Best Mystery Movies of 1941


Secrets of the Lone Wolf

6.8/10 IMDB

Michael Lanyard, the reformed criminal known as the Lone Wolf, is played in this Columbia B picture by the suave Warren William. The script contrives to have Lanyard's faithful butler Jamison (Eric Blore) to be 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 : A Man Betrayed

A Man Betrayed

6.1/10 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 ..
Directed by: John H. Auer
Release date: 1941-03-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery

Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery

5.7/10 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 : City of Missing Girls

City of Missing Girls

4.9/10 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 Nurse's Secret

The Nurse's Secret

5.8/10 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 : Murder Among Friends

Murder Among Friends

6.1/10 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 : East of Piccadilly

East of Piccadilly

5.7/10 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 : I Killed That Man

I Killed That Man

5.8/10 IMDB

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

Starring: Ricardo Cortez, Joan Woodbury, Pat Gleason, George Pembroke, Iris Adrian ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1941-11-28

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
Release date: 1941-04-30
Best Mystery Movies of 1941 : The Saint In Palm Springs

The Saint In Palm Springs

6.1/10 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

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