Best Mystery Movies of 1939

1.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

On his uncle's death Sir Henry Baskerville returns from abroad and opens up the ancestral hall on the desolate moors of Devonshire. Holmes uncovers a plot to have Sir Henry murdered by a terrible trained hound. First casting of Rathbone and Bruce as Holmes and Watson.

Starring: Richard Greene, Basil Rathbone, Wendy Barrie, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, John Carradine, Barlowe Borland, Beryl Mercer, Morton Lowry, Ralph Forbes ..
Directed by: Sidney Lanfield
Release date: 1939-03-31
2.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Professor Moriarity has a scheme for stealing the crown jewels from the Tower of London. To get Holmes involved, he persuades a gaucho flute player to murder a girl.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino, Alan Marshal, Terry Kilburn, George Zucco, Henry Stephenson, E. E. Clive, Arthur Hohl, May Beatty ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1939-09-01
3.

The Cat and the Canary

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Ten years after the death of millionaire Cyrus Norman, his will is to be read out to his six relatives, including Joyce Norman and Wally Campbell. Organized by Norman's lawyer, Crosby, the six meet at Norman's eerie New Orleans Gothic mansion. During the reading, the superstitious housekeeper declares that someone will be dead by midnight. Wally fears for Joyce when she is declared the sole inheritor, but all are alarmed when Crosby turns up dead.

Starring: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, John Beal, Douglass Montgomery, Gale Sondergaard, Elizabeth Patterson, George Zucco, Nydia Westman, John Wray, George Regas ..
Directed by: Elliott Nugent
Release date: 1939-11-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1939 : Charlie Chan at Treasure Island
4.

Charlie Chan at Treasure Island

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Charlie's investigation of a phony psychic during the 1939 World Exposition on San Francisco's Treasure Island leads him to expose a suicide as murder.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Victor Sen Yung, Cesar Romero, Douglas Fowley, Pauline Moore, Donald MacBride, Wally Vernon, Douglass Dumbrille, Sally Blane, Charles Halton ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1939-08-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1939 : Charlie Chan in Reno
5.

Charlie Chan in Reno

3.6
7.2/10 IMDB

Mary Whitman has gone to Reno to obtain a divorce. While there she is arrested on suspicion of murdering a fellow guest at her hotel (which specializes in divorcers). There are many others at the hotel who wanted the victim out of the way. Charlie comes from his home in Honolulu to solve the murder.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Ricardo Cortez, Phyllis Brooks, Slim Summerville, Kane Richmond, Victor Sen Yung, Pauline Moore, Eddie Collins, Kay Linaker, Louise Henry ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1939-06-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1939 : City in Darkness
6.

City in Darkness

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Chan goes to Paris for a reunion with friends from World War I. There he investigates the murder of a munitions manufacturer who was supplying arms to the enemy. At the end Charlie preaches to us about the dangers of peace conferences.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Lynn Bari, Richard Clarke, Harold Huber, Pedro de Cordoba, Dorothy Tree, C. Henry Gordon, Douglass Dumbrille, Noel Madison, Leo G. Carroll ..
Directed by: Herbert I. Leeds
Release date: 1939-11-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1939 : Inspector Hornleigh
7.

Inspector Hornleigh

3.1
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
8.

Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter

3.1
6.9/10 IMDB

Nancy Drew clears her Uncle Matt of murder charges when she exposes the real murderers. She and Ted find themselves in many dangerous positions such as trying to fly an airplane after the pilot parachuted out and being face-to-face with the murderer.

Starring: Bonita Granville, Frankie Thomas, John Litel, Aldrich Bowker, Charlotte Wynters, Edgar Edwards, Renie Riano, Roger Imhof, Erville Alderson, Willie Best ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1939-06-17
9.

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Nancy Drew and Ted Nickerson solve a murder and save two elderly ladies from losing their family home. The old mansion is complete with a moving wall and a hidden staircase.

Starring: Bonita Granville, Frankie Thomas, John Litel, Frank Orth, Renie Riano, Vera Lewis, Louise Carter, William Gould, John Ridgely, William Hopper ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1939-09-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1939 : The Amazing Mr. Williams
10.

The Amazing Mr. Williams

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Kenny Williams, a lieutenant on the homicide squad, is engaged to Maxine Carroll, the Mayor's secretary. Or isn't he rather married with his job? For each time he has a date with his longtime fiancée, he is prevented from keeping it by his devotion to duty. Maxine, in desperation, decides to take action and bring Kenny to the altar. Who will win, Maxine's curves or the glorious fight against crime?

Starring: Melvyn Douglas, Joan Blondell, Clarence Kolb, Ruth Donnelly, Edward Brophy, Donald MacBride, Don Beddoe, Jonathan Hale, John Wray, Jane Barnes ..
Directed by: Alexander Hall
Release date: 1939-11-22

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