Best Mystery Movies of 1942


A Tragedy at Midnight

6.5/10 IMDB

The host of a whodunit radio show finds himself involved in his own mystery when he awakens to find a woman with a knife in her back in his bedroom.

Starring: John Howard, Margaret Lindsay, Roscoe Karns, Keye Luke, Miles Mander, Mona Barrie, Hobart Cavanaugh, Chester Clute, Paul Harvey, William Newell ..
Directed by: Joseph Santley
Release date: 1942-02-02

Maisie Gets Her Man

6.4/10 IMDB

A Brooklyn showgirl launches a stage act with a hick comic.

Starring: Ann Sothern, Red Skelton, Leo Gorcey, Allen Jenkins, Donald Meek, Lloyd Corrigan, Walter Catlett, Willie Best, Fritz Feld, Ben Welden ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1942-06-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Blue, White, and Perfect

Blue, White, and Perfect

6.7/10 IMDB

In order to win back his girlfriend, Mike Shayne promises to give up his detective practice and get a job as riveter in an aircraft plant. He quickly finds himself investigating the theft of industrial diamonds from the plant's safe and, utilizing a variety of false identities, traces them first to a dress factory and later to a Hawaii-bound ocean liner. Escaping several attempts on his life, he is able to uncover a Nazi smuggling ring, but the location of the missing diamonds continues to elude him.

Starring: Lloyd Nolan, Mary Beth Hughes, George Reeves, Helene Reynolds, Steven Geray, Henry Victor, Curt Bois, Marie Blake, Emmett Vogan, Mae Marsh ..
Directed by: Herbert I. Leeds
Release date: 1942-01-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : The Incredible Stranger

The Incredible Stranger

6.3/10 IMDB

In December 1892, a silent mysterious and very private man, for whom a new house has just been built, arrives in the small town of Bridgewood to keep a promise.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Paul Guilfoyle, Dorothy Vaughan, Walter Baldwin, Connie Leon, Henry Sylvester, Roger Gray, Sam Ash, Ben Hall, Joseph P. Mack ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1942-06-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen

A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen

5.7/10 IMDB

A man is framed for embezzlement and runs off to San Francisco. His wife hires Queen to try and track him down before the police get to him.

Starring: William Gargan, Margaret Lindsay, John Litel, Charley Grapewin, James Burke, Frank M. Thomas, Lilian Bond, Morgan Conway, Jack La Rue, Charlotte Wynters ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1942-05-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : A Close Call for Ellery Queen

A Close Call for Ellery Queen

5.6/10 IMDB

Two mysterious seamen come from Alan Rogers' past to blackmail him as he seeks to locate his missing daughters. Ellery Queen is called in by Stewart Cole, Rogers' secretary. Queen goes to the estate and finds one daughter already there and the second one expected. When she arrives, it is Ellery's secretary Nikki Porter posing as the daughter as Ellery had her intercept the real heiress after learning of a plot to swindle Rogers. The blackmailing seamen are killed at a waterfront café after getting the blackmail money, Rogers is suspected and Inspector Queen arrives to arrest him, but he is also found dead.

Starring: William Gargan, Margaret Lindsay, Charley Grapewin, Ralph Morgan, Kay Linaker, Edward Norris, James Burke, Addison Richards, Charles Judels, Andrew Tombes ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1942-01-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Stand By All Networks

Stand By All Networks

5.6/10 IMDB

An intrepid radio reporter sets out to track down and expose Nazi agents.

Starring: Florence Rice, John Beal, Mary Treen, Margaret Hayes, Alan Baxter, Tim Ryan, Pierre Watkin, Kenneth MacDonald ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1942-10-29
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Just Off Broadway

Just Off Broadway

6.1/10 IMDB

A jury member discovers the defense attorney, not the defendant, is responsible for the murder.

Starring: Lloyd Nolan, Marjorie Weaver, Phil Silvers, Janis Carter, Richard Derr, Joan Valerie, Don Costello, Chester Clute, Francis Pierlot, Grant Richards ..
Directed by: Herbert I. Leeds
Release date: 1942-09-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Over My Dead Body

Over My Dead Body

7.0/10 IMDB

Berle plays a mystery writer who forever writes himself into corners and is never able to finish a story. While visiting his wife (Mary Beth Hughes) at the office where she works, Berle overhears several men discussing the suicide of a coworker. Struck with a brilliant notion, Berle decides to confess to the murder of the dead man, certain that he'll be able to wriggle out of the situation and thereby have plenty of material for a story.

Starring: Milton Berle, Mary Beth Hughes, Reginald Denny, Frank Orth, William B. Davidson, Wonderful Smith, Pat O'Malley, George M. Carleton, John Hamilton, Jill Warren ..
Directed by: Malcolm St. Clair
Release date: 1942-01-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Alibi


6.7/10 IMDB

In 1930s France a bar hostess (Margaret Lockwood) helps a man (James Mason) prove himself innocent of murder.

Starring: Margaret Lockwood, Hugh Sinclair, James Mason, Raymond Lovell, Rodney Ackland ..
Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst
Release date: 1942-08-10

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