Best Thriller Movies of 1931


Safe in Hell

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 : Alibi


7.2/10 IMDB

Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot investigates a mysterious suicide at a country house.

Starring: Austin Trevor, Franklin Dyall, Elizabeth Allan, J.H. Roberts, John Deverell, Ronald Ward, Mary Jerrold, Mercia Swinburne, Harvey Braban, Clare Greet ..
Directed by: Leslie S. Hiscott
Release date: 1931-04-28
Best Thriller Movies of 1931 : The Black Camel

The Black Camel

6.7/10 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

Rich and Strange

5.7/10 IMDB

Believing that an unexpected inheritance will bring them happiness, a married couple instead finds their relationship strained to the breaking point.

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

The Finger Points

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 : Transatlantic


6.4/10 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, the daughter of immigrant lens grinder Rudolph Kramer. In trying to recover some valuable securities stolen from banker Henry Graham, 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 with sexy dancer Sigrid Carline, is murdered by person or persons unknown.

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 : The Big Gamble

The Big Gamble

5.8/10 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: 1931-09-04
Best Thriller Movies of 1931 : A Honeymoon Adventure

A Honeymoon Adventure

5.7/10 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 : Convicted


4.8/10 IMDB

A criminologist investigates the murder of a Broadway producer on an ocean liner.

Starring: Aileen Pringle, Jameson Thomas, Dorothy Christy, Richard Tucker, Harry Myers, Niles Welch, John Vosper, Jack Mower, Wilfred Lucas ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1931-11-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1931 : The Blonde Captive

The Blonde Captive

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 : The Phantom

The Phantom

4.3/10 IMDB

An eclectic group of people are stalked by a masked killer in an old mansion.

Starring: Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Allene Ray, Niles Welch, Tom O'Brien, Sheldon Lewis, Wilfred Lucas, Violet Knights, William Gould, Bobby Dunn, William Jackie ..
Directed by: Alan James
Release date: 1931-11-01

A Burglar to the Rescue

6.3/10 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
Best Thriller Movies of 1931 : Black Coffee

Black Coffee

6.4/10 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. A famous but hated scientist, Sir Amory, is killed during a house party, and some of his valuable papers are missing. Poirot rapidly determines the cause of death and the motive, then narrows down the suspects to the most likely culprit.

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: 1931-08-24
Best Thriller Movies of 1931 : The Ringer

The Ringer

6.1/10 IMDB

Scotland Yard detectives hunt for a dangerous criminal who has recently returned to England.

Starring: Patric Curwen, Esmond Knight, John Longden, Carol Goodner, Gordon Harker, Franklin Dyall, Dorothy Bartlam, Henry Hallatt, Arthur Stratton, Kathleen Joyce ..
Directed by: Walter Forde
Release date: 1931-03-31
Best Thriller Movies of 1931 : Graft


5.7/10 IMDB

Cub reporter Dusty investigates the murder of the District Attorney and stumbles into a plot involving a kidnapping and a crooked election.

Starring: Regis Toomey, Sue Carol, Dorothy Revier, Boris Karloff, William B. Davidson, George Irving, Harold Goodwin, Richard Tucker, Willard Robertson, King Baggot ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1931-09-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1931 : 77 Park Lane

77 Park Lane

5.0/10 IMDB

When a 'man about town' takes a young lady back to his house they are both surprised to find that it has been turned into an illegal casino in his absence.

Starring: Dennis Neilson-Terry, Betty Stockfeld, Malcolm Keen, Ben Welden, Cecil Humphreys, Esmond Knight, Molly Johnson, Roland Culver, Molesworth Blow, John Turnbull ..
Directed by: Albert de Courville
Release date: 1931-07-02
Best Thriller Movies of 1931 : Retribution


0.0/10 IMDB

Sheila sees the folly of her ways when husband, John, is to be hanged for murdering her paramour, but once trusty Bill from the CID is on the case, the real killer is soon unmasked

Starring: Vera Maskey, Norman Cole, Carol Hyde, Alec Buckminster, Robert Torrens, Cyril Smith, Rachel Terry, James Grime ..
Release date: 1931-12-31

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