Best Mystery Movies of 1943


Meshes of the Afternoon

7.9/10 IMDB

A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.

Starring: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid ..
Directed by: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid
Release date: 1943-01-01

The Spider Woman

7.0/10 IMDB

Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of so-called "pajama suicides". He knows the female villain behind them is as cunning as Moriarty and as venomous as a spider. Based on "The Sign of Four" and the short stories "The Dying Detective", "The Final Problem", "The Speckled Band" and "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot".

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Gale Sondergaard, Dennis Hoey, Vernon Downing, Alec Craig, Arthur Hohl, Mary Gordon, Teddy Infuhr, Donald Stuart ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1943-12-24

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

6.9/10 IMDB

During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from a long list of suspects including the owners of the home, the staff and the patients recovering there.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Dennis Hoey, Hillary Brooke, Mary Gordon, Halliwell Hobbes, Milburn Stone, Minna Phillips, Arthur Margetson, Gavin Muir ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1943-09-17

Sherlock Holmes in Washington

6.7/10 IMDB

In World War II, a British secret agent carrying a vitally important document is kidnapped en route to Washington. The British government calls on Sherlock Holmes to recover it.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Marjorie Lord, Henry Daniell, George Zucco, John Archer, Gavin Muir, Edmund MacDonald, Don Terry, Mary Gordon ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1943-03-24

Keeper of the Flame

6.7/10 IMDB

Famed reporter Stephen O'Malley travels to a small town to investigate the death of a national hero.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Richard Whorf, Margaret Wycherly, Forrest Tucker, Frank Craven, Stephen McNally, Percy Kilbride, Audrey Christie, Darryl Hickman ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1943-04-01

The Leopard Man

6.8/10 IMDB

When a leopard escapes during a publicity stunt, it triggers a series of murders.

Starring: Dennis O'Keefe, Jean Brooks, James Bell, Abner Biberman, Ariel Heath, Ben Bard, Margo, Isabel Jewell, Margaret Landry, Kate Lawson ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1943-05-19

The Seventh Victim

6.7/10 IMDB

A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village and finds that they could have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance.

Starring: Kim Hunter, Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Hugh Beaumont, Erford Gage, Isabel Jewell, Evelyn Brent, Ben Bard, Chef Milani, Marguerita Sylva ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1943-08-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : The Ghost Ship

The Ghost Ship

6.6/10 IMDB

Captain Stone's newly recruited officer, Tom Merriam, idolizes his senior who treats him like a friend. But when a couple of his crew members die mysteriously, Tom starts doubting Stone's authority.

Starring: Richard Dix, Russell Wade, Edith Barrett, Ben Bard, Edmund Glover, Sir Lancelot, Lawrence Tierney, Dewey Robinson, Skelton Knaggs, Alec Craig ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1943-12-16

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

6.5/10 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: 1943-02-12
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : Journey into Fear

Journey into Fear

6.5/10 IMDB

An American ballistics expert in Turkey finds himself targeted by Nazi agents. Safe passage home by ship is arranged for him, but he soon discovers that his pursuers are also on board.

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Dolores del Río, Ruth Warrick, Agnes Moorehead, Jack Durant, Everett Sloane, Eustace Wyatt, Frank Readick, Edgar Barrier, Jack Moss ..
Directed by: Norman Foster, Orson Welles
Release date: 1943-01-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : Calling Dr. Death

Calling Dr. Death

6.1/10 IMDB

Losing his memories of the last few days, neurologist Dr. Steele is told that his wife has been brutally murdered. Steele, aware of his conniving wife's infidelity, believes he may have been the killer and enlists the aid of his pretty nurse Stella to hypnotize him into recovering his lost memories.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Patricia Morison, J. Carrol Naish, David Bruce, Ramsay Ames, Fay Helm, Holmes Herbert, Alec Craig, Frederick Giermann, Lisa Golm ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1943-12-17

The Fallen Sparrow

6.6/10 IMDB

Imprisoned during the Spanish Civil War, John "Kit" McKittrick is released when a New York City policeman pulls some strings. Upon returning to America, McKittrick hears that a friend has committed suicide, and he begins to smell a rat. During his investigation, McKittrick questions three beautiful women, one of whom has a tie to his refugee past. Pursued by Nazi operatives, McKittrick learns of the death of another friend, and begins to suspect the dark Dr. Skaas.

Starring: John Garfield, Maureen O'Hara, Walter Slezak, Patricia Morison, Martha O'Driscoll, Bruce Edwards, John Banner, John Miljan, Hugh Beaumont, George Lloyd ..
Directed by: Richard Wallace
Release date: 1943-08-19

Lady of Burlesque

6.3/10 IMDB

After one member of their group is murdered, the performers at a burlesque house must work together to find out who the killer is before they strike again.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O'Shea, J. Edward Bromberg, Iris Adrian, Gloria Dickson, Victoria Faust, Stephanie Bachelor, Charles Dingle, Marion Martin, Frank Conroy ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1943-05-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : Who Killed Who?

Who Killed Who?

7.4/10 IMDB

A murder has occurred at Gruesome Gables, and the dog detective trying to find the killer has to deal with some suspicious suspects and a haunted house.

Starring: Robert Emmett O'Connor, Tex Avery, Sara Berner, Billy Bletcher, Richard Haydn, Kent Rogers ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1943-06-19

Find the Blackmailer

6.0/10 IMDB

A private eye is hired by a mayoral candidate to prevent any sort of adverse publicity. It seems that, somewhere in town, there's a talking blackbird who insists upon saying that the candidate will commit a murder. When the killing occurs, the candidate is implicated, and the detective is off on a hectic pursuit of the incriminating crow and the actual murderer.

Starring: Jerome Cowan, Faye Emerson, Gene Lockhart, Marjorie Hoshelle, Robert Kent, Wade Boteler, John Harmon, Lou Lubin, Bradley Page, Ralph Peters ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1943-11-06

Whistling in Brooklyn

6.7/10 IMDB

Radio crime show host "The Fox" finds himself on the trail of a serial killer while a suspect himself.

Starring: Red Skelton, Ann Rutherford, Jean Rogers, Rags Ragland, Ray Collins, Henry O'Neill, William Frawley, Sam Levene, Arthur Space, Robert Emmett O'Connor ..
Directed by: S. Sylvan Simon
Release date: 1943-12-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : The Chance of a Lifetime

The Chance of a Lifetime

6.0/10 IMDB

A mad scramble for stolen loot ensues after Boston Blackie has prisoners released for work in a wartime defence plant.

Starring: Chester Morris, Erik Rolf, Jeanne Bates, Richard Lane, George E. Stone, Lloyd Corrigan, Douglas Fowley, Sid Melton, Ray Teal, Maude Eburne ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1943-10-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : The Falcon and the Co-Eds

The Falcon and the Co-Eds

6.4/10 IMDB

The Falcon is called to a young woman's school to investigate a murder. When he arrives, another victim is discovered.

Starring: Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Rita Corday, Amelita Ward, Isabel Jewell, George Givot, Cliff Clark, Edward Gargan, Barbara Brown, Nita Hunter ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1943-11-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : One Dangerous Night

One Dangerous Night

6.5/10 IMDB

Reformed jewel thief the Lone Wolf investigates the murder of a playboy who was blackmailing three socialites.

Starring: Warren William, Marguerite Chapman, Eric Blore, Mona Barrie, Tala Birell, Margaret Hayes, Ann Savage, Thurston Hall, Gerald Mohr, Louis Jean Heydt ..
Directed by: Michael Gordon
Release date: 1943-01-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : Murder in Times Square

Murder in Times Square

6.1/10 IMDB

An actor becomes a suspect in the murders of four New Yorkers injected with rattlesnake venom.

Starring: Edmund Lowe, Marguerite Chapman, John Litel, William Wright, Bruce Bennett, Esther Dale, Veda Ann Borg, Gerald Mohr, Sidney Blackmer, Frank O'Connor ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1943-04-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : They Met in the Dark

They Met in the Dark

6.2/10 IMDB

A Royal navy Commander is tricked by a pretty girl who is working for the Nazis. She tricks him into revealing some military secrets and he is court martial. He vows to track her and her accomplices down.

Starring: James Mason, Joyce Howard, Tom Walls, Phyllis Stanley, Edward Rigby, Ronald Ward, David Farrar, Karel Stepanek, Betty Warren, Walter Crisham ..
Directed by: Karel Lama?
Release date: 1943-08-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : The Falcon Strikes Back

The Falcon Strikes Back

6.4/10 IMDB

The Falcon is framed for the murder of a banker and the theft of war bonds. He makes his escape into the mountains where he hides out in a rustic lodge. From here he uncovers a phony war bond operation.

Starring: Tom Conway, Harriet Nelson, Jane Randolph, Edgar Kennedy, Cliff Edwards, Rita Corday, Erford Gage, Wynne Gibson, André Charlot, Richard Loo ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1943-04-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : After Midnight with Boston Blackie

After Midnight with Boston Blackie

6.4/10 IMDB

Blackie is arrested when retrieving stolen gems from a safety deposit box for a friend.

Starring: Chester Morris, Richard Lane, Ann Savage, George E. Stone, Lloyd Corrigan, Cy Kendall, George McKay, Al Hill, Walter Sande, Walter Baldwin ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1943-03-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : The Falcon in Danger

The Falcon in Danger

6.2/10 IMDB

Two industrialists disappear from an airplane while the plane is in the air. Also missing is $100,000. The Falcon investigates and discovers a plot against the government.

Starring: Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Elaine Shepard, Amelita Ward, Cliff Clark, Edward Gargan, Clarence Kolb, Felix Basch, Richard Davies, Richard Martin ..
Directed by: William Clemens
Release date: 1943-07-17

The Mysterious Doctor

5.7/10 IMDB

The citizens of a tiny Cornish village are tormented during World War II by a headless ghost which is haunting the local tin mine.

Starring: John Loder, Eleanor Parker, Bruce Lester, Lester Matthews, Forrester Harvey, Matt Willis, Phyllis Barry, Creighton Hale, Frank Mayo, Leo White ..
Directed by: Benjamin Stoloff
Release date: 1943-03-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : The Black Raven

The Black Raven

5.5/10 IMDB

One dark and stormy night, an escaped convict, an embezzler, a runaway daughter, her intended and her father, and a gangster take refuge in a remote inn called "The Black Raven" after the nickname of a second gangster who owns it; and murder ensues.

Starring: George Zucco, Wanda McKay, Noel Madison, Robert Livingston, Byron Foulger, Charles Middleton, Robert Middlemass, Glenn Strange, I. Stanford Jolley, Jimmy Aubrey ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1943-05-31

Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case

6.0/10 IMDB

In this 13th entry to the Dr. Kildare series, the medical staff of Blair General hospital are challenged with further dilemmas, not the least of which includes a prison inmate who Dr. Gillespie believes belongs instead in an insane asylum.

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Van Johnson, Keye Luke, Alma Kruger, Nat Pendleton, Margaret O'Brien, Donna Reed, John Craven, Michael Duane, William Lundigan ..
Directed by: Willis Goldbeck
Release date: 1943-05-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : The Mystery of the 13th Guest

The Mystery of the 13th Guest

5.4/10 IMDB

Murders result from an uncle's wish to eliminate beneficiaries to a will.

Starring: Helen Parrish, Dick Purcell, Tim Ryan, Frank Faylen, Jacqueline Dalya, Paul McVey, Johnny Duncan, John Dawson, Cyril Ring, Addison Richards ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1943-11-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : I Escaped from the Gestapo

I Escaped from the Gestapo

5.4/10 IMDB

A forger is forced to work for a Nazi spy ring. His conscience gets the better of him, though, and he secretly conspires with the FBI to turn over the gang.

Starring: Dean Jagger, John Carradine, Mary Brian, William Henry, Sidney Blackmer, Ian Keith, Anthony Warde, Edward Keane, Norman Willis, Peter Dunne ..
Directed by: Harold Young
Release date: 1943-05-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : A Scream in the Dark

A Scream in the Dark

5.8/10 IMDB

A detective tries to prove that a woman is killing her spouses with a spiked umbrella.

Starring: Robert Lowery, Marie McDonald, Edward Brophy, Elizabeth Russell, Hobart Cavanaugh, Wally Vernon, Jack La Rue, Frank Fenton, Linda Brent, William Haade ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1943-10-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : The Ghost and the Guest

The Ghost and the Guest

4.5/10 IMDB

Newlyweds Webster and Jackie Frye spend their honeymoon in a sinister old country house. Before long, they are besieged by a gang of crooks, searching for a fortune in diamonds. With the help of chauffeur Harmony Jones, the honeymooners attempt to outsmart the villains.

Starring: James Dunn, Florence Rice, Sam McDaniel, Mabel Todd, Robert Dudley, Jim Toney, Anthony Caruso, Robert Bice, Anthony Warde, Eddy Chandler ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1943-04-19
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher

Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher

4.9/10 IMDB

Cosmo Jones, a correspondence-school detective from a small town, comes to the big city to offer his services to the police. He happens by where a gangster is killed by an opposing gang. Socialite Phyllis Blake is running around with gang member Tom and the opposing gang plan on kidnapping her. Cosmo is with Sergeant Flanagan when the attempt is made in front of a night club, where a bystander is seriously wounded in the gun-battle. Police Chief Murphy blames Flanagan for the shooting and demotes him. Cosmo, with the aid of a porter, Eustace and Flanagan's fiancée, Susan, tries to find the killer. Phyllis is finally kidnapped and Cosmo decides the act was committed by one of the two gangs. He has her father place an ad in the newspaper that contact has been made with the kidnappers. Each gang thinks the other is pulling a double cross, and one gang wipes out the other.

Starring: Edgar Kennedy, Richard Cromwell, Gale Storm, Mantan Moreland, Frank Graham, Herbert Rawlinson, Tris Coffin, Charles Jordan, Vince Barnett, Emmett Vogan ..
Directed by: James Tinling
Release date: 1943-01-29
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : A Night for Crime

A Night for Crime

5.1/10 IMDB

A dark night in war time, with several black-outs, it's just a night for murder. Susan Cooper, a fast-talking girl reporter, doubles as amateur sleuth solving yet another mystery among Hollywood's famous.

Starring: Glenda Farrell, Lyle Talbot, Ralph Sanford, Lina Basquette, Lynn Starr, Donald Kirke, Forrest Taylor, Rick Vallin, Marjorie Manners, Edna Harris ..
Directed by: Alexis Thurn-Taxis
Release date: 1943-02-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : The Mantrap

The Mantrap

6.6/10 IMDB

Henry Stephenson stars as a retired Scotland Yard detective. He is regarded as an icon because he has written volumes of books on the art of detection. While Stephenson is being honoured for his past successes, he senses modern detectives, particularly the current District Attorney, look at him and his methods as outdated. This spurs the old man out of retirement to prove himself to the know-it-all modern detectives.

Starring: Henry Stephenson, Lloyd Corrigan, Joseph Allen, Dorothy Lovett, Edmund MacDonald, Alice Fleming, Tom Stevenson, Frederick Worlock, Jane Weeks ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1943-04-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : Mystery Broadcast

Mystery Broadcast

6.1/10 IMDB

A radio-show mystery writer and her rival solve real murders.

Starring: Frank Albertson, Ruth Terry, Nils Asther, Wynne Gibson, Paul Harvey, Mary Treen, Addison Richards, Joseph Crehan, Alice Fleming, Francis Pierlot ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1943-11-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : No Place for a Lady

No Place for a Lady

6.4/10 IMDB

A private detective and a blonde acquaintance whom he has rescued from a misdirected murder charge, discover a body in his beachside cottage; only it has disappeared by the time the police arrive, leaving him to be charged with hoaxing the police. With his license in jeopardy, his would-be fiancee and an inquiring reporter set out to investigate.

Starring: William Gargan, Margaret Lindsay, Phyllis Brooks, Dick Purcell, Jerome Cowan, Thomas E. Jackson, Frank M. Thomas, Edward Norris, James Burke, Tom Dugan ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1943-02-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : False Faces

False Faces

6.0/10 IMDB

A district attorney sets out to vindicate his son who's been accused of murdering a nightclub singer.

Starring: Stanley Ridges, William Henry, Rex Williams, Veda Ann Borg, Janet Shaw, Joseph Crehan, Chester Clute, John Maxwell, Dick Wessel, Billy Nelson ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1943-05-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : The Unknown Guest

The Unknown Guest

5.2/10 IMDB

Residents get suspicious when a shady character takes over the local hunting lodge right after the two old-timers who own it disappear.

Starring: Victor Jory, Pamela Blake, Veda Ann Borg, Harry Hayden, Paul Fix, Emory Parnell, Ray Walker, Lee 'Lasses' White, Nora Cecil, Eddie Mills ..
Directed by: Kurt Neumann
Release date: 1943-10-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1943 : Murder on the Waterfront

Murder on the Waterfront

4.9/10 IMDB

A sailor and his wife become involved in a murder investigation.

Starring: Warren Douglas, Joan Winfield, John Loder, Ruth Ford, Don Costello, Bill Crago, Bill Kennedy, William B. Davidson, Fred Kelsey, James Flavin ..
Directed by: B. Reeves Eason
Release date: 1943-09-18

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