Best Thriller Movies of 1935


The 39 Steps

7.6/10 IMDB

Richard Hanney has a rude awakening when a glamorous female spy falls into his bed - with a knife in her back. Having a bit of trouble explaining it all to Scotland Yard, he heads for the hills of Scotland to try to clear his name by locating the spy ring known as The 39 Steps.

Starring: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie, Helen Haye, Frank Cellier, Wylie Watson, Gus McNaughton ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1935-06-06

Charlie Chan in Paris

7.1/10 IMDB

Charlie's visit to Paris, ostensibly a vacation, is really a mission to investigate a bond-forgery racket. But his agent, apache dancer Nardi is killed before she can tell him much. The case, complicated by a false murder accusation for banker's daughter Yvette, climaxes with a strange journey through the Paris sewers.

Starring: Warner Oland, Mary Brian, Thomas Beck, Erik Rhodes, John Miljan, Murray Kinnell, Minor Watson, John Qualen, Keye Luke, Henry Kolker ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler, Hamilton MacFadden
Release date: 1935-01-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : Charlie Chan in Shanghai

Charlie Chan in Shanghai

6.9/10 IMDB

When a prominent official is murdered at a banquet honoring Charle Chan, the detective and son Lee team up to expose an opium-smuggling ring.

Starring: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Jon Hall, Irene Hervey, Russell Hicks, Frederick Vogeding, Halliwell Hobbes, Neil Fitzgerald, Max Wagner, Colin Kenny ..
Directed by: James Tinling
Release date: 1935-10-11
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : The Murder Man

The Murder Man

6.8/10 IMDB

Steve Grey, reporter for the Daily Star, has a habit of scooping all the other papers in town. When Henry Mander is investigated for the murder of his shady business partner, Grey is one step ahead of the police to the extent that he often dictates his story in advance of its actual occurrence. He leads the police through an 'open and shut' case resulting in Mander being tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Columnist Mary Shannon is in love with Steve but she sees him struggle greatly with his last story before Mander's execution. When she starts typing out the story from his recorded dictation, she realizes why.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Virginia Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Harvey Stephens, Robert Barrat, James Stewart, William Collier Sr., Bobby Watson, William Demarest, John Sheehan ..
Directed by: Tim Whelan
Release date: 1935-07-12

The Black Room

6.9/10 IMDB

In a 16th-century European town, the ruling family has been given a prophecy that, should there ever be twin boys born, the younger will murder the older; so is dismayed when twins are born to the popular baron. The older grows to be a selfish, slovenly man, who inherits the castle at his father's death and becomes ruler over the formerly happy villagers. He enjoys his power until he learns his younger brother is returning from abroad and, afraid of the prophecy, he determines to murder his sibling, hide his body in the "black room" - an old torture chamber sealed away behind the fireplace - and then impersonate him, right down to his withered arm. In this way he hopes to not only avoid the prophecy, but also escape consequences of his other criminal deeds and obtain marriage to a local girl of the nobility...

Starring: Boris Karloff, Marian Marsh, Robert Allen, Thurston Hall, Katherine DeMille, John Buckler, Henry Kolker, Colin Tapley, Torben Meyer, John George ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1935-07-15

The Clairvoyant

6.6/10 IMDB

A fake psychic suddenly turns into the real thing when he meets a young beauty. (TCM)

Starring: Claude Rains, Fay Wray, Mary Clare, Jane Baxter, Ben Field, Athole Stewart, C. Denier Warren, Felix Aylmer, Donald Calthrop, Frank Cellier ..
Directed by: Maurice Elvey
Release date: 1935-06-07
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : Kind Lady

Kind Lady

6.8/10 IMDB

Mary, a woman with good intentions, takes pity on Henry, an artist with no home. What begins as a simple offer to come inside from the cold for tea gradually turns into more. Before the unsuspecting woman knows it, Henry, his family, and his friends con their way into her home. Eventually, Mary creates a ruse to rid herself of the parasites, but they have a different plan.

Starring: Aline MacMahon, Basil Rathbone, Mary Carlisle, Frank Albertson, Dudley Digges, Doris Lloyd, Nola Luxford, Murray Kinnell, Eily Malyon, Justine Chase ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1935-12-06
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : The Glass Key

The Glass Key

6.9/10 IMDB

When Paul Madvig, a successful politician who fights his rivals to seize the city, becomes implicated in a murder, Ed Beaumont, his friend and right-hand man, must decide which side he is on.

Starring: George Raft, Edward Arnold, Claire Dodd, Ray Milland, Rosalind Keith, Charles Richman, Robert Gleckler, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Tammany Young, Harry Tyler ..
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1935-06-15
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : Seven Keys to Baldpate

Seven Keys to Baldpate

5.9/10 IMDB

A writer, looking for some peace and quiet in order to finish a novel, takes a room at the Baldpate Inn. However, peace and quiet are the last things he gets, as there are some very strange goings-on at the establishment.

Starring: Gene Raymond, Margaret Callahan, Eric Blore, Grant Mitchell, Moroni Olsen, Erin O'Brien-Moore, Henry Travers, Walter Brennan, Ray Mayer, Erville Alderson ..
Directed by: William Hamilton
Release date: 1935-12-13

Shadow of Doubt

6.3/10 IMDB

When a Hollywood producer is murdered, the most likely suspect is a man who is smitten with the victim's fiancee.

Starring: Ricardo Cortez, Virginia Bruce, Constance Collier, Isabel Jewell, Arthur Byron, Betty Furness, Regis Toomey, Ivan F. Simpson, Bradley Page, Edward Brophy ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1935-02-15
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : Bulldog Jack

Bulldog Jack

6.1/10 IMDB

While filling in for injured supersleuth Bulldog Drummond (Atholl Fleming), world-class cricket player Jack Pennington (Jack Hulbert) attempts to foil a criminal mastermind's (Ralph Richardson) impending heist that's targeting a valuable jewel necklace held within the British Museum. This comedic 1930s mystery features daring rescues, intense fistfights and an exciting edge-of-your seat finale aboard a runaway train.

Starring: Jack Hulbert, Fay Wray, Ralph Richardson, Claude Hulbert, Gibb McLaughlin, Atholl Fleming, Paul Graetz, Harvey Braban, Henry B. Longhurst, Cyril Smith ..
Directed by: Walter Forde
Release date: 1935-09-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : The Night of the Party

The Night of the Party

5.9/10 IMDB

A major newspaper publisher dies in suspicious circumstances during a parlour game at a dinner party. The publishers secretary is the obvious suspect, but the inspector isn't so sure ...

Starring: Leslie Banks, Malcolm Keen, Jane Baxter, Ian Hunter, Viola Keats, Ernest Thesiger, Jane Millican, W. Graham Brown, Muriel Aked, Gerald Barry ..
Directed by: Michael Powell
Release date: 1935-07-16
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : One Frightened Night

One Frightened Night

6.0/10 IMDB

Eccentric tycoon Jasper Whyte hosts a dinner at his mansion and announces that he will divide his money and give each guest a million dollars before the stroke of midnight. When his long-lost granddaughter suddenly arrives, Whyte changes his mind and proclaims that she will receive his entire fortune. A second lady appears at the estate, claiming that she is actually Whyte's granddaughter, Doris Waverly, and the first woman is found murdered in her room! With each guest possessing a motive, the mystery of the killer's identity briskly unfolds through a stirring series of surprises.

Starring: Charley Grapewin, Lucien Littlefield, Mary Carlisle, Regis Toomey, Arthur Hohl, Fred Kelsey, Evalyn Knapp, Clarence Wilson, Wallace Ford, Adrian Morris ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1935-05-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : The Spanish Cape Mystery

The Spanish Cape Mystery

6.1/10 IMDB

Ellery Queen's vacation is interrupted when murder strikes next door to his oceanside cabin.

Starring: Donald Cook, Helen Twelvetrees, Berton Churchill, Frank Sheridan, Harry Stubbs, Guy Usher, Huntley Gordon, Jack La Rue, Betty Blythe, George Cleveland ..
Directed by: Lewis D. Collins
Release date: 1935-10-09
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : The Mystery Man

The Mystery Man

5.5/10 IMDB

Hard-boiled newspaper reporter Larry Doyle (Robert Armstrong) goes a bit too far in celebrating a work bonus and wakes up on a train bound for St. Louis with only a buck on his person. To remedy the problem, Doyle pawns the revolver he's carrying. When the gun is subsequently used in a murder, Doyle's problems only multiply. In the meantime, he's also fallen in love with a comely stranger (Maxine Doyle) he convinced to impersonate his wife.

Starring: Robert Armstrong, Maxine Doyle, Henry Kolker, LeRoy Mason, James Burke, Guy Usher, James P. Burtis, Monte Collins, Sam Lufkin, Otto Fries ..
Directed by: Ray McCarey
Release date: 1935-02-12

The Phantom Light

6.2/10 IMDB

Criminals pose as ghosts to scare a lighthouse keeper on the Welsh coast, in attempt to distract him. Jim Pearce deliberately maroons himself on the rock along with Alice Bright. When the light is later smashed, Jim reveals that his brother’s ship is the wreckers’ latest target, while Alice is a detective sent to investigate.

Starring: Binnie Hale, Gordon Harker, Donald Calthrop, Milton Rosmer, Ian Hunter, Herbert Lomas, Reginald Tate, Barry O'Neill, Barry O'Neill ..
Directed by: Michael Powell
Release date: 1935-08-05
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes

The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes

5.8/10 IMDB

Holmes, retired to Sussex, is drawn into a last case when his arch enemy Moriarty arranges with an American gang to kill one John Douglas, a country gentleman with a mysterious past. Holmes' methods baffle Watson and Lestrade, but his results astonish them. In a long flashback, the victim's wife tells the story of the sinister Vermissa Valley.

Starring: Arthur Wontner, Lyn Harding, Leslie Perrins, Ian Fleming, Charles Mortimer, Minnie Rayner, Michael Shepley, Jane Carr ..
Directed by: Leslie S. Hiscott
Release date: 1935-03-24
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : A Shot in the Dark

A Shot in the Dark

5.3/10 IMDB

An amateur sleuth solves three murders at his son's New England college.

Starring: Robert Warwick, Charles Starrett, Marion Shilling, Helen Jerome Eddy, Edward Van Sloan, James Bush, Eddie Tamblyn, Julian Madison, Robert McKenzie, Doris Lloyd ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1935-01-31
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : Death from a Distance

Death from a Distance

5.1/10 IMDB

While a distinguished astronomer is giving a lecture in a planetarium, a shot rings out and one of the audience members is found dead. A tough detective and a brassy female reporter lock horns as they both try to break the case.

Starring: Russell Hopton, Lola Lane, George F. Marion, John St. Polis, Lee Kohlmar, Lew Kelly, E.H. Calvert ..
Directed by: Frank R. Strayer
Release date: 1935-07-03
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : Condemned to Live

Condemned to Live

4.8/10 IMDB

After a series of murders, a man finds out that his mother was bitten by a vampire bat during her pregnancy, and he believes that he may be the vampire committing the murders.

Starring: Ralph Morgan, Pedro de Cordoba, Maxine Doyle, Russell Gleason, Mischa Auer, Lucy Beaumont, Carl Stockdale, Barbara Bedford, Robert Frazer, Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ..
Directed by: Frank R. Strayer
Release date: 1935-09-15
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : Secrets of Chinatown

Secrets of Chinatown

4.9/10 IMDB

Private detective Donegal Dawn is summoned by the police commissioner to solve the reasons for a crime wave in Chinatown.

Starring: Nick Stuart, Lucile Browne, Raymond Lawrence, James Flavin, Harry Hewitson, James McGrath, Reginald Hincks, John Barnard, Arthur Legge-Willis ..
Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer
Release date: 1935-02-19
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : The Mysterious Mr. Wong

The Mysterious Mr. Wong

4.8/10 IMDB

Mr. Wong is a "harmless" Chinatown shopkeeper by day and relentless blood-thirsty pursuer of the Twelve Coins of Confucius by night. With possession of the coins, Mr. Wong will be supreme ruler of the Chinese province of Keelat, and his evil destiny will be fulfilled. A killing spree follows in dark and dangerous Chinatown as Wong gets control of 11 of the 12 coins. Reporter Jason Barton and his girl Peg are hot on his trail, but soon find themselves in serious trouble when they stumble onto Wong's headquarters.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Wallace Ford, Arline Judge, E. Alyn Warren, Lotus Long, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Edward Peil Sr., Luke Chan, Lee Shumway, Etta Lee ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1935-01-25
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : Murder by Television

Murder by Television

4.2/10 IMDB

James Houghland, inventor of a new method by which television signals can be instantaneously sent anywhere in the world, refuses to sell the process to television companies, who then send agents to acquire the invention any way they can. On the night of his initial broadcast Houghland is mysteriously murdered in the middle of his demonstration and it falls to Police Chief Nelson to determine who the murderer is from the many suspects present.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, June Collyer, Huntley Gordon, George Meeker, Charles Hill Mailes, Claire McDowell, Hattie McDaniel, Allen Jung, Henry Hall ..
Directed by: Clifford Sanforth
Release date: 1935-10-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : Inside the Room

Inside the Room

5.5/10 IMDB

A French sleuth in England helps the police solve a series of murders linked by the diary pages of a dead woman.

Starring: Austin Trevor, George Hayes, Garry Marsh, Brian Buchel, Robert Horton, Frederick Burtwell ..
Directed by: Leslie S. Hiscott
Release date: 1935-03-26
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : Motive for Revenge

Motive for Revenge

4.8/10 IMDB

Bank teller Barry Webster is driven to stealing bank funds by his mother-in-law who continually nags him about forcing her daughter Muriel to live in poverty...

Starring: Donald Cook, Irene Hervey, Doris Lloyd, Edwin Maxwell, Le Strange Millman, Russell Simpson, John Kelly, Edwin Argus, Billy West, Wheeler Oakman ..
Directed by: Burt P. Lynwood
Release date: 1935-05-15
Best Thriller Movies of 1935 : A Scream in the Night

A Scream in the Night

4.3/10 IMDB

A colonial police detective in an Eastern seaport seeks a stolen gem, and infiltrates the underworld by posing as a look-alike wharfside bar owner.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., John Ince, Zarah Tazil, Manuel López, Richard Cramer, Sheila Terry, Merrill McCormick, Philip Ahn, John Lester Johnson ..
Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer
Release date: 1935-07-29

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