Tag Archives: Crime

Classic Crime Movies and Television crime dramas online.


Reform School Girl (1957)

She’s not such a bad girl, but she picked the wrong boyfriend who ran a pedestrian down with his car. So she became Reform School Girl.


Bowery at Midnight (1942)

Bowery at Midnight (1942) is a horror film starring Bela Lugosi. Lugosi plays a psychology professor by day who, secretly and under an assumed name, runs a Bowery soup kitchen by night called the Bowery Friendly Mission. Lugosi’s character uses his soup kitchen as a means to recruit members of a criminal gang, of which he is also secretly the head.


Jigsaw (1949)

Jigsaw is a 1949 film noir made by Tower Pictures and distributed by United Artists. It was directed by Fletcher Markle and produced by Edward J. Danziger and Harry Lee Danziger from a screenplay by Vincent McConnor and Fletcher Markle from a story by John Roeburt.


Big Combo, The (1955)

This violent, dark film tells of tormented Police Lt. Leonard Diamond (Cornel Wilde), who is on a personal crusade to bring down sadistic gangster Mr. Brown (Richard Conte). He’s also dangerously obsessed with Brown’s girlfriend (Jean Wallace), his captive lover.

Why is Detective Diamond so involved with Brown’s girlfriend? Well… she’s pretty Jean Wallace.. but I think that’s about all she’s got going for her. Let’s face it. She’s a gun moll and kind of a ditz. Not to pick a pretty good film noir apart too much. It is the genre.

It sort of reminds me of what Dr. Laura said “If you help a damsel in distress, you end up with a distressed damsel”


Charlie Chan in The Chinese Ring (1947)

A mysterious Chinese woman arrives at Charlie Chan’s home and is murdered there shortly afterward. The only clues are the ring with which she introduced herself, and the message “Capt K” she scrawled before dying.


Prison Break (1938)

Joaquin Shannon confesses to a murder he didn’t commit. He gets a year in prison to start for manslaughter. It gets hard to be on good behavior.


Black Dragons (1942)

The Society of the Black Dragons sends Bela Lugosi (Dr. Melcher) to transform 6 japanese into indentical likenesses of American industrialists forming a 5th column. This is at the behest of the Nazis.


Escape By Night (1937)

Nick Allen comes to the rescue when a gun moll Jo Elliot gets hassled on the street. Spudsy, Red and Jo take it on the lam and Nick ends up going along. They get stranded because of car trouble and end up staying with old, blind Pop Regan. After weeks with Pop Regan, all of them seem to like the rural lifestyle better and start to think about going straight.


Wives Under Suspicion (1938)

A prosecuting attorney treats every homicide case as first degree murder and uses miniature replicas of human skulls to tally the death sentences that he garners. Then he himself is beset by the urge to murder.


Phantom of 42nd St, The (1945)

An actor is killed during the performance of a play and critic Tony Woolrich (Dave O’Brien) undertakes to solve the crime. Claudia Moore (Kay Aldridge, in her last movie role), the girl he loves, is suspected, but when two more deaths occur, she is also threatened by the Phantom Killer.


File on Thelma Jordan, The (1950)

Thelma Jordon (Barbara Stanwyck) falls for a jewel thief and helps him steal her aunts jewelry. She ends up shooting her formerly-rich aunt but makes it look like an outside job. The D.A. falls in love with her and gets her off. From there things go badly.


Second Woman, The (1950)

This film noir tells the story of Jeff Cohalan (Robert Young). He’s a successful architect who is tormented by the fact that his fiancée was killed in a mysterious car accident on the night before their wedding.