1930s Thriller Movies

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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse(1933)

2h 2min | Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 59 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.

Secret Agent(1936)

1h 26min | Thriller
3.1/5 (with 36 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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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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.

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.

Everything Is Thunder(1936)

1h 16min | Drama, Thriller, War
1.8/5 (with 1 vote)

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

Directed by Milton Rosmer - With Constance Bennett

Dead Men Tell No Tales(1939)

1h 10min | Thriller, Crime

- No description / details available yet. -

Directed by David MacDonald - With Emlyn Williams

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.

No Exit(1936)

1h 20min | Mystery
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A crime novelist stages an imaginative prank to prove that the perfect murder is possible but finds it has catastrophic consequences.

Directed by Norman Lee - With Valerie Hobson

Scotland Yard Commands(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.

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!

Salon Dora Green(1933)

1h 18min | Drama

- No description / details available yet. -

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

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.

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

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.

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 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.

Reported Missing(1937)

| 1h 3min | Thriller

A gang is sabotaging planes so that when they crash, the corpses can be robbed.

Directed by Milton Carruth


1h 32min | Drama
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The famous tightrope artist Truxa is drinking at the Artisan bar in New York. He meets a young man, Husen, and gives him his stage name Truxa. He is to take the real Truxa's place at a circus show in Wintergarten, Berlin. Alternate-language version, or remake, filmed in the UK and released in 1938 as STAR OF THE CIRCUS (q.v.)

Directed by Hans Heinz Zerlett - With La Jana, Hannes Stelzer, Ernst Fritz Fürbringer, Mady Rahl

Rote Orchideen(1938)

1h 26min
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

In a made-up country somewhere in northern Europe: In the armaments factory F.N.G., an important drawing is copied and passed on to the enemy. Suspicion falls on the chief engineer Alexander Nica and his assistant Laurenz. Both are placed before the court; accused by the night watchman Bruns; and sentenced to death for industrial espionage. Before sentencing, however, Nica succeeds in getting away. Now he’s trying to find proof to convince the court of his and Laurenz’ innocence.

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