Best Thriller Movies of 1936



7.9/10 IMDB

Joe, who owns a gas station along with his brothers and is about to marry Katherine, travels to the small town where she lives to visit her, but is wrongly mistaken for a wanted kidnapper and arrested.

Starring: Sylvia Sidney, Spencer Tracy, Walter Abel, Bruce Cabot, Edward Ellis, Walter Brennan, Frank Albertson, George Walcott, Arthur Stone, Morgan Wallace ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1936-06-05

The Petrified Forest

7.5/10 IMDB

Gabby, the waitress in an isolated Arizona diner, dreams of a bigger and better life. One day penniless intellectual Alan drifts into the joint and the two strike up a rapport. Soon enough, notorious killer Duke Mantee takes the diner's inhabitants hostage. Surrounded by miles of desert, the patrons and staff are forced to sit tight with Mantee and his gang overnight.

Starring: Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Genevieve Tobin, Dick Foran, Humphrey Bogart, Joe Sawyer, Porter Hall, Charley Grapewin, Paul Harvey, Eddie Acuff ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1936-02-08

Secret Agent

6.4/10 IMDB

After three British agents are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during World War I, two of them become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences.

Starring: John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young, Percy Marmont, Florence Kahn, Charles Carson, Lilli Palmer, Michael Rennie, Howard Marion-Crawford ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1936-05-31
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : Charlie Chan at the Race Track

Charlie Chan at the Race Track

7.1/10 IMDB

When a friend of Charlie's is found kicked to death by his own race horse on board a Honolulu-bound liner, the detective discovers foul play and uncovers an international gambling ring.

Starring: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Helen Wood, Thomas Beck, Alan Dinehart, Gavin Muir, Gloria Roy, Jonathan Hale, G.P. Huntley, George Irving ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1936-08-07
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : Charlie Chan's Secret

Charlie Chan's Secret

7.0/10 IMDB

Allen Colby, heir to a huge fortune, is presumed drowned after an ocean liner sinks off the coast of Honolulu. Mysteriously, Colby reappears at his mansion only to be murdered soon after. When his body is discovered during a seance, everyone in attendance becomes a suspect, and it's up to Chan to find the murderer before he or she strikes again.

Starring: Warner Oland, Rosina Lawrence, Charles Quigley, Henrietta Crosman, Edward Trevor, Astrid Allwyn, Herbert Mundin, Egon Brecher, Gloria Roy, Ivan Miller ..
Directed by: Gordon Wiles
Release date: 1936-01-10

Charlie Chan at the Opera

7.2/10 IMDB

A dangerous amnesiac escapes from an asylum, hides in the opera house, and is suspected of getting revenge on those who tried to murder him 13 years ago.

Starring: Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Keye Luke, William Demarest, Guy Usher, Margaret Irving, Gregory Gaye, Nedda Harrigan, Frank Conroy, Charlotte Henry ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1936-12-04

Bullets or Ballots

7.0/10 IMDB

After Police Captain Dan McLaren becomes police commissioner, former detective Johnny Blake publicly punches him, convincing rackets boss Al Kruger that Blake is sincere in his effort to join the mob. "Bugs" Fenner, meanwhile, is certain that Blake is a police agent.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Blondell, Barton MacLane, Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, Joe King, Dick Purcell, George E. Stone, Joseph Crehan, Henry O'Neill ..
Directed by: William Keighley
Release date: 1936-06-06
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : Charlie Chan at the Circus

Charlie Chan at the Circus

6.8/10 IMDB

While visiting the circus with his family, Charlie is recruited by the big top's co-owner to investigate threatening letters that he's received.

Starring: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, George Brasno, Olive Brasno, Francis Ford, Wade Boteler, Boothe Howard, Drue Leyton, Maxine Reiner, Shirley Deane ..
Directed by: Harry Lachman
Release date: 1936-03-27
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : The Princess Comes Across

The Princess Comes Across

6.7/10 IMDB

A Swedish princess boards an ocean liner in Europe en route to an acting career in America, and finds herself getting inconveniently attached to a bandleader returning home. To complicate matters, a blackmailer on board apparently knows she is not who she claims to be - and he has his sights set on other passengers with secrets of their own. In the meantime an escaped killer has stowed away under someone else's identity, and is killing again to cover his tracks; five international police detectives on board are heading the investigation to find him. When evidence points to the princess and bandleader, they must find the killer themselves - before he finds them.

Starring: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Douglass Dumbrille, Alison Skipworth, George Barbier, William Frawley, Porter Hall, Lumsden Hare, Sig Ruman, Mischa Auer ..
Directed by: William K. Howard
Release date: 1936-05-22

The Invisible Ray

6.5/10 IMDB

Dr. Janos Rukh discovers a certain type of radium that has almost magical healing properties. But the element has a dangerous side, too, and it has already started affecting Rukh. Consumed by paranoia, he begins to suspect that his wife is having an affair. Wild for revenge, Rukh hatches a deadly plot...using his own poisoned body as a weapon to kill.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Frank Lawton, Frances Drake, Violet Kemble Cooper, Beulah Bondi, Walter Kingsford, Paul Weigel, Frank Reicher, Georges Renavent ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1936-01-20
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : The General Died at Dawn

The General Died at Dawn

6.5/10 IMDB

China, 1930s, during the ravaging civil war. General Pen entrusts O'Hara, an intrepid American adventurer, with the mission of providing a large sum of money to Mr. Wu with the task of buying weapons in Shanghai to help end General Yang's tyranny that keeps an entire province under his ruthless iron boot.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Akim Tamiroff, Madeleine Carroll, Porter Hall, Dudley Digges, William Frawley, J. M. Kerrigan, Philip Ahn, Leonid Kinskey, Willie Fung ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1936-11-17
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : Postal Inspector

Postal Inspector

5.2/10 IMDB

Postal inspectors track down money stolen from a railroad car.

Starring: Ricardo Cortez, Patricia Ellis, Bela Lugosi, Michael Loring, Wallis Clark, Arthur Loft, David Oliver, Guy Usher, Bill Burrud, Harry Beresford ..
Directed by: Otto Brower
Release date: 1936-08-16
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : Crown v. Stevens

Crown v. Stevens

6.5/10 IMDB

When an ex-dancer marries a man for his money she is suprised find he is a real skinflint. She owes a lot of money to a loan-shark who is after her. However, her husband does carry a lot of insurance

Starring: Beatrix Thomson, Patric Knowles, Glennis Lorimer, Reginald Purdell, Allan Jeayes, Frederick Piper, Googie Withers, Mabel Poulton, Davina Craig, Morris Harvey ..
Directed by: Michael Powell
Release date: 1936-08-03
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : Crack-Up


6.1/10 IMDB

Betrayal and espionage abound as an experimental aircraft is readied for its maiden voyage.

Starring: Peter Lorre, Brian Donlevy, Helen Wood, Ralph Morgan, Thomas Beck, Kay Linaker, Lester Matthews, Earle Foxe, J. Carrol Naish, Gloria Roy ..
Directed by: Malcolm St. Clair
Release date: 1936-12-14
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : The Preview Murder Mystery

The Preview Murder Mystery

6.3/10 IMDB

The star of "Song of the Toreador" receives threatening messages that he will not survive the preview screening of the film. The studio publicist works with the Director, the Producer and the police, to discover who is behind the threats.

Starring: Reginald Denny, Frances Drake, Gail Patrick, George Barbier, Ian Keith, Rod La Rocque, Conway Tearle, Thomas E. Jackson, Jack Raymond, Colin Tapley ..
Directed by: Robert Florey, Robert Yost
Release date: 1936-02-28
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : Seven Sinners

Seven Sinners

6.7/10 IMDB

Ed Harwood, a wisecracking private investigator from New York, discovers a crime at an hotel in Nice during a carnival. The unraveling of the mystery which lies behind will lead him and Caryl Fenton, a female insurance agent, who will become his companion, first to Paris, then to London, later through the English countryside and finally to Southampton, in search of a criminal train wrecker.

Starring: Edmund Lowe, Constance Cummings, Thomy Bourdelle, Henry Oscar, Felix Aylmer, Joyce Kennedy, O.B. Clarence, Mark Lester, Allan Jeayes, Anthony Holles ..
Directed by: Albert de Courville
Release date: 1936-06-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : Midnight at Madame Tussaud's

Midnight at Madame Tussaud's

5.6/10 IMDB

Explorer Sir Clive bets that he can spend the night alone in Madame Tussauds Chamber of Horrors. Meanwhile, crooks hope to exploit his ward, Carol, for her fortune.

Starring: James Carew, Charles Oliver, Lucille Lisle, Kim Peacock, Patrick Barr, William Hartnell, Lydia Sherwood ..
Directed by: George Pearson
Release date: 1936-12-03
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : Alibi for Murder

Alibi for Murder

5.9/10 IMDB

A radio commentator named Perry Travis fancies himself a brilliant amateur detective. The cops wish he’d stick to his microphone and let them do the detecting. This proves impossible when a famed scientist is murdered in Perry’s studio, right in the middle of the interview. All evidence points to Perry, and he sets out to clear his name before the Shadow-like villain roaming the hallways of the radio station gets away with murder.

Starring: William Gargan, Marguerite Churchill, Gene Morgan, John Gallaudet, Romaine Callender, Egon Brecher, Drue Leyton, Wade Boteler, Dwight Frye, Raymond Lawrence ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1936-09-23
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : The Rogues' Tavern

The Rogues' Tavern

5.2/10 IMDB

A mad killer is on the loose in a hotel on a dark, gloomy night.

Starring: Wallace Ford, Barbara Pepper, Joan Woodbury, Clara Kimball Young, Jack Mulhall, John Elliott, Earl Dwire, John Cowell, Dennis Vincent, Arthur Loft ..
Directed by: Robert F. Hill
Release date: 1936-06-04
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : Roaming Lady

Roaming Lady

6.0/10 IMDB

Joyce Reid (Fay Wray), a wealthy young debutante, stows away on a cargo ship to China, carrying as passengers her dashing aviator sweetheart, Dan Bailey (Ralph Bellamy) and and her munitions-producing father, E. J. Reid (Thurston Hall) and an assortment of the usual south-seas characters along with some orientals with varying agendas...and some plot-lines straight out of "Terry and the Pirates." The cargo included a shipment of bombs and machine guns. She soon finds herself being held hostage by some wily orientals who will free her only if dashing Dan agrees to pilot a bombing plane for some Chinese bandits.

Starring: Fay Wray, Ralph Bellamy, Thurston Hall, Edward Gargan, Roger Imhof, Paul Guilfoyle, Tetsu Komai, Arthur Rankin, Gene Morgan, Barnett Parker ..
Directed by: Albert S. Rogell
Release date: 1936-05-02
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : Everything Is Thunder

Everything Is Thunder

6.1/10 IMDB

The story, starring Constance Bennett and Douglass Montgomery, involves a Canadian POW being hidden by a German citizen during World War I.

Starring: Constance Bennett, Douglass Montgomery, Oskar Homolka, Frederick Lloyd, Roy Emerton, Peggy Simpson, George Merritt, Robert Atkins, Terence Downing, Clifford Bartlett ..
Directed by: Milton Rosmer
Release date: 1936-09-30
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : The President's Mystery

The President's Mystery

5.6/10 IMDB

The screenplay for this mystery is based upon a story suggested to Liberty Magazine by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is the tale of a prominent lawyer who shocks his snooty friends, family and colleagues by abruptly abandoning his successful practice and his wife to find true happiness. He soon falls in love with another woman and continues to keep a low profile until he learns that his first wife stands accused of murdering him

Starring: Henry Wilcoxon, Betty Furness, Sidney Blackmer, Evelyn Brent, Barnett Parker, Mel Ruick, Wade Boteler, Si Jenks, John Wray, Guy Usher ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1936-09-28
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : The House of Secrets

The House of Secrets

5.1/10 IMDB

Two men stumble into an old mansion, and get involved with a crazed scientist, torture chambers and sinister medical experiments.

Starring: Leslie Fenton, Muriel Evans, Noel Madison, Sidney Blackmer, Morgan Wallace, Holmes Herbert, Ian Maclaren, Jameson Thomas, Syd Saylor, Matty Fain ..
Directed by: Roland D. Reed
Release date: 1936-10-28
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : 13 Hours by Air

13 Hours by Air

6.2/10 IMDB

Womanizer and airline pilot Jack Gordon must fly the world's fastest airliner from New York to California while dealing with dangerous jewel thieves on the run from the law.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett, Zasu Pitts, John Howard, Benny Bartlett, Grace Bradley, Alan Baxter, Brian Donlevy, Ruth Donnelly, Fred Keating ..
Directed by: Mitchell Leisen
Release date: 1936-04-30
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : The Mandarin Mystery

The Mandarin Mystery

5.3/10 IMDB

Ellery Queen solves a mystery involving a valuable stamp.

Starring: Eddie Quillan, Charlotte Henry, Rita La Roy, Wade Boteler, Franklin Pangborn, George Irving, Kay Hughes, William Newell, George Walcott, Edwin Stanley ..
Directed by: Philip Ford, Ralph Staub
Release date: 1936-12-23
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : You May Be Next!

You May Be Next!

6.3/10 IMDB

Gangster tries to censor a crusading radio station by jamming its signal.

Starring: Ann Sothern, Lloyd Nolan, Douglass Dumbrille, John Arledge, Berton Churchill, Nana Bryant, Robert Middlemass, George McKay, Gene Morgan, Clyde Dilson ..
Directed by: Albert S. Rogell
Release date: 1936-02-05

Someone at the Door

5.8/10 IMDB

When Sally inherits a country house, her young brother Ronald, an aspiring journalist, hits on a sensational way to make his first big scoop: Sally will 'disappear', and he will be arrested for her murder! At his trial she will reappear, his acquittal will follow, and he will be able to supply his paper with an exclusive story. Sally and her fiance, Bill, fall in with the scheme. However, there are complications which they had not foreseen.

Starring: Aileen Marson, Billy Milton, Noah Beery, Charles Mortimer, Edward Chapman, John Irwin, Edward Dignon, Jimmy Godden, Laurence Hanray, Hermione Gingold ..
Directed by: Herbert Brenon
Release date: 1936-09-28
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : Missing Girls

Missing Girls

4.9/10 IMDB

A couple of naïve girls get themselves unwittingly involved in the gambling racket in this Poverty Row production directed by the redoubtable Phil Rosen.

Starring: Roger Pryor, Muriel Evans, Sidney Blackmer, Noel Madison, Ann Doran, George Cooper, Dewey Robinson, Wallis Clark, Vera Lewis, Warner Richmond ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1936-09-10

The Brown Wallet

5.6/10 IMDB

Publisher John Gillespie faces a financial crisis after his business partner skips town with all the firm's assets. Facing ruin, he reluctantly approaches a wealthy aunt for assistance but is met with a stony-faced refusal.

Starring: Patric Knowles, Nancy O'Neil, Henry Caine, Henrietta Watson, Charlotte Leigh, Shayle Gardner, Edward Dalby, Eliot Makeham, Bruce Winston, Louis Goodrich ..
Directed by: Michael Powell
Release date: 1936-07-20
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : Thank You, Jeeves!

Thank You, Jeeves!

6.1/10 IMDB

Jeeves tries to keep his young master out of trouble.

Starring: Arthur Treacher, Virginia Field, David Niven, Lester Matthews, Colin Tapley, John Graham Spacey, Ernie Stanton, Gene Reynolds, Douglas Walton, Willie Best ..
Directed by: Arthur Greville Collins
Release date: 1936-10-04

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