Crime films on 'Talking Pictures' channel

by 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.

Director: William Berke | Stars: Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Mike Mazurki, Jane Greer

Votes: 1,117

This film is shown on 'Talking Pictures under the following title. 'Dick Tracy.'

2. Dick Tracy (1937)

Approved | 290 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A master criminal called The Spider puts the famous detective's brother under a hypnotic spell and turns him against Dick.

Directors: Alan James, Ray Taylor | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Kay Hughes, Smiley Burnette, Lee Van Atta

Votes: 519

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.

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Lynne Roberts, Charles Middleton, Jerry Tucker

Votes: 345

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.

Director: John Rawlins | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Lyle Latell, Kay Christopher, Jack Lambert

Votes: 853

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 »

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Lyle Latell, Rita Corday

Votes: 1,071

6. Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (1941)

Passed | 263 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Dick Tracy goes up against a villain known as The Ghost, who can turn himself invisible.

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Michael Owen, Jan Wiley, John Davidson

Votes: 255

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.

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Irving Pichel, Ted Pearson, Jennifer Jones

Votes: 283

8. The Green Finger (1946)

83 min | Crime

Novelist and amateur sleuth, Paul Temple, meets a newspaper woman called "Steve." Together they investigate a gang of diamond robbers.

Director: John Argyle | Stars: Anthony Hulme, Joy Shelton, Tamara Desni, Jack Raine

Votes: 93

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.

Director: Maclean Rogers | Stars: John Bentley, Dinah Sheridan, Margaretta Scott, Abraham Sofaer

Votes: 131

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 »

Director: Maclean Rogers | Stars: John Bentley, Dinah Sheridan, Jack Livesey, Beatrice Varley

Votes: 71

11. Bombay Waterfront (1952)

71 min | Mystery

The Temples investigate a series of gruesome murders attributed to a mysterious figure known as "The Marquis".

Director: Maclean Rogers | Stars: John Bentley, Patricia Dainton, Grey Blake, Peter Gawthorne

Votes: 90

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.

Director: Charles Saunders | Stars: Robert Adair, Delphi Lawrence, Derrick De Marney, Harriette Johns

Votes: 142

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.

Director: Sidney Gilliat | Stars: Alastair Sim, Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Leo Genn

Votes: 3,869

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.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Mary Germaine, William Sylvester, Alexander Gauge, John Arnatt

Votes: 130

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 »

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Jimmy Hanley, Lana Morris, Sonia Holm, Jack Allen

Votes: 140

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.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 3,193

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.

Director: Francis Megahy | Stars: Ian McShane, Warren Clarke, Stephen Greif, Christopher Malcolm

Votes: 216

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.

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Philip Friend, Harold Anstruther, Malcolm Morley, Jean Shepeard

Votes: 87

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 »

Directors: Francis Searle, Terence Fisher | Stars: Wayne Morris, Sandra Dorne, James Kenney, Patrick Holt

Votes: 103

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.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney, Walter Slezak, Phillip Terry

Votes: 4,030

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.

Director: Jack Gage | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Leo Genn, Claire Trevor, Sydney Greenstreet

Votes: 760

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.

Director: Roy Kellino | Stars: Peter Reynolds, Patrick Holt, Lawrence O'Madden, Esma Cannon

Votes: 94

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.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Boris Karloff, Ewan Roberts, Richard Wattis, Sheila Burrell

Votes: 81

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 »

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Dermot Walsh, Hazel Court, Hermione Baddeley, Alexander Gauge

Votes: 64

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 »

Director: John Gilling | Stars: Scott Brady, Mary Castle, John Blythe, Gabrielle Brune

Votes: 157

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.

Director: Wolf Rilla | Stars: Maxwell Reed, Sandra Dorne, Leslie Dwyer, Vida Hope

Votes: 145

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 »

Director: Derek N. Twist | Stars: Joan Rice, Tim Turner, Sandra Dorne, Charles Victor

Votes: 83

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 »

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Warren Hull, Isabel Jewell, John Dilson, Paul Bryar

Votes: 111

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.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: David Farrar, David Knight, Julia Arnall, Anthony Oliver

Votes: 268

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.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Derek Farr, Joan Hopkins, Peter Lorre, William Hartnell

Votes: 204

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.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Alex Nicol, Hillary Brooke, Sidney James, Susan Stephen

Votes: 364

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.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Jean Kent, Dirk Bogarde, John McCallum, Susan Shaw

Votes: 582

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 »

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Laurence Payne, Patricia Dainton, Jane Griffiths, Edward Underdown

Votes: 157

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 »

Director: Terry Bishop | Stars: Harry H. Corbett, Felicity Young, Spencer Teakle, Victor Brooks

Votes: 260

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.

Director: Terry Bishop | Stars: Derren Nesbitt, Julie Hopkins, Howard Marion-Crawford, Victor Brooks

Votes: 123

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 »

Director: Bob McNaught | Stars: Nigel Patrick, Moira Lister, Beatrice Campbell, Betty Ann Davies

Votes: 147

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.

Director: David MacDonald | Stars: John Bentley, Patricia Dainton, John Laurie, Olaf Olsen

Votes: 61

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 »

Director: Robert Asher | Stars: Terry-Thomas, Athene Seyler, Hattie Jacques, Billie Whitelaw

Votes: 922

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 »

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Terence Longdon, Jennifer Jayne, Harry Fowler, Peter Sallis

Votes: 144

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.

Director: John Gilling | Stars: Derek Bond, Jane Hylton, Dora Bryan, Michael Balfour

Votes: 120

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 »

Director: Alfred Roome | Stars: Jack Warner, Jane Hylton, George Cole, Bill Owen

Votes: 207

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.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Jack Warner, Anthony Steel, Joy Shelton, Freddie Mills

Votes: 120

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 »

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Jack Warner, Ronald Lewis, Yolande Donlan, Michael Goodliffe

Votes: 654

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.

Director: Harold French | Stars: Jack Warner, Nigel Patrick, Elizabeth Sellars, Terence Morgan

Votes: 151

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 »

Director: Leslie S. Hiscott | Stars: Harold French, Francis L. Sullivan, Alexander Field, Ben Field

Votes: 48

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.

Director: Jack Cardiff | Stars: Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Emlyn Williams, Bernard Lee

Votes: 155

This film is shown on Talking Pictures under the following title. 'Web Of Evidence.'