Best Mystery Movies of 1945

1.

Spellbound

5.5
7.6/10 IMDB

When Dr. Anthony Edwardes arrives at a Vermont mental hospital to replace the outgoing hospital director, Dr. Constance Peterson, a psychoanalyst, discovers Edwardes is actually an impostor. The man confesses that the real Dr. Edwardes is dead and fears he may have killed him, but cannot recall anything. Dr. Peterson, however is convinced his impostor is innocent of the man's murder, and joins him on a quest to unravel his amnesia through psychoanalysis.

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Rhonda Fleming, Leo G. Carroll, John Emery, Norman Lloyd, Bill Goodwin, Steven Geray, Donald Curtis ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1945-11-08
2.

And Then There Were None

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

10 strangers are summoned to a remote island and while they are waiting for the mysterious host to appear, a recording levels serious accusations at each of the guests, including Judge Francis J. Quinncannon and Dr. Edward G. Armstrong, and soon they start being murdered, one by one. As the survivors try to keep their wits, they reach a disturbing conclusion: one of them must be the killer.

Starring: Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, Roland Young, June Duprez, Mischa Auer, C. Aubrey Smith, Judith Anderson, Richard Haydn, Queenie Leonard ..
Directed by: René Clair
Release date: 1945-10-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1945 : Dead of Night
3.

Dead of Night

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

Architect Walter Craig, seeking the possibility of some work at a country farmhouse, soon finds himself once again stuck in his recurring nightmare. Dreading the end of the dream that he knows is coming, he must first listen to all the assembled guests' own bizarre tales.

Starring: Mervyn Johns, Roland Culver, Mary Merrall, Googie Withers, Frederick Valk, Anthony Baird, Sally Ann Howes, Robert Wyndham, Judy Kelly, Miles Malleson ..
Directed by: Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer
Release date: 1945-09-04
4.

Fallen Angel

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

An unemployed drifter, Eric Stanton wanders into a small California town and begins hanging around the local diner. While Eric falls for the lovely waitress Stella, he also begins romancing a quiet and well-to-do woman named June Mills. Since Stella isn't interested in Eric unless he has money, the lovelorn guy comes up with a scheme to win her over, and it involves June. Before long, murder works its way into this passionate love triangle.

Starring: Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, Charles Bickford, Anne Revere, Bruce Cabot, John Carradine, Percy Kilbride, Dorothy Adams, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1945-11-07
5.

The House of Fear

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

The Good Comrades are a collection of varied gentlemen who crave one thing - solitude. They reside at Drearcliff House, ancestral home of their eldest member. All seems serene and convivial until one by one the members begin to perish in the most grisly of manners. Foul play is suspected by the Good Comrades' insurance agent, who turns to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson for guidance.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Aubrey Mather, Paul Cavanagh, Dennis Hoey, Harry Cording, Holmes Herbert, Sally Shepherd, Gavin Muir, Florette Hillier ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1945-03-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1945 : My Name Is Julia Ross
6.

My Name Is Julia Ross

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

A woman finds herself entrenched in a murder cover-up when she goes to work for a wealthy widow.

Starring: Nina Foch, Dame May Whitty, George Macready, Roland Varno, Anita Sharp-Bolster, Doris Lloyd, Queenie Leonard, Joy Harington, Leonard Mudie, Ottola Nesmith ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1945-11-08
7.

Pursuit to Algiers

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

After the King of Ruthenia has been assassinated, Holmes and Watson are engaged to escort his son to Europe via Algiers, aboard a transatlantic ocean liner which also carries a number of suspicious persons, any of whom may be involved in a plot to also assassinate him.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Marjorie Riordan, Rosalind Ivan, Morton Lowry, Leslie Vincent, Martin Kosleck, Rex Evans, John Abbott, Gerald Hamer ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1945-10-26
8.

The Woman in Green

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A series of murders of women, each with their right forefinger posthumously severed, leads Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to a mysterious, glamorous woman, a hypnotized assassin, and a blackmail scheme worthy of Professor Moriarty, who is its mastermind.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Hillary Brooke, Henry Daniell, Paul Cavanagh, Matthew Boulton, Eve Amber, Frederick Worlock, Coulter Irwin, Sally Shepherd ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1945-06-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1945 : Lady on a Train
9.

Lady on a Train

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

While on a train, Nikki Collins witnesses a murder as they pass a building. When she tells the police, they think she's crazy since she can't tell exactly where the crime happened. She then enlists a popular mystery writer to help with her sleuthing.

Starring: Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy, David Bruce, George Coulouris, Allen Jenkins, Dan Duryea, Edward Everett Horton, Patricia Morison, Maria Palmer, Elizabeth Patterson ..
Directed by: Charles David
Release date: 1945-08-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1945 : Charlie Chan in The Scarlet Clue
10.

Charlie Chan in The Scarlet Clue

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Chinese sleuth Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) discovers a scheme for the theft of government radar plans while investigating several murders.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Virginia Brissac, Ben Carter, Benson Fong, Robert Homans, Jack Norton, Janet Shaw, Helen Deverell, Victoria Faust ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1945-05-11

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