Best Mystery Movies of 1941


Citizen Kane

8.3/10 IMDB

Newspaper magnate, Charles Foster Kane is taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. As a result, every well-meaning, tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that deeply wounding event.

Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Ray Collins, George Coulouris, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Stewart, Ruth Warrick, Erskine Sanford, William Alland ..
Directed by: Orson Welles, Mike Matei
Release date: 1941-04-17

The Maltese Falcon

8.0/10 IMDB

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a beautiful liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane, Lee Patrick, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond, Jerome Cowan, Elisha Cook Jr. ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1941-10-18


7.3/10 IMDB

Wealthy, sheltered Lina McLaidlaw is swept off her feet by charming ne'er-do-well Johnnie Aysgarth. Though warned that Johnnie is little more than a fortune hunter, Lina marries him anyway and remains loyal to her irresponsible husband as he plows his way from one disreputable business scheme to another. Gradually Lina comes to the conclusion that Johnnie intends to kill her in order to collect her inheritance.

Starring: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce, May Whitty, Isabel Jeans, Heather Angel, Auriol Lee, Reginald Sheffield, Leo G. Carroll ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1941-11-14

Shadow of the Thin Man

7.2/10 IMDB

High society sleuths Nick and Nora Charles run into a variety of shady characters while investigating a race-track murder.

Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Barry Nelson, Donna Reed, Sam Levene, Alan Baxter, Henry O'Neill, Richard Hall, Stella Adler, Loring Smith ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1941-11-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Dead Men Tell

Dead Men Tell

6.9/10 IMDB

When the elderly woman sponsoring a treasure hunt is murdered on board her docked ship, Charlie Chan must deal with a treasure map in four pieces, the ghost of a hanged pirate, a talking parrot, a recalcitrant sea captain and several suspicious passengers - and a second murder.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Sheila Ryan, Robert Weldon, Victor Sen Yung, Donald Douglas, Kay Aldridge, Paul McGrath, George Reeves, Truman Bradley, Ethel Griffies ..
Directed by: Harry Lachman
Release date: 1941-03-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Charlie Chan in Rio

Charlie Chan in Rio

6.9/10 IMDB

In Rio de Janiero to arrest a nightclub singer on suspicion of a murder in Hawaii, Charlie Chan becomes involved with the Rio police in solving the singer's own murder.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Mary Beth Hughes, Cobina Wright, Ted North, Victor Jory, Harold Huber, Victor Sen Yung, Richard Derr, Jacqueline Dalya, Kay Linaker ..
Directed by: Harry Lachman
Release date: 1941-09-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Swamp Water

Swamp Water

7.0/10 IMDB

A hunter happens upon a fugitive and his daughter living in a Georgia swamp. He falls in love with the girl and persuades the fugitive to return to town.

Starring: Walter Brennan, Walter Huston, Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, Virginia Gilmore, John Carradine, Mary Howard, Eugene Pallette, Ward Bond, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams ..
Directed by: Jean Renoir
Release date: 1941-11-16

Topper Returns

6.8/10 IMDB

Topper is once again tormented by a fun-loving spirit. This time, it's Gail Richards, who was accidentally murdered while vacationing at the home of her wealthy friend, Ann Carrington (Landis), the intended victim. With Topper's help, Gail sets out to find her killer with the expected zany results.

Starring: Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Carole Landis, Billie Burke, Dennis O'Keefe, Patsy Kelly, H.B. Warner, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, George Zucco, Donald MacBride ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1941-03-21

Footsteps in the Dark

6.7/10 IMDB

A high-society gent has a secret life - he writes murder mysteries and hangs out with the police attempting to solve crimes. This causes him no end of problems when his wife wants to know about his little disappearances and exceptionally late nights out.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Lee Patrick, Alan Hale, Ralph Bellamy, Lucile Watson, Allen Jenkins, William Frawley, Grant Mitchell, Turhan Bey ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1941-03-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : The Shanghai Gesture

The Shanghai Gesture

6.6/10 IMDB

A gambling queen uses blackmail to stop a British financier from closing her Chinese clip joint.

Starring: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Victor Mature, Ona Munson, Phyllis Brooks, Albert Bassermann, Maria Ouspenskaya, Eric Blore, Ivan Lebedeff, Mike Mazurki ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1941-12-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Whistling in the Dark

Whistling in the Dark

6.7/10 IMDB

The operators of 'Silver Haven', a cultish group bilking gullible rich people out of money, is set to inherit a large sum after the deceased woman's heir also dies. Leader Joesph Jones decides to hurry the process along and kidnaps Wally Benton, his fiancé, and a friend, to further this goal. Wally, 'The Fox', is a radio sleuth who solves murders on the air. Jones wants him to devise a perfect murder, and isn't above killing others sloppily along the way to get his foolproof murder plot.

Starring: Red Skelton, Conrad Veidt, Ann Rutherford, Virginia Grey, Rags Ragland, Henry O'Neill, Eve Arden, Paul Stanton, Donald Douglas, Don Costello ..
Directed by: S. Sylvan Simon
Release date: 1941-08-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : The Gay Falcon

The Gay Falcon

6.5/10 IMDB

Having forsaken the detective business for the safer confines of personal insurance, Gay Laurence is compelled to return to his sleuthing ways. Along with sidekick Jonathan "Goldie" Locke, he agrees to look into a series of home party robberies that have victimized socialite Maxine Wood. The duo gets more than they bargained for when a murder is committed at Wood's home, but Lawrence still finds time to romance the damsel.

Starring: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Allen Jenkins, Nina Vale, Gladys Cooper, Edward Brophy, Arthur Shields, Damian O'Flynn, Turhan Bey, Eddie Dunn ..
Directed by: Irving Reis
Release date: 1941-10-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Dressed to Kill

Dressed to Kill

6.4/10 IMDB

A detective's wedding is postponed when gunshots are heard nearby.

Starring: Lloyd Nolan, Mary Beth Hughes, Sheila Ryan, William Demarest, Ben Carter, Virginia Brissac, Mantan Moreland, Henry Daniell, Charles Arnt, Charles Trowbridge ..
Directed by: Eugene Forde
Release date: 1941-08-08

The Black Cat

6.1/10 IMDB

Greedy heirs wait in a mansion for a rich cat lover to die, only to learn her cats come first.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Hugh Herbert, Broderick Crawford, Bela Lugosi, Anne Gwynne, Gale Sondergaard, Gladys Cooper, Alan Ladd, Cecilia Loftus, Claire Dodd ..
Directed by: Albert S. Rogell
Release date: 1941-05-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : The Ghost Train

The Ghost Train

6.2/10 IMDB

Mismatched travellers are stranded overnight at a lonely rural railway station. They soon learn of local superstition about a phantom train which is said to travel these parts at dead of night, carrying ghosts from a long-ago train wreck in the area.

Starring: Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch, Kathleen Harrison, Peter Murray-Hill, Carole Lynne, Morland Graham, Betty Jardine, Stuart Latham, Herbert Lomas, Raymond Huntley ..
Directed by: Walter Forde
Release date: 1941-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Ringside Maisie

Ringside Maisie

6.4/10 IMDB

Young undefeated boxer Terry Dolan, who's been lying to his invalid mother about his career, confides to Maisie that he hates and is terrified by boxing and wants out. Not wanting to let down his best friend and manager Skeets Maguire, who has hopes of him becoming the next champion, he is reluctant to bring up the subject with him. Maisie convinces Terry to tell Skeets, whose unexpected reaction induces him to step into the ring again.

Starring: Ann Sothern, George Murphy, Robert Sterling, Virginia O'Brien, Natalie Thompson, Margaret Moffatt, Maxie Rosenbloom, Jack La Rue, Rags Ragland, Oscar O'Shea ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1941-08-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Secrets of the Lone Wolf

Secrets of the Lone Wolf

6.7/10 IMDB

Michael Lanyard's faithful butler Jamison is mistaken for his boss by a gang of jewel robbers.

Starring: Warren William, Ruth Ford, Roger Clark, Victor Jory, Eric Blore, Thurston Hall, Fred Kelsey, Victor Kilian, Marlo Dwyer, Lester Sharpe ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1941-11-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Pacific Blackout

Pacific Blackout

7.1/10 IMDB

Falsely convicted of murder, young Robert Draper (Robert Preston) escapes custody during a practice blackout drill. Under cover of darkness, Draper hopes to find the real killer, who turns out to be a member of a Nazi sabotage ring. Completed shortly before America entered WW2.

Starring: Robert Preston, Martha O'Driscoll, Philip Merivale, Eva Gabor, Louis Jean Heydt, Thurston Hall, Mary Treen, J. Edward Bromberg, Spencer Charters, Cy Kendall ..
Directed by: Ralph Murphy
Release date: 1941-12-31

Invisible Ghost

5.2/10 IMDB

The town's leading citizen is a man victim of homicidal impulses beyond his control. He is being controlled by his wife who had left him for another man. She was involved in a car accident that has left her brain damaged and is kept in the basement, in secret, by Kessler's gardener.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Polly Ann Young, John McGuire, Clarence Muse, George Pembroke, Betty Compson, Ernie Adams, Ottola Nesmith, Terry Walker, Fred Kelsey ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1941-04-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : The Smiling Ghost

The Smiling Ghost

6.4/10 IMDB

Elinor Bentley Fairchild's previous three grooms-to-be have either died or been maimed. Her aunt hires Lucky Downing to become engaged to her for a month to break the curse. But Lucky becomes a target of what appears to be the ghost of one of the former fiances.

Starring: Wayne Morris, Brenda Marshall, Willie Best, Alexis Smith, Alan Hale, Helen Westley, Lee Patrick, David Bruce, Charles Halton, Richard Ainley ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1941-09-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Sleepers West

Sleepers West

6.6/10 IMDB

Private eye Mike Shayne encounters a large amount of trouble while attempting to guard a murder witness.

Starring: Lloyd Nolan, Lynn Bari, Mary Beth Hughes, Louis Jean Heydt, Edward Brophy, Don Costello, Ben Carter, Donald Douglas, Oscar O'Shea, Harry Hayden ..
Directed by: Eugene Forde
Release date: 1941-03-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : The Iron Claw

The Iron Claw

6.6/10 IMDB

The heirs of Anton Benson are searching Bensonhurst for hidden gold; they are joined by a reporter, a gangster...and a masked fiend known as The Iron Claw.

Starring: Charles Quigley, Joyce Bryant, Forrest Taylor, Walter Sande, Norman Willis, Alex Callam, James Metcalfe, Allen Doone, Edythe Elliott, John Beck ..
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1941-08-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Confessions of Boston Blackie

Confessions of Boston Blackie

6.4/10 IMDB

A murder is committed during the auction of a valuable statue. The prime suspect is Boston Blackie, whose reputation for living on the edge of the law makes him an easy target for the police. When the body disappears, Blackie must find it to prove his innocence.

Starring: Chester Morris, Harriet Nelson, Richard Lane, George E. Stone, Lloyd Corrigan, Joan Woodbury, Walter Sande, Ralph Theodore, Kenneth MacDonald, Walter Soderling ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1941-12-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Among the Living

Among the Living

6.4/10 IMDB

A mentally unstable man, who has been kept in isolation for years, escapes and causes trouble for his identical twin brother.

Starring: Albert Dekker, Susan Hayward, Harry Carey, Frances Farmer, Gordon Jones, Harlan Briggs, Dorothy Sebastian, Jean Phillips, Ernest Whitman, Maude Eburne ..
Directed by: Stuart Heisler
Release date: 1941-12-12
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance

The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance

6.3/10 IMDB

A reformed jewel thief fights to clear his name when he's framed for murder.

Starring: Warren William, June Storey, Henry Wilcoxon, Eric Blore, Thurston Hall, Don Beddoe, Evalyn Knapp, Fred Kelsey, William Forrest, Walter Kingsford ..
Directed by: Sidney Salkow
Release date: 1941-03-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime

Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime

6.0/10 IMDB

Ralph Bellamy makes the third of four appearances as "master detective" Ellery Queen in Columbia's Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime. The principal villain is crooked stockbroker John Mathews, whose Wall Street manipulations render Ray Jarden penniless. Mathews' chicanery seems particularly coldblooded, inasmuch as his daughter Marian is engaged to Jarden's son Walter. When the latter disappears, Mathews asks Ellery Queen to locate the young man.

Starring: Ralph Bellamy, Margaret Lindsay, Charley Grapewin, Spring Byington, H.B. Warner, James Burke, Douglass Dumbrille, John Beal, Linda Hayes, Sidney Blackmer ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1941-08-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : The Saint In Palm Springs

The Saint In Palm Springs

6.2/10 IMDB

George Sanders makes his final appearance as crook-turned-detective Simon Templar, a.k.a. "The Saint," in The Saint in Palm Springs. The gimmick in this one is a set of rare stamps, smuggled from England. Wendy Barrie is the true heir to this treasure, and the Saint is engaged to protect her and the stamps. Our hero meets Barrie in a posh Palm Springs resort, where a gang of homicidal thieves have converged to relieve the girl of her inheritance. Three murders and one kidnapping attempt later, the villains are foiled by the Saint, with the aid of his onetime partner in crime Pearly Gates (Paul Guilfoyle). The Saint in Palm Springs is the sixth in RKO's series of films based on the character created by Leslie Charteris.

Starring: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Paul Guilfoyle, Jonathan Hale, Linda Hayes, Harry Shannon, Eddie Dunn, Ferris Taylor ..
Directed by: Jack Hively
Release date: 1941-01-24

Horror Island

6.0/10 IMDB

A down-on-his luck businessman organizes an excursion to Sir Henry Morgan's Island for a treasure hunt only to encounter a mysterious phantom and murder.

Starring: Dick Foran, Leo Carrillo, Peggy Moran, Fuzzy Knight, John Eldredge, Lewis Howard, Hobart Cavanaugh, Walter Catlett, Ralf Harolde, Iris Adrian ..
Directed by: George Waggner
Release date: 1941-03-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring

Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring

5.9/10 IMDB

Ralph Bellamy made his fourth and final appearance as literary sleuth Ellery Queen in Columbia's Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring. On this occasion, Ellery and his police-inspector father are summoned to a private hospital by its owner, philanthropist Mrs. Stack. There've been some very weird goings-on at the hospital as of late, and Mrs. Stack wants to get to the bottom of things.

Starring: Ralph Bellamy, Margaret Lindsay, Charley Grapewin, Mona Barrie, Paul Hurst, James Burke, Leon Ames, George Zucco, Blanche Yurka, Charlotte Wynters ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1941-11-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : The Case of the Black Parrot

The Case of the Black Parrot

5.9/10 IMDB

Sandy Vantine and her uncle, Paul Vantine, return from Europe with an antique cabinet purchased during their trip. Jim Moore, a reporter who had met Sandy and fallen for her during the voyage, suspects something odd about the cabinet. His suspicions are confirmed when people who have touched the cabinet mysteriously die. Jim and Sandy set out to solve the mystery before anyone else can become a victim.

Starring: William Lundigan, Maris Wrixon, Eddie Foy Jr., Paul Cavanagh, Luli Deste, Charles D. Waldron, Joseph Crehan, Emory Parnell, Phyllis Barry, Cyril Thornton ..
Directed by: Noel M. Smith
Release date: 1941-01-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : A Man Betrayed

A Man Betrayed

5.9/10 IMDB

Bucolic lawyer John Wayne takes on big-city corruption in A Man Betrayed. He sets out to prove that an above-suspicion politician (Edward Ellis) is actually a crook. The price of integrity is sweet in this instance, since Wayne happens to be in love with the politician's daughter (Frances Dee).

Starring: John Wayne, Frances Dee, Edward Ellis, Wallace Ford, Ward Bond, Jack Carr, Harold Huber, Alexander Granach, Barnett Parker, Edwin Stanley ..
Directed by: John H. Auer
Release date: 1941-03-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Nine Lives Are Not Enough

Nine Lives Are Not Enough

6.0/10 IMDB

A reporter is constantly in trouble for jumping to conclusions.

Starring: Ronald Reagan, Joan Perry, James Gleason, Howard Da Silva, Faye Emerson, Edward Brophy, Peter Whitney, Charles Drake, Vera Lewis, Ben Welden ..
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1941-09-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Murder by Invitation

Murder by Invitation

5.9/10 IMDB

The relatives of a rich old woman unsuccessfully try to have her declared insane, so they can divide up her money. To show them that there are no hard feelings, she invites them to her estate for the weekend so she can decide to whom she actually will leave her money when she dies. Soon, however, family members begin turning up dead.

Starring: Wallace Ford, Marian Marsh, Gavin Gordon, Sarah Padden, George Guhl, Wallis Clark, Minerva Urecal, J. Arthur Young, Herb Vigran, Phillip Trent ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1941-06-30
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Shadows on the Stairs

Shadows on the Stairs

5.6/10 IMDB

Occupants of a London boarding house become suspects as a string of murders are discovered.

Starring: Frieda Inescort, Turhan Bey, Miles Mander, Paul Cavanagh, Heather Angel, Bruce Lester, Mary Field, Lumsden Hare, Phyllis Barry, Charles Irwin ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1941-03-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : The Saint's Vacation

The Saint's Vacation

5.7/10 IMDB

While on vacation, the Saint discovers a much-sought-after music box.

Starring: Hugh Sinclair, Sally Gray, Arthur Macrae, Cecil Parker, Leueen MacGrath, John Warwick, Manning Whiley, Felix Aylmer, Ivor Barnard, Gordon McLeod ..
Directed by: Leslie Fenton
Release date: 1941-05-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : The Night of January 16th

The Night of January 16th

6.2/10 IMDB

Accused of killing her employer, financier Bjorn Faulkner, Kit is championed by wisecracking sailor-on-leave Steve Van Ruyle, who has a vested interest in the outcome of the trial.

Starring: Robert Preston, Ellen Drew, Nils Asther, Clarence Kolb, Willard Robertson, Cecil Kellaway, Donald Douglas, Paul Stanton, Margaret Hayes, Harry Hayden ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1941-11-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : The Saint Meets the Tiger

The Saint Meets the Tiger

5.7/10 IMDB

A man murdered at the Saint's doorstep manages to utter a few words to Simon Templar before he dies, sending him off to the quaint resort village of Baycombe where he confronts crime mastermind 'The Tiger' and his gang as they plan to smuggle gold bullion out of the country. Written by Doug Sederberg

Starring: Hugh Sinclair, Jean Gillie, Gordon McLeod, Clifford Evans, Wylie Watson, Dennis Arundell, Charles Victor, Louise Hampton ..
Directed by: Paul L. Stein
Release date: 1941-12-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery

Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery

5.6/10 IMDB

Like the first entry in Columbia's "Ellery Queen" series, Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery depicts its amateur-criminologist hero as an oafish ignoramus. This time around, Chinese ventriloquist Gordon Cobb (Noel Madison), is murdered by a gang of jewel thieves. Baffled by the contradictory clues, Inspector Queen (Charles Grapewin) asks his son Ellery (Ralph Bellamy) to help out.

Starring: Ralph Bellamy, Margaret Lindsay, Charley Grapewin, Anna May Wong, James Burke, Eduardo Ciannelli, Frank Albertson, Ann Doran, Noel Madison, Charles Lane ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1941-03-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : The Nurse's Secret

The Nurse's Secret

5.7/10 IMDB

An apparent suicide by a rich woman leads her nurse and a policeman to an insurance scam.

Starring: Lee Patrick, Regis Toomey, Julie Bishop, Ann Edmonds, George Campeau, Clara Blandick, Charles Trowbridge, Charles Waldron, Leonard Mudie, Virginia Brissac ..
Directed by: Noel M. Smith
Release date: 1941-05-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : East of Piccadilly

East of Piccadilly

5.6/10 IMDB

A series of murders in the West End of London baffle the officers of Scotland Yard and draw the interest of a crime reporter to the case.

Starring: Judy Campbell, Sebastian Shaw, Niall MacGinnis, Henry Edwards, George Pughe, Martita Hunt, George Hayes, Cameron Hall, Edana Romney, Bunty Payne ..
Directed by: Harold Huth
Release date: 1941-06-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : The Gang's All Here

The Gang's All Here

5.4/10 IMDB

Two friends take jobs as truck drivers, unaware that the trucking company is being targeted by a gang of saboteurs who will stop at nothing, including murder, to stop them.

Starring: Frankie Darro, Marcia Mae Jones, Jackie Moran, Keye Luke, Mantan Moreland, Robert Homans, Irving Mitchell, Ed Cassidy, Pat Gleason, Jack Kenney ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1941-06-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : A Shot in the Dark

A Shot in the Dark

5.7/10 IMDB

A reporter and a police detective sort through the clues in a night-club owner's murder.

Starring: William Lundigan, Nan Wynn, Ricardo Cortez, Regis Toomey, Maris Wrixon, Lucia Carroll, Donald Douglas, Noel Madison, John Gallaudet, Frank Wilcox ..
Directed by: William C. McGann
Release date: 1941-04-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : City of Missing Girls

City of Missing Girls

4.8/10 IMDB

A female reporter goes undercover to investigate the series of mysterious disappearances of young women, who were all linked to a local drama school.

Starring: H.B. Warner, Astrid Allwyn, John Archer, Gale Storm, Sarah Padden, Philip Van Zandt, George Rosener, Kathryn Crawford, Patricia Knox, Lloyd Ingraham ..
Directed by: Elmer Clifton
Release date: 1941-03-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : The Patient Vanishes

The Patient Vanishes

7.6/10 IMDB

Action and excitement beckon as popular sleuth Mick Cardby goes on the trail of a missing girl, and finds himself in the clutches of a gang of blackmailers.

Starring: James Mason, Mary Clare, Margaret Vyner, Gordon McLeod, Frederick Valk, Barbara Everest, Barbara James, G.H. Mulcaster, Eric Clavering, Terry Conlin ..
Directed by: Lawrence Huntington
Release date: 1941-07-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case

Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case

6.6/10 IMDB

Like the first entry, this one is played mostly for laughs, with Radio's Mister District Attorney. James Ellison replacing Dennis O'Keefe as feckless assistant DA P. Cadwallader Jones. The publisher of a tony fashion magazine is murdered, requiring Jones to sift through a colorful array of suspects. He is helped (?) along by snoopy girl reporter Terry Parker (Virginia Gilmore), who by default is the brightest character in the picture.

Starring: James Ellison, Virginia Gilmore, Franklin Pangborn, Paul Harvey, Lynne Carver, Spencer Charters, Douglas Fowley, John Eldredge ..
Directed by: Bernard Vorhaus
Release date: 1941-12-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : You're Out of Luck

You're Out of Luck

6.3/10 IMDB

An elevator operator and a janitor team up to solve two murders that may be connected to an illegal gambling operation. Monogram.

Starring: Frankie Darro, Kay Sutton, Mantan Moreland, Vickie Lester, Richard Bond, Janet Shaw, Tris Coffin, Willy Castello, Alfred Hall, Paul Maxey ..
Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Release date: 1941-01-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Murder Among Friends

Murder Among Friends

7.6/10 IMDB

A society doctor (John Hubbard) helps an insurance-company file clerk (Marjorie Weaver) check deaths related to a big policy.

Starring: Marjorie Weaver, John Hubbard, Cobina Wright, Mona Barrie, Douglass Dumbrille, Sidney Blackmer, Truman Bradley ..
Directed by: Ray McCarey
Release date: 1941-02-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : I Killed That Man

I Killed That Man

5.7/10 IMDB

A condemned inmate's premature death places officials under suspicion.

Starring: Ricardo Cortez, Joan Woodbury, Pat Gleason, George Pembroke, Iris Adrian, Herbert Rawlinson, Ralf Harolde, Jack Mulhall, Vince Barnett, Gavin Gordon ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1941-11-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Lucky Devils

Lucky Devils

4.7/10 IMDB

Lucky Devils casts the mismatched duo as a pair of intrepid newsreel cameramen. When they're not risking their lives coverning the Hot Spots of the world, Dick (Arlen) and Andy (Devine) busy themselves romancing Norma (Dorothy Lovett) and Gwendy (Janet Shaw), respectively.

Starring: Richard Arlen, Andy Devine, Dorothy Lovett, Janet Shaw, Tim Ryan, Vinton Hayworth, Ralf Harolde, Richard Terry, Gus Schilling, Maria Montez ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1941-01-03

Gambling Daughters

4.5/10 IMDB

A couple of rich girls at a private boarding school find themselves mixed up in gambling and blackmail, and must steal from their parents to pay their gambling debts.

Starring: Cecilia Parker, Roger Pryor, Robert Baldwin, Gale Storm ..
Directed by: Max Nosseck
Release date: 1941-08-01

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