Best Mystery Movies of 1942

1.

This Gun for Hire

4.0
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 children in an apparently ideal American small town find their lives changing as the years pass near the turn of the century in 1900. Parris and Drake, both of whom have lost their parents, are best friends; Parris dreams of becoming a doctor, studying under the father of his sweetheart Cassie, while Drake plans on becoming a local businessman when he receives his full inheritance - juggling girlfriends in the meantime. As they become adults, the revelations of local secrets 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
7.4/10 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
7.2/10 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
5.

Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror

3.5
6.6/10 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
6.

Eyes in the Night

3.5
6.8/10 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 Secret Weapon

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

In the midst of World War II, Sherlock Holmes rescues the Swiss inventor of a new bomb-sight from the Gestapo and brings him to England, where he shortly falls into the clutches of Professor Moriarty.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Kaaren Verne, William Post Jr., Dennis Hoey, Mary Gordon, Holmes Herbert, Harry Cording, Harold De Becker ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1942-12-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1942 : Once Upon a Honeymoon
8.

Once Upon a Honeymoon

3.4
6.5/10 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 : Crossroads
9.

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
10.

Night Monster

3.3
6.3/10 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

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