Five Great True Crime Movies Of The 1940′s


Crime is a subject that has always fascinated people, so it’s no wonder it has inspired many movies. Here are five of the greatest crime movies of the 1940s.

One great film is 1947′s The Lady From Shanghai, an Orson Welles film starring Rita Hayworth and involving a vicious crime that takes place on the high seas.

In The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), Lana Turner and John Garfield star as a pair of lovers with devious deeds in mind. So they can be together, they plot to kill her husband, but they have to deal with the repercussions of that choice long afterward.

For a lighter look at the grisly side of life, try Frank Capra’s 1944 film Arsenic and Old Lace, in which two sweet elderly ladies take to murdering men and burying them in the basement. Despite their deadly proclivity, this movie is heavy on humor.

The 1944 Billy Wilder movie Double Indemnity is all thriller, meanwhile, as Fred MacMurray’s character gets talked into a terrible crime that leads to all sorts of trouble.

Finally, John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon (1941) is a great Humphrey Bogart film about a detective who gets embroiled in the curious world of a trio of criminals.

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