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
Best Mystery Movies of 1945 : Dead of Night
2.

Dead of Night

5.4
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
3.

And Then There Were None

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

Ten 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. 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
4.

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, 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
5.

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
Best Mystery Movies of 1945 : Love Letters
6.

Love Letters

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

When a man asks another man more facile with words to do his wooing for him, there are always complications. The man with no talent for writing marries the girl, confesses one night he didn't write the letters and ends up with a knife in his back. The writer of the letters fell in love with the woman he wrote to and wants to become her second husband even if she did murder husband number one. Singleton doesn't remember the murder or anything about the first 22 years of her life as Victoria Remington. Then at her second wedding she wonders why she said "I take you, Roger," instead of "I take you, Allen."

Starring: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ann Richards, Cecil Kellaway, Gladys Cooper, Anita Louise, Robert Sully, Reginald Denny, Ernest Cossart, Byron Barr ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1945-10-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1945 : Lady on a Train
7.

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: 1945-08-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1945 : The Scarlet Clue
8.

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
Best Mystery Movies of 1945 : Charlie Chan in The Jade Mask
9.

Charlie Chan in The Jade Mask

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

The latest assignment for respected detective Charlie Chan has come directly from the government and involves the disappearance of a scientist named Harper, who was working on an extremely important serum. When the scientist is killed, Chan must sort through all very likely suspects, including the man's sister and his butler.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Edwin Luke, Hardie Albright, Janet Warren, Al Bridge, Edith Evanson, Dorothy Granger, Cyril Delevanti, Jack Ingram ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1945-01-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1945 : The Shanghai Cobra
10.

The Shanghai Cobra

3.3
6.7/10 IMDB

Someone is attempting to steal radium stored in a bank. Death by cobra venom connects a number of murders. Charlie Chan investigates.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Benson Fong, James Cardwell, Joan Barclay, Addison Richards, Arthur Loft, Janet Warren, Gene Roth, Joe Devlin ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1945-09-29

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