Best Thriller Movies of 1938

1.

The Lady Vanishes

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

On a train headed for England a group of travelers is delayed by an avalanche. Holed up in a hotel in a fictional European country, young Iris befriends elderly Miss Froy. When the train resumes, Iris suffers a bout of unconsciousness and wakes to find the old woman has disappeared. The other passengers ominously deny Miss Froy ever existed, so Iris begins to investigate with another traveler and, as the pair sleuth, romantic sparks fly.

Starring: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, May Whitty, Paul Lukas, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Cecil Parker, Linden Travers, Mary Clare, Emile Boreo ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1938-10-07
Best Thriller Movies of 1938 : Charlie Chan in Honolulu
2.

Charlie Chan in Honolulu

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

While Charlie is distracted with the birth of his first grandchild, son Jimmy impersonates his father in order to investigate a murder aboard a freighter in the harbor.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Phyllis Brooks, Victor Sen Yung, Eddie Collins, John 'Dusty' King, Claire Dodd, George Zucco, Robert Barrat, Marc Lawrence, Richard Lane ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1938-12-30
Best Thriller Movies of 1938 : Arrest Bulldog Drummond
3.

Arrest Bulldog Drummond

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

The invention of a machine that can cause remote explosions brings the attention of Scotland Yard and Bulldog Drummond.

Starring: John Howard, Heather Angel, H.B. Warner, Reginald Denny, E. E. Clive, Jean Fenwick, Zeffie Tilbury, George Zucco, Leonard Mudie, Evan Thomas ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1938-11-25
Best Thriller Movies of 1938 : Gang Bullets
4.

Gang Bullets

2.7
5.7/10 IMDB

Gang Bullets was one of a myriad of late-1930s Monogram crime pictures, bearing such interchangable titles as I Am a Criminal, Convict's Code and Federal Bullets. Morgan Wallace plays a Capone-like racketeer named Anderson, who after being chased out of one town by the authorities immediately sets up shop in another. Unable to get any tangible evidence against Anderson, DA Wayne (Charles Trowbridge) orders his assistant Carter (Robert Kent) to dig up some dirt on the gangster boss. To do this, Carter pretends to turned crooked, joining Anderson's gang in order to accumulate evidence. Alas, Carter's girl friend Patricia (Anne Nagel) knows nothing of her boyfriend's subterfuge, and she suspects the worst. With such formidable henchmen as John Merton and Carleton Young at his beck and call, it's something of a surprise when Anderson comes a-cropper in the last reel.

Starring: Anne Nagel, Robert Kent, Charles Trowbridge, Morgan Wallace, J. Farrell MacDonald, John T. Murray, Joseph Crehan, Benny Bartlett, John Merton, Roger Williams ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1938-11-10
Best Thriller Movies of 1938 : Convicted
5.

Convicted

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

A nightclub dancer (Rita Hayworth) and a detective (Charles Quigley) catch the gangster (Marc Lawrence) who framed her brother.

Starring: Charles Quigley, Rita Hayworth, Marc Lawrence, George McKay, Doreen MacGregor, William Irving, Eddie Laughton, Edgar Edwards, Phyllis Clare, Bob Rideout ..
Directed by: Leon Barsha
Release date: 1938-08-18
6.

Mr. Moto Takes a Chance

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

In the jungle near Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Mr. Moto poses as an ineffectual archaeologist and a venerable holy man with mystical powers to help foil two insurgencies against the government.

Starring: Peter Lorre, Rochelle Hudson, Robert Kent, J. Edward Bromberg, Chick Chandler, George Regas, Frederick Vogeding ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1938-06-11
Best Thriller Movies of 1938 : The Saint in New York
7.

The Saint in New York

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A crime spree in New York forces the police commissioner to turn to Englishman Simon Templar, who fights lawlessness and corruption through unorthodox methods. Templar sets his sights on individual crimes bosses, and after bringing down two vicious leaders through disguise and deception, discovers that there is a mastermind behind all the city's crime.

Starring: Louis Hayward, Kay Sutton, Sig Ruman, Jonathan Hale, Jack Carson, Paul Guilfoyle, Frederick Burton, Ben Welden, Charles Halton, Cliff Bragdon ..
Directed by: Ben Holmes
Release date: 1938-05-25
Best Thriller Movies of 1938 : Prison Break
8.

Prison Break

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Barton MacLane stars as a tuna fisherman who has been wrongfully convicted of a murder he did not commit. His exemplary behavior in prison ensures that he is up for early parole. He realizes, however, that his movements will be limited, and he will be unable to join and wed his beloved. The only solution is to escape and hunt down the real killer, himself.

Starring: Barton MacLane, Glenda Farrell, Paul Hurst, Constance Moore, Edward Pawley, Edmund MacDonald, Ward Bond, Guy Usher, Victor Kilian, Frank Darien ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1938-07-12
Best Thriller Movies of 1938 : The Patient in Room 18
9.

The Patient in Room 18

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Choreographer Bobby Connolly and prolific screenwriter Crane Wilbur teamed up on the direction of Warner Bros.' The Patient in Room 18. Patric Knowles delivers a delightfully comic performance as Lance, an outwardly normal young man obsessed with detective stories. When his obsession threatens to lapse over into lunacy, Lance is sent to the hospital for a nice long rest. It isn't long before he gets mixed up in a genuine murder mystery, using his second-hand knowhow to solve the case. Up-and-coming Ann Sheridan is quite amusing as Lance's nurse and confidante, while the murderer is played by a fellow who is usually cast as the murder victim.

Starring: Patric Knowles, Ann Sheridan, Eric Stanley, John Ridgely, Rosella Towne, Jeanne Benedict, Charles Trowbridge, Cliff Clark, Harland Tucker, Edward Raquello ..
Directed by: Bobby Connolly, Crane Wilbur
Release date: 1938-01-08
Best Thriller Movies of 1938 : Mr. Wong, Detective
10.

Mr. Wong, Detective

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A chemical manufacturer is killed just after asking detective James Wong to help him. So Detective Wong decides to investigate this as well as two subsequent murders.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Maxine Jennings, Evelyn Brent, George Lloyd, Lucien Prival, John St. Polis, William Gould, Hooper Atchley, John Hamilton ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1938-10-05

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