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, Dame May Whitty, Paul Lukas, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Cecil Parker, Linden Travers, Mary Clare, Emile Boreo ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1938-07-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Charlie Chan in Honolulu
2.

Charlie Chan in Honolulu

3.7
6.9/10 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
3.

Algiers

3.6
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: 1938-06-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : Nancy Drew: Detective
4.

Nancy Drew: Detective

3.1
6.9/10 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
Best Mystery Movies of 1938 : There's Always a Woman
5.

There's Always a Woman

2.9
6.8/10 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 : Arrest Bulldog Drummond
6.

Arrest Bulldog Drummond

2.8
6.3/10 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
7.

Convicted

2.7
6.2/10 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
8.

Mr. Moto's Gamble

2.7
6.9/10 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 : Barefoot Boy
9.

Barefoot Boy

2.7
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 : Mysterious Mr. Moto
10.

Mysterious Mr. Moto

2.7
6.9/10 IMDB

The Japanese detective (Peter Lorre) 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: 1938-10-14

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