Best Mystery Movies of 1936

1.

After the Thin Man

5.5
7.6/10 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
2.

Secret Agent

3.9
6.4/10 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
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Charlie Chan at the Race Track
3.

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
4.

Charlie Chan's Secret

3.7
7.0/10 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
5.

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
6.

Charlie Chan at the Circus

3.6
6.9/10 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
7.

The Ex-Mrs. Bradford

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

A doctor is driven into an investigation of sinister goings-on at a race track by his mystery writer ex-wife.

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: 1936-04-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : The Princess Comes Across
8.

The Princess Comes Across

3.5
6.7/10 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
9.

The Invisible Ray

3.4
6.5/10 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
10.

Great Guy

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

A meat inspector sets out to rid his town of payoff deals affecting the quality of meat being sold to the public.

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
11.

Satan Met a Lady

3.1
5.9/10 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
12.

Big Brown Eyes

3.1
6.5/10 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 : The Case of the Black Cat
13.

The Case of the Black Cat

2.9
6.3/10 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 Case of the Velvet Claws
14.

The Case of the Velvet Claws

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

Perry and Della are finally married by his old friend, Judge Mary. They plan to go on a honeymoon, but before it can start, Perry is retained by a woman with a gun and $5000.

Starring: Warren William, Claire Dodd, Wini Shaw, Bill Elliott, Joe King, Addison Richards, Eddie Acuff, Olin Howland, Dick Purcell, Kenneth Harlan ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1936-08-15
15.

Moonlight Murder

2.7
5.9/10 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
16.

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 : Adventure in Manhattan
17.

Adventure in Manhattan

2.7
6.5/10 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 : Fugitive in the Sky
18.

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 : Mad Holiday
19.

Mad Holiday

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

The MGM "B" comedic mystery Mad Holiday stars Edmund Lowe as vacationing movie idol Philip Trent. Tired of starring in murder mysteries, Trent discovers he can't escape typecasting even on an ocean voyage: one of the passengers is murdered in our hero's cabin. The killing is tied in with a stolen diamond and a seemingly unending supply of suspects. To avoid being arrested himself, Trent teams up with pretty detective novelist "Peter" Dean (Elissa Landi) to solve the mystery.

Starring: Edmund Lowe, Elissa Landi, Zasu Pitts, Ted Healy, Edmund Gwenn, Edgar Kennedy, Soo Yong, Walter Kingsford, Herbert Rawlinson, Raymond Hatton ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1936-11-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Rangle River
20.

Rangle River

2.6
6.5/10 IMDB

Marion Hastings returns to her father Dan's cattle property in western Queensland after being away in Europe for fifteen years. She is treated with hostility by her father's foreman, Dick Drake, and her father's neighbour, Don Lawton.

Starring: Victor Jory, Margaret Dare, Robert Coote, George Bryant, Rita Pauncefort, Leo Cracknell ..
Directed by: Clarence G. Badger
Release date: 1936-12-19
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : The Garden Murder Case
21.

The Garden Murder Case

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Detective Philo Vance is in charge of the investigation of several mysterious murders. Things take a turn when he gathers evidence against Major Fenwicke-Ralston.

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
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Murder on a Bridle Path
22.

Murder on a Bridle Path

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

When the body of Violet Feverel is discovered on the Central Park bridle path, Inspector Oscar Piper is about to declare her death accidental from a thrown horse, until his friend and amateur detective Hildegarde Withers locates the horse and discovers blood on the horse.

Starring: James Gleason, Helen Broderick, Louise Latimer, Owen Davis Jr., John Arledge, John Carroll, Willie Best ..
Directed by: William Hamilton, Edward Killy
Release date: 1936-04-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Sinner Take All
23.

Sinner Take All

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

A young lawyer is determined to identify who is murdering members of a wealthy New York publishing family.

Starring: Bruce Cabot, Margaret Lindsay, Joseph Calleia, Stanley Ridges, Vivienne Osborne, Charley Grapewin, Edward Pawley, George Lynn, Theodore von Eltz, Eadie Adams ..
Directed by: Errol Taggart
Release date: 1936-12-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Two in the Dark
24.

Two in the Dark

2.6
6.3/10 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 : Killer at Large
25.

Killer at Large

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

A master of disguise poses as a wax figure to rob a safe of its jewels.

Starring: Mary Brian, Russell Hardie, George McKay, Thurston Hall, Henry Brandon, Betty Compson, Harry Hayden, Boyd Irwin, William Arnold, Harry Bernard ..
Directed by: David Selman
Release date: 1936-10-27
26.

No Exit

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

A crime novelist stages an imaginative prank to prove that the perfect murder is possible but finds it has catastrophic consequences.

Starring: Valerie Hobson, Billy Milton, Robert Cochran, Leslie Perrins, Henry Oscar, Ronald Simpson, Margaret Yarde, Hal Gordon, J. Neil More, Hilda Campbell-Russell ..
Directed by: Norman Lee
Release date: 1936-11-26
27.

The Penitentes Murder Case

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

Fact and fiction collide in this exploitation flick that employs documentary footage depicting the bizarre self-flagellation rituals of the fanatical Catholic sect known as the Penitentes. Mixed with those truly disturbing sequences is a story concerning a killing in New Mexico, itself inspired by the murder of real-life reporter Carl Taylor as he worked on an article on the Penitentes.

Starring: Marie DeForrest, William Marcos, Victor Justi, Josef Swickard, Pepe Rubio, Billy Bletcher, Zelma Carroll ..
Directed by: Harry Revier, Roland Price
Release date: 1936-04-12
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : The Plot Thickens
28.

The Plot Thickens

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

John Carter just had one of those days. First he had an argument with a mysterious Frenchman. Then Alice wants him to pick her up at the park after she has a fight with Robert over him. So Carter takes the roadster just as Marie and Joe were getting ready to leave. But Kendall, the butler, follows the roadster as he thinks it is Joe and his girl Marie. So when Carter picks up Alice and goes out in the country to park - he is shot dead. But the next day, he is found dead in the library at home. The investigation may be run by Inspector Piper, but most of the snooping is done by Hildegarde. The Sultan's Emerald, and a picture of the Cellini Cup, may be the clue leading to Carter's killer.

Starring: James Gleason, Zasu Pitts, Owen Davis Jr., Louise Latimer, Arthur Aylesworth, Paul Fix, Richard Tucker, Barbara Barondess, James Donlan, Agnes Anderson ..
Directed by: Ben Holmes
Release date: 1936-12-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Muss 'em Up
29.

Muss 'em Up

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

Famous private detective Tip O'Neil is summoned by telegram to the estate of old friend Paul Harding, but finds the telegram was sent by Paul's attractive secretary, Amy Hutchins. Paul admits his dog was shot by extortionists to show they mean business, and shows Tip some threatening notes they sent. That night, Paul's ward, Corinne, is kidnapped by two gangsters and her driver is found dead the next morning. The kidnappers contact Tip demanding $200,000, which is delivered according to instructions. Awaiting the return of Corrine, Tip learns her fiancé, Gene Leland, is an ex-convict, and he also investigates why a thug, Maratti, was found prowling around the grounds, and why Paul's brother-in-law, Jim Glenray, was seen leaving the estate late the night before. And when the chauffeur is murdered with Amy's gun as he was about to confess some complicity, Tip has to piece together various clues to pinpoint the culprits.

Starring: Preston Foster, Alan Mowbray, Ralph Morgan, John Carroll, Molly Lamont, Ward Bond, Maxine Jennings, Robert Middlemass, Margaret Callahan, Clarence Muse ..
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1936-02-13
30.

The Murder of Dr. Harrigan

2.5
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 : Rose Hobart
31.

Rose Hobart

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Cornell employs clips from 1931's jungle melodrama East of Borneo – more specifically, clips of its lead actress, Rose Hobart – to disquieting effect. Through Cornell's collage editing, Hobart becomes a singular object of desire and dread, trapped in an exotic paradise.

Starring: Rose Hobart, Charles Bickford, Noble Johnson, Georges Renavent, Lupita Tovar ..
Directed by: Joseph Cornell
Release date: 1936-12-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : The Longest Night
32.

The Longest Night

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Love with a clerk and a robbery by gangsters preoccupy a department store's new owner.

Starring: Robert Young, Florence Rice, Ted Healy, Julie Haydon, Catherine Doucet, Janet Beecher, Leslie Fenton, Sidney Toler, Etienne Girardot, Samuel S. Hinds ..
Directed by: Errol Taggart
Release date: 1936-10-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn
33.

Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

In 1820's rural England, a young girl is tricked by tales of marriage by a villainous Squire, and when she becomes pregnant, and disappears, a gipsy lad is blamed.

Starring: Tod Slaughter, Sophie Stewart, D.J. Williams, Eric Portman, Clare Greet, Gerard Tyrell, Ann Trevor, Stella Rho, Dennis Hoey, Quinton McPherson ..
Directed by: Milton Rosmer
Release date: 1936-08-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : The Mandarin Mystery
34.

The Mandarin Mystery

2.4
5.3/10 IMDB

Ellery Queen sets out to solve a mystery involving a valuable stamp.

Starring: Eddie Quillan, Charlotte Henry, Rita La Roy, Wade Boteler, Franklin Pangborn, George Irving, Kay Hughes, William Newell, George Walcott, Edwin Stanley ..
Directed by: Philip Ford, Ralph Staub
Release date: 1936-12-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : The House of Secrets
35.

The House of Secrets

2.3
5.0/10 IMDB

Two men stumble into an old mansion, and get involved with a crazed scientist, torture chambers and sinister medical experiments.

Starring: Leslie Fenton, Muriel Evans, Noel Madison, Sidney Blackmer, Morgan Wallace, Holmes Herbert, Ian Maclaren, Jameson Thomas, Syd Saylor, Matty Fain ..
Directed by: Roland D. Reed
Release date: 1936-10-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : 13 Hours by Air
36.

13 Hours by Air

2.3
6.2/10 IMDB

Womanizer and airline pilot Jack Gordon must fly the world's fastest airliner from New York to California while dealing with dangerous jewel thieves on the run from the law.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett, Zasu Pitts, John Howard, Benny Bartlett, Grace Bradley, Alan Baxter, Brian Donlevy, Ruth Donnelly, Fred Keating ..
Directed by: Mitchell Leisen
Release date: 1936-04-30
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Murder with Pictures
37.

Murder with Pictures

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

Suspected crime boss Nate Girard beats a murder rap, and newspaper photog Kent Murdock is on the story. Girard and lawyer Redfield throw a party for the news men where Murdock romances a mystery woman who confronted Girard in front of him, but Murdock's fiancée Hester shows up. After they return to his apartment, have a fight, and she leaves, the mystery woman slips in and begs for his help. Police Inspector Bacon and the cops show up, looking for the mystery woman; Murdock hides her. Murdock goes with the cops to discuss the murder the woman is suspected of. Bacon explains (in flashback) how some photogs were setting up a shot with Girard and Redfield. When the flashbulbs popped, Redfield keeled over dead and the woman, Meg Archer, fled while the newsmen ran out to phone their papers. The newsmen (who were rounded up later as thoroly as possible) are taken into police custody, except for Murdock (who wasn't at the scene), who is given a cap on the sly by rival McGoogin. Altho ...

Starring: Lew Ayres, Gail Patrick, Paul Kelly, Benny Baker, Ernest Cossart, Onslow Stevens, Joyce Compton, Anthony Nace, Joe Sawyer, Don Rowan ..
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1936-09-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : A Face in the Fog
38.

A Face in the Fog

2.3
4.4/10 IMDB

A mysterious killer known as The Fiend uses an unusual bullet as his trademark for his murders.

Starring: June Collyer, Lloyd Hughes, Lawrence Gray, Jack Mulhall, Al St. John, John Cowell, John Elliott, Sam Flint, Forrest Taylor, Donna Lee ..
Directed by: Robert F. Hill
Release date: 1936-02-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Sea Spoilers
39.

Sea Spoilers

2.2
6.2/10 IMDB

Bob Randall, temporarily in command of the Coast Guard vessel Niobe, expects a promotion and the captaincy of his ship. Instead, he is replaced by Lieutenant Mays, son of the area commander. Mays is afflicted with a fear of the sea, although he has served well in Coast Guard aviation. His father, however, thinks Mays can overcome his fear by taking command of the Niobe. When seal poachers kidnap Bob Randall's girlfriend Connie, Bob and Mays disagree about the proper means of rescuing her and capturing the seal poachers. When Mays's inexperience and phobia foil their attempts at rescue, Bob comes up with his own plan.

Starring: John Wayne, Nan Grey, William Bakewell, Fuzzy Knight, Russell Hicks, George Irving, Lotus Long, Harry Worth, Ernest Hilliard, George Humbert ..
Directed by: Frank R. Strayer
Release date: 1936-09-30
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Wings over Africa
40.

Wings over Africa

2.2
4.2/10 IMDB

Two prospectors in Africa, Tony Cooper and Dalton come across a skeleton that has nearly been picked clean by vultures. They find a letter on the body addressed to a clerk in London named Wilkins . Cooper goes to Wilkins in London and tells him that his brother, whose body they had found, has left a map and a deed to a large diamond mine. Wilkins decides to go to Africa with Cooper to find the mine and, in order to speed up and finance their venture, they give a third interest to Carol Reade and her partner John Trevor), who operate a barnstorming airplane service. In Africa, close to the mine location, they are greeted by some tough gentlemen named Collins and Quincy who have terrorized the natives and lorded over the region, who quickly discover the reason for the party's mission. They join, unasked, in the race for the diamonds. The race is interrupted by the death of Trevor who is found knifed in his bunk.

Starring: Joan Gardner, Ian Colin, James Harcourt, James Carew, James Craven, Alan Napier, Phil Thomas, Charles Oliver, Rufus Fennell ..
Directed by: Ladislao Vajda
Release date: 1936-09-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Murder by an Aristocrat
41.

Murder by an Aristocrat

1.9
5.6/10 IMDB

A wealthy family is blackmailed, murder results, and a nurse at the scene of the crime is determined to figure out who-done-it.

Starring: Marguerite Churchill, Lyle Talbot, John Eldredge, Claire Dodd, Bill Elliott, Virginia Brissac, William B. Davidson, Joseph Crehan, Florence Fair, Mary Treen ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1936-06-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Fatal Lady
42.

Fatal Lady

1.6
6.9/10 IMDB

On her debut as an opera star, Marion Stuart is interrogated and possibly implicated in the death of a male acquaintance. Released, although thoroughly shaken-up, Marion attempts to perform but loses her voice onstage. Humiliated, but driven to sing, she travels to South America under the assumed name of Maria Delasano, and works in an opera company under the tutelage of Feodor Glinka, who wants her to shun men and save herself for her art. Mary resists the persistent attentions of wealthy young Phil Roberts, who follows the company in hopes of marrying her. ...

Starring: Mary Ellis, Walter Pidgeon, John Halliday, Ruth Donnelly, Alan Mowbray, Guy Bates Post, Samuel S. Hinds, Norman Foster, Edgar Kennedy, Jean Rouverol ..
Directed by: Edward Ludwig
Release date: 1936-05-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Human Cargo
43.

Human Cargo

1.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Bonnie Brewster (Claire Trevor) and "Packy" Campbell (Brian Donlevy), rival reporters on competing newspapers, team up to put an end to a smuggling gang that brings illegal aliens to the United States, and then makes further victims of them by extortion payments. They go to Vancouver, Canada and board a ship carrying aliens. But the gang recognizes them as reporters and gang-henchmen Tony Scula (Ralf Harolde) and Ira Conklin (Harry Woods, posing as government officials take them off the ship. But Campbell recognizes Scula as the gunman who killed Carmen Zoro (Rita Hayworth).

Starring: Claire Trevor, Brian Donlevy, Alan Dinehart, Helen Troy, Rita Hayworth, Morgan Wallace, Ralph Morgan, Herman Bing, John McGuire, Ralf Harolde ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1936-05-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : The Preview Murder Mystery
44.

The Preview Murder Mystery

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

The star of "Song of the Toreador" receives threatening messages that he will not survive the preview screening of the film. The studio publicist works with the Director, the Producer and the police, to discover who is behind the threats.

Starring: Reginald Denny, Frances Drake, Gail Patrick, George Barbier, Ian Keith, Rod La Rocque, Conway Tearle, Thomas E. Jackson, Jack Raymond, Colin Tapley ..
Directed by: Robert Florey, Robert Yost
Release date: 1936-02-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Meet Nero Wolfe
45.

Meet Nero Wolfe

1.5
6.2/10 IMDB

Meet Nero Wolfe is a 1936 mystery film based on the 1934 novel Fer-de-Lance, written by Rex Stout. Set in New York, the story introduced the detective genius Nero Wolfe (Edward Arnold) and his assistant Archie Goodwin (Lionel Stander).

Starring: Edward Arnold, Lionel Stander, Dennie Moore, Victor Jory, Nana Bryant, Joan Perry, Russell Hardie, Walter Kingsford, Boyd Irwin, John Qualen ..
Directed by: Herbert J. Biberman
Release date: 1936-07-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : I Cover Chinatown
46.

I Cover Chinatown

1.5
6.0/10 IMDB

A tour guide in Chinatown and his girlfriend get mixed up with jewel thieves and murder.

Starring: Norman Foster, Elaine Shepard, Theodore von Eltz, Polly Ann Young, Vince Barnett, Arthur Lake, Bruce Mitchell, Charita ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1936-10-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Mysterious Crossing
47.

Mysterious Crossing

1.4
5.8/10 IMDB

While crossing on the train ferry to New Orleans, roving reporter Addison Francis Murphy borrows money from singing hillbilly "Carolina," then loses it all in a crap game. Outside on deck, Murphy sees two men shaking hands, and after he looks away, hears a splash of water and discovers both men have disappeared...

Starring: James Dunn, Jean Rogers, Andy Devine, Hobart Cavanaugh, John Eldredge, Herbert Rawlinson, Lorin Raker, J. Farrell MacDonald, Clarence Muse, Libby Taylor ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1936-12-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : The Mine with the Iron Door
48.

The Mine with the Iron Door

1.3
5.2/10 IMDB

Having acquired the controlling interest in the Eureka Discovery Corporation for five-hundred dollars, and selling half of it to a detective for two-hundred dollars, Bob Harvey ('Richard Arlen' )qv)) sets off with his new partner to find the buried treasure of San Capello---with very strange consequences.

Starring: Richard Arlen, Cecilia Parker, Henry B. Walthall, Stanley Fields, Spencer Charters, Charles C. Wilson, Barbara Bedford, Horace Murphy ..
Directed by: David Howard
Release date: 1936-05-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Blackmailer
49.

Blackmailer

1.2
5.1/10 IMDB

Dinner party guests become murder suspects when an extortionist they all hated turns up dead.

Starring: William Gargan, Florence Rice, H.B. Warner, Nana Bryant, Paul Hurst, Herman Bing, George McKay, Wyrley Birch, Drue Leyton, Kenneth Thomson ..
Directed by: Gordon Wiles
Release date: 1936-07-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1936 : Love Letters of a Star
50.

Love Letters of a Star

0.0
7.0/10 IMDB

A woman commits suicide after being blackmailed, and her husband resolves to kill the man responsible. Blackmail, suicide, murder, a cover-up not to mention yachts and sea planes all wrapped up in an efficient 66 minutes of screen time with Henry Hunter, Polly Rowles and C. Henry Gordon in the leads, and Lewis R. Foster sitting in the director’s chair.

Starring: Henry Hunter, Polly Rowles, C. Henry Gordon, Walter Coy, Hobart Cavanaugh, Mary Alice Rice, Ralph Forbes, Rollo Lloyd, Alma Kruger, Samuel S. Hinds ..
Directed by: Milton Carruth, Lewis R. Foster
Release date: 1936-11-08

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