Best Mystery Movies of 1942

1.

This Gun for Hire

4.6
7.4/10 IMDB

Sadistic killer-for-hire Raven becomes enraged when his latest job is paid off in marked bills. Vowing to track down his double-crossing boss, nightclub executive Gates, Raven sits beside Gates' lovely new employee, Ellen, on a train out of town. Although Ellen is engaged to marry the police lieutenant who's hunting down Raven, she decides to try and set the misguided hit man straight as he hides from the cops and plots his revenge.

Starring: Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, Laird Cregar, Alan Ladd, Tully Marshall, Marc Lawrence, Olin Howland, Roger Imhof, Pamela Blake, Frank Ferguson ..
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1942-04-24
2.

Kings Row

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Five young adults in a small American town face the revelations of secrets that threaten to ruin their hopes and dreams.

Starring: Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan, Betty Field, Charles Coburn, Claude Rains, Judith Anderson, Nancy Coleman, Kaaren Verne, Maria Ouspenskaya ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1942-02-02
3.

Who Done It?

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Two dumb soda jerks dream of writing radio mysteries. When they try to pitch an idea at a radio station, they end up in the middle of a real murder when the station owner is killed during a broadcast.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Patric Knowles, William Gargan, Louise Allbritton, Thomas Gomez, William Bendix, Don Porter, Jerome Cowan, Mary Wickes ..
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1942-10-30
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Castle in the Desert
4.

Castle in the Desert

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Paul Manderley, eccentric historian, and his wife, descendant of the Borgias, live in an isolated castle-like mansion in the Mojave Desert. When a guest suddenly collapses, Charlie Chan is invited to stay. As the standard mystery-mansion props come into play, and all means of outside communication are sabotaged, it becomes evident that one of the inhabitants has access to poisons and is prepared to use them...

Starring: Sidney Toler, Arleen Whelan, Richard Derr, Douglass Dumbrille, Henry Daniell, Edmund MacDonald, Victor Sen Yung, Lenita Lane, Ethel Griffies, Milton Parsons ..
Directed by: Harry Lachman
Release date: 1942-02-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : A Night to Remember
5.

A Night to Remember

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

A woman rents a gloomy basement apartment in Greenwich Village thinking it will provide the perfect atmosphere for her mystery writer husband to create his next book. They soon find themselves in the middle of a real-life mystery when a corpse turns up in their apartment.

Starring: Loretta Young, Brian Aherne, Jeff Donnell, William Wright, Sidney Toler, Gale Sondergaard, Lee Patrick, Don Costello, Richard Gaines, Blanche Yurka ..
Directed by: Richard Wallace
Release date: 1942-12-10
6.

Eyes in the Night

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Blind detective Duncan Maclain gets mixed up with enemy agents and murder when he tries to help an old friend with a rebellious stepdaughter.

Starring: Edward Arnold, Ann Harding, Donna Reed, Stephen McNally, Katherine Emery, Allen Jenkins, Stanley Ridges, Reginald Denny, John Emery, Rosemary DeCamp ..
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1942-10-16
7.

Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

England, at the start of World War Two. Mysterious wireless broadcasts, apparently from Nazi Germany are heard over the BBC. They warn of acts of terror in England, just before they take place. Baffled, the Defence Committee call in Holmes ...

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Evelyn Ankers, Reginald Denny, Thomas Gomez, Henry Daniell, Montagu Love, Olaf Hytten, Leyland Hodgson, Mary Gordon ..
Directed by: John Rawlins
Release date: 1942-09-18
8.

Crossroads

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

A French diplomat who's recovered from amnesia is blackmailed over crimes he can't remember.

Starring: William Powell, Hedy Lamarr, Claire Trevor, Basil Rathbone, Margaret Wycherly, Felix Bressart, Sig Ruman, H.B. Warner, Philip Merivale, John St. Polis ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1942-07-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Once Upon a Honeymoon
9.

Once Upon a Honeymoon

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

A radio correspondent tries to rescue a burlesque queen from her marriage to a Nazi official.

Starring: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Walter Slezak, Albert Dekker, Albert Bassermann, Ferike Boros, John Banner, Harry Shannon, Natasha Lytess, Hans Joby ..
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1942-11-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : The Falcon Takes Over
10.

The Falcon Takes Over

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

While an escaped convict, Moose Malloy, goes in search of his ex-girlfriend Velma, police inspector Michael O'Hara attempts to track him assuming him to be a prime suspect for a number of mishaps.

Starring: George Sanders, Lynn Bari, James Gleason, Allen Jenkins, Helen Gilbert, Ward Bond, Anne Revere, Turhan Bey, Hans Conried, George Cleveland ..
Directed by: Irving Reis
Release date: 1942-05-29
11.

Night Monster

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

Kurt Ingston, a rich recluse, invites the doctors who left him a hopeless cripple to his desolate mansion in the swamps as one by one they meet horrible deaths.

Starring: Ralph Morgan, Don Porter, Irene Hervey, Fay Helm, Nils Asther, Doris Lloyd, Leif Erickson, Robert Homans, Lionel Atwill, Frank Reicher ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe
Release date: 1942-10-20
12.

The Undying Monster

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

A werewolf prowls around at night but only kills certain members of one family. It seems like just a coincidence, but the investigating Inspector soon finds out that this tradition has gone on for generations and tries to find a link between the werewolf and the family, leading to a frightening conclusion.

Starring: James Ellison, Heather Angel, John Howard, Bramwell Fletcher, Heather Thatcher, Aubrey Mather, Halliwell Hobbes, Matthew Boulton, Harry Carter, Alec Craig ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1942-11-27
13.

The Mummy's Tomb

3.1
5.5/10 IMDB

A high priest of Karnak travels to America with the living mummy Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr.) to kill all those who had desecrated the tomb of the Egyptian princess Ananka thirty years earlier.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Turhan Bey, John Hubbard, Elyse Knox, Dick Foran, Wallace Ford, Virginia Brissac, Cliff Clark, Mary Gordon, George Zucco ..
Directed by: Harold Young
Release date: 1942-10-23
14.

Grand Central Murder

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

Conniving Broadway starlet Mida King has plenty of enemies, so when she's found murdered at Grand Central Station, Inspector Gunther calls together a slew of suspects for questioning. Mida's shady ex-flame, Turk, seems the most likely culprit, but when smart-mouthed private eye Rocky Custer -- also a suspect himself -- begins to piece together the crime, a few clues that Gunther has overlooked come to light.

Starring: Van Heflin, Patricia Dane, Cecilia Parker, Virginia Grey, Samuel S. Hinds, Sam Levene, Connie Gilchrist, Mark Daniels, Stephen McNally, Tom Conway ..
Directed by: S. Sylvan Simon
Release date: 1942-05-01
15.

Maisie Gets Her Man

2.9
6.2/10 IMDB

Struggling performers, Sothern and Skelton's lives are thrown off gear when they are caught with a bagful of hard cash robbed by a goon. With Skelton in prison, how will Sothern prove their innocence?

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 : The Incredible Stranger
16.

The Incredible Stranger

2.9
6.4/10 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 : The Man Who Wouldn't Die
17.

The Man Who Wouldn't Die

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

A man believed to be dead and buried escapes from his grave and returns to the scene of the crime seeking revenge.

Starring: Lloyd Nolan, Marjorie Weaver, Helene Reynolds, Henry Wilcoxon, Richard Derr, Paul Harvey, Billy Bevan, Olin Howland, Robert Emmett Keane, LeRoy Mason ..
Directed by: Herbert I. Leeds
Release date: 1942-04-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : A Date with the Falcon
18.

A Date with the Falcon

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

In the second film of the series (and not a second part of anything), Gay Lawrence, aka The Falcon, is about to depart the city to marry his fiancée, Helen Reed, when a mystery girl, Rita Mara, asks for his aid in disposing of a secret formula for making synthetic diamonds. He deliberately allows himself to be kidnapped by the gang for which Rita works. His aide, "Goldy" Locke, trails the kidnappers and brings the police. But the head of the gang escapes, and the Falcon continues the pursuit.

Starring: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, James Gleason, Allen Jenkins, Mona Maris, Fred Aldrich, Eddie Arden, Bobby Barber, Roxanne Barkley, Anthony Blair ..
Directed by: Irving Reis
Release date: 1942-01-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Counter-Espionage
19.

Counter-Espionage

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

The Lone Wolf tracks down Nazi spies in London during the German bombing.

Starring: Warren William, Eric Blore, Hillary Brooke, Thurston Hall, Kurt Katch, Forrest Tucker, Lloyd Bridges, Fred Kelsey, Matthew Boulton, Morton Lowry ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1942-09-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : The Falcon's Brother
20.

The Falcon's Brother

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

A gentlemanly detective known as The Falcon calls on his brother to help him stop the Nazis from assassinating a key diplomat.

Starring: George Sanders, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Don Barclay, Cliff Clark, Edward Gargan, Eddie Dunn, Charlotte Wynters, James Newill, Keye Luke ..
Directed by: Stanley Logan
Release date: 1942-10-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Blue, White, and Perfect
21.

Blue, White, and Perfect

2.8
6.6/10 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
22.

Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

Detective Ellery Queen aids Free Dutch agents battle Nazi spies over a prize of industrial diamonds.

Starring: William Gargan, Margaret Lindsay, Charley Grapewin, Gale Sondergaard, Gilbert Roland, Sig Ruman, James Burke ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1942-07-30
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Mr. and Mrs. North
23.

Mr. and Mrs. North

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

Married sleuths (Gracie Allen, William Post Jr.) find a corpse in their closet and round up suspects.

Starring: Gracie Allen, William Post Jr., Paul Kelly, Rose Hobart, Virginia Grey, Tom Conway, Felix Bressart, Stuart Crawford, Porter Hall, Millard Mitchell ..
Directed by: Robert B. Sinclair
Release date: 1942-01-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : The Night Has Eyes
24.

The Night Has Eyes

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

Two teachers, man-hungry Doris and restrained Marian, visit the Yorkshire moors a year after friend Evelyn disappeared there. On a stormy night, they take refuge in the isolated cottage of Stephen, one-time pianist shell-shocked in the Spanish Civil War. Doris flees as soon as the flood subsides; but Marian's suspicions about Evelyn's fate, in conflict with her growing love for Stephen, prompt her to stay on among the misty bogs.

Starring: James Mason, Wilfrid Lawson, Mary Clare, Joyce Howard, Tucker McGuire, John Fernald, Dorothy Black, Amy Dalby, Jack Vyvyan ..
Directed by: Leslie Arliss
Release date: 1942-06-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : The Next of Kin
25.

The Next of Kin

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Wartime propaganda piece giving the warning "Be like Dad, Keep Mum". A gossipy housewife is overheard talking about what her son is doing by a Nazi spy.

Starring: Mervyn Johns, Nova Pilbeam, Reginald Tate, John Chandos, Stephen Murray, Jack Hawkins, Geoffrey Hibbert, Philip Friend, Phyllis Stanley, Mary Clare ..
Directed by: Thorold Dickinson
Release date: 1942-06-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : The Hidden Hand
26.

The Hidden Hand

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Peter Thorne is a young attorney who works for an eccentric old woman, Lorinda Channing, who uses her insane brother, John Channing, to frighten her other relatives because they are after her money. Further complications arise when another murderer arrives on the scene and plants the blame on John.

Starring: Craig Stevens, Julie Bishop, Frank Wilcox, Cecil Cunningham, Ruth Ford, Milton Parsons, Roland Drew, Tom Stevenson, Marian Hall, Inez Gay ..
Directed by: Benjamin Stoloff
Release date: 1942-11-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Whispering Ghosts
27.

Whispering Ghosts

2.7
5.9/10 IMDB

A detective (Milton Berle) who solves cases on the radio investigates the decade-old murder of a sea captain.

Starring: Milton Berle, Brenda Joyce, John Shelton, John Carradine, Willie Best, Edmund MacDonald, Arthur Hohl, Renie Riano, Grady Sutton, Milton Parsons ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1942-05-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant
28.

Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

The doctor (Lionel Barrymore) has a Kansan (Van Johnson), an Australian and an Asian from Brooklyn to choose from.

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Van Johnson, Susan Peters, Richard Quine, Keye Luke, Alma Kruger, Nat Pendleton, Stephen McNally, Frank Orth, Walter Kingsford ..
Directed by: Willis Goldbeck
Release date: 1942-11-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Alias Boston Blackie
29.

Alias Boston Blackie

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

It is the Christmas Holidays and reformed thief, Boston Blackie goes to Castle Theater to pick up players who will perform for prisoners that are still in prison. He takes a girl with him who has a brother already in prison. She has visited the prison twice in the month, so is not suppose to visit again. However when the group is completed the girl is included as well as Inspector Farrady. One of the clowns in the show is kidnapped and replaced by a con who wants to get even with two ex-partners. Boston Blackie figures out that a con has replaced one of his clowns but is unable to stop him. Blackie's clothes are stolen and a murder is committed. Of course, the Inspector immediately suspects Blackie of being involved. Now it is Blackie's job to find the killer, exonerate himself and help the girl free her brother.

Starring: Chester Morris, Adele Mara, Richard Lane, George E. Stone, Lloyd Corrigan, Walter Sande, Larry Parks, George McKay, Cy Kendall, Paul Fix ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1942-04-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : The Payoff
30.

The Payoff

2.6
5.6/10 IMDB

The city's District Attorney is murdered, and a newspaper reporter investigates. He starts finding out that everything wasn't quite as cut and dried as it appeared to be.

Starring: Lee Tracy, Tom Brown, Tina Thayer, Evelyn Brent, Jack La Rue ..
Directed by: Arthur Dreifuss
Release date: 1942-11-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Time to Kill
31.

Time to Kill

2.6
6.5/10 IMDB

Lloyd Nolan is back as detective Michael Shayne who's in search of a stolen coin.

Starring: Lloyd Nolan, Heather Angel, Doris Merrick, Ethel Griffies, Ralph Byrd, Richard Lane, Sheila Bromley, Morris Ankrum, Phyllis Kennedy, James Seay ..
Directed by: Herbert I. Leeds
Release date: 1942-12-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Bombay Clipper
32.

Bombay Clipper

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Someone has absconded with $4,000,000 worth of diamonds, and that someone may very well be a passenger on the Bombay Clipper.

Starring: William Gargan, Irene Hervey, Turhan Bey, Maria Montez, Charles Lang, Lloyd Corrigan, Mary Gordon, Truman Bradley, Phillip Trent, John Bagni ..
Directed by: John Rawlins
Release date: 1942-01-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : The Mystery of Marie Roget
33.

The Mystery of Marie Roget

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

A detective investigates the mysterious death of a young actress.

Starring: Patric Knowles, Maria Montez, Maria Ouspenskaya, John Litel, Edward Norris, Lloyd Corrigan, Frank Reicher, Nell O'Day ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1942-04-23
34.

Dr. Renault's Secret

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

A remake of the 1927 horror film "The Wizard". Dr. Larry Forbes(Sheppard Strudwick)arrives in a remote French village to visit his fiancee (Lynne Roberts) who lives with her scientist father Dr. Renault (George Zucco) and his Ape-like manservant Noel. Several Murders coincide with Dr Forbes arrival, with clues pointing in multiple directions.

Starring: George Zucco, J. Carrol Naish, Shepperd Strudwick, Lynne Roberts, Arthur Shields, Mike Mazurki, Jack Norton, Charles La Torre, Bert Roach, Eugene Borden ..
Directed by: Harry Lachman
Release date: 1942-10-19
35.

Fingers at the Window

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

In Chicago, an unemployed actor aims to solve the mystery concerning a string of ax murders, apparently committed by a lunatic.

Starring: Lew Ayres, Laraine Day, Basil Rathbone, Walter Kingsford, Miles Mander, Charles D. Brown, Cliff Clark, James Flavin, Russell Gleason, William Tannen ..
Directed by: Charles Lederer
Release date: 1942-04-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Secret Agent of Japan
36.

Secret Agent of Japan

2.5
6.9/10 IMDB

World War II espionage drama, starring Preston Foster and Lynn Bari.

Starring: Preston Foster, Lynn Bari, Noel Madison, Victor Sen Yung, Janis Carter, Steven Geray, Addison Richards, Ian Wolfe, Kurt Katch, Selmer Jackson ..
Directed by: Irving Pichel
Release date: 1942-04-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Street of Chance
37.

Street of Chance

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

In this Cornell Woolrich thriller, a man's memory is recovered after being injured by falling construction material. Discovering a year-long lapse, he returns to his old life and discovers a lot of mysterious happenings.

Starring: Burgess Meredith, Claire Trevor, Louise Platt, Sheldon Leonard, Frieda Inescort, Jerome Cowan, Adeline De Walt Reynolds, Arthur Loft, Clancy Cooper, Paul Phillips ..
Directed by: Jack Hively
Release date: 1942-10-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : A Close Call for Ellery Queen
38.

A Close Call for Ellery Queen

2.4
5.7/10 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: 1942-01-29
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen
39.

A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen

2.4
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 : Sweater Girl
40.

Sweater Girl

2.4
6.9/10 IMDB

College students attempt to solve a series of murders on campus while also trying to put together the school's big show.

Starring: Eddie Bracken, June Preisser, Phillip Terry, Nils Asther, Frieda Inescort, Betty Jane Rhodes, Kenneth Howell, Johnny Johnston, William Henry, Ella Neal ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1942-07-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Dr. Broadway
41.

Dr. Broadway

2.4
6.5/10 IMDB

A New York doctor (Macdonald Carey) saves a chorus girl (Jean Phillips) from a window ledge, twice, and rounds up racketeers.

Starring: Macdonald Carey, Jean Phillips, Eduardo Ciannelli, Richard Lane, J. Carrol Naish, Joan Woodbury, Arthur Loft, Warren Hymer, Frank Bruno, Sid Melton ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1942-05-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood
42.

Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood

2.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Blackie receives a call from a friend who asks him to retrieve some money from his apartment and deliver it to him in California. Performing this good deed, he is accused of theft, but is allowed to proceed to Hollywood to help the police find a lost diamond.

Starring: Chester Morris, Adele Mara, Richard Lane, Lloyd Corrigan, Forrest Tucker, George E. Stone, Cy Kendall ..
Directed by: Michael Gordon
Release date: 1942-11-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : The Panther's Claw
43.

The Panther's Claw

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

The police arrest a man climbing over the wall of a cemetery after midnight. He claims that he is being blackmailed and is following instructions he received by mail to leave $1000 on a certain grave. It turns out that he's not the only one who got a blackmail letter from the same person--calling himself "The Black Panther"--and it also turns out that all the recipients are connected to an opera company.

Starring: Sidney Blackmer, Rick Vallin, Byron Foulger, Herbert Rawlinson, Lynn Starr, Barry Bernard ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1942-03-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : One Thrilling Night
44.

One Thrilling Night

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

A honeymoon couple in New York for one night of wedded bliss before he's to join the army, become involved with gangsters after they find a cadaver under their bed.

Starring: John Beal, Wanda McKay, Warren Hymer, J. Farrell MacDonald, Barbara Pepper, Tom Neal ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1942-06-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Stand By All Networks
45.

Stand By All Networks

2.3
5.5/10 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 : The Strange Case of Doctor Rx
46.

The Strange Case of Doctor Rx

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

Private eye Jerry Church is hired by a criminal defense lawyer after five mobsters he has gotten acquitted are apparently strangled by a serial killer.

Starring: Patric Knowles, Lionel Atwill, Anne Gwynne, Samuel S. Hinds, Mona Barrie, Shemp Howard, Paul Cavanagh, Edmund MacDonald, Mantan Moreland, John Gallaudet ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1942-03-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Scattergood Survives a Murder
47.

Scattergood Survives a Murder

2.3
6.6/10 IMDB

Rural sage Scattergood Baines (Guy Kibbee) shows big-city newsman how to solve a mystery.

Starring: Guy Kibbee, John Archer, Margaret Hayes, Wallace Ford, Spencer Charters, Eily Malyon, John Miljan, George Chandler, Dick Elliott, Florence Lake ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1942-10-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Nightmare
48.

Nightmare

2.3
6.3/10 IMDB

An ex-gambler helps a beautiful widow, and becomes involved with a murder, secret agents, and saboteurs.

Starring: John Abbott, Diana Barrymore, Brian Donlevy, Gavin Muir, Hans Conried, Henry Daniell, Eustace Wyatt, Arthur Shields, Ian Wolfe, Stanley Logan ..
Directed by: Tim Whelan
Release date: 1942-11-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : A Tragedy at Midnight
49.

A Tragedy at Midnight

2.2
6.1/10 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
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Just Off Broadway
50.

Just Off Broadway

2.2
6.1/10 IMDB

Private detective Michael Shayne is on the case again, but this time he's stuck on a jury for a murder trial. So, what does he do? Why, he skips out on sequestration in order to solve the case himself!

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: 1942-08-28

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