Poverty Row - The Best

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PRC , Monogram , Grand National , Chesterfield , Screen Guild not counting some of the late 40s / 50s films by small independents . See also Pine / Thomas productions , technically Paramount movies , but shot like poverty row films .

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1. Detour (1945)

Not Rated | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald

Votes: 13,198 | Gross: $0.02M

2. Dillinger (1945)

Approved | 70 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

John Dillinger begins his life of crime as a petty thief, meets his future gang in prison and eventually masterminds a series of daring robberies.

Director: Max Nosseck | Stars: Lawrence Tierney, Edmund Lowe, Anne Jeffreys, Eduardo Ciannelli

Votes: 1,595 | Gross: $4.00M

3. Suspense (1946)

Passed | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

The proprietor of an ice-skating revue promotes a peanut-vendor at the show to a management position based on suggestions he made to improve the act of the show's star, who also happens to ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Belita, Barry Sullivan, Bonita Granville, Albert Dekker

Votes: 298

4. The Gangster (1947)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Shubunka (Barry Sulivan) is a cynical gangster who controls the Neptune Beach waterfront. He runs a numbers racket with the local soda shop owner. The police are in his pocket and the local hoods are on his payroll.

Director: Gordon Wiles | Stars: Barry Sullivan, Belita, Joan Lorring, Akim Tamiroff

Votes: 678

5. Bluebeard (1944)

Passed | 72 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

In Paris, an artist hires portrait models, and after he finishes their portraits, he strangles them.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: John Carradine, Jean Parker, Nils Asther, Ludwig Stössel

Votes: 1,508

6. Decoy (1946)

Approved | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A mortally wounded female gangster recounts how she and her gang revived an executed killer from the gas chamber, to try and find out where he buried a fortune in cash.

Director: Jack Bernhard | Stars: Jean Gillie, Edward Norris, Robert Armstrong, Herbert Rudley

Votes: 1,390

7. Adventures of Kitty O'Day (1945)

Approved | 63 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Dragging along her spineless boyfriend Johnny, hare-brained secretary Kitty O'Day is unstoppable as she tries to determine her boss's murderer. In her exuberance she and Johnny keep running... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Jean Parker, Peter Cookson, Tim Ryan, Lorna Gray

Votes: 131

8. Enemy of Women (1944)

Approved | 72 min | Drama, War

Young Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, an unsuccessful playwright, is forced, in order to support himself, to take a position as tutor in the household of Herr Quandt. His first attempt to force ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Zeisler | Stars: Claudia Drake, Wolfgang Zilzer, Donald Woods, H.B. Warner

Votes: 90

9. When Strangers Marry (1944)

Approved | 67 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

A naive small-town girl comes to New York City to meet her husband, and discovers that he may be a murderer.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Kim Hunter, Dean Jagger, Neil Hamilton

Votes: 786

10. Detective Kitty O'Day (1944)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

A girl and her boyfriend are suspected of murdering her employer. They have to clear their names and find the real killer.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Jean Parker, Peter Cookson, Tim Ryan, Veda Ann Borg

Votes: 207

11. Bowery at Midnight (1942)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Thriller

Kindly soup kitchen operator and professor of criminology Karl Wagner uses his soup kitchen as a front for a criminal gang who commit a series of daring robberies and murders. When things ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Bela Lugosi, John Archer, Wanda McKay, Tom Neal

Votes: 881

12. One Thrilling Night (1942)

Approved | 69 min | Comedy, Mystery

Horace Jackson (John Beal) and his bride, Millie ('Wanda McKay' qv)),check into a New York City hotel room for their one-night honeymoon before he reports for induction into the arm the ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: John Beal, Wanda McKay, Warren Hymer, J. Farrell MacDonald

Votes: 117

13. Midnight Limited (1940)

Approved | 61 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The Phantom Robber gets a fortune in jewels and some valuable papers from a robbery on the crack train "The Midnight Limited" and Val Lennon and his pretty assistant, Joan Marshall, are on ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: John 'Dusty' King, Marjorie Reynolds, George Cleveland, Edward Keane

Votes: 123

14. Incident (1948)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Stockbroker Joe Downey(Warren Douglas), mistaken in the dark for gangster "Slats" Slattery (Robert Osterloh), is brutally beaten by a rival gangster, "Knuckles" Morgan (Meyer Grace), and ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Warren Douglas, Jane Frazee, Robert Osterloh, Joyce Compton

Votes: 57

15. Stage Struck (1948)

Passed | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The police find the body of hostess Helen Howard (Wanda McKay), disposed of by petty racketeer Nick Mantee (Kane Richmond) after she was shot in his Bluejay night club by Benny Nordick (... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Kane Richmond, Audrey Long, Conrad Nagel, Ralph Byrd

Votes: 72

16. I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes (1948)

Approved | 70 min | Mystery, Film-Noir, Crime

A dancer is pinned for murder after his shoe prints are found at the scene of the crime. His wife follows the trail of clues to the genuine killer.

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Don Castle, Elyse Knox, Regis Toomey, Charles D. Brown

Votes: 179

17. High Tide (1947)

Approved | 72 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

A fast-moving automobile fails to make a sharp turn of the highway from Malibu to Los Angeles. It overturns and its occupants, Tim Slade, Newspaper man turned private investigator, and Hugh... See full summary »

Director: John Reinhardt | Stars: Lee Tracy, Don Castle, Julie Bishop, Anabel Shaw

Votes: 88

18. Robin Hood of Monterey (1947)

Passed | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Eduardo Belmonte overhears his new step-mother, Maria, and her lover, Don Ricardo Gonzales plotting to take over the Belmonte rancho on the night of the fiesta given by her husband, Don ... See full summary »

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Gilbert Roland, Chris-Pin Martin, Evelyn Brent, Jack La Rue

Votes: 40

19. Violence (1947)

Not Rated | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Undercover reporter Ann Mason infiltrates a neo-facist group that recruits disgruntled veterans but amnesia prevents her from exposing them.

Director: Jack Bernhard | Stars: Nancy Coleman, Michael O'Shea, Sheldon Leonard, Peter Whitney

Votes: 102

20. The Guilty (1947)

Approved | 71 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

Two guys, sharing an apartment, meet twin girls (both Bonita Granville). One's sweet, the other a major piece of bad news. The nice one is murdered and her boyfriend is accused of the crime. The wrong man-wrong victim plot strikes again.

Director: John Reinhardt | Stars: Bonita Granville, Don Castle, Regis Toomey, John Litel

Votes: 144

21. Fall Guy (1947)

Passed | 64 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Tom Cochrane (Leo Penn'), full of dope (cocaine) and covered with blood, is picked up by the police and then questioned by detectives Shannon (Douglas Fowley) and Taylor (Harry Strang), but... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Teala Loring, Robert Armstrong, Leo Penn, Elisha Cook Jr.

Votes: 115

22. Wife Wanted (1946)

Approved | 73 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Career-slipping movie star Carole Raymond (Kay Francis) buys in as a real estate partner of Jeff Caldwell (Paul Cavanagh). Actually, through his secretary, Nola Reed (Veda Ann Borg), ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Kay Francis, Paul Cavanagh, Robert Shayne, Veda Ann Borg

Votes: 72

23. The Missing Lady (1946)

Passed | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A jade statue, the "missing lady", is stolen and its owner killed. Lamont Cranston, alias the Shadow, sets out to catch the killer but is blamed for the murders himself as each time he ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Kane Richmond, Barbara Read, George Chandler, James Flavin

Votes: 71

24. Below the Deadline (1946)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A veteran, Joe Hilton (Warren Douglas), returns from the war to find that his brother Jeffrey Hilton (George Meeker), a gangster, has been killed. His quest for revenge leads him to take ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Warren Douglas, Ramsay Ames, Jan Wiley, Paul Maxey

Votes: 78

25. Don't Gamble with Strangers (1946)

Approved | 68 min | Drama

Two card sharks, pretending to be brother and sister, clean out a small-town banker, then take over a crooked gambling joint.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Kane Richmond, Bernadene Hayes, Peter Cookson, Gloria Warren

Votes: 31

26. Behind the Mask (1946)

Approved | 68 min | Mystery

Lamont Cranston, aka the Shadow, has his hands full as the murder of blackmailing reporter Jeff Mann is blamed on him. Not only does the real murderer seem one step ahead of him as Lamont ... See full summary »

Directors: Phil Karlson, William Beaudine | Stars: Kane Richmond, Barbara Read, George Chandler, Dorothea Kent

Votes: 109

27. Fear (1946)

Approved | 68 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

A medical student--broke, hungry and desperate for money--is hired to murder a loan shark. After the killing he is tormented by guilt over what he's done. A detective, who knows the student... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Zeisler | Stars: Peter Cookson, Warren William, Anne Gwynne, James Cardwell

Votes: 239

28. The Shadow Returns (1946)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

People are literally flying off balconies to their deaths as Lamont Cranston, aka the Shadow, tries to make sense out of a confusing jumble of murders, disappearances, jewels that aren't ... See full summary »

Directors: Phil Rosen, William Beaudine | Stars: Kane Richmond, Barbara Read, Tom Dugan, Joseph Crehan

Votes: 126

29. Black Market Babies (1945)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama

This George Morris story was based on an article that appeared in "Woman's Home Companion" and later reprinted in "Reader's Digest." Eddie Condon, a two-bit racketeer, teams up with an ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Ralph Morgan, Kane Richmond, Jayne Hazard, Teala Loring

Votes: 16

30. The Strange Mr. Gregory (1945)

63 min | Mystery

Famed magician Mr. Gregory is visited back stage one night by an amateur magician and his wife. Immediately smitten with Ellen Randall, Gregory plots to win her over. His plot involves ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Jean Rogers, Donald Douglas, Marjorie Hoshelle

Votes: 86

31. Allotment Wives (1945)

Passed | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Story of women who marry GIs just so they can receive the soldiers' pay and their life insurance if they are killed in action.

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Kay Francis, Paul Kelly, Otto Kruger, Gertrude Michael

Votes: 341

32. Divorce (1945)

Not Rated | 71 min | Drama

A woman who has been married and divorced five times comes back to her small hometown, where she proceeds to complicate, and potentially destroy, the marriage of her childhood boyfriend.

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Kay Francis, Bruce Cabot, Helen Mack, Jerome Cowan

Votes: 255

33. Trouble Chasers (1945)

63 min | Comedy

A pair of gangsters are under the mistaken impression that three goofballs know the location of a valuable stolen necklace.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Billy Gilbert, Maxie Rosenbloom, Shemp Howard, Gloria Marlen

Votes: 5

34. Fashion Model (1945)

Not Rated | 61 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

When a top fashion model is murdered, a stockboy is suspected of the crime. He and another model set out to clear his name and find the real killer.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Robert Lowery, Marjorie Weaver, Tim Ryan, Lorna Gray

Votes: 122

35. Voodoo Man (1944)

Approved | 62 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Dr. Richard Marlowe uses a combination of voodoo rite and hypnotic suggestion, attempting to revive his beautiful, but long-dead, wife, by transferring the life essences of several hapless ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, George Zucco, Wanda McKay

Votes: 667

36. Where Are Your Children? (1943)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Drama

A teenager is accused of murdering a gas station owner.

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Jackie Cooper, Gale Storm, Patricia Morison, John Litel

Votes: 21

37. Women in Bondage (1943)

Approved | 72 min | Drama, War

Margot Bracken returns home to Germany after several years of absence, and is horrified at the degraded status which has been forced on the women of her homeland. Toni Hall is prevented ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Sekely | Stars: Gail Patrick, Nancy Kelly, William Henry, Tala Birell

Votes: 40

38. The Mystery of the 13th Guest (1943)

Passed | 60 min | Crime, Mystery

A woman of twenty-one opens her grandfather's will left to her thirteen years earlier, per his instructions. Murder soon follows.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Dick Purcell, Helen Parrish, Tim Ryan, Frank Faylen

Votes: 402

39. Here Comes Kelly (1943)

Approved | 64 min | Comedy

Because of his hot, often-flaring temper, Jimmy Kelly loses another job, much to the disappointment of his mother and the disgust of his fiancée, Margie. Margie is a secretary for lawyer L.... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Eddie Quillan, Joan Woodbury, Maxie Rosenbloom, Armida

Votes: 67

40. Cosmo Jones in the Crime Smasher (1943)

Approved | 62 min | Comedy, Crime, Film-Noir

An amateur detective and a janitor try to find a kidnapped heiress.

Director: James Tinling | Stars: Frank Graham, Edgar Kennedy, Gale Storm, Richard Cromwell

Votes: 88

41. You Can't Beat the Law (1943)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Drama

Playboy Johnny Gray is framed and sent to prison after his stolen car is found at a holdup committed by Rico, and while the latter is not suspected, his henchman Harry, Creeper and Red are ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Edward Norris, Joan Woodbury, Jack La Rue, Milburn Stone

Votes: 47

42. The Living Ghost (1942)

Passed | 61 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Wise-cracking ex-detective Nick Trayne is called in to try to find the whereabouts of wealthy kidnap victim Walter Craig. Craig unexpectedly turns up alive but with apparent brain damage, ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: James Dunn, Joan Woodbury, Paul McVey, Vera Gordon

Votes: 465

43. Rubber Racketeers (1942)

Approved | 67 min | Crime, Drama

Gilin, is just released from prison and now that the government has clamped down on the sale of tires, decides to enter the tire-stealing-for-resell racket. Driving home, he has a car wreck... See full summary »

Director: Harold Young | Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Rochelle Hudson, William Henry, Barbara Read

Votes: 61

44. Man with Two Lives (1942)

Approved | 65 min | Horror, Thriller

A man is brought back from death at the same time a vicious criminal dies in the electric chair. However, the man's soul is now taken over by the electrocuted gangster, who embarks on a vengeful crime wave.

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Edward Norris, Marlo Dwyer, Eleanor Lawson, Frederick Burton

Votes: 181

45. Man from Headquarters (1942)

Passed | 64 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Reporter Larry Doyle is rewarded for his role in the capture of the Pardoni gang, but then loses his job on a frame-up to keep him from testifying. He goes to a neighboring city, meets Ann ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Frank Albertson, Joan Woodbury, Dick Elliott, Byron Foulger

Votes: 50

46. I Killed That Man (1941)

Passed | 71 min | Mystery

A condemned murderer on the eve of his execution decides to tell the authorities who hired him to commit the murder. However, he's killed by a poison dart in front of a roomful of officials... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Joan Woodbury, Pat Gleason, George Pembroke

Votes: 116

47. Double Trouble (1941)

Passed | 63 min | Comedy

The owner of an American bean cannery and his wife are expecting the arrival of two orphans from war-torn England, but the "youngsters" arrive and are two addled-brain adults, Albert (Harry... See full summary »

Director: William West | Stars: Harry Langdon, Charley Rogers, Cathy Lewis, Dave O'Brien

Votes: 17