Best Thriller Movies of 1936

1.

The Petrified Forest

5.3
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
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : Charlie Chan at the Race Track
2.

Charlie Chan at the Race Track

3.8
7.2/10 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
3.

Charlie Chan's Secret

3.7
7.1/10 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
4.

Bullets or Ballots

3.7
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 : The General Died at Dawn
5.

The General Died at Dawn

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

In revolution-torn China, American mercenary O'Hara is entrusted with a perilous mission, to get arms for the helpless authorities in a province ravaged by warlord General Yang. On the train to Shanghai, he meets Judy Perrie, whose father is in league with Yang. Will Judy regret agreeing to lure O'Hara to his doom, and if so, can she make it up to him? The balance of power seesaws to a perilous conclusion.

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: 1936-09-02
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : Secret Agent
6.

Secret Agent

3.4
6.5/10 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
7.

Crown v. Stevens

2.9
6.4/10 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 : Postal Inspector
8.

Postal Inspector

2.9
5.5/10 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 : Crack-Up
9.

Crack-Up

2.8
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 ..
Directed by: Malcolm St. Clair
Release date: 1936-12-14
Best Thriller Movies of 1936 : Seven Sinners
10.

Seven Sinners

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Ed Harwood, a wisecracking American 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

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