1930s Thriller Movies

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Mystery of the Wax Museum(1933)

| 1h 17min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 38 votes)

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

Bulldog Drummond Escapes(1937)

3.0/5 (with 6 votes)

Drummond manages to save a woman from jumping in front of his car but she runs away with his car. He traces her and she asks him to help her out of a dangerous situation.

Safe in Hell(1931)

1h 11min | Thriller, Drama
3.5/5 (with 10 votes)

To avoid the rigors of the law, Gilda flees New Orleans and hides on a Caribbean island where the worst criminals can ask for asylum. Besieged by the scum of the earth, Gilda will soon find out that she has found refuge in hell.

Rome Express(1932)

1h 34min | Thriller
3.6/5 (with 4 votes)

The theft of a famous painting leads to murder and many suspects on a plush train speeding from Paris to Rome.

The Ticket of Leave Man(1937)

1h 11min | Horror
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

A man is accused of a series of murders that were actually committed by a crazed killer called "The Tiger." He must prove his innocence and catch the murderer.

Directed by George King

The Whispering Shadow(1933)

3h 45min | Action, Mystery
2.6/5 (with 3 votes)

A mysterious criminal known as The Whispering Shadow commits crimes by means of a gang he controls by television and radio rays. Jack Norton, whose brother was murdered by The Whispering Shadow, suspects that the eerie Professor Strang - whose ghostly wax museum contains figures far too lifelike - may be involved in the crimes.

Directed by Colbert Clark

The Return of Bulldog Drummond(1934)

1h 13min | Crime
3.2/5 (with 3 votes)

The retired British captain forms a gang to rescue his wife and thwart his nemesis, Carl Peterson.

Fast and Loose(1939)

1h 20min | Mystery
2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

A rare-book dealer (Robert Montgomery) and his wife (Rosalind Russell) tie murder to the theft of a Shakespeare manuscript.

Passenger to London(1937)

57min | Thriller
2.6/5 (with 2 votes)

A government agent is returning from France with secret blueprints that were stolen from his government. On the train ride home, thieves break into his compartment and murder him.

The Speckled Band(1931)

2.9/5 (with 5 votes)

After her sister dies under mysterious circumstances, a young heiress seeks Holmes' help when she feels threatened by her brutish stepfather.

Marie Galante(1934)

2.2/5 (with 3 votes)

There is unease in a pre-WWII world. Marie is kidnapped in France by sailors looking for pleasure and taken aboard a ship on a shady mission, then thrown off at Yucatan. She winds up singing in a cafe in the Panama Canal zone.

Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel(1937)

1.8/5 (with 3 votes)

Sir Percy is forced to return to France one last time, to rescue his wife from the clutches of the sinister Robespierre. It clearly is a trap, but nothing will keep the good old Pimpernel from carrying out his mission. He is up against the usual clods and dolts, after all.

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Design for Murder(1939)

1h | Crime
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

When a wealthy, lonely university music student is beaten and has his apartment trashed by a fellow dorm resident-bully and his gang, he goes mad, lures the bully into his room on pretense of forgiveness, slips him a paralyzing agent in a drink, throws him in a trunk and locks him in, and taunts the bully with the promise that he will be buried alive in the trunk. Only, once he gets his trunk and his prey to his country estate, the vengeful victim finds things keep going wrong...

Directed by Roy Boulting - With Manning Whiley

The Painted Woman(1932)

1h 13min | Drama

After becoming involved in a killing, Kiddo gets on board Boyton's ship. When he learns what happened he dumps her on a South Sea island.

Directed by John G. Blystone - With Spencer Tracy

Car 99(1935)

1h 7min | Action, Crime
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A story of the Michigan State Police and the strong sense of loyalty and duty it instills in its men. It follows the career of a newly-inducted rookie, Ross Martin, who has joined the force at the urging of his sweetheart, Mary Adams. Martin soon distinguishes himself by his bravery in the apprehension of criminals. But when the leader of a gang of bank robbers falls into his hands and then escapes, because of carelessness on Martin's part, he is suspended from the force.

Directed by Charles Barton - With Fred MacMurray


54min | Thriller

Cub reporter Dusty investigates the murder of the District Attorney and stumbles into a plot involving a kidnapping and a crooked election.

The Four Just Men(1939)

1h 25min | Thriller, Mystery, Drama
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The Four Men of the title are British WWI veterans who decide to work secretly against enemies of the country. They aren't above a bit of murder or sabotage to serve their ends, but they consider themselves to be true patriots.

Blaavand melder storm(1938)

1h 45min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Svend come back after a year of travel as a mate. Inger and Svend's father has been waiting him with longing. Conversely, Svends brother Thorsten, jealousy at Svend. Both of Inger's love for Sven and because Svend take over the family fishing boat. After a new argument in the family takes Svend space with another skipper, so that Thorsten can get the boat. Thorsten sabotage the radio, so that Sven and Inger can not talk. So reports Bluewater storm!

The Cheaters(1930)

1h 22min
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

An embezzler, Bill Marsh, swears vengeance on a businessman, John Travers, who has turned him in to the police. Twenty years pass, and Marsh emerges from jail and establishes himself as the head of a powerful crime empire, with his daughter, Paula, serving as bait to attract wealthy victims. Paula falls in love with Lee Travers, the adopted son of Marsh's old enemy, and begins to have doubts about her life of crime. Only after a series of tragic incidents is she set free to marry Lee and start life anew. This silent feature was highly regarded for its set design and 'unusual sensitivity to the expressive range of the camera and their awareness of careful scenario construction as a key to emotionally powerful cinema'. Cast includes Marie Lorraine, Arthur Greenaway, John Faulkner. A sound version was attempted soon after but was not successful and was never released.

Directed by Paulette McDonagh - With Marie Lorraine, John Faulkner

Night Club Scandal(1937)

2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

When Dr. Ernest Tindal's wife is murdered, evidence mounts to convict her lover, Frank Marian. But Frank knows he didn't do it.....

Directed by Ralph Murphy - With John Barrymore

A Honeymoon Adventure(1931)

1h 7min | Crime, Thriller
1.8/5 (with 1 vote)

An exciting tale of international crooks and stolen plans, in which an inventor is kidnapped by foreign agents whilst honeymooning in Scotland.

Directed by Maurice Elvey - With Benita Hume

Stolen Death(1938)

1h 28min | Thriller
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A thriller set in turn-of-the-century Helsinki, Stolen Death uses elements of German expressionism to tell the story of Finnish resistance fighters smuggling arms to overthrow the Tsarist occupiers of Finland. Tapiovaara stresses the divided loyalties of the Finnish bourgeoisie, torn between preserving their privileged economic position and taking a risky stand for an independent Finland. Stolen Death can be viewed as a thinly disguised protest against the rise of the fascist movement in Finland in the 1930s. Tapiovaara's allegorical indictment of class inequality and the suppression of free speech and political expression, coupled with his death at 28 fighting the Russians in the Winter War of 1939-1940, earned him almost a mythic status in Finland.

Directed by Nyrki Tapiovaara

Engineer Kochin's Error(1939)

3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Engineer-designer of the Moscow aviation plant Cochin took the secret blueprints home. He didn't know that foreign intelligence had long been hunting for these blueprints...

The Frightened Lady(1932)

1h 27min | Mystery, Crime, Drama

A young woman goes to stay at the house of Lord Lebanon, but two murders in quick succession lead to the arrival of detectives and cause the woman to fear for her life.

The W Plan(1930)

1h 35min | War, Action, Adventure

A tense WWI spy thriller in which Colonel Duncan Grant (British star Brian Aherne, in his first talking role), parachutes into Germany to gather intelligence on the enemy’s secret ‘W Plan’ and to assist Allied POWs in digging escape tunnels.

Directed by Victor Saville - With Brian Aherne

The Roadhouse Murder(1932)

1h 12min | Thriller
1.5/5 (with 1 vote)

After he stumbles across a murder, a young reporter devises an elaborate scene to keep his newspaper stories about the crime front-page news. Eric Linden, Dorothy Jordan, Bruce Cabot, Roscoe Ates, Roscoe Karns and Purnell Pratt star in this 1932 thriller, directed by J. Walter Ruben.

Directed by J. Walter Ruben - With Dorothy Jordan

Personal Column(1939)

3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

To try solving the strange disappearances of 11 young Parisian women, the police obtain the services of Adrienne Charpentier, friend of the latest missing person.

The Haller Case(1933)

1h 17min | Mystery

Based on the 1893 play Der Andere by Paul Lindau.

The Murder in the Museum(1934)

1h 5min | Thriller

When a city councilman is murdered while investigating allegations of drug dealing going on a a somewhat disreputable sideshow, the daughter of the chief suspect teams up with a newspaper reporter to find the real killer.

Directed by Melville Shyer - With John Harron
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