Best Thriller Movies of 1931

1.

Safe in Hell

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

To avoid the rigors of the law, Gilda flees New Orleans and hides on a Caribbean island where the worst criminals can ask for asylum. Besieged by the scum of the earth, Gilda will soon find out that she has found refuge in hell.

Starring: Dorothy Mackaill, Donald Cook, Ralf Harolde, John Wray, Ivan F. Simpson, Victor Varconi, Nina Mae McKinney, Charles Middleton, Morgan Wallace, Clarence Muse ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1931-12-12
Best Thriller Movies of 1931 : The Black Camel
2.

The Black Camel

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

Movie star Shelah Fane is seeing wealthy Alan Jaynes while filming in Honolulu, Hawaii, but won't marry him without consulting famed psychic Tanaverro first. Tanaverro confronts her about the unsolved murder of fellow film star Denny Mayo three years earlier, and she decides to reject Jaynes' proposal. When Shelah is found shot to death in her beach-front pavilion, Charlie Chan of the Honolulu Police investigates.

Starring: Warner Oland, Sally Eilers, Bela Lugosi, Dorothy Revier, Victor Varconi, Murray Kinnell, William Post Jr., Robert Young, Violet Dunn, J. M. Kerrigan ..
Directed by: Hamilton MacFadden
Release date: 1931-06-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1931 : Rich and Strange
3.

Rich and Strange

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

An unexpected inheritance proves less than a boon to a young married couple.

Starring: Henry Kendall, Joan Barry, Percy Marmont, Betty Amann, Elsie Randolph, Aubrey Dexter, Hannah Jones ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1931-12-10
Best Thriller Movies of 1931 : The Finger Points
4.

The Finger Points

2.8
5.9/10 IMDB

Lee is a fresh young kid from the South when he gets a job with The Press. His first assignment on gangsters gets his name in the paper, the police on a raid and Lee in the hospital.

Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Fay Wray, Regis Toomey, Clark Gable, Oscar Apfel, Robert Gleckler, Mickey Bennett, James P. Burtis, Martin Cichy, Lew Harvey ..
Directed by: John Francis Dillon
Release date: 1931-04-11
Best Thriller Movies of 1931 : The Big Gamble
5.

The Big Gamble

2.6
5.7/10 IMDB

A gambler, hopelessly in debt, agrees to pay off his debt by allowing his creditor to take out a life insurance policy on him and collecting once the one-year suicide clause has elapsed.

Starring: William Boyd, Dorothy Sebastian, Warner Oland, James Gleason, Geneva Mitchell, Zasu Pitts, June MacCloy, William Collier Jr., Ralph Ince ..
Directed by: Fred Niblo
Release date: 1931-09-27
Best Thriller Movies of 1931 : Transatlantic
6.

Transatlantic

2.6
6.5/10 IMDB

As a luxurious ocean liner makes its way across the Atlantic Ocean, the audience is made privy to the travails of several of its passengers. Edmund Lowe heads the cast as Monty Greer, a suave gambler who falls in love with Judy (Lois Moran), the daughter of immigrant lens grinder Rudolph Kramer (Jean Hersholt). In trying to recover some valuable securities stolen from banker Henry Graham (John Halliday), Greer finds himself in the middle of a fierce gun battle in the ship's engine room. Meanwhile, Graham, who has been cheating on his wife Kay (Myrna Loy) with sexy dancer Sigrid Carline (Greta Nissen), is murdered by person or persons unknown. And that's only three of the plot strands in this marvelously complex shipboard thriller.

Starring: Edmund Lowe, Lois Moran, John Halliday, Greta Nissen, Myrna Loy, Jean Hersholt, Earle Foxe, Billy Bevan, Eddie Borden, Jesse De Vorska ..
Directed by: William K. Howard
Release date: 1931-08-30
Best Thriller Movies of 1931 : A Honeymoon Adventure
7.

A Honeymoon Adventure

2.1
6.0/10 IMDB

An exciting tale of international crooks and stolen plans, in which an inventor is kidnapped by foreign agents whilst honeymooning in Scotland.

Starring: Benita Hume, Peter Hannen, Harold Huth, Walter Armitage, Jacky Lambert, Polly Emery, Robert English, Margery Binner, Frances Rose Campbell, Fanny Wright ..
Directed by: Maurice Elvey
Release date: 1931-09-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1931 : The Blonde Captive
8.

The Blonde Captive

1.9
4.4/10 IMDB

An expedition is sent into the rugged Australian outback to search for a lost white woman.

Starring: Lowell Thomas, Clifton Childs, Paul Withington ..
Directed by: Clinton Childs, Ralph P. King, Linus J. Wilson, Paul Withington
Release date: 1931-12-29
Best Thriller Movies of 1931 : Black Coffee
9.

Black Coffee

1.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Black Coffee is a 1931 British detective film directed by Leslie S. Hiscott. Based on the 1930 play Black Coffee by Agatha Christie featuring her famous private detective Hercule Poirot, it stars Austin Trevor as Poirot with Richard Cooper playing his companion Captain Hastings.

Starring: Austin Trevor, Adrianne Allen, Richard Cooper, Elizabeth Allan, C. V. France, Philip Strange, Dino Galvani, Michael Shepley, Melville Cooper, Marie Wright ..
Directed by: Leslie S. Hiscott
Release date: 1931-12-11
10.

A Burglar to the Rescue

1.5
7.1/10 IMDB

He is working on the books to cover his crimes, when a visitor arrives with a gun. In the conversation that ensues, it is revealed that the visitor is an escaped convict that was a former employee of the bank. He was railroaded to prison to cover the crooked banker's crime. As with other entries in this series, there is a shadow projected every so often with a voice forecasting what is to come.

Starring: Thurston Hall, Charlotte Wynters, Frank Shannon, Arthur Aylesworth ..
Directed by: George Cochrane
Release date: 1931-09-07

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