Best Mystery Movies of 1939


Inspector Hornleigh

6.7/10 IMDB

When a landlady finds one of her tenants murdered, Inspector Hornleigh is sent to investigate. Hornleigh's assistant, Sergeant Bingham, soon finds an attaché case that had been stolen from the murdered man. When Hornleigh examines the case, inside it he finds a bag that was used to carry important government documents. The documents have been taken, and to make things even more confusing, a duplicate of the stolen bag soon turns up.

Starring: Gordon Harker, Alastair Sim, Miki Hood, Wally Patch, Steven Geray, Edward Underdown, Hugh Williams, Gibb McLaughlin, Ronald Adam, Eliot Makeham ..
Directed by: Eugene Forde
Release date: 1939-03-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1939 : Slightly Honorable

Slightly Honorable

6.1/10 IMDB

A lawyer is framed for the murder of a young party girl and tries to clear his name.

Starring: Pat O’Brien, Edward Arnold, Broderick Crawford, Ruth Terry, Alan Dinehart, Claire Dodd, Phyllis Brooks, Eve Arden, Douglass Dumbrille, Bernard Nedell ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1939-12-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1939 : Sued for Libel

Sued for Libel

6.5/10 IMDB

A New York City newspaper is sued for libel after reporting the wrong verdict in a murder trial.

Starring: Kent Taylor, Linda Hayes, Lilian Bond, Morgan Conway, Richard Lane, Roger Pryor, Thurston Hall, Emory Parnell, Roy Gordon, Keye Luke ..
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Release date: 1939-10-27

Fast and Furious

6.2/10 IMDB

Joel and Garda Sloan, a husband and wife detective team, who also sell rare books in New York, take a vacation to Seaside City. At Seaside, Joel's pal, Mike Stevens is managing and preparing for their beauty pageant. Joel is made one of the judges plus he has invested $5,000 in it, to Garda's dismay. Eric Bartell, promoter, arrives to dupe Stevens. When Ed Connors, New York racketeer arrives, Bartell is mysteriously murdered. Joel and Garda set out to investigate the murder.

Starring: Franchot Tone, Ann Sothern, Ruth Hussey, Allyn Joslyn, Lee Bowman, Frank Orth, John Miljan, Mary Beth Hughes, Bernard Nedell, Cliff Clark ..
Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1939-10-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1939 : Dick Tracy's G-Men

Dick Tracy's G-Men

6.2/10 IMDB

A mad doctor named Zanoff uses a drug to bring himself back from the dead after his execution in prison. Dick Tracy sets out to capture Zanoff before he can put his criminal gang back together again.

Starring: Ralph Byrd, Irving Pichel, Ted Pearson, Walter Miller, George Douglas, Kenneth Harlan, Robert Carson, Julian Madison, Ted Mapes, Jennifer Jones ..
Directed by: John English, William Witney
Release date: 1939-09-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1939 : Private Detective

Private Detective

6.1/10 IMDB

A female private eye joins forces with a police detective to investigate the suspicious murder of a millionaire.

Starring: Jane Wyman, Dick Foran, Gloria Dickson, Maxie Rosenbloom, John Ridgely, Morgan Conway, John Eldredge, Joseph Crehan, William B. Davidson, Selmer Jackson ..
Directed by: Noel M. Smith
Release date: 1939-12-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1939 : 1126 Dewey Ave. Apt. 207

1126 Dewey Ave. Apt. 207

5.4/10 IMDB

Avant-garde home movie, creators unkown, attributed to John C. Hecker.

Directed by: John C. Hecker
Release date: 1939-12-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1939 : Big Town Czar

Big Town Czar

5.3/10 IMDB

When gangster Phil Daley gets rid of his chief Paul Burgess he has everything that money can buy, except the respect of his parents and his sweetheart Susan Warren. His younger brother Danny quits college and forces Phil to make him part of the gang. The overly-ambitious Danny fixes a prize-fight on which rival gang-leader Mike Luger loses heavily and, thinking that Phil has double-crossed him, sends gunmen out to kill Phil. They kill Danny instead and the frightened Phil flees to a country hideout. His chief lieutenant, Sid Travis, sets a trap for Phil when he returns.

Starring: Barton MacLane, Tom Brown, Eve Arden, Jack La Rue, Frank Jenks, Walter Woolf King, Oscar O'Shea, Esther Dale, Horace McMahon, Ed Sullivan ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1939-05-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1939 : Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation

Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation

6.8/10 IMDB

All work and no play makes Mr. Moto a busy detective! Mr. Moto heads to Egypt to thwart a criminal mastermind determined to steal the priceless crown of the Queen of Sheba. But the action heats up and the suspense soars when the precious treasure begins its perilous journey to America and Mr. Moto must race against time to unmask a cunning thief who will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get what he wants!

Starring: Peter Lorre, Joseph Schildkraut, Lionel Atwill, Virginia Field, John 'Dusty' King, Iva Stewart, G.P. Huntley, Victor Varconi, John Bleifer, Honorable Wu ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1939-07-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1939 : They Made Me a Criminal

They Made Me a Criminal

0.0/10 IMDB

A boxer flees, believing he has committed a murder while he was drunk.

Starring: John Garfield, Claude Rains, Ann Sheridan, May Robson, Gloria Dickson, Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell ..
Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1939-01-21

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