Best Mystery Movies of 1936

1.

After the Thin Man

5.5
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 at the Race Track
2.

Charlie Chan at the Race Track

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

When a friend of Charlie's is found kicked to death by his own race horse on board a Honolulu-bound liner, the detective discovers foul play and uncovers an international gambling ring.

Starring: Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Helen Wood, Thomas Beck, Alan Dinehart, Gavin Muir, Gloria Roy, Jonathan Hale, G. P. Huntley, George Irving ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1936-08-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Charlie Chan's Secret
3.

Charlie Chan's Secret

3.7
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: 1936-01-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Charlie Chan at the Opera
4.

Charlie Chan at the Opera

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

A dangerous amnesiac escapes from an asylum, hides in the opera house, and is suspected of getting revenge on those who tried to murder him 13 years ago.

Starring: Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Keye Luke, William Demarest, Guy Usher, Margaret Irving, Gregory Gaye, Nedda Harrigan, Frank Conroy, Charlotte Henry ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1936-12-04
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Charlie Chan at the Circus
5.

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
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : The Ex-Mrs. Bradford
6.

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
7.

The Invisible Ray

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Dr. Janos Rukh discovers a certain type of radium that has almost magical healing properties. But the element has a dangerous side, too, and it has already started affecting Rukh. Consumed by paranoia, he begins to suspect that his wife is having an affair. Wild for revenge, Rukh hatches a deadly plot...using his own poisoned body as a weapon to kill.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Frank Lawton, Frances Drake, Violet Kemble Cooper, Beulah Bondi, Walter Kingsford, Paul Weigel, Frank Reicher, Georges Renavent ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1936-01-20
8.

Secret Agent

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

After three British agents are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during World War I, two of them become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences.

Starring: John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young, Percy Marmont, Florence Kahn, Charles Carson, Lilli Palmer, Michael Rennie, Howard Marion-Crawford ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1936-05-31
9.

Satan Met a Lady

3.2
6.1/10 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 : Big Brown Eyes
10.

Big Brown Eyes

3.1
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

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