Best Thriller Movies of 1933


The Mad Doctor

7.6/10 IMDB

A dark and stormy night. Pluto is spirited away to the spooky mansion of an evil genius for a mad transplant scheme to put his head on the body of a chicken. Mickey gives chase, but find himself threatened severely by the house and its denizens.

Starring: Walt Disney, Pinto Colvig, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: David Hand
Release date: 1933-01-21

The Little Giant

7.1/10 IMDB

Prohibition is ending so bootlegger Bugs Ahearn decides to crack California society. He leases a house from down-on-her-luck Ruth and hires her as social secretary. He rescues Polly Cass from a horsefall and goes home to meet her dad who sells him some phony stock certificates. When he learns about this he sends to Chicago for mob help.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Mary Astor, Helen Vinson, Russell Hopton, Kenneth Thomson, Shirley Grey, Berton Churchill, Don Dillaway, Louise Mackintosh, Lester Dorr ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1933-05-20

Mystery of the Wax Museum

6.8/10 IMDB

The disappearance of people and corpses leads a reporter to a wax museum and a sinister sculptor.

Starring: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh, Allen Vincent, Gavin Gordon, Edwin Maxwell, Holmes Herbert, Claude King, Arthur Edmund Carewe ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1933-02-18
Best Thriller Movies of 1933 : The Kennel Murder Case

The Kennel Murder Case

6.9/10 IMDB

Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.

Starring: William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette, Ralph Morgan, Robert McWade, Robert Barrat, Frank Conroy, Etienne Girardot, James Lee, Paul Cavanagh ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1933-10-28

The Vampire Bat

5.7/10 IMDB

When the villagers of Kleinschloss start dying of blood loss, the town fathers suspect a resurgence of vampirism. While police inspector Karl Brettschneider remains skeptical, scientist Dr. Otto von Niemann cares for the vampire's victims one by one, and suspicion falls on simple-minded Herman Gleib because of his fondness for bats. A blood-thirsty mob hounds Gleib to his death, but the vampire attacks don't stop.

Starring: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, Maude Eburne, George E. Stone, Dwight Frye, Robert Frazer, Rita Carlyle, Lionel Belmore, William V. Mong ..
Directed by: Frank R. Strayer
Release date: 1933-01-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1933 : A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet

5.6/10 IMDB

In London, a secret society led by lawyer Thaddeus Merrydew collects the assets of any of its deceased members and divides them among the remaining members. Society members start dropping like flies. Sherlock Holmes is approached by member James Murphy's widow, who is miffed at being left penniless by her husband. When Captain Pyke is shot, Holmes keys in on his mysterious Chinese widow as well as the shady Merrydew. Other members keep dying: Malcom Dearing first, then Mr. Baker. There is also an attempt on the life of young Eileen Forrester, who became a reluctant society member upon the death of her father. Holmes' uncanny observations and insights are put to the test.

Starring: Reginald Owen, Anna May Wong, Alan Mowbray, Warburton Gamble, June Clyde, John Warburton, Doris Lloyd, J. M. Kerrigan, Alan Dinehart, Billy Bevan ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1933-05-14
Best Thriller Movies of 1933 : A Shriek in the Night

A Shriek in the Night

5.3/10 IMDB

Rival newspaper reporters Pat Morgan and Ted Rand find themselves unraveling the mystery behind the death of a millionaire philanthropist who fell from his penthouse balcony. When it is discovered that the plunge was not an accident, the building's residents come under suspicion. Soon, the body count begins to mount as three more murders occur by strangulation.

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Lyle Talbot, Harvey Clark, Purnell Pratt, Lillian Harmer, Arthur Hoyt, Louise Beavers, Clarence Wilson ..
Directed by: Albert Ray
Release date: 1933-07-22
Best Thriller Movies of 1933 : The Crime of the Century

The Crime of the Century

6.6/10 IMDB

A doctor who is also a “mentalist” confesses to a murder. The only problem is that the murder he’s confessed to hasn’t happened yet – although dead bodies are now starting to turn up all over the place. A reporter sets out to solve the “mystery”.

Starring: Jean Hersholt, Wynne Gibson, Stuart Erwin, Frances Dee, Gordon Westcott, Robert Elliott, David Landau, William Janney, Bodil Rosing, Torben Meyer ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1933-02-18


6.2/10 IMDB

After her brother's death, Roma Courtney becomes the heiress to his fortune. When fake psychic Paul Bavian claims to have a message from Roma's dead brother, he coaxes Roma into participating in a séance. Although Roma's fiancé, Grant, first believes the séance is nothing more than a scam, he eventually realizes that the vengeful spirit of an executed murderer has possessed Roma's body.

Starring: Carole Lombard, Alan Dinehart, Vivienne Osborne, Randolph Scott, H.B. Warner, Beryl Mercer, William Farnum, Willard Robertson, George Burr Macannan, Lyman Williams ..
Directed by: Victor Halperin
Release date: 1933-04-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1933 : The Devil's in Love

The Devil's in Love

6.0/10 IMDB

The French Foreign Legion is the setting for this episodic adventure yarn. Victor Jory plays a Legion doctor falsely accused of murdering his commander over the love of Loretta Young. Jory escapes prosecution by heading for parts unknown, but when a deadly illness strikes his old fort, he returns to aid his comrades. He is arrested, but clears himself of the murder charge and ends up with Young. Devil's in Love is distinguished by the surprise appearance of Bela Lugosi, who shows up unbilled as a relentless prosecuting attorney in the courtroom scenes.

Starring: Victor Jory, Loretta Young, Vivienne Osborne, David Manners, C. Henry Gordon, Herbert Mundin, Émile Chautard, J. Carrol Naish, Robert Barrat, Jack Byron ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1933-07-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1933 : Deluge


6.3/10 IMDB

A massive earthquake strikes the United States, which destroys the West Coast and unleashes a massive flood that threatens to destroy the East Coast as well.

Starring: Lois Wilson, Sidney Blackmer, Peggy Shannon, Matt Moore, Fred Kohler, Edward Van Sloan, Samuel S. Hinds, Fred 'Snowflake' Toones, Marianne Edwards, Ronnie Cosby ..
Directed by: Felix E. Feist
Release date: 1933-08-17
Best Thriller Movies of 1933 : Night of Terror

Night of Terror

5.5/10 IMDB

The heirs to a family fortune are required to attend a seance at the spooky old family mansion. However, throughout the night members of the family are being killed off one by one.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Wallace Ford, Sally Blane, Bryant Washburn, Tully Marshall, Gertrude Michael, George Meeker, Marius Frey, Matt McHugh, Edwin Maxwell ..
Directed by: Benjamin Stoloff
Release date: 1933-04-23
Best Thriller Movies of 1933 : The Silk Express

The Silk Express

6.1/10 IMDB

As the demand for raw silk goes sky high, crooked businessman Wallace Myton corners the market with plans to drive up the price. Determined to fulfill his contracts, manufacturer Donald Kilgore imports $3 million worth of silk to Seattle and accompanies it by special train to New York. But when his secretary is found murdered, Kilgore soon discovers Myton has planted three killers on board with orders to stop the express and its passengers dead in their tracks.

Starring: Neil Hamilton, Sheila Terry, Arthur Byron, Guy Kibbee, Dudley Digges, Arthur Hohl, Allen Jenkins, Harold Huber, G. Pat Collins, Robert Barrat ..
Directed by: Ray Enright
Release date: 1933-06-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1933 : The Sphinx

The Sphinx

5.6/10 IMDB

A man known to be a mute is suspected of committing a murder, as he was noticed at the scene. However, witnesses saw and heard him talking as he was leaving the scene of the crime. The police must determine if he is the actual killer or if he is being framed.

Starring: Lionel Atwill, Sheila Terry, Theodore Newton, Paul Hurst, Luis Alberni, Robert Ellis, Lucien Prival, Lillian Leighton, Paul Fix, George 'Gabby' Hayes ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen, Wilfred Lucas
Release date: 1933-06-01

Sing, Sinner, Sing

5.9/10 IMDB

A singer on a gambling ship is married to a wealthy playboy. When he is found murdered, all evidence points to her as the culprit, and she is put on trial for the crime.

Starring: Paul Lukas, Leila Hyams, Don Dillaway, Ruth Donnelly, George E. Stone, Joyce Compton ..
Directed by: Howard Christie
Release date: 1933-08-16
Best Thriller Movies of 1933 : The Flaming Signal

The Flaming Signal

4.0/10 IMDB

A pilot and his dog crash-land on an island run by a psycho who owns a motel--and most of the locals.

Starring: John David Horsley, Marceline Day, Noah Beery, Henry B. Walthall, Carmelita Geraghty, Mischa Auer, Francisco Alonso, Jane'e Olmes, Anya Gramina, Flash the Dog ..
Directed by: George Jeske, Charles E. Roberts
Release date: 1933-07-24
Best Thriller Movies of 1933 : The World Gone Mad

The World Gone Mad

4.7/10 IMDB

A district attorney and a reporter try to find the killer of a D.A. who uncovered a massive stock fraud.

Starring: Pat O’Brien, Neil Hamilton, Mary Brian, Evelyn Brent, John St. Polis, J. Carrol Naish, Louis Calhern, Richard Tucker, Wallis Clark, Geneva Mitchell ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1933-04-15
Best Thriller Movies of 1933 : The Ghost Camera

The Ghost Camera

6.2/10 IMDB

When a photograph is taken at the scene of a murder, the camera is tossed out of a castle window to destroy the evidence and lands in the back of a passing car belonging to chemist John Gray who becomes amateur sleuth after developing the film and goes in search of the woman captured by the photograph. When the camera is stolen from his laboratory, Gray's suspicions are further aroused.

Starring: Henry Kendall, Ida Lupino, John Mills, Victor Stanley, George Merritt, Felix Aylmer, Davina Craig, Fred Groves ..
Directed by: Bernard Vorhaus
Release date: 1933-01-31

Uncle Jake

0.0/10 IMDB

Starring: Edward Nugent, Joan Marsh, Billy Bevan, Marjorie Beebe, Grady Sutton, Si Jenks ..
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1933-05-04

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