1930s Thriller Movies

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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse(1933)

2h 2min | Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 60 votes)

After a detective is assaulted by thugs and placed in an asylum run by Professor Baum, he observes the professor's preoccupation with another patient, the criminal genius Dr. Mabuse the hypnotist. When Mabuse's notes are found to be connected with a rash of recent crimes, Commissioner Lohmann must determine how Mabuse is communicating with the criminals, despite conflicting reports on the doctor's whereabouts, and capture him for good.

Mystery of the Wax Museum(1933)

| 1h 17min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 30 votes)

Sculptor Ivan Igor struggles in vain to prevent his partner from burning his wax museum, and his "children". Years later, Igor starts a new museum in New York, but his maimed hands confine him to directing lesser artists. People begin disappearing; Igor takes a sinister interest in Charlotte, fiancée of his assistant Ralph, but arouses the suspicions of roommate, wisecracking reporter Florence.

Secret Agent(1936)

1h 26min | Thriller
3.1/5 (with 37 votes)

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.

Safe in Hell(1931)

1h 11min | Thriller, Drama
3.5/5 (with 8 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 Whispering Shadow(1933)

3h 45min | Action, Mystery
2.7/5 (with 2 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 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

The Phantom Fiend(1932)

2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

An elderly couple's lodger, a British musician (Ivor Novello), becomes the suspect in a series of killings.

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

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.

Bulldog Drummond Escapes(1937)

3.0/5 (with 5 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.

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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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 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.

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

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.

Sherlock Holmes(1932)

1h 8min | Drama, Mystery, Crime
2.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Moriarty is sentenced to death, and Sherlock Holmes prepares to retire to the country and marry his girl. But Moriarty has sworn that Holmes, Lt. Col. Gore-King of Scotland Yard, and his trial judge shall all be hanged too. When Moriarty escapes and proceeds to put his threat into operation, Holmes has to postpone his retirement.

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

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.

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

Marihuana El Monstruo Verde(1936)

1h 24min | Crime
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Policeman goes undercover to bust drug-smuggling ring.

Directed by José Bohr - With Sara García

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.

What Price Vengeance(1937)

A cop hesitates in using his gun to stop a robbery, & the robbers get away. He is forced to quit the police force, and he turns to a life of crime.

Directed by Del Lord

Lancer Spy(1937)

1h 18min | Drama, Thriller

An Englishman impersonates an imprisoned German officer and "returns" to Germany to become a national hero. A female German spy is assigned to check him out but falls in love with him.

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

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

Lonely Road(1936)

1h 20min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 1 vote)

Commander Stevenson, suffering from unrequited love drives to the coast while very drunk and interrupts some smugglers and informs Scotland Yard.

Bombs Over London(1937)

1h 19min | War, Drama
2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

When a reporter is killed under mysterious circumstances, the political cartoonist on his paper begins to investigate on his own. He finds that a vengeful industrialist may be trying to manipulate an international peace conference to stage a bombing attack on London.


54min | Thriller

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

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...

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