Best Mystery Movies of 1936

1.

After the Thin Man

4.2
7.7/10 IMDB

Nick and Nora Charles investigate when Nora's cousin reports her disreputable husband is missing, and find themselves in a mystery involving the shady owners of a popular nightclub, a singer and her dark brother, the cousin's forsaken true love, and Nora's bombastic and controlling aunt.

Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart, Elissa Landi, Joseph Calleia, Jessie Ralph, Alan Marshal, Teddy Hart, Sam Levene, Penny Singleton ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1936-12-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Charlie Chan's Secret
2.

Charlie Chan's Secret

3.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Allen Colby, heir to a huge fortune, is presumed drowned after an ocean liner sinks off the coast of Honolulu. Mysteriously, Colby reappears at his mansion only to be murdered soon after. When his body is discovered during a seance, everyone in attendance becomes a suspect, and it's up to Chan to find the murderer before he or she strikes again.

Starring: Warner Oland, Rosina Lawrence, Charles Quigley, Henrietta Crosman, Edward Trevor, Astrid Allwyn, Herbert Mundin, Egon Brecher, Gloria Roy, Ivan Miller ..
Directed by: Gordon Wiles
Release date: 1936-01-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Charlie Chan at the Circus
3.

Charlie Chan at the Circus

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

While visiting the circus with his family, Charlie is recruited by the big top's co-owner to investigate threatening letters that he's received.

Starring: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, George Brasno, Olive Brasno, Francis Ford, Wade Boteler, Boothe Howard, Drue Leyton, Maxine Reiner, Shirley Deane ..
Directed by: Harry Lachman
Release date: 1936-03-27
4.

Satan Met a Lady

3.3
6.0/10 IMDB

In the second screen version of The Maltese Falcon, a detective is caught between a lying seductress and a lady jewel thief.

Starring: Bette Davis, Warren William, Alison Skipworth, Arthur Treacher, Marie Wilson, Wini Shaw, Porter Hall, Olin Howland, Charles C. Wilson, John Alexander ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1936-07-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : The Case of the Black Cat
5.

The Case of the Black Cat

3.0
6.5/10 IMDB

Lawyer Perry Mason is summoned to the Laxter mansion in the dead of night to write granddaughter Wilma out of invalid Peter Laxter's will, to keep her from marrying suspected fortune hunter Doug. Peter dies in a mysterious fire and Laxter's two grandsons, Sam Laxter and Frank Oafley, inherit his estate on the condition old caretaker Schuster and his cat Clinker are kept on. When cat-hating Sam threatens Clinker, Perry steps in and learns Laxter's death was suspicious and the family fortune and diamonds are missing. Schuster's found dead in his basement apartment, Laxter's nurse Louise is murdered with Schuster's crutch, and circumstantial evidence brings Doug to trial for Louise's death. Mason's investigation produces a surprise witness who turns the trial around. Written by Sister Grimm

Starring: Ricardo Cortez, June Travis, Jane Bryan, Craig Reynolds, Carlyle Moore Jr., Bill Elliott, Nedda Harrigan, Garry Owen, Harry Davenport, George Rosener ..
Directed by: William C. McGann
Release date: 1936-10-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : The Princess Comes Across
6.

The Princess Comes Across

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

A Swedish princess boards an ocean liner in Europe en route to an acting career in America, and finds herself getting inconveniently attached to a bandleader returning home. To complicate matters, a blackmailer on board apparently knows she is not who she claims to be - and he has his sights set on other passengers with secrets of their own. In the meantime an escaped killer has stowed away under someone else's identity, and is killing again to cover his tracks; five international police detectives on board are heading the investigation to find him. When evidence points to the princess and bandleader, they must find the killer themselves - before he finds them.

Starring: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Douglass Dumbrille, Alison Skipworth, George Barbier, William Frawley, Porter Hall, Lumsden Hare, Sig Ruman, Mischa Auer ..
Directed by: William K. Howard
Release date: 1936-05-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Big Brown Eyes
7.

Big Brown Eyes

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Sassy manicurist Eve Fallon is recruited as an even more brassy reporter and she helps police detective boyfriend Danny Barr break a jewel theft ring and solve the murder of a baby.

Starring: Cary Grant, Joan Bennett, Walter Pidgeon, Lloyd Nolan, Alan Baxter, Marjorie Gateson, Joe Sawyer, Isabel Jewell, Douglas Fowley, Henry Brandon ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1936-04-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Fugitive in the Sky
8.

Fugitive in the Sky

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Reporter Terry Brewer goes to the Los Angeles airport to say goodbye to his sweetheart, airline hostess Rita Moore. He notices G-Man Mike Phelan among the passengers and assuming Phelan is on the trail of a criminal, decides to go along to get a story.

Starring: Jean Muir, Warren Hull, John Litel, Carlyle Moore Jr., Louise Stanley, Lillian Harmer, Gordon Oliver, Howard Phillips, Wini Shaw, Mary Treen ..
Directed by: Nick Grinde
Release date: 1936-11-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Two in the Dark
9.

Two in the Dark

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Director Benjamin Stoloff's 1936 mystery, set in Boston, stars Walter Abel as an amnesiac and Margot Grahame as an unemployed stage actress who work together to solve the murder of a playwright.

Starring: Walter Abel, Margot Grahame, Gail Patrick, Wallace Ford, Alan Hale, Eric Blore, Leslie Fenton, J. Carrol Naish, Ward Bond, Erin O'Brien-Moore ..
Directed by: Benjamin Stoloff
Release date: 1936-01-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : The Garden Murder Case
10.

The Garden Murder Case

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

Urbane detective Philo Vance (Edmund Lowe) solves murders caused by hypnosis.

Starring: Edmund Lowe, Virginia Bruce, Benita Hume, Douglas Walton, Nat Pendleton, Gene Lockhart, H.B. Warner, Jessie Ralph, Frieda Inescort, Kent Smith ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1936-02-21

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