1930s Action Movies

Public list by WPS with 89 movies or TV shows/series

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West Bound Limited(1937)

1h 6min | Adventure, Action

Talbot works as a dispatcher at a small rural railway station. One rainy night, shortly after a company payroll has arrived at the station, a masked criminal arrives to steal it. Talbot intercepts the villain's plan and a struggle ensues. He manages to fight off the masked man and save the payroll. But during the fight he is away from his station and misses a call to change the tracks for an oncoming train. This causes a terrible train crash resulting in many lost lives.

Directed by Ford Beebe

State Police(1938)

The state police try to break up racketeering in a coal mining town.

Directed by John Rawlins

Suicide Squad(1935)

| 56min | Action, Drama, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 4 votes)

Larry Baker is a young fireman whose daring exploits have led him to receiving a lot of newspaper publicity which goes to his head. His sweetheart, Mary O'Connor, and fire-department friends begin to shun him as they think he is just a publicity hound. But a daring rescue of Mary and her younger brother, Mickey, from a blazing inferno shows him to be more than just a publicity-chaser and, now, a real hero to all.

Directed by Raymond K. Johnson

The Seas Beneath(1931)

| 1h 30min | Action, Drama, War
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

In the waning days of WWI, a U.S. "Mystery Ship," sets sail for the coast of Spain towing a submarine. Their mission is to find and sink a U-boat that has been especially effective in attacking Allied shipping. Posing as a harmless schooner, the mystery ship is in fact fitted with a formidable gun capable of sinking a U-boat. Stopping in the Canary Islands to refuel, the crew interacts with locals involved with Germans, and with Germans themselves, including the sister of the U-Boat commander, who is lurking offshore waiting for the coming battle.

The Silver Streak(1934)

| 1h 25min | Drama, Action
3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

A high-speed train becomes the star of the film as it rushes from Chicago to Hoover Dam to transport an iron lung to a needy patient.

Under Cover of Night(1937)

1h 10min | Mystery, Action, Comedy
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

A detective (Edmund Lowe) trails a professor (Henry Daniell) who stole credit for his wife's research, then killed her.

The Storm(1938)

1h 18min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A passenger ship unexpectedly runs into a typhoon.

Southern Carrier(1937)

1h 31min | Adventure
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A pilot on one of the air mail flights between France and its African colonies has a brief romance with his distressed cousin before he returns to the call of duty, and the rebels in the desert.

Jirokichi the Rat(1931)

1h 1min | Drama, Action
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

Jirokichi the Rat is wanted in Edo for robbing the mansions of the rich. While on the run, he falls for Osen, a girl who has been sold to a brothel by her criminal brother, Nikichi. When he goes to find Nikichi, Jirokichi immediately falls for Okino, a poor girl who is also under threat from Nikichi.

Directed by Daisuke Itō - With Denjirō Ōkōchi

The Marines Are Coming(1934)

1h 14min | War, Action
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Expelled from his lieutenancy in the Marine Corps, Bill Traylor reenlists as a private. His unit is sent to a Latin American country where a rebel leader called The Torch promotes insurrection. There Traylor encounters again Captain Benton, the man responsible for his disgrace and his rival for the love of a girl.

Directed by David Howard

The Phantom of the Air(1933)

| 4h | Action
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

An adventure serial presented in 12 chapters. Inventor Thomas Edmunds uses a super plane, 'The Phantom,' to protect his new anti-gravity invention, the Contragrav, from theft.

Directed by Ray Taylor - With Tom Tyler

The Phantom Express(1932)

2.5/5 (with 3 votes)

Railroad foes cause terror on the tracks with the illusion of a ghost train.

Directed by Emory Johnson
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The Mystery Man(1935)

2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Hard-boiled newspaper reporter Larry Doyle (Robert Armstrong) goes a bit too far in celebrating a work bonus and wakes up on a train bound for St. Louis with only a buck on his person. To remedy the problem, Doyle pawns the revolver he's carrying. When the gun is subsequently used in a murder, Doyle's problems only multiply. In the meantime, he's also fallen in love with a comely stranger (Maxine Doyle) he convinced to impersonate his wife.

Directed by Ray McCarey

Emergency Call(1933)

1h 10min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A surgeon and an ambulance driver fight racketeers who take over their hospital.

Our Fighting Navy(1937)

1h 7min | Action

Trouble is brewing in the banana republic of Bianco for both His Excellency, El Presidente, and the British Consul, Brant. Rebels, led by Diego De Costa, the trusted "Minister of the Marines and the Customs" and Lieutenant Enricquo, the gunnery officer of the small republic's one battleship, have taken over the battleship, and the town. Most of the British citizens have taken refuge at the Consulate or have been evacuated to the small cruiser in Bianco's port, the "H. M. S. Audacious." But there are two major issues; the Consul's daughter, Pamela, and Canadian Lieutenant Bill Armstrong have been kidnapped by the rebels and now held hostage on the battleship "El Mirante," and El Presidente was visiting the consulate when the war broke out and is now under the protective custody of the British Empire.

Directed by Norman Walker - With Robert Douglas

Pirates of the Skies(1939)

1h 5min | Drama

Cafe waitress Barbara Whitney refuses to acknowledge her marriage to Air Policeman Nick Conlon until he upgrades his career. He does so by infiltrating a hi-jacking gang, posing as passengers, that robs airplanes carrying valuable items and money, and parachuting their escape from the scene of the crime.

Directed by Joseph A. McDonough

Circus Girl(1937)

| 1h 6min | Drama, Action
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A jealous trapeze star decides he must eliminate his romantic rival.

Directed by John H. Auer - With June Travis

Cruz Diablo(1934)

1h 23min | Action, Adventure, Drama
2.6/5 (with 3 votes)

16th-century swashbuckler; evil nobleman usurps another man's title and properties and forces his daughter to marry a political ally. But Cruz Diablo will have revenge!

Join the Marines(1937)

| 1h 8min | Action
1.5/5 (with 1 vote)

New York City cop Phil Donlon leaves the force to join the U.S. Olympic team. When he falls for a Marine colonel's daughter he gets kicked off the team. Joining the Marines to win the Colonel's approval many adventures follow.

Directed by Ralph Staub - With Paul Kelly


| 1h 6min | Action, Drama
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

The night before his grandson, Tommy Grayson, a mechanic at the Midland Aircraft Corporation, is to marry Gail, a former showgirl, Major Matt Grayson, a war veteran and watchman at the plant, catches two men breaking into the machine shop. The men run, but the major shoots one of them.....

Directed by Harold Young - With Arleen Whelan

Forged Passport(1939)

1h 3min | Crime, Action, Comedy

Dan Frazier is a U. S. Border Patrolman on the California-Mexico border whose hot temper and ready-fists keep him in trouble, both of which indirectly lead to the death of a fellow trooper. He resigns from the force in order to find out who was responsible. He believes it was a gang of smugglers, engaged in smuggling illegal aliens into the United States from Mexico, and in order to get inside the gang he fakes smuggling activities.

In Spite of Danger(1935)

0.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Bill Crane, race-car driver has an accident while racing and finds himself unable to return to the fast-paced racetrack. Looking for another occupation he meets a girl, Sally Sullivan, who runs a roadside lunch-wagon and she helps him get a job as a truck driver. They fall in love and get married. He gets a contract to haul a load of dynamite and, when coming down a steep mountain, he finds his truck's brakes have been sabotaged, just as were the brakes on his race-car.

Directed by Lambert Hillyer

Mister Dynamite(1935)

| 1h 7min | Crime

A gambler hires a detective to investigate when a murder is committed in his casino.

Directed by Alan Crosland - With Edmund Lowe

Pride of the Navy(1939)

1h 3min | Action, Adventure

A disruptive Annapolis naval cadet refuses to tow the line and so gets booted out of the prestigious academy. Later, he takes to designing speedboats. They are innovative and soon the Navy comes a-knocking in hopes that he will design a fast and easily maneuverable boat to carry torpedoes.

Directed by Charles Lamont - With James Dunn

Rollin' Plains(1938)

| 56min | Action, Western, Music

It's cattlemen versus sheepmen and Trigger Gargan appears to be the leader of the gang causing the trouble. But unknown to Ranger Tex Lawrence, the respected town citizen Barrow is the boss and is tipping off the gang as to the Ranger's activities.

Directed by Albert Herman

Born to Be Wild(1938)

| 1h 6min | Action, Drama

Truck drivers Steve Hackett and Bill Purvis are fired from their jobs with the West Coast Trucking company for not using second-gear going down steep grades. Davis, the company vice-president, surprisingly asks them to carry a load of merchandise to Arrowhead and offers a $1000 bonus. He tells them it is a load of lettuce. Several miles out of Los Angelese, they are stopped by a mob of lettuce-farm workers on strike. When the first crate is tossed off the truck, it explodes and the two pals learn their merchandise is a cargo of dynamite. The workers let them proceed and they crash into a car driven by Mary Stevens, whom they had met at a restaurant. She and her dog, "Butch" (played by a Credited dog named Stooge), join them and they deliver their cargo, and learn unscrupulous real-estate operators have jammed the locks on the dam in order to ruin the ranchers and farmers and take over their property.

Directed by Joseph Kane - With Ralph Byrd

The Montana Kid(1931)

2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A cowboy whose friend has been swindled out of his ranch and then murdered must take care of the man's son, then he goes after the killers.

Directed by Harry L. Fraser

The Lady Fights Back(1937)

Engineer Owen Merrill travels to the Pacific Northwest where he plans to build a dam. He stays at the Salmon Club, run by attractive Heather McHale. When Heather learns Owen's purpose, she explains that the club has a government lease on the river in order to preserve the area's good salmon fishing. Owen argues that the dam will create jobs, but Heather deplores the loss of beauty....

Directed by Milton Carruth

Skull and Crown(1935)

| 56min | Adventure, Action

Rin-Tin-Tin brings the killer of his mistress to justice.

Homicide Bureau(1939)

58min | Drama, Action, Crime

After being criticized by the Citizens' League for his inability to cope with a crime wave, Police Captain Haines orders his men in the Homicide Bureau to clean up all their cases, but without violating the constitutional rights of any suspect. Detective Jim Logan is ordered to meet the incoming new-head of the Police Department lab and internal affairs, J.G. Bliss, and takes an instant dislike to her over her attitude toward criminal's rights.

Directed by Charles C. Coleman - With Bruce Cabot, Rita Hayworth, Marc Lawrence, Moroni Olsen, Eddie Fetherston, Gene Morgan, ...
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