job.

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Gene Nelson, Phyllis Kirk, Ted de Corsia, Charles Bronson, Jay Novello, Nedrick Young, James Bell, Dub Taylor, Gayle Kellogg ..
Directed by: André de Toth
Release date: 1953-10-22
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : The Blue Gardenia
9.

The Blue Gardenia

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Deeply distraught that her GI ex-boyfriend plans to marry another woman, Norah Larkin agrees to go out on a date with lothario Harry Prebble. Norah's drunken night out with Prebble ends in a hazily remembered confrontation and the next day a startling discovery: Harry has been murdered, and the police have found Norah's personal effects at the scene. Tipped off to the breaking news, reporter Casey Mayo invites Norah to tell her side of the story.

Starring: Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr, Jeff Donnell, Richard Erdman, George Reeves, Ruth Storey, Ray Walker, Nat King Cole ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1953-03-20
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : The Long Memory
10.

The Long Memory

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

1953 British noir thriller, starring John Mills. An innocent man is released from prison after 12 years and tracks down the witnesses who lied about him in court. Based on a 1951 novel by Howard Clewes.

Starring: John Mills, John McCallum, Elizabeth Sellars, Eva Bergh, Geoffrey Keen, Michael Martin Harvey, John Chandos, John Slater, Thora Hird ..
Directed by: Robert Hamer
Release date: 1953-01-23
11.

Inferno

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

When selfish and arrogant millionaire Donald Carson fractures his leg during a desert vacation, his wife, Geraldine, leaves with their friend Joseph Duncan to supposedly get help. However, the two of them are really lovers who are leaving Carson to die in the heat. Slowly, Carson realizes he is on his own and vows revenge on the traitorous couple. Having had a privileged life, Carson must now use his wits to stay alive.

Starring: Robert Ryan, Rhonda Fleming, William Lundigan, Larry Keating, Henry Hull, Carl Betz, Robert Burton, Barbara Pepper, Everett Glass ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1953-08-12
12.

Split Second

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Escaped convicts hold hostages in a ghost town targeted for a nuclear bomb test.

Starring: Stephen McNally, Alexis Smith, Jan Sterling, Keith Andes, Arthur Hunnicutt, Paul Kelly, Robert Paige, Richard Egan, Frank De Kova ..
Directed by: Dick Powell
Release date: 1953-05-02
13.

Jeopardy

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A woman is kidnapped when she goes to get help for her husband who is trapped on a beach with the tide coming in to surely drown him.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Ralph Meeker, Lee Aaker, Rico Alaniz, Charles Stevens, Juan Torena, Paul Fierro ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1953-03-30
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : City That Never Sleeps
14.

City That Never Sleeps

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Chicago cop Johnny Kelly, dissatisfied with his job and marriage, would like to run away with his stripper girlfriend Angel Face, but keeps getting cold feet. During one crowded night, Angel Face decides she's had enough vacillation, and crooked lawyer Biddel has an illegal mission for Johnny that could put him in a financial position to act. But other, conflicting schemes are also in progress...

Starring: Gig Young, Mala Powers, William Talman, Edward Arnold, Chill Wills, Marie Windsor, Paula Raymond, Otto Hulett, Wally Cassell, Ron Hagerthy ..
Directed by: John H. Auer
Release date: 1953-06-12
15.

Beat the Devil

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

A group of con artists stake their claim on a bogus uranium mine.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley, Peter Lorre, Edward Underdown, Ivor Barnard, Marco Tulli, Bernard Lee, Mario Perrone ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1953-11-24
16.

Vicki

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

A supermodel gets murdered. While investigating the case the story of a waitress turned glamor girl is revealed.

Starring: Jeanne Crain, Jean Peters, Elliott Reid, Richard Boone, Max Showalter, Alexander D'Arcy, Carl Betz, Aaron Spelling, Frank Gerstle, John Dehner ..
Directed by: Harry Horner
Release date: 1953-10-05
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Gun Fury
17.

Gun Fury

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

After a stagecoach holdup, Frank Slayton's notorious gang leave Ben Warren for dead and head off with his fiancée. Warren follows, and although none of the townspeople he comes across are prepared to help, he recruits two others who have sworn revenge on the ruthless Slayton.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Lee Marvin, Philip Carey, Roberta Haynes, Leo Gordon, Neville Brand, Ray Thomas, Bob Herron, Phil Rawlins ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1953-10-09
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Grand National Night
18.

Grand National Night

3.1
6.7/10 IMDB

The story of a husband's implication in his wife's death, his stupid disposal of her body and the police enquiry which almost embroils him in a murder charge.

Starring: Nigel Patrick, Moira Lister, Beatrice Campbell, Betty Ann Davies, Michael Hordern, Noel Purcell, Leslie Mitchell, Barry MacKay, Colin Gordon, Gibb McLaughlin ..
Directed by: Bob McNaught
Release date: 1953-04-15
19.

The Intruder

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

When Ex Colonel Merton discovers a burglar ransacking his home, he is shocked to find out that the thief is a former soldier from his tank regiment. When the thief escapes, Merton tries to contact former members of the regiment, in order to find out what set the thief on the road to crime.

Starring: Jack Hawkins, George Cole, Dennis Price, Michael Medwin, Hugh Williams, George Baker, Michael Ripper, Duncan Lamont, Arthur Howard, Nicholas Phipps ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1953-10-18
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Girls in the Night
20.

Girls in the Night

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Juvenile delinquents (Joyce Holden, Glenda Farrell, Harvey Lembeck) trap a neighborhood hoodlum in New York.

Starring: Harvey Lembeck, Joyce Holden, Glenda Farrell, Leonard Freeman, Patricia Hardy, Jaclynne Greene, Don Gordon, Anthony Ross, Emile Meyer, Susan Odin ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1953-01-15
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Turn the Key Softly
21.

Turn the Key Softly

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

A bitter burglar, a prostitute and an elderly shoplifter spend their first day out of jail.

Starring: Yvonne Mitchell, Terence Morgan, Joan Collins, Kathleen Harrison, Thora Hird, Geoffrey Keen, Simone Silva, Dorothy Alison, Glyn Houston, Russell Waters ..
Directed by: Jack Lee
Release date: 1953-04-29
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : The Glass Web
22.

The Glass Web

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

The ice-cold diva Paula ruthlessly exploits the guys she dates. While blackmailing the married Don with a recent one-night-stand, she has a secret affair with Henry, who works as researcher for the weekly authentic TV show "Crime of the Week", which Don writes for. When Henry fails to help her to a role, she insults him deadly... and ends up dead herself. Now Don desperately tries to hide his traces, but Henry sabotages his efforts and suggests he write the unsolved murder case for next week's show...

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, John Forsythe, Kathleen Hughes, Marcia Henderson, Richard Denning, Hugh Sanders, Jean Willes, Kathleen Freeman, Eve McVeagh, Harry Tyler ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1953-11-11
23.

Code Two

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

Three young men train to become motorcycle cops.

Starring: Ralph Meeker, Elaine Stewart, Sally Forrest, Keenan Wynn, Robert Horton, James Craig, Jeff Richards ..
Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
Release date: 1953-04-24
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Three Steps to the Gallows
24.

Three Steps to the Gallows

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

A U.S. sailor (Scott Brady) docks in London and in three days tries to save his brother from the gallows.

Starring: Scott Brady, Mary Castle, Gabrielle Brune, Ferdy Mayne, Michael Balfour, Colin Tapley, John Blythe, Ballard Berkeley, Julian Somers ..
Directed by: John Gilling
Release date: 1953-12-01
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Street Corner
25.

Street Corner

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

London policewomen handle rescues and larceny as they go about their work in Chelsea.

Starring: Anne Crawford, Peggy Cummins, Rosamund John, Terence Morgan, Barbara Murray, Ronald Howard, Eleanor Summerfield, Michael Medwin, Charles Victor, Lily Kann ..
Directed by: Muriel Box
Release date: 1953-03-17
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : The Yellow Balloon
26.

The Yellow Balloon

2.8
7.0/10 IMDB

A young boy is blackmailed by a crook who saw him unwittingly cause his friend's death.

Starring: Andrew Ray, Kathleen Ryan, Kenneth More, William Sylvester, Bernard Lee, Sid James, Peter Jones, Marjorie Rhodes, Stephen Fenemore, Eliot Makeham ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1953-02-10
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Rough Shoot
27.

Rough Shoot

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

An American military officer (Joel McCrea) and his wife (Evelyn Keyes) move to a cottage in what they think is the peaceful English countryside, only to discover the area is a hotbed of spies and secret agents. Director Robert Parrish's 1952 British espionage thriller--with a climax set at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London--also stars Herbert Lom, Marius Goring, Roland Culver, Frank Lawton and Megs Jenkins.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Evelyn Keyes, Herbert Lom, Roland Culver, Marius Goring, Frank Lawton, Patricia Laffan, Cyril Raymond, Karel Stepanek, David Hurst ..
Directed by: Robert Parrish
Release date: 1953-05-15
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Personal Affair
28.

Personal Affair

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

A British girl disappears for three days after a frank talk with the wife of a Latin teacher she loves.

Starring: Gene Tierney, Leo Genn, Glynis Johns, Walter Fitzgerald, Pamela Brown, Megs Jenkins, Michael Hordern, Thora Hird, Norah Gorsen, Nanette Newman ..
Directed by: Anthony Pélissier
Release date: 1953-10-20
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Catty Cornered
29.

Catty Cornered

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Rocky the gangster kidnaps Tweety Bird for a million dollar ransom and holes up in an abandoned city building...

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1953-10-30
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Vice Squad
30.

Vice Squad

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

A Los Angeles police captain (Edward G. Robinson) ties the case of a slain policeman to a bank robbery, all in a day.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Paulette Goddard, K.T. Stevens, Porter Hall, Adam Williams, Edward Binns, Barry Kelley, Jay Adler, Harlan Warde, Mary Ellen Kay ..
Directed by: Arnold Laven
Release date: 1953-07-31
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : One Girl's Confession
31.

One Girl's Confession

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Cleo Moore stars as Mary Adams, whose first step on the road to ruin is a $25,000 robbery. Mary hides the money, then confesses to the crime, secure in the belief that she can dig up the loot upon her release from prison.

Starring: Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas, Glenn Langan, Helene Stanton, Anthony Jochim, Burt Mustin, Leonid Snegoff, James Nusser, Russ Conway, Mara Lea ..
Directed by: Hugo Haas
Release date: 1953-04-06
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : The Man From Cairo
32.

The Man From Cairo

2.7
5.4/10 IMDB

"The Man from Cairo", a Michaeldavid production for distribution by Lippert, with Ray Enright the only credited director on the film print, finds Mike Canelli, the man from Cairo, nosing around Algiers with mystery surrounding the people he meets and the things he does and has done to him, all deriving from the war-time theft of $100,000,000 in gold which lies somewhere in the adjacent desert. People representing many nationalities and reasons are also seeking the gold. It boils down to a battle between Canelli and the original looter aboard a speeding train.

Starring: George Raft, Gianna Maria Canale, Massimo Serato, Guido Celano, Irene Papas, Alfredo Varelli, Leonardo Scavino, Mino Doro, Angelo Dessy, Richard McNamara ..
Directed by: Ray Enright, Edoardo Anton
Release date: 1953-09-03
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : The Beggar's Opera
33.

The Beggar's Opera

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Adaptation of John Gay's 18th century opera, featuring Laurence Olivier as MacHeath and Hugh Griffith as the Beggar.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Hugh Griffith, George Rose, Stuart Burge, Cyril Conway, Gerald Lawson, Dorothy Tutin, George Devine, Mary Clare, Edward Pryor ..
Directed by: Peter Brook
Release date: 1953-10-05
34.

Man in the Dark

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

A prisoner undergoes experimental brain surgery in order to get early parole. He released but has no memories. Things get dangerous when a group of thugs go after him in search of loot he hid before his amnesia.

Starring: Edmond O'Brien, Audrey Totter, Ted de Corsia, Horace McMahon, Nick Dennis, Dayton Lummis, Dan Riss ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1953-04-09
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Forbidden
35.

Forbidden

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Forbidden bears traces of several earlier film noirs, with Tony Curtis filling the shoes vacated by the likes of Alan Ladd, Dick Powell and Robert Mitchum. Curtis acquits himself very nicely as a small-time hood sent to Macao by gangster Lyle Bettger to locate Joanne Dru, the widow of another gangster.

Starring: Tony Curtis, Joanne Dru, Lyle Bettger, Marvin Miller, Victor Sen Yung, Alan Dexter, David Sharpe, Peter Mamakos, Mai Tai Sing, Howard Chuman ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1953-12-02
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : A Slight Case of Larceny
36.

A Slight Case of Larceny

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Two nitwits decide to open a gas station. Comedy.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Eddie Bracken, Elaine Stewart, Douglas Fowley, Marilyn Erskine, Mimi Gibson, Rudy Lee, Charles Halton, Robert Burton, Dabbs Greer ..
Directed by: Don Weis
Release date: 1953-06-05
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Remains to Be Seen
37.

Remains to Be Seen

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

A singer and her apartment manager get mixed up in a creepy Park Avenue murder and find themselves facing danger at every turn.

Starring: June Allyson, Van Johnson, Louis Calhern, Angela Lansbury, John Beal, Dorothy Dandridge, Barry Kelley, Sammy White, Kathryn Card, Paul Harvey ..
Directed by: Don Weis
Release date: 1953-05-15
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Violated
38.

Violated

2.6
5.1/10 IMDB

A Psycho stalks the streets of Greenwich Village, killing and cutting off their hair!

Starring: Wim Holland, Lili Dawn, Mitchell Kowall, Vicki Carlson, William Martel, Jason Niles, Michael Keane, Fred Lambert, William Mishkin, Charles McClelland ..
Directed by: Walter Strate
Release date: 1953-12-11
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Noose for a Lady
39.

Noose for a Lady

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

An amateur detective races against time to clear the name of his cousin, who is accused of murdering her husband. It is based on the novel Whispering Woman by Gerald Verner.

Starring: Dennis Price, Rona Anderson, Ronald Howard, Pamela Alan, Alison Leggatt, Melissa Stribling, Esma Cannon, Charles Lloyd Pack, Colin Tapley, Robert Brown ..
Directed by: Wolf Rilla
Release date: 1953-04-01
40.

Count the Hours!

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

A lawyer defends a migrant worker in a sensational murder trial.

Starring: Teresa Wright, Macdonald Carey, Dolores Moran, Adele Mara, Edgar Barrier, John Craven, Jack Elam, Ralph Sanford, Gene Roth, Dolores Fuller ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1953-04-01
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Something for an Empty Briefcase
41.

Something for an Empty Briefcase

2.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Joe wants a different future than one as a petty hoodlum and when he attempts to rob an aspiring dancer Noli, he glimpses the possibilities. He imagines purchasing a briefcase as a start but his crime partner is reluctant to let him go.

Starring: James Dean, Susan Douglas, Don Hanmer, Robert Middleton, Frank Maxwell, Peter Gumeny ..
Directed by: Don Medford
Release date: 1953-07-17
42.

36 Hours

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

When his wife stops writing to him and his letters are returned unanswered, Dan becomes extremely concerned about her welfare. He returns home but is only able to meet with her briefly before she is found murdered. Dan is the obvious suspect but has only 36 hours to find out who murdered her. In so doing he uncovers a shocking catalogue of his wife's past affairs and an identity that he knew nothing about.

Starring: Dan Duryea, Elsie Albiin, Gudrun Ure, Eric Pohlmann, John Chandos, Kenneth Griffith, Harold Lang, Marianne Stone, Jane Carr, Michael Golden ..
Directed by: Montgomery Tully
Release date: 1953-12-04
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Cosh Boy
43.

Cosh Boy

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Roy Walsh (James Kenney) is a brash and enterprising thug who bullies his friends (including Rene, played by a young Joan Collins) into subservience. He and his gang assault and rob people on the street, but things get increasingly dangerous when their behaviour escalates to larger crimes. Unafraid to tackle a host of taboo subjects, Cosh Boy is a penetrating portrait of postwar Britain and its simmering social tensions, and one of the first British films to receive an ‘X’ certificate.

Starring: James Kenney, Joan Collins, Betty Ann Davies, Robert Ayres, Hermione Baddeley, Hermione Gingold, Nancy Roberts, Laurence Naismith, Ian Whittaker, Sid James ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1953-02-01
44.

Time Bomb

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

When a saboteur places an explosive device on a train full of sea mines, the authorities call for bomb expert Peter Lyncort to diffuse the situation, unaware that he has explosive problems of his own.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Anne Vernon, Maurice Denham, Harcourt Williams, Victor Maddern, Harold Warrender, John Horsley, Campbell Singer, Bill Fraser, Herbert C. Walton ..
Directed by: Ted Tetzlaff
Release date: 1953-02-05
45.

The Girl on the Pier

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Sometimes listed as a horror film, the British Girl on the Pier is a Spartan little melodrama starring the alluring Veronica Hurst as the title character. The wife of wax museum curator Campbell Singer, Hurst carries on with Singer's partner Ron Randell. Killing Randell, the cuckolded husband tries to hide the body among his waxworks. The police eventually catch on when Singer proves too clever for his own good. Girl on the Pier doesn't pretend to be a classic; on its own terms, it's an agreeable 65 minutes out of your life.

Starring: Veronica Hurst, Ron Randell, Charles Victor, Marjorie Rhodes, Campbell Singer, Eileen Moore, Brian Roper, Anthony Valentine ..
Directed by: Lance Comfort
Release date: 1953-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Mexican Manhunt
46.

Mexican Manhunt

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Los Angeles, 1953. The author David L. "Dave" Brady wants to bring a missed ex-newspaperman back to Los Angeles. Therefore Dave has to travel to Mexico City. Dave gets involved with a murder case that occurred fifteen years ago. It's an obsession for Dave to solve that murder.

Starring: George Brent, Hillary Brooke, Morris Ankrum, Karen Sharpe, Alberto Morin, Marjorie Lord, Douglas Kennedy, Carleton Young, Marvin Press, Stuart Randall ..
Directed by: Rex Bailey
Release date: 1953-09-13
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : The Large Rope
47.

The Large Rope

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

After being framed for a murder he didn't commit, Tom Penney (Donald Houston) serves his time and returns to his rural English home to establish a quiet life. When another victim is found, however, Tom is blamed for the crime and flees rather than returnng to prison. Hoping to find the real killer -- or killers -- Tom investigates while keeping a low profile to elude his pursuers, and a vital clue leads him on the path to possible redemption.

Starring: Donald Houston, Susan Shaw, Robert Brown, Vanda Godsell, Peter Byrne, Richard Warner, Christine Finn, Thomas Heathcote, Margaret Anderson, Katie Johnson ..
Directed by: Wolf Rilla
Release date: 1953-12-01
48.

The Flanagan Boy

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

Johnny Flanagan did not have the privileges of a good education or wealthy background but the streets developed his natural talent to be a great fighter. His enormous potential to reach the top is born out of a string of spectacular successes. All of which is brought to a halt when he develops a physical relationship with his manager's wife, the beautiful but manipulative Lorna. His naive temperament is no match for her callous, dispassionate scheming and he unwittingly becomes a pawn in Lorna's ultimate plan... .to murder her husband.

Starring: Barbara Payton, Frederick Valk, John Slater, Sid James, Tony Wright, Marie Burke, Selma Vaz Dias, Enzo Coticchia ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1953-04-10
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Escape by Night
49.

Escape by Night

2.6
5.6/10 IMDB

An Italian racketeer on the run in London holes up in a disused theatre with a hard-drinking journalist out to get the full story.

Starring: Bonar Colleano, Sid James, Andrew Ray, Simone Silva, Patrick Barr, Avice Landone, Martin Benson, Eric Berry, Peter Sinclair, Ted Ray ..
Directed by: John Gilling
Release date: 1953-12-01
Best Crime Movies of 1953 : Francis Covers the Big Town
50.

Francis Covers the Big Town

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

A man who has a talking mule gets a job on a newspaper, and both get mixed up in a murder trial.

Starring: Donald O'Connor, Yvette Duguay, Gene Lockhart, Nancy Guild, William Harrigan, Silvio Minciotti, Lowell Gilmore, Larry Gates, Hanley Stafford, Gale Gordon ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1953-06-10

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