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 : The Ex-Mrs. Bradford
2.

The Ex-Mrs. Bradford

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

Relations between Dr. 'Brad' Bradford and ex-wife Paula are surprisingly romantic. They divorced because Brad hated being dragged into murder mysteries, to which mystery writer Paula is addicted. But through horse trainer Mike North, Brad is embroiled in the case of a jockey who died of "heart failure" during a race. As they pursue clues, Paula pursues Brad for remarriage, and assorted hoods pursue the Bradfords.

Starring: William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Gleason, Eric Blore, Robert Armstrong, Lila Lee, Grant Mitchell, Erin O'Brien-Moore, Ralph Morgan, Lucile Gleason ..
Directed by: Stephen Roberts
Release date: 1936-05-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : The Case of the Black Cat
3.

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 : Big Brown Eyes
4.

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 : Adventure in Manhattan
5.

Adventure in Manhattan

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Fun little film about an egotistical crime writer who gets involved with the case of a notorious art thief (who is believed to be dead) while at the same time romancing a lovely young actress who's in a play that also happens to be the cover for massive jewel job. Art connoisseur and criminologist George Melville (Joel McCrea) is hired to track down art thieves, assisted by perky Claire Peyton (Jean Arthur) and goaded by Phil Bane (Thomas Mitchell), the roaring newspaper editor who has employed him. The mastermind poses as a theatrical impresario and stages a war drama, replete with loud explosions, to divert attention from his band of thieves, who are cracking safes in a bank adjacent to the theater.

Starring: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Reginald Owen, Thomas Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell, John Gallaudet, Emmett Vogan, George Cooper, Herman Bing, Robert Warwick ..
Directed by: Edward Ludwig
Release date: 1936-10-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Great Guy
6.

Great Guy

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

The adventures of an investigator (Cagney) for the Bureau of Weights and Measures.

Starring: James Cagney, Mae Clarke, James Burke, Edward Brophy, Henry Kolker, Bernadene Hayes, Edward McNamara, Robert Gleckler, Joe Sawyer, Edward Gargan ..
Directed by: John G. Blystone
Release date: 1936-12-01
7.

Moonlight Murder

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

An amateur detective gets a chance to test his sleuthing skills when an opera singer is murdered at the Hollywood Bowl.

Starring: Chester Morris, Madge Evans, Leo Carrillo, Frank McHugh, Benita Hume, Grant Mitchell, Katharine Alexander, J. Carrol Naish, H.B. Warner, Robert McWade ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1936-03-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : The Dark Hour
8.

The Dark Hour

2.7
5.4/10 IMDB

A pair of detectives investigates the murder of an elderly millionaire who was the target of blackmail and death threats and find that there is no shortage of suspects, many of them in the victim's own family.

Starring: Ray Walker, Berton Churchill, Irene Ware, Hobart Bosworth, Hedda Hopper, E. E. Clive, Harold Goodwin, William V. Mong, Michael Mark, John St. Polis ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1936-02-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : The Murder of Dr. Harrigan
9.

The Murder of Dr. Harrigan

2.7
5.7/10 IMDB

A young doctor is determined to expose the killer when a surgeon is found stabbed to death in a hospital elevator.

Starring: Ricardo Cortez, Kay Linaker, John Eldredge, Mary Astor, Joseph Crehan, Frank Reicher, Anita Kerry, Phillip Reed, Robert Strange, Mary Treen ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1936-01-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Fugitive in the Sky
10.

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

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