The Best B-Pictures Of The 1930s

by Akira_Chimera | created - 23 Mar 2011 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

This list is dedicated to those pictures that are not much talked about or sometimes even sneered at. Most of these movies were made on a small budget but can be very entertaining nevertheless. That is, if you generally dig B-pictures of the sci-fi or horror genre, for example. Some of the entries might be considered trash, but I assure you that you will find only the hilarious ones here. So, if you are in the mood for a somewhat different movie that does not necessarily follow mainstream rules, chances are that you will find here what you are looking for.

As usual, don't hesitate to leave a comment if you feel up to it.

PS: The movies are sorted by year and not necessarily by my preference. This list is by no means complete as I will add new worthwhile films as I stumble across them.

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1. The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu (1930)

Passed | 73 min | Mystery, Romance

7.1
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The villainous master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu sets out to destroy the people he holds responsible for the death of his family.

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Warner Oland, O.P. Heggie, Jean Arthur, Neil Hamilton

Votes: 132

2. Murder by the Clock (1931)

76 min | Horror, Mystery

6.6
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An elderly woman installs a horn in her crypt in case she's buried alive.

Director: Edward Sloman | Stars: William 'Stage' Boyd, Lilyan Tashman, Irving Pichel, Regis Toomey

Votes: 154

3. Doctor X (1932)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

6.5
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A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, Preston Foster

Votes: 2,113

4. Chandu the Magician (1932)

Unrated | 71 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.3
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When delusional madman Roxor kidnaps a scientist in hopes of using his death ray to achieve world dominance, he is opposed by Chandu, a powerful hypnotist and yogi.

Directors: William Cameron Menzies, Marcel Varnel | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Irene Ware, Bela Lugosi, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 720

5. The Phantom of Crestwood (1932)

Passed | 76 min | Crime, Mystery

6.7
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Jenny Wren coerces banker Priam Andes to have a dinner party at his shorefront estate Crestwood, and instructs him to invite three other men, each of whom she plans to extort money from. ... See full summary »

Director: J. Walter Ruben | Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Karen Morley, Anita Louise, Pauline Frederick

Votes: 395

6. The Living Dead (1932)

89 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror

6.3
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A crazed scientist murders his wife, walls her up, then flees. A reporter sets out to track him down.

Director: Richard Oswald | Stars: Paul Wegener, Maria Koppenhöfer, Blandine Ebinger, Eugen Klöpfer

Votes: 66

7. Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

Passed | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

7.2
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A trader and his daughter set off in search of the fabled graveyard of the elephants in deepest Africa, only to encounter a wild man raised by apes.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Neil Hamilton, C. Aubrey Smith, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 5,910

8. The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

Passed | 68 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan before the sinister Fu Manchu does.

Directors: Charles Brabin, Charles Vidor | Stars: Boris Karloff, Lewis Stone, Karen Morley, Charles Starrett

Votes: 2,558

9. 6 Hours to Live (1932)

72 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.4
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A murder victim is brought back to life by a scientific experiment. However, the effects only last for six hours, and he must find his killer in that time.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Warner Baxter, Miriam Jordan, John Boles, George F. Marion

Votes: 68

10. Kongo (1932)

Passed | 86 min | Drama, Horror

6.6
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This remake of West of Zanzibar (1928) made four years later tries to outdo the Lon Chaney original in morbidity. From a wheelchair a handicapped white man rules an area of Africa as a ... See full summary »

Director: William J. Cowen | Stars: Walter Huston, Lupe Velez, Conrad Nagel, Virginia Bruce

Votes: 682

11. The Menace (1932)

64 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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Ronald Quayle escapes from prison. He was sent there for murdering his father, based on the testimony of his stepmother, Caroline. An explosion disfigures him, but plastic surgery gives him... See full summary »

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: H.B. Warner, Walter Byron, Bette Davis, Natalie Moorhead

Votes: 333

12. The Son of Kong (1933)

Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy

5.8
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The men who captured the giant ape King Kong return to Skull Island and find his likewise gigantic but far more friendly son.

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack, Frank Reicher, John Marston

Votes: 3,120 | Gross: $1.34M

13. The Ghoul (1933)

Not Rated | 77 min | Action, Drama, Horror

5.9
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An Egyptologist returns from the dead to take revenge on those who have violated his tomb.

Director: T. Hayes Hunter | Stars: Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger, Dorothy Hyson

Votes: 1,757

14. Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

Unrated | 77 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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The disappearance of people and corpses leads a reporter to a wax museum and a sinister sculptor.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh

Votes: 3,663

15. The Vampire Bat (1933)

TV-PG | 65 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.7
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When corpses drained of blood begin to show up in a European village, vampirism is suspected to be responsible.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, Maude Eburne

Votes: 1,624

16. Supernatural (1933)

Passed | 65 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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A serial black widow murderess returns to life in the body of a young woman to exact revenge on a former lover, a phony spiritualist who betrayed her.

Director: Victor Halperin | Stars: Carole Lombard, Randolph Scott, Alan Dinehart, Vivienne Osborne

Votes: 383

17. The Monkey's Paw (1933)

58 min | Horror

7.2
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A mother wishes for the return of her dead son--a wish that is granted by the severed paw of a dead monkey.

Directors: Wesley Ruggles, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Ivan F. Simpson, Louise Carter, C. Aubrey Smith, Bramwell Fletcher

Votes: 60

18. White Woman (1933)

68 min | Drama

6.3
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A nightclub singer marries the rich owner of a rubber plantation. When she returns with him to his estate in Malaysia, she finds out that he is cruel, vicious and insanely jealous. She and ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Walker | Stars: Carole Lombard, Charles Laughton, Charles Bickford, Kent Taylor

Votes: 133

19. Terror Aboard (1933)

69 min | Mystery

7.0
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An ocean liner is found at sea with everyone on board dead. An investigation is begun to find out what happened.

Director: Paul Sloane | Stars: John Halliday, Charles Ruggles, Shirley Grey, Neil Hamilton

Votes: 55

20. Secret of the Chateau (1934)

Passed | 66 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

6.3
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Inspector Marotte, attending an auction of rare collectible books previously ownded by the recently murdered M. Le Duc de Poisse, hopes he can catch his old nemesis Prahec, a murderer and ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Claire Dodd, Alice White, Osgood Perkins, Jack La Rue

Votes: 74

21. The Ninth Guest (1934)

Passed | 65 min | Horror, Mystery

7.1
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Eight strangers are invited to spend the night in a penthouse apartment. After being wined and dined, a voice on the radio informs them that they will be murdered unless they manage to outwit the ninth guest: Death.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Donald Cook, Genevieve Tobin, Hardie Albright, Edward Ellis

Votes: 214

22. Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

Unrated | 104 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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The idyllic life of Tarzan and Jane is challenged by men on safari who come seeking ivory, and come seeking Jane as well.

Directors: Cedric Gibbons, James C. McKay, Jack Conway | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Neil Hamilton, Paul Cavanagh

Votes: 4,101

23. Bucket of Blood (1934)

55 min | Horror

6.3
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A young man is driven mad by his obsession with the repulsive diseased eye of the old man who cares for him.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Norman Dryden, John Kelt, Yolande Terrell, Thomas Shenton

Votes: 33

24. Werewolf of London (1935)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.5
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The juice of a rare Tibetan flower is the only thing that keeps Dr. Glendon from turning into a werewolf during a full moon.

Director: Stuart Walker | Stars: Henry Hull, Warner Oland, Valerie Hobson, Lester Matthews

Votes: 3,847

25. Mark of the Vampire (1935)

Passed | 60 min | Horror, Mystery

6.3
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When a nobleman is murdered, a professor of the occult blames vampires; but not all is what it seems.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill

Votes: 3,476

26. The Lone Wolf Returns (1935)

68 min | Mystery

6.8
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Once a jewel thief always a jewel thief? Yes and no. Yes if you consider the fact that Michael Lanyard also known as the Lone Wolf once retired from the "trade" but relapses back into his ... See full summary »

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Gail Patrick, Tala Birell, Henry Mollison

Votes: 42

27. Air Hawks (1935)

Passed | 68 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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A mysterious ray that immobilizes all motors and engines threatens the security of the country.

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Tala Birell, Wiley Post, Douglass Dumbrille

Votes: 126

28. The Walking Dead (1936)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.7
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After hapless pianist and ex-con John Elman is framed for murder, he is resurrected by a scientist after his execution.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Boris Karloff, Ricardo Cortez, Edmund Gwenn, Marguerite Churchill

Votes: 1,725

29. Dracula's Daughter (1936)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.4
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Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist, hoping to free herself of a mysterious evil influence.

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden, Marguerite Churchill, Edward Van Sloan

Votes: 4,411

30. The Case of the Black Cat (1936)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

6.4
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An bedridden eccentric millionaire, anticipating his own murder, hires Mason to help him rewrite his will, and the lawyer ends up defending the caretaker's cat.

Directors: William C. McGann, Alan Crosland | Stars: Ricardo Cortez, June Travis, Jane Bryan, Craig Reynolds

Votes: 342

31. The Preview Murder Mystery (1936)

Approved | 60 min | Mystery

6.8
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A public relations man for a movie studio uses an early form of television to help solve a murder.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Reginald Denny, Frances Drake, Gail Patrick, George Barbier

Votes: 41

32. The Man Who Lived Again (1936)

66 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.7
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Dr. Laurience, a brilliant but unstable scientist experimenting with transferring minds, becomes vengeful when his magnate patron withdraws his support.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Boris Karloff, Anna Lee, John Loder, Frank Cellier

Votes: 715

33. Fährmann Maria (1936)

85 min | Thriller, Horror, Mystery

7.4
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A beautiful young drifter comes to a small village and battles Death itself to save the man she loves.

Director: Frank Wisbar | Stars: Sybille Schmitz, Aribert Mog, Carl de Vogt, Peter Voß

Votes: 180

34. The Golem (1936)

83 min | Fantasy, Horror

6.6
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The Golem, a giant creature created out of clay by a rabbi, comes to life in a time of trouble to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Harry Baur, Roger Karl, Charles Dorat, Roger Duchesne

Votes: 158

35. Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937)

Not Rated | 70 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.9
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On a freighter going from San Francisco to Shanghai Mr. Moto solves mysteries caused by a gang of smugglers. First of the series.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Peter Lorre, Virginia Field, Thomas Beck, Sig Ruman

Votes: 770

36. Night Key (1937)

Approved | 68 min | Crime, Thriller

6.3
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The inventor of a new top-of-the-line burglar alarm system is kidnapped by a gang in order to get him to help them commit robberies.

Director: Lloyd Corrigan | Stars: Boris Karloff, Warren Hull, Jean Rogers, Alan Baxter

Votes: 541

37. Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937)

Approved | 67 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.1
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Seven maps, when found and put together, reveal the location of the treasures of Genghis Khan.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Peter Lorre, Thomas Beck, Pauline Frederick, Jayne Regan

Votes: 695

38. Reported Missing (1937)

63 min | Thriller

6.8
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A gang is sabotaging planes so that when they crash, the corpses can be robbed.

Director: Milton Carruth | Stars: William Gargan, Jean Rogers, Dick Purcell, Hobart Cavanaugh

Votes: 19

39. The Westland Case (1937)

Approved | 62 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.8
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A detective must solve a case where a girl was murdered in a room--and all the doors and windows were locked from the inside.

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Preston Foster, Frank Jenks, Carol Hughes, Barbara Pepper

Votes: 24

40. The Man Who Cried Wolf (1937)

Approved | 68 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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An actor continually confesses to murders he didn't commit, figuring that the police won't believe him when he confesses to a murder that he actually does intend to commit.

Director: Lewis R. Foster | Stars: Lewis Stone, Barbara Read, Tom Brown, Forrester Harvey

Votes: 31

41. Mr. Wong, Detective (1938)

Passed | 69 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.2
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When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders. He uncovers a international spy ring hoping to steal... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Maxine Jennings, Evelyn Brent

Votes: 743

42. Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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When the #1 heavyweight contender is mysteriously poisoned during a bout, Moto knows that identifying the gambler who placed large bets against him is the key to solving the murder.

Director: James Tinling | Stars: Peter Lorre, Keye Luke, Dick Baldwin, Lynn Bari

Votes: 487

43. The Lone Wolf in Paris (1938)

66 min | Mystery

6.3
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A princess in distress calls upon reformed jewel thief Michael Lanyard to aid her against villainous opposition.

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Francis Lederer, Frances Drake, Olaf Hytten, Walter Kingsford

Votes: 31

44. The Black Doll (1938)

Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

6.2
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Nicholas Rood, dishonest mine owner, finds a Black Doll on his desk and knows that vengeance is about to overtake him for murdering his former partner. He is knifed as he talks to his ... See full summary »

Director: Otis Garrett | Stars: Donald Woods, Nan Grey, Edgar Kennedy, C. Henry Gordon

Votes: 52

45. The Terror (1938)

64 min | Crime, Mystery

6.0
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A mysterious criminal mastermind plots a spectacular gold robbery, then after the robbery is completed he makes sure his gang is caught by the police, keeps the gold and disappears. After ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Bird | Stars: Wilfrid Lawson, Bernard Lee, Arthur Wontner, Linden Travers

Votes: 111

46. Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938)

Approved | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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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.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Peter Lorre, Rochelle Hudson, Robert Kent, J. Edward Bromberg

Votes: 524

47. Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938)

Approved | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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Mr. Moto has himself imprisoned on Devil's Island so he can help his cellmate (Ames) escape and thereby get the goods on a gang of international killers.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Peter Lorre, Mary Maguire, Henry Wilcoxon, Erik Rhodes

Votes: 566

48. The Saint in New York (1938)

Approved | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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Simon Templar, the Saint, is brought to New York. His search for the identity of "the Big Fellow" takes him through many dangerous situations.

Director: Ben Holmes | Stars: Louis Hayward, Kay Sutton, Sig Ruman, Jonathan Hale

Votes: 634

49. I Accuse (1938)

95 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.1
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After serving in the trenches of World War I, Jean Diaz recoils with such horror that he renounces love and personal pleasure to immerse himself in scientific research, seeking a machine to... See full summary »

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Victor Francen, Line Noro, Sylvie Gance, Marcel Delaître

Votes: 334

50. Arrest Bulldog Drummond (1938)

Approved | 57 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.3
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The invention of a war machine, that brings to explosion everything one wants to, puts Scotland Yard and Captain Drummond into alarm.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: John Howard, Heather Angel, H.B. Warner, Reginald Denny

Votes: 216

51. The Lady in the Morgue (1938)

Approved | 67 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.8
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A detective investigates the disappearance of a girl's body from the city morgue.

Director: Otis Garrett | Stars: Preston Foster, Patricia Ellis, Frank Jenks, Barbara Pepper

Votes: 34

52. Danger on the Air (1938)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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Caesar Kluck, soft-drink magnate, is found dead in the office of a big radio-broadcasting company. Benjamin Franklin Butts, a sound engineer, discovers that Kluck met his death from ... See full summary »

Director: Otis Garrett | Stars: Nan Grey, Donald Woods, Jed Prouty, Berton Churchill

Votes: 101

53. Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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Moto thwarts a ruthless band of international agents who try to foment an international incident by mining the entrance to the Suez Canal and blaming the British.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ricardo Cortez, Virginia Field, John Carradine

Votes: 1,000

54. Tower of London (1939)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, History

6.8
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In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne, then occupied by his brother King ... See full summary »

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Barbara O'Neil, Ian Hunter

Votes: 1,456

55. Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939)

Approved | 71 min | Mystery

6.0
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A pretty Chinese woman, seeking help from San Francisco detective James Lee Wong, is killed by a poisoned dart in his front hall, having time only to scrawl "Captain J" on a sheet of paper.... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Boris Karloff, Marjorie Reynolds, Grant Withers, Huntley Gordon

Votes: 548

56. The Mystery of Mr. Wong (1939)

Approved | 68 min | Mystery

6.4
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Detective tries to solve the murder of antiques collector who was in possession of a famous jewel known as "The Eye of the Daugther of The Moon."

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Dorothy Tree, Craig Reynolds

Votes: 523

57. The Saint Strikes Back (1939)

Passed | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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Simon Templar, the Saint, travels to San Francisco to solve crime mysteries within the police department.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Jonathan Hale, Jerome Cowan

Votes: 714

58. The Human Monster (1939)

Not Rated | 73 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

5.8
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Insurance agent-physician collects on policies of men murdered by a disfigured resident of the home for the blind where he acts as doctor-on-call.

Director: Walter Summers | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Hugh Williams, Greta Gynt, Edmon Ryan

Votes: 801

59. The Man They Could Not Hang (1939)

Unrated | 64 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.8
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When Dr. Savaard's experiment in cryonics is interrupted by the short-sighted authorities, his volunteer dies, and he is condemned to death. He vows vengeance if he can survive his own hanging.

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Boris Karloff, Lorna Gray, Robert Wilcox, Roger Pryor

Votes: 1,034

60. The Return of Doctor X (1939)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

5.7
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A hotshot reporter and a young doctor team up to investigate a series of grisly murders and a mysterious sample of synthetic blood.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane, Wayne Morris, Dennis Morgan

Votes: 1,472

61. The Saint in London (1939)

Passed | 72 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.4
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The Saint returns to London and with the help of an American pickpocket and a beautiful adventuress breaks a counterfeiting ring.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs | Stars: George Sanders, Sally Gray, David Burns, Gordon McLeod

Votes: 631

62. Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939)

Passed | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Family

7.0
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Tarzan's jungle home, and his family, Jane and Boy, are threatened by men greedy for gold.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Ian Hunter

Votes: 2,738

63. Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)

Approved | 65 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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Disguised as an Austrian archaeologist, Moto helps unearth the priceless crown of the legendary Queen of Sheba and sans disguise defends it from a variety of thugs and criminals.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Peter Lorre, Joseph Schildkraut, Lionel Atwill, Virginia Field

Votes: 462

64. The House of Fear (1939)

Approved | 67 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

6.8
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A detective goes undercover as a producer to investigate an actor's murder, which occurred during the performance of a play. The actor's body disappeared shortly after the crime, and his ... See full summary »

Director: Joe May | Stars: William Gargan, Irene Hervey, Dorothy Arnold, Alan Dinehart

Votes: 57

65. Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939)

Passed | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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The U.S. government asks Mr. Moto to go to Puerto Rico to investigate diamond smuggling after an earlier investigator is murdered.

Director: Herbert I. Leeds | Stars: Peter Lorre, Jean Hersholt, Amanda Duff, Warren Hymer

Votes: 525

66. The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939)

Passed | 71 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.7
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A group of "spies" is after the plans for an anti-aircraft gun, and the leader uses the opportunity to embroil the Lone Wolf in the plot. Trying to settle an old score, this shady character... See full summary »

Director: Peter Godfrey | Stars: Warren William, Ida Lupino, Rita Hayworth, Virginia Weidler

Votes: 446

67. The Witness Vanishes (1939)

Approved | 66 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.1
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Railroaded to an insane asylum twenty years ago by four men who had taken over his newspaper, Lucius Marplay, publisher of the London Sun, escapes with the sole intent of murdering the four... See full summary »

Director: Otis Garrett | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Wendy Barrie, Bruce Lester, Forrester Harvey

Votes: 25

68. Mystery of the White Room (1939)

Approved | 58 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

6.3
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In the middle of an eye-surgery operation in a large hospital, the lights in the operating room go out and the chief surgeon is murdered. It is the job of Police-Detective Spencer to figure... See full summary »

Director: Otis Garrett | Stars: Bruce Cabot, Helen Mack, Joan Woodbury, Constance Worth

Votes: 30