Crime films on 'Talking Pictures' channelby greenbudgie | created - 07 Dec 2017 | updated - 04 Oct 2018 | Public
'Talking Pictures' is devoted to film history. I look forward to seeing these crime films on their channel.
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1. Dick Tracy (1945)
Approved | 61 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
Police detective Dick Tracy must identify and apprehend a serial killer known as Splitface.
This film is shown on 'Talking Pictures under the following title. 'Dick Tracy.'
3. Dick Tracy Returns (1938)
Approved | 260 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
Dick Tracy battles spies and saboteurs in his efforts to bring to justice the Stark gang, a criminal family led by the vicious Pa Stark.
4. Dick Tracy's Dilemma (1947)
Approved | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Dick Tracy investigates the theft of a fortune of fur coats, a possible insurance swindle and several murders, all linked to a huge thug who wears a hook in place of his right hand.
5. Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946)
Approved | 62 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
Expensive diamonds are stolen but before the thief can fence them he is strangled by ex-con Cueball, who then takes the gems and continues murdering people he believes are trying to swindle... See full summary »
7. Dick Tracy's G-Men (1939)
Passed | 302 min | Action, Mystery, Crime
A mad doctor named Zanoff uses a drug to bring himself back from the dead after his execution in prison. Dick Tracy sets out to capture Zanoff before he can put his criminal gang back together again.
9. Calling Paul Temple (1948)
92 min | Crime, Mystery
A maniac is murdering the patients of a doctor who specializes in nervous disorders. A detective is called in to catch the killer.
Trapped in an underground stream. Temple is told "drowning is a pleasant way to die."
10. Paul Temple's Triumph (1950)
80 min | Mystery
A husband-and-wife detective team look into the murder of one of her friends, whose father--a prominent scientist--has been kidnapped. They find themselves up against a sinister crime ... See full summary »
11. Bombay Waterfront (1952)
71 min | Mystery
The Temples investigate a series of gruesome murders attributed to a mysterious figure known as "The Marquis".
This film is shown on 'Talking Pictures' under the following title. 'Bombay Waterfront.'
12. Meet Mr. Callaghan (1954)
Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama
Direputable Private Detective Slim Callaghan is hired to investigate a murder and a will change in London.
Slim is a really seedy detective. He will "sit all night in a sewer double-crossing the rats."
13. Green for Danger (1946)
Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
After the nurse who declares that a recent surgical death was a murder dies also, an enigmatic Scotland Yard inspector arrives to investigate.
Alastair Sim with brolly and briefcase dodging the doodlebugs. Very good whodunit
14. House of Blackmail (1953)
72 min | Drama, Mystery
A blackmailer is murdered, and the police find that there is a long list of suspects who wanted to see him dead.
It has a light-hearted score. It proves that crime films don't always need menacing music.
15. Radio Cab Murder (1954)
70 min | Crime, Drama
Fred Martin, a taxi driver who is a reformed convict, is used by the police to go undercover in order to help catch a gang of safe robbers. However things start to go wrong when the police ... See full summary »
Now I know where 'Carry On Cabby' got some of their ideas from. Carry on snogging.
16. Too Late for Tears (1949)
Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Through a fluke circumstance a ruthless woman stumbles across a suitcase filled with $60,000, and she is determined to hold onto it even if it means murder.
I'll never forget the look of sheer avarice on Lizabeth Scott's face. Eyes wide with $ signs.
17. Dirty Money (1979)
102 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A group of fascists plan to finance their work by pulling off a bank robbery.
This film is shown 'Talking Pictures' under the following title. 'Sewers of Gold.'
18. Inquest (1939)
Not Rated | 60 min | Crime, Mystery
Margaret Hamilton (Elizabeth Allan) faces trial by Coroner's Court, an archaic British institution where justice can't be guaranteed.
First time that I've noticed that they used to 'kiss the book' when giving evidence.
19. The Dynamiters (1956)
74 min | Thriller, Crime, Drama
Insurance investigator Jimmy Baxter searches for a gang of jewel robbers. His fiancée Sally does some sleuthing on her own and finds valuable clues. Baxter tracks the gang to its lair, but ... See full summary »
It's difficult to tell who is crooked or not in this. A who's-up-to-what rather than a whodunit.
20. Born to Kill (1947)
Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A calculating divorcée risks her chances at wealth and security with a man she doesn't love by getting involved with the hotheaded murderer romancing her foster sister.
This film is shown on Talking Pictures under the following title. 'Lady Of Deceit.'
21. The Velvet Touch (1948)
Approved | 100 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
A Broadway star unintentionally kills her impresario but keeps mum about it when the police investigator targets a rival actress.
A cat and mouse game between Rosalind Russell and Sydney Greenstreet. Very tense.
22. Guilt Is My Shadow (1950)
86 min | Crime, Drama
After a failed bank robbery the getaway driver flees to the Devon countryside and the farm of his uncle.
A cunning sense of unease through guilt. I like the eerie dream scene in a churchyard.
23. Colonel March Investigates (1953)
70 min | Mystery
Three episodes of "Colonel March of Scotland Yard" edited together for theatrical release.
I like the droll quirky characters in this. "Caught any queer fish lately, Colonel?"
24. Undercover Agent (1953)
68 min | Drama
An auditor comes into possession of an envelope containing prints and drawings which the British government is anxious to obtain and also a great many other people, all of whom try to get ... See full summary »
This film is shown on Talking Pictures under the following title. 'Undercover Agent.'
25. White Fire (1953)
Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama
American Gregor Stevens arrives in London searching for his brother who, unknown to him, has been convicted of a murder and is within three days of being executed. He meets Yvonne Durante, ... See full summary »
The plot has corkscrew twists. Mary Castle looks like Rita Hayworth in some of her shots.
26. Roadhouse Girl (1953)
70 min | Crime, Drama
George Saunders is the middle-aged owner of a roadside garage and pub. Trouble is inevitable when his sexy young wife, Marilyn, gets involved with Tom, the new mechanic.
This film is shown on 'Talking Pictures' under the following title. 'Marilyn.'
27. Police Dog (1955)
70 min | Crime, Drama
When his colleague is killed during a chase in Kentish Town, London bobby Frank volunteers to become a dog-handler. Rex, his new companion, starts to take over his home life more than ... See full summary »
Police chase an armed crook. Good canine acrobatics from the hero Rex 111.
28. Marked Men (1940)
Approved | 66 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
Bill Carver is a young medical-school graduate wrongly confined in prison. He escapes and finds a haven and romance in an Arizona small town. But his hopes of happiness and freedom are ... See full summary »
Another canine hero in this. He rescues his fugitive friend in the desert.
29. Tears for Simon (1956)
89 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
An 18 month old baby disappears in London. Detective Inspector Craig tries to find the child but there aren't many clues.
A child abduction case. Some litter-picking in a park provides a vital clue.
30. Double Confession (1950)
80 min | Crime, Drama
When his wife is murdered, the husband tries to divert suspicion from himself to someone else. Unfortunately, his scheme winds up getting him mixed up with some real murderers.
Entangled story. Two mysterious deaths at a holiday resort need to be solved.
31. Heat Wave (1954)
Not Rated | 68 min | Crime, Drama
An American writer living in England gets entangled in a scheme by a beautiful blonde to murder her rich husband.
Noir-like narration from Alex Nicol. He comes shabbily to a party as "the vulgar boatman."
32. Five Angles on Murder (1950)
Approved | 88 min | Mystery
A woman is murdered, but she is seen in different ways by different people.
Fortune teller Astra has many faces. Who is telling the truth about her?
33. The Third Alibi (1961)
68 min | Drama, Thriller
A composer stuck in a middle-class marriage finds that his affair with his wife's half-sister has resulted in her pregnancy. When his wife refuses to give him a divorce he hatches a murder ... See full summary »
A Tales-of-the-Unexpected-type scenario. Full of anticipatory interest throughout.
34. Cover Girl Killer (1959)
Not Rated | 61 min | Crime, Thriller
A bikini-clad pin-up is found dead by the Serpentine in the same place, pose and get-up as when she appeared on the cover of "Wow!" magazine. When the police find the same fate befalling ... See full summary »
A pop-eyed twisted murderer. Harry H. Corbett in his grotesque pebble glasses.
35. Life in Danger (1959)
Not Rated | 63 min | Crime, Drama
The inhabitants of a small village, led by a war veteran, try to catch a vagrant, who they suspect to be an escaped mental patient.
Derren Nesbitt seems so inoffensive. But he disturbs a village into a panic.
36. Wicked Wife (1953)
75 min | Crime, Thriller
After race horse trainer Gerald Coates' (Nigel Patrick's) horse wins the Grand National, his wife comes home drunk, and the two of them have a violent argument, and she is accidentally ... See full summary »
Nigel Patrick says "I was grateful for the fog" that night. But can he keep his cover?
37. Tread Softly (1952)
Not Rated | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The star of a London musical walks out before the curtain up, but the show must go on in a haunted theatre, The Regency. 40 years previously, the star of Hamlet was murdered, and more are dying to keep a dark secret.
An abandoned theatre of dust and memories. It's reopening invites murder.
38. Make Mine Mink (1960)
Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy
Zany collection of misfits led by aging military man (Terry-Thomas) go on a spree of robbing mink coats. An unlikely trio of women (Athene Seyler, Hattie Jacques, and Elspeth Duxbury) find ... See full summary »
A whacky gang of fur thieves. My favourite of the Terry-Thomas crime comedies.
39. Escape by Night (1964)
75 min | Crime, Drama
A bus carrying prisoners on their way to jail, is hijacked by a gang, who want to free one of the passengers. The rest of the prisoners are locked in a petrol soaked barn, and warned not to... See full summary »
Peter Sallis and his primroses steals this film. Good sense of apprehensive tension.
40. The Quiet Woman (1951)
71 min | Crime, Drama
Coastal pub proprietress is inveigled into a smuggling plot.
A visual joke on a pub sign begins a witty crime story. Smuggling and a runaway convict.
41. My Brother's Keeper (1948)
Approved | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
War hero turned villain George Martin escapes from prison, but he is handcuffed to a naive young crook Willie Stannard. After using a clever plan to obtain railway tickets, and with the ... See full summary »
Jack Warner is on the wrong side of the law for a change. A convict who quotes Longfellow.
42. The Hundred Hour Hunt (1952)
84 min | Thriller
Scotland Yard is mobilised in the hunt for blood donors in a race to save a dying girl.
Inspector Lane takes a break from homicide. Until a historical case turns up.
43. Jigsaw (1962)
Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A woman is found murdered in a house along the coast from Brighton. Local detectives Fellows and Wilks lead an investigation methodically following up leads and clues mostly in Brighton and... See full summary »
Abrupt end. The detectives are satisfied only in the last few seconds that the case is solved.
44. Forbidden Cargo (1954)
85 min | Crime, Drama
Inspector Michael Kenyon (Nigel Patrick) is a Narcotics Agent who, with the aid of a titled bird-watcher attempts to trap a brother and sister drug smuggling team.
Delightful Joyce Grenfell scenes. Lady Flavia and her Samarkand sand martins.
45. When London Sleeps (1932)
78 min | Crime
Slippery Rodney Haines runs a high-class gambling joint in Hampstead, while elsewhere in London Lamberti's Fair for the less-well-off is on its last legs. The only link between them seems ... See full summary »
All the crime action comes in the second half. So please be patient with the slow build-up.
46. Web of Evidence (1959)
Approved | 90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A British-American returns to Britain after 20 years to discover that his father has been jailed since WW2 for a murder that took place in murky circumstances.
This film is shown on Talking Pictures under the following title. 'Web Of Evidence.'
47. It Happened in Soho (1948)
52 min | Crime, Drama