Best Mystery Movies of 1938

1.

The Lady Vanishes

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

On a train headed for England a group of travelers is delayed by an avalanche. Holed up in a hotel in a fictional European country, young Iris befriends elderly Miss Froy. When the train resumes, Iris suffers a bout of unconsciousness and wakes to find the old woman has disappeared. The other passengers ominously deny Miss Froy ever existed, so Iris begins to investigate with another traveler and, as the pair sleuth, romantic sparks fly.

Starring: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, May Whitty, Paul Lukas, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Cecil Parker, Linden Travers, Mary Clare, Emile Boreo ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1938-10-07
2.

Algiers

3.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Pepe Le Moko is a notorious thief, who escaped from France. Since his escape, Moko became a resident and leader of the immense Casbah of Algiers. French officials arrive insisting on Pepe's capture are met with unfazed local detectives, led by Inspector Slimane, who are biding their time. Meanwhile, Pepe meets the beautiful Gaby , which arouses the jealousy of Ines

Starring: Charles Boyer, Sigrid Gurie, Hedy Lamarr, Joseph Calleia, Alan Hale, Gene Lockhart, Walter Kingsford, Paul Harvey, Stanley Fields, Johnny Downs ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1938-01-16
3.

The Mad Miss Manton

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

When the murdered body discovered by beautiful, vivacious socialite Melsa Manton disappears, police and press label her a prankster until she proves them wrong.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Sam Levene, Frances Mercer, Stanley Ridges, Whitney Bourne, Vickie Lester, Ann Evers, Catherine O'Quinn, Linda Perry ..
Directed by: Leigh Jason
Release date: 1938-10-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Charlie Chan in Honolulu
4.

Charlie Chan in Honolulu

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

While Charlie is distracted with the birth of his first grandchild, son Jimmy impersonates his father in order to investigate a murder aboard a freighter in the harbor.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Phyllis Brooks, Victor Sen Yung, Eddie Collins, John 'Dusty' King, Claire Dodd, George Zucco, Robert Barrat, Marc Lawrence, Richard Lane ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1938-12-30
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Mr. Wong, Detective
5.

Mr. Wong, Detective

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

A chemical manufacturer is killed just after asking detective James Wong to help him. So Detective Wong decides to investigate this as well as two subsequent murders.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Maxine Jennings, Evelyn Brent, George Lloyd, Lucien Prival, John St. Polis, William Gould, Hooper Atchley, John Hamilton ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1938-10-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Nancy Drew: Detective
6.

Nancy Drew: Detective

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Nancy Drew and Ted Nickerson solve a kidnapping case of a wealthy elderly lady. Ted has to disguise himself as a nurse while Nancy becomes a "widow" in order to locate the lady they are rescuing.

Starring: Bonita Granville, John Litel, James Stephenson, Frankie Thomas, Frank Orth, Helena Phillips Evans, Renie Riano, Charles Trowbridge, Dick Purcell, Edward Keane ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1938-11-19
7.

Mr. Moto's Gamble

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Celebrated as supersleuth, Mr. Moto comes out fighting when a brutal boxing match turns into cold-blooded murder! Assisted by detective-in-training Lee Chan, Moto sets out to track down the killer based on a single ominous clue: a poisoned boxing glove! But when Moto's hunch points to a corrupt gambling syndicate, he's forced to wager his very life to unmask the culprit—or go down for the count...permanently!

Starring: Peter Lorre, Keye Luke, Dick Baldwin, Lynn Bari, Douglas Fowley, Jayne Regan, Harold Huber, Maxie Rosenbloom, John Hamilton, George E. Stone ..
Directed by: James Tinling
Release date: 1938-04-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : The Return of the Frog
8.

The Return of the Frog

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

The film concerns a police hunt for the criminal known as The Frog.

Starring: Gordon Harker, Hartley Power, René Ray, Cyril Smith, Charles Lefeaux, Una O'Connor, Meinhart Maur, George Hayes, Charles Carson, Aubrey Mallalieu ..
Directed by: Maurice Elvey
Release date: 1938-11-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : There's Always a Woman
9.

There's Always a Woman

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

An investigator for the District Attorney's office quits to open his own detective agency. However, business is so bad that he finally decides to give it up and go back to his old job. As his wife is at his office closing up, a wealthy society matron walks in with a case: she wants to know if her husband is having an affair with his ex-girlfriend, who is now married. The wife accepts what looks to be an easy case, figuring than she can then persuade her husband to re-start the agency. However, when the client's husband is found murdered, she decides to investigate the murder herself. Her husband has also been assigned by the D.A. to investigate the murder, and he doesn't know that his wife is also on the case. Complications ensue.

Starring: Melvyn Douglas, Joan Blondell, Mary Astor, Frances Drake, Jerome Cowan, Robert Paige, Thurston Hall, Pierre Watkin, Walter Kingsford, Lester Matthews ..
Directed by: Alexander Hall
Release date: 1938-04-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Torchy Gets Her Man
10.

Torchy Gets Her Man

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

A notorious counterfeiter passes himself off as a Secret Service agent to Steve and gets him to unwittingly help him bilk the racetrack out of tens of thousands.

Starring: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy, Willard Robertson, Thomas E. Jackson, George Guhl, Frank Reicher, John Ridgely, Joe Cunningham, Herbert Rawlinson ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1938-11-12
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Arrest Bulldog Drummond
11.

Arrest Bulldog Drummond

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

The invention of a machine that can cause remote explosions brings the attention of Scotland Yard and Bulldog Drummond.

Starring: John Howard, Heather Angel, H.B. Warner, Reginald Denny, E. E. Clive, Jean Fenwick, Zeffie Tilbury, George Zucco, Leonard Mudie, Evan Thomas ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1938-11-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : The Gaunt Stranger
12.

The Gaunt Stranger

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A lawyer receives a note telling him that he'll be dead in 48 hours - and Scotland Yard must work fast to uncover the serial killer known as 'The Ringer'.

Starring: Sonnie Hale, Wilfrid Lawson, Louise Henry, Alexander Knox, Peter Croft, George Merritt, Patrick Barr, John Longden, Patricia Roc, Arthur Hambling ..
Directed by: Walter Forde
Release date: 1938-10-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Convicted
13.

Convicted

2.7
5.7/10 IMDB

A nightclub dancer (Rita Hayworth) and a detective (Charles Quigley) catch the gangster (Marc Lawrence) who framed her brother.

Starring: Charles Quigley, Rita Hayworth, Marc Lawrence, George McKay, Doreen MacGregor, William Irving, Eddie Laughton, Edgar Edwards, Phyllis Clare, Bob Rideout ..
Directed by: Leon Barsha
Release date: 1938-08-18
14.

Mysterious Mr. Moto

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

The Japanese detective rounds up a league of assassins for Scotland Yard.

Starring: Peter Lorre, Mary Maguire, Henry Wilcoxon, Erik Rhodes, Leon Ames, Forrester Harvey, Frederick Vogeding, Lester Matthews, Jimmy Aubrey, May Beatty ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1938-09-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Four Men and a Prayer
15.

Four Men and a Prayer

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

The sons of a disgraced British officer try to clear his name.

Starring: Loretta Young, Richard Greene, George Sanders, David Niven, C. Aubrey Smith, William Henry, Berton Churchill, Alan Hale, J. Edward Bromberg, Reginald Denny ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1938-04-29
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Arsène Lupin Returns
16.

Arsène Lupin Returns

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

A woman and a man vying for a woman's affection: the usual love trio? Not quite so since the belle in question is Lorraine de Grissac, a very wealthy and alluring society woman, while one of the two rivals is none other than Arsène Lupin, the notorious jewel thief everybody thought dead, now living under the assumed name of René Farrand. As for the other suitor he is an American, a former F.B.I. sleuth turned private eye by the name of Steve Emerson. Steve not only suspects Farrand of being Lupin but when someone attempts to steal a precious emerald necklace from Lorraine's uncle, Count de Brissac, he is persuaded Lupin is the culprit. Is Emerson right or wrong? Which of the two men will win over Lorraine's heart?

Starring: Melvyn Douglas, Virginia Bruce, Warren William, John Halliday, Nat Pendleton, Monty Woolley, E. E. Clive, George Zucco, Rollo Lloyd, Vladimir Sokoloff ..
Directed by: George Fitzmaurice
Release date: 1938-02-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Fast Company
17.

Fast Company

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Married book-dealers Joel and Garda Sloane try to clear a friend in the murder of a rival book-seller.

Starring: Melvyn Douglas, Florence Rice, Claire Dodd, Shepperd Strudwick, Louis Calhern, Nat Pendleton, Douglass Dumbrille, Mary Howard, George Zucco, Minor Watson ..
Directed by: Edward Buzzell
Release date: 1938-07-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : The Face Behind the Mask
18.

The Face Behind the Mask

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

This dramatized short film describes the historical mystery of France's "man in the iron mask". King Louis XIV imprisoned a man who was never identified, but who was forced to wear an iron mask for the length of his captivity, which ended only in his death. Several candidates for the identity of the man are investigated.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Carlos De Valdez, Jack Deery, Ivo Henderson, Mary Howard, George W. Jimenez, Edward Keane, Michael Mark, Andre Marsaudon, Thomas R. Mills ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1938-03-19
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : The Ware Case
19.

The Ware Case

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

An aristocrat won't economize, then his rich brother in law is found murdered in the grounds of the aristocrat's house

Starring: Clive Brook, Jane Baxter, Barry K. Barnes, C. V. France, Francis L. Sullivan, Frank Cellier, Edward Rigby, Peter Bull, Dorothy Seacombe, Athene Seyler ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1938-12-02
20.

Mr. Moto Takes a Chance

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

In the jungle near Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Mr. Moto poses as an ineffectual archaeologist and a venerable holy man with mystical powers to help foil two insurgencies against the government.

Starring: Peter Lorre, Rochelle Hudson, Robert Kent, J. Edward Bromberg, Chick Chandler, George Regas, Frederick Vogeding, H.W. Gim, Al Kikume, James B. Leong ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1938-06-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : The Lady in the Morgue
21.

The Lady in the Morgue

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

A detective investigates the disappearance of a girl's body from the city morgue.

Starring: Preston Foster, Patricia Ellis, Frank Jenks, Thomas E. Jackson, Bill Elliott, Roland Drew, Barbara Pepper, Joe Downing, Archie Robbins, Al Hill ..
Directed by: Otis Garrett
Release date: 1938-04-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : The Lone Wolf in Paris
22.

The Lone Wolf in Paris

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Former jewel thief Michael Lanyard (Francis Lederer) toys with a princess (Frances Drake) and a grand duke (Walter Kingsford).

Starring: Francis Lederer, Frances Drake, Olaf Hytten, Walter Kingsford, Leona Maricle, Albert Dekker, Maurice Cass, Bess Flowers, Ruth Robinson, Pio Peretti ..
Directed by: Albert S. Rogell
Release date: 1938-05-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Torchy Blane in Panama
23.

Torchy Blane in Panama

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Torchy, Steve, and Gahagan are on the trail of a bank robber aboard an ocean liner traveling from New York to L.A. via the Panama Canal.

Starring: Lola Lane, Paul Kelly, Tom Kennedy, Anthony Averill, Larry Williams, Betty Compson, Hugh O'Connell, Jimmy Conlin, Joe Cunningham, Frank Shannon ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1938-05-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : The Patient in Room 18
24.

The Patient in Room 18

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Choreographer Bobby Connolly and prolific screenwriter Crane Wilbur teamed up on the direction of Warner Bros.' The Patient in Room 18. Patric Knowles delivers a delightfully comic performance as Lance, an outwardly normal young man obsessed with detective stories. When his obsession threatens to lapse over into lunacy, Lance is sent to the hospital for a nice long rest. It isn't long before he gets mixed up in a genuine murder mystery, using his second-hand knowhow to solve the case. Up-and-coming Ann Sheridan is quite amusing as Lance's nurse and confidante, while the murderer is played by a fellow who is usually cast as the murder victim.

Starring: Patric Knowles, Ann Sheridan, Eric Stanley, John Ridgely, Rosella Towne, Jeanne Benedict, Charles Trowbridge, Cliff Clark, Harland Tucker, Edward Raquello ..
Directed by: Bobby Connolly, Crane Wilbur
Release date: 1938-01-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Yellow Jack
25.

Yellow Jack

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

A fairly accurate historical account of Walter Reed's search for the cause of "Yellow Jack" or Yellow Fever and those who risked their lives in the pursuit.

Starring: Robert Montgomery, Virginia Bruce, Lewis Stone, Andy Devine, Henry Hull, Charles Coburn, Buddy Ebsen, Henry O'Neill, Janet Beecher, William Henry ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1938-05-19
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Hollywood Stadium Mystery
26.

Hollywood Stadium Mystery

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

A boxer is killed in the ring, and the only clue is a tune that a man was whistling.

Starring: Neil Hamilton, Evelyn Venable, Jimmy Wallington, Barbara Pepper, Lucien Littlefield, Lynne Roberts, James Spottswood, Reed Hadley, Robert Homans, William Haade ..
Directed by: David Howard
Release date: 1938-02-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Black Limelight
27.

Black Limelight

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

This gripping, atmospheric crime thriller from Austrian-born director Paul Stein stars Oscar nominee Raymond Massey as a man at the centre of a multiple murder investigation – a case that sparks a sensationalist press frenzy when it becomes clear that the killer only strikes when there is a full moon.

Starring: Raymond Massey, Joan Marion, Elliott Mason, Diana Beaumont, Walter Hudd, Henry Oscar, Dan Tobin ..
Directed by: Paul L. Stein
Release date: 1938-06-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Bulldog Drummond's Peril
28.

Bulldog Drummond's Peril

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

Drummond's wedding with Phyllis is interrupted when the inspector guarding their gifts is killed. He tries to trace the killers and uncovers the mystery of diamond counterfeiters.

Starring: John Barrymore, John Howard, Louise Campbell, Reginald Denny, E. E. Clive, Porter Hall, Elizabeth Patterson, Nydia Westman, Halliwell Hobbes, Matthew Boulton ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1938-03-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Barefoot Boy
29.

Barefoot Boy

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

A spoiled boy sent to the country to grow-up. He has to deal with life, friends and crooks.

Starring: Jackie Moran, Marcia Mae Jones, Bradley Metcalfe, Marilyn Knowlden, Ralph Morgan, Claire Windsor, Helen MacKellar, Matty Fain, Frank Puglia, J. Farrell MacDonald ..
Directed by: Karl Brown
Release date: 1938-08-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : The Spy Ring
30.

The Spy Ring

2.5
5.3/10 IMDB

Two American-army officers are working on a new type of machine-gun for anti-aircraft warfare, when one of them is murdered. The other vows to get the spies that are after the invention and avenge his friend's death.

Starring: William Hall, Jane Wyman, Esther Ralston, Robert Warwick, Leon Ames, Ben Alexander, Don Barclay, Egon Brecher, Paul Sutton, Jack Mulhall ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1938-01-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Mystery House
31.

Mystery House

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

When Hubert Kingery, a banker, is found shot dead with a gun in his hand, his daughter refuses to believe it is a suicide. With the help of a detective, she hopes to get to the bottom of the case.

Starring: Dick Purcell, Ann Sheridan, Anne Nagel, William Hopper, Anthony Averill, Dennie Moore, Hugh O'Connell, Ben Welden, Sheila Bromley, Elspeth Dudgeon ..
Directed by: Noel M. Smith
Release date: 1938-05-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : When Were You Born
32.

When Were You Born

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

A San Francisco astrologer correctly predicts a ship passenger's death and then helps the police look for the murderer.

Starring: Margaret Lindsay, Anna May Wong, Lola Lane, James Stephenson, Anthony Averill, Charles C. Wilson, Jeffrey Lynn, Eric Stanley, Leonard Mudie, Olin Howland ..
Directed by: William C. McGann
Release date: 1938-06-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Blind Alibi
33.

Blind Alibi

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

A Paris sculptor (Richard Dix) fakes blindness in Los Angeles to recover his blackmailed sister's love letters.

Starring: Richard Dix, Whitney Bourne, Eduardo Ciannelli, Frances Mercer, Paul Guilfoyle, Richard Lane, Vinton Hayworth, George Irving, George Davis, Walter Miller ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1938-05-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : International Crime
34.

International Crime

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

The second and final Grand National Pictures film to feature The Shadow, played again by Rod La Rocque. In this version, Lamont Cranston is an amateur detective and host of a radio show with his assistant Phoebe (not Margo) Lane. Cabbie Moe Shrevnitz and Commissioner Weston also appear.

Starring: Rod La Rocque, Astrid Allwyn, Thomas E. Jackson, Oscar O'Shea, Lew Hearn, Wilhelm von Brincken, Tenen Holtz, William Pawley, Peter Potter, John St. Polis ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1938-04-23
35.

Premiere

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

In Paris a leading theatre impresario is murdered on opening night, shortly after replacing his leading lady. A police Inspector in the audience takes over the investigation. The film was shot at Elstree Studios. It was a close remake of the 1937 Austrian film Premiere and re-used a number of musical scenes from the original which were dubbed into English.

Starring: John Lodge, Judy Kelly, Joan Marion, Hugh Williams, Edward Chapman, Steven Geray, Wallace Geoffrey, Geoffrey Sumner, Joss Ambler, Jack Lambert ..
Directed by: Walter Summers, Otto Kanturek
Release date: 1938-01-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : This Man Is News
36.

This Man Is News

2.4
6.7/10 IMDB

A newspaper reporter keeps beating the police to clues in a current murder case. This makes the police think he may be involved in the crime.

Starring: Barry K. Barnes, Valerie Hobson, Alastair Sim, John Warwick, Philip Leaver, James Birrie, David Keir, Tom Gill, Edward Lexy, Garry Marsh ..
Directed by: David MacDonald
Release date: 1938-09-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : The Invisible Menace
37.

The Invisible Menace

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

Army Private Eddie Pratt smuggles his new bride into camp in hopes of having a happy wedding night. Instead they discover a murder. Colonel Rogers of Army Intelligence arrives to take over the case. The prime suspect, Jevries, is well-known to Rogers, who sets out to get a confession from Jevries even though there are plenty of other suspects.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Marie Wilson, Eddie Craven, Regis Toomey, Henry Kolker, Cy Kendall, Charles Trowbridge, Eddie Acuff, Frank Faylen, Phyllis Barry ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1938-01-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Secrets of a Nurse
38.

Secrets of a Nurse

2.2
7.0/10 IMDB

This Universal programmer was based on a Collier's Magazine story by journalist Quentin Reynolds. This story in turn was ostensibly based on a true incident, in which a gangster "returned from the dead" to save an innocent young man from the electric chair. The nurse of the film's title is Katharine McDonald, who falls in love with her prizefighter-patient Lee Burke as he recovers from a beating received in a fixed prizefight. Katharine must fend off the advances of criminal attorney John Dodge, another patient who also loves her and becomes jealous of Lee. But when Lee is framed for the murder of his disgruntled manager, Slice, by a henchman of the fight-fix leader, Joe Largo, Dodge takes on his defense and works with Katherine to discover the real killer. Convicted and sentenced to death, Burke is about to walk the "last mile", as Katharine encourages mortally wounded Largo to a deathbed confession.

Starring: Edmund Lowe, Helen Mack, Dick Foran, Samuel S. Hinds, Paul Hurst, Leon Ames, Horace McMahon, David Oliver, Clarence Muse ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1938-12-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Mr. Reeder in Room 13
39.

Mr. Reeder in Room 13

2.2
5.0/10 IMDB

Capt. Johnnie Gray is enlisted by Mr. J.G. Reeder to infiltrate a gang of forgers in Dartmoor jail on behalf of the Bank of England.

Starring: Peter Murray-Hill, Sally Gray, Gibb McLaughlin, Malcolm Keen, Leslie Perrins, Sara Seegar, D.J. Williams, Rex Carvel, Robert Cochran, Philip Ray ..
Directed by: Norman Lee
Release date: 1938-02-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Sunset Murder Case
40.

Sunset Murder Case

2.0
4.7/10 IMDB

Small-time showgirl poses as a stripper to infiltrate a nightclub whose owner is believed responsible for her father's murder.

Starring: Sally Rand, Esther Muir, Vince Barnett, Paul Sutton, Lona Andre, Mary Brodel, George Douglas, Reed Hadley, Kathryn Kane, Dennis Moore ..
Directed by: Louis J. Gasnier
Release date: 1938-11-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : The Secret of Treasure Island
41.

The Secret of Treasure Island

1.7
4.6/10 IMDB

A variety of people are searching for a long-hidden treasure somewhere on an island. Chapter titles: 1.The Isle of Fear 2.The Ghost Talks 3.The Phantom Duel 4.Buried Alive 5.The Girl Who Vanished 6.Trapped by the Flood 7.The Cannon Roars 8.The Circle of Death 9.The Pirate's Revenge 10.The Crash 11.Dynamite 12.The Bridge of Doom 13.The Mad Flight 14.The Jaws of Destruction 15.Justice

Starring: Don Terry, Gwen Gaze, Walter Miller, George Rosener, Grant Withers, Hobart Bosworth, Sandra Karina, P.J. Kelly, Yakima Canutt, William Farnum ..
Directed by: Elmer Clifton
Release date: 1938-03-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Making the Headlines
42.

Making the Headlines

1.7
7.4/10 IMDB

Angry, because he is making too many headlines with his gang-busting activities, the police chief transfers Lt. Lewis Nagel to the sleepy suburban town of Fairview, where he is followed by reporter Steve Withers because he knows Nagel will find a story.

Starring: Jack Holt, Beverly Roberts, Craig Reynolds, Marjorie Gateson, Dorothy Appleby, Gilbert Emery, Tom Kennedy, Corbet Morris, Sheila Bromley, John Wray ..
Directed by: Lewis D. Collins
Release date: 1938-03-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : The Jury's Secret
43.

The Jury's Secret

1.7
6.6/10 IMDB

A reporter covering a murder trial guesses that the murderer of a ruthless businessman is her ex-fiancé and persuades him to confess and clear the innocent man on trial.

Starring: Kent Taylor, Fay Wray, Jane Darwell, Nan Grey, Larry J. Blake, Fritz Leiber, Leonard Mudie, Samuel S. Hinds, Granville Bates, Halliwell Hobbes ..
Directed by: Edward Sloman
Release date: 1938-01-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Strange Boarders
44.

Strange Boarders

1.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Pre-war intelligence man Tommy Blythe interrupts his honeymoon to investigate the discovery of vital Air Ministry blueprints on a woman killed in a London road accident. The trail leads to a boarding house in Notting Hill and its varied tenants.

Starring: Tom Walls, Googie Withers, Ronald Adam, C. V. France, Nina Boucicault, Leon M. Lion, C. Denier Warren, Irene Handl, Marda Vanne, Arthur Goullet ..
Directed by: Herbert Mason
Release date: 1938-05-01
45.

The Claydon Treasure Mystery

1.5
6.6/10 IMDB

"The Claydon Treasure Mystery" stars reliable John Stuart as an engineer (Peter Kerrigan) interested in solving mysteries, who becomes involved in investigating murders at Marsh Manor, home of the wealthy Claydon family. Plenty of suspects to choose from, Kerrigan believes that the murders may be connected to hidden treasure on the estate.

Starring: John Stuart, Garry Marsh, Annie Esmond, Campbell Gullan, Evelyn Ankers, Aubrey Mallalieu, Finlay Currie, Joss Ambler, Richard Parry, Vernon Harris ..
Directed by: H. Manning Haynes
Release date: 1938-09-04
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Dangerous to Know
46.

Dangerous to Know

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Racketeer Steve Recka (Akim Tamiroff), art patron and political power-maker, rules his town and Madame Lan Ying (Anna May Wong), his beautiful Oriental friend and hostess (read:mistress), with an iron hand. He meets Margaret Van Kase (Gail Patrick), a socialite not impressed by his power nor his wealth, having no money herself, and Steve makes frantic efforts to win her and turns away from the loyal Lin Yang.

Starring: Anna May Wong, Akim Tamiroff, Gail Patrick, Lloyd Nolan, Harvey Stephens, Anthony Quinn, Roscoe Karns, Porter Hall, Barlowe Borland, Hedda Hopper ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1938-03-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Who Killed Gail Preston?
47.

Who Killed Gail Preston?

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

A temperamental singer's murder leaves a nightclub full of suspects.

Starring: Don Terry, Rita Hayworth, Robert Paige, Wyn Cahoon, Gene Morgan, Marc Lawrence, Arthur Loft, John Gallaudet, John Graham Spacey, Eddie Fetherston ..
Directed by: Leon Barsha
Release date: 1938-02-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Joaquin Murrieta
48.

Joaquin Murrieta

1.4
6.0/10 IMDB

This MGM Historical Mystery short follows the life and exploits of killer outlaw Joaquin Murrieta, in California in the 1850s.

Starring: Shepperd Strudwick, Carey Wilson, Arthur Aylesworth, Horace B. Carpenter, Nigel De Brulier, Frank McGlynn Sr., Charles Middleton, Frank Puglia, Charles Stevens, Phillip Terry ..
Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
Release date: 1938-06-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : The Last Warning
49.

The Last Warning

1.4
6.0/10 IMDB

In their third and last teaming, Bill Crane and Doc Williams visit a country estate to investigate threatening letters from the mysterious 'Eye.'

Starring: Preston Foster, Frank Jenks, Joyce Compton, Kay Linaker, E. E. Clive, Frances Robinson, Raymond Parker, Robert Paige, Albert Dekker, Roland Drew ..
Directed by: Albert S. Rogell
Release date: 1938-12-07
50.

Time Out for Murder

1.4
5.8/10 IMDB

A bank runner is accused of killing a woman for whom he deposited a large amount. Reporter and bank official investigate.

Starring: Michael Whalen, Gloria Stuart, Chick Chandler, Douglas Fowley, Jean Rogers, Robert Kellard, Edward Marr, George Lynn, Lester Matthews, Cliff Clark ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1938-09-25

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