Best Mystery Movies of 1946

1.

Notorious

6.4
7.9/10 IMDB

In order to help bring Nazis to justice, U.S. government agent T.R. Devlin recruits Alicia Huberman, the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal, as a spy. As they begin to fall for one another, Alicia is instructed to win the affections of Alexander Sebastian, a Nazi hiding out in Brazil. When Sebastian becomes serious about his relationship with Alicia, the stakes get higher, and Devlin must watch her slip further undercover.

Starring: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern, Leopoldine Konstantin, Reinhold Schünzel, Ivan Triesault, Alex Minotis, Eberhard Krumschmidt, Fred Nurney ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1946-08-21
2.

The Big Sleep

5.7
7.9/10 IMDB

Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is hired by wealthy General Sternwood regarding a matter involving his youngest daughter Carmen. Before the complex case is over, Marlowe sees murder, blackmail, deception, and what might be love.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone, Peggy Knudsen, Regis Toomey, Charles Waldron, Charles D. Brown, Bob Steele ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1946-08-23
3.

The Killers

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

Two hit men walk into a diner asking for a man called "the Swede". When the killers find the Swede, he's expecting them and doesn't put up a fight. Since the Swede had a life insurance policy, an investigator, on a hunch, decides to look into the murder. As the Swede's past is laid bare, it comes to light that he was in love with a beautiful woman who may have lured him into pulling off a bank robbery overseen by another man.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker, Sam Levene, Vince Barnett, Virginia Christine, Jack Lambert, Charles D. Brown, Donald MacBride ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1946-08-28
4.

The Postman Always Rings Twice

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband.

Starring: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames, Audrey Totter, Alan Reed, Jeff York, Morris Ankrum, Betty Blythe ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1946-05-02
5.

The Spiral Staircase

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

On a stormy night, the mute servant to an ailing matriarch is stalked by a serial killer.

Starring: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith, Rhonda Fleming, Gordon Oliver, Elsa Lanchester, Sara Allgood, Rhys Williams, James Bell ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1946-02-06
6.

The Stranger

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi, who may be hiding out in a small town in the guise of a distinguished professor engaged to the Supreme Court Justice’s daughter.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Orson Welles, Philip Merivale, Richard Long, Konstantin Shayne, Byron Keith, Billy House, Martha Wentworth, Erskine Sanford ..
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1946-07-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Green for Danger
7.

Green for Danger

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

In the midst of Nazi air raids, a postman dies on the operating table at a rural hospital. But was the death accidental?

Starring: Leo Genn, Alastair Sim, Trevor Howard, Sally Gray, Rosamund John, Judy Campbell, Megs Jenkins, Ronald Adam, George Woodbridge, John Rae ..
Directed by: Sidney Gilliat
Release date: 1946-12-07
8.

Dragonwyck

3.8
6.9/10 IMDB

For Miranda Wells, moving to New York to live in Dragonwyck Manor with her rich cousin, Nicholas, seems like a dream. However, the situation gradually becomes nightmarish. She observes Nicholas' troubled relationship with his tenant farmers, as well as with his daughter, to whom Miranda serves as governess. Her relationship with Nicholas intensifies after his wife dies, but his mental imbalance threatens any hope of happiness.

Starring: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Vincent Price, Glenn Langan, Anne Revere, Spring Byington, Connie Marshall, Harry Morgan, Vivienne Osborne, Jessica Tandy ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1946-04-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : The Dark Mirror
9.

The Dark Mirror

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

A sister and her disturbed twin are implicated in a murder and a police detective must figure out which one's the killer.

Starring: Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell, Richard Long, Charles Evans, Garry Owen, Lela Bliss, Lester Allen, Bess Flowers, Ida Moore ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1946-10-17
10.

Somewhere in the Night

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

George Taylor returns from WWII with amnesia. Back home in Los Angeles, he tries to track down his old identity, stumbling into a 3-year old murder case and a hunt for a missing $2 million.

Starring: John Hodiak, Nancy Guild, Lloyd Nolan, Richard Conte, Josephine Hutchinson, Fritz Kortner, Margo Woode, Sheldon Leonard, Lou Nova, Whit Bissell ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1946-06-12
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Ritual in Transfigured Time
11.

Ritual in Transfigured Time

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A social event choreographed in the manner of a dance, illuminated by concepts drawn from Greek legend; one of filmmaker Maya Deren’s most intriguing works.

Starring: Rita Christiani, Maya Deren, Anaïs Nin, Frank Westbrook, Gore Vidal ..
Directed by: Maya Deren
Release date: 1946-10-22
12.

Terror by Night

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Holmes and Watson board a passenger train bound from London to Edinburgh, to guard the Star of Rhodesia, an enormous diamond worth a fortune belonging to an elderly woman of wealth; but within the first hour of the trip, the woman's son is murdered and the diamond stolen and any of the passengers in their car could be the killer thief.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, Dennis Hoey, Mary Forbes, Renee Godfrey, Frederick Worlock, Janet Murdoch, Gerald Hamer, Geoffrey Steele ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1946-02-01
13.

Dressed to Kill

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

A convicted thief in Dartmoor prison hides the location of the stolen Bank of England printing plates inside three music boxes. When the innocent purchasers of the boxes start to be murdered, Holmes and Watson investigate.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morison, Edmund Breon, Frederick Worlock, Carl Harbord, Patricia Cameron, Holmes Herbert, Harry Cording, Leyland Hodgson ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1946-05-24
14.

Black Angel

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

A falsely convicted man's wife, Catherine, and an alcoholic composer and pianist, Martin team up in an attempt to clear her husband of the murder of a blonde singer, who is Martin's wife.

Starring: Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre, Broderick Crawford, Constance Dowling, Wallace Ford, Hobart Cavanaugh, Freddie Steele, Ben Bard, Junius Matthews ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1946-08-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Deadline at Dawn
15.

Deadline at Dawn

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

A young Navy sailor has one night to find out why a woman was killed and he ended up with a bag of money after a drinking blackout.

Starring: Susan Hayward, Paul Lukas, Bill Williams, Joseph Calleia, Osa Massen, Lola Lane, Jerome Cowan, Marvin Miller, Roman Bohnen, Steven Geray ..
Directed by: Harold Clurman, William Cameron Menzies
Release date: 1946-03-18
16.

Undercurrent

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

After a rapid engagement, a dowdy daughter of a chemist weds an industrialist, knowing little of his family or past. He transforms her into an elegant society wife, but becomes enraged whenever she asks about Michael, his mysterious long-lost brother.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor, Robert Mitchum, Edmund Gwenn, Marjorie Main, Jayne Meadows, Clinton Sundberg, Dan Tobin, Kathryn Card, Leigh Whipper ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1946-11-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Dark Alibi
17.

Dark Alibi

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

After three men are convicted of bank robberies, Charlie becomes suspicious. After some investigation Charlie finds the men are innocent and that the fingerprint evidence used to convict them had been forged. Charlie then proceeds to find the true bank robbers.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter, Benson Fong, Teala Loring, George Holmes, Joyce Compton, John Eldredge, Russell Hicks, Tim Ryan ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1946-05-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : The Trap
18.

The Trap

3.3
6.0/10 IMDB

When a troupe of showgirls with their impresario and press agent vacation at a Malibu Beach resort, two of them are garroted. Charlie takes on the case assisted by Number Two Son Jimmy and faithful chauffeur Birmingham Brown.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung, Tanis Chandler, Larry J. Blake, Kirk Alyn, Rita Quigley, Anne Nagel, Helen Gerald, Howard Negley ..
Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Release date: 1946-11-30
19.

Lady in the Lake

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

Private eye Phillip Marlowe wants to get out of the detective racket and into crime writing. But when he's called to the office of editor Adrienne Fromsett, it's not to talk about his story ideas — she wants him to locate the missing wife of her boss, Mr. Kingsby. The assignment quickly becomes complicated when bodies start turning up

Starring: Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan, Tom Tully, Leon Ames, Jayne Meadows, Dick Simmons, Ellay Mort, Morris Ankrum, Lila Leeds ..
Directed by: Robert Montgomery
Release date: 1946-12-19
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : House of Horrors
20.

House of Horrors

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

An unsuccessful sculptor saves a madman named "The Creeper" from drowning. Seeing an opportunity for revenge, he tricks the psycho into murdering his critics.

Starring: Rondo Hatton, Martin Kosleck, Robert Lowery, Virginia Grey, Bill Goodwin, Joan Shawlee, Alan Napier, Howard Freeman, Byron Foulger, Virginia Christine ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1946-03-29
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Dangerous Money
21.

Dangerous Money

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

A treasury agent on the trail of counterfeit money confides to fellow ocean liner passenger, Charlie Chan, that there have been two attempts on his life.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Gloria Warren, Victor Sen Yung, Rick Vallin, Joseph Crehan, Willie Best, John Harmon, Bruce Edwards, Dick Elliott, Joseph Allen ..
Directed by: Terry O. Morse
Release date: 1946-10-12
22.

So Dark the Night

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

Inspector Cassin, a renowned Paris detective, departs to the country for a much-needed break. There he falls in love with the innkeeper’s daughter, Nanette, who is already betrothed to a local farmer. On the evening of their engagement party, Nanette and the farmer both disappear. Cassin takes up the case immediately to discover what happened to them and who is responsible.

Starring: Steven Geray, Micheline Cheirel, Eugene Borden, Ann Codee, Egon Brecher, Helen Freeman, Theodore Gottlieb, Gregory Gaye, Jean Del Val, Emil Rameau ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1946-10-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Nocturne
23.

Nocturne

3.2
6.5/10 IMDB

In 1940s Los Angeles, when womanizing composer Keith Vincent is found dead, the inquest concludes it was a suicide but police detective Joe Warne isn't so sure.

Starring: George Raft, Lynn Bari, Virginia Huston, Joseph Pevney, Myrna Dell, Edward Ashley, Walter Sande, Mabel Paige, Bern Hoffman, Queenie Smith ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1946-10-29
24.

Crack-Up

3.2
6.5/10 IMDB

Art curator George Steele experiences a train wreck...which never happened. Is he cracking up, or the victim of a plot?

Starring: Pat O’Brien, Claire Trevor, Herbert Marshall, Ray Collins, Wallace Ford, Dean Harens, Damian O'Flynn, Erskine Sanford, Mary Ware, Edward Gargan ..
Directed by: Irving Reis
Release date: 1946-09-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Dick Tracy vs. Cueball
25.

Dick Tracy vs. Cueball

2.9
5.9/10 IMDB

A police detective uses his girlfriend to track down a homicidal maniac.

Starring: Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Lyle Latell, Rita Corday, Ian Keith, Dick Wessel, Douglas Walton, Esther Howard, Joseph Crehan, Byron Foulger ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1946-11-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : She-Wolf of London
26.

She-Wolf of London

2.9
5.2/10 IMDB

A young heiress finds evidence suggesting that at night she acts under the influence of a family curse and has begun committing ghastly murders in a nearby park.

Starring: June Lockhart, Don Porter, Sara Haden, Jan Wiley, Eily Malyon, Lloyd Corrigan, Dennis Hoey, Martin Kosleck, Frederick Worlock ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1946-05-17
27.

Up Goes Maisie

2.9
6.2/10 IMDB

A showgirl working for an inventor battles crooks, who want to steal his ideas.

Starring: Ann Sothern, George Murphy, Hillary Brooke, Stephen McNally, Ray Collins, Jeff York, Paul Harvey, Murray Alper, Lewis Howard, Jack Davis ..
Directed by: Harry Beaumont
Release date: 1946-02-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Behind the Mask
28.

Behind the Mask

2.9
4.8/10 IMDB

Falsely accused of murdering a crooked newspaper reporter, suave detective Lamont Cranston -- aka the Shadow -- vows to track down the real killer.

Starring: Kane Richmond, Barbara Read, George Chandler, Dorothea Kent, Joseph Crehan, Pierre Watkin, Robert Shayne, June Clyde, James Cardwell, Marjorie Hoshelle ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson, William Beaudine
Release date: 1946-05-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Tangier
29.

Tangier

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

Maria Montez plays a Spanish dancer named Rita, who is determined to bring Nazi collaborator Colonel Jose Artiego (Preston Foster) to justice. Artiego is at presently working incognito, as military governor of the North African city of Tangier. Maria finds an unexpected ally in the form of Artiego's discarded mistress Dolores (Louise Allbritton).

Starring: Maria Montez, Robert Paige, Sabu, Preston Foster, Louise Allbritton, Kent Taylor, J. Edward Bromberg, Reginald Denny, Charles Judels, Francis McDonald ..
Directed by: George Waggner
Release date: 1946-06-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Shadows Over Chinatown
30.

Shadows Over Chinatown

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

In San Francisco's Chinatown, Charlie helps two different people search for their missing relatives and uncovers a murder for insurance scheme.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung, Tanis Chandler, John Gallaudet, Paul Bryar, Bruce Kellogg, Al Bridge, Mary Gordon, Dorothy Granger ..
Directed by: Terry O. Morse
Release date: 1946-06-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Bedelia
31.

Bedelia

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Bedelia Carrington is living happily, it appears, in Monte Carlo with her husband Charlie Carrington. But a cultivated young artist, Ben Chaney, begins probing into her past with curious concern. Chaney, who is really a detective, learns that Bedelia's obsession for money has led her, in the past, to husband-poisoning for the insurance money.

Starring: Margaret Lockwood, Ian Hunter, Barry K. Barnes, Anne Crawford, Beatrice Varley, Louise Hampton, Jill Esmond, Julien Mitchell, Vi Stevens, Kynaston Reeves ..
Directed by: Lance Comfort
Release date: 1946-07-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Step by Step
32.

Step by Step

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Marine veteran Johnny Christopher meets and is immediately drawn to beautiful Evelyn Smith one day on the beach. Evelyn's new job as secretary to a U.S. senator in California soon brings unexpected intrigue and trouble for her and Johnny. The machinations of a sinister group of Nazi spies lead to mysteries and mistaken identities, and the two soon find themselves framed for murder!

Starring: Lawrence Tierney, Anne Jeffreys, Lowell Gilmore, Jason Robards Sr., Myrna Dell, George Cleveland, John Hamilton, Addison Richards, James Flavin, Harry Harvey ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1946-08-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : The Madonna's Secret
33.

The Madonna's Secret

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

This drama is an updated version of Ulmer's 1944 film Bluebeard. It is set in New York and follows the exploits of an eccentric Parisian painter who has come to New York to escape a controversy surrounding his work. The trouble stems when the model he has used in all his work is found floating dead in the Seine.

Starring: Francis Lederer, Gail Patrick, Ann Rutherford, Edward Ashley, Linda Stirling, John Litel, Leona Roberts, Michael St. Angel, Clifford Brooke, Pierre Watkin ..
Directed by: Wilhelm Thiele
Release date: 1946-02-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Just Before Dawn
34.

Just Before Dawn

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

In the 7th film of the "Crime Doctor" series based on the radio program, Dr. Robert Ordway is summoned to take attend a diabetic, and gives an injection of insulin taken from a bottle in the patient's pocket. The man dies and Ordway discovers that what he thought was insulin was really poison. Oops! Two other people are murdered before Ordway discovers who replaced the insulin with poison and what the motive was

Starring: Warner Baxter, Adele Roberts, Martin Kosleck, Mona Barrie, Marvin Miller, Charles D. Brown, Robert Barrat, Charles Arnt, Egon Brecher, Peggy Converse ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1946-03-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : The Devil's Mask
35.

The Devil's Mask

2.7
5.8/10 IMDB

A San Francisco airplane bound for South America crashes, and among the scorched debris is found a shrunken native human head, neatly packaged. The perplexed police contact a local anthropology museum about this unclaimed piece of grisly baggage, where they intersect with Jack and Doc, two private eyes, called there to meet a mysterious woman who had a case for them and wanted to meet in private.

Starring: Jim Bannon, Anita Louise, Michael Duane, Barton Yarborough, Paul E. Burns, Thomas E. Jackson, Mona Barrie, Frank Wilcox, Richard Hale, Ludwig Donath ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1946-05-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : The Falcon's Adventure
36.

The Falcon's Adventure

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A society sleuth rescues a kidnapped woman, then is framed for murder.

Starring: Tom Conway, Madge Meredith, Edward Brophy, Robert Warwick, Myrna Dell, Steve Brodie, Ian Wolfe, Carol Forman, Joseph Crehan, Phil Warren ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1946-12-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : The Walls Came Tumbling Down
37.

The Walls Came Tumbling Down

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

A PI investigates a priest's murder.

Starring: Lee Bowman, Marguerite Chapman, Edgar Buchanan, George Macready, Lee Patrick, Jonathan Hale, Elisabeth Risdon, J. Edward Bromberg, Miles Mander, Moroni Olsen ..
Directed by: Lothar Mendes
Release date: 1946-06-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : The Falcon's Alibi
38.

The Falcon's Alibi

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

A society sleuth sets out on the trail of a society matron's lost jewels.

Starring: Tom Conway, Rita Corday, Vince Barnett, Jane Greer, Elisha Cook Jr., Emory Parnell, Al Bridge, Esther Howard, Jean Brooks, Paul Brooks ..
Directed by: Ray McCarey
Release date: 1946-04-12
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Boston Blackie and the Law
39.

Boston Blackie and the Law

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Blackie performs in a magic show at a women's prison, which gives an inmate an opportunity to escape.

Starring: Chester Morris, Trudy Marshall, Constance Dowling, Richard Lane, George E. Stone, Frank Sully, Warren Ashe, Selmer Jackson, Wanda Perry ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1946-12-12
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Fragment of Seeking
40.

Fragment of Seeking

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

A young man desperately seeks out the fleeting image of a female companion, and though he never quite catches her, he discovers much more through the surreal explorations of his own sexuality.

Starring: Curtis Harrington ..
Directed by: Curtis Harrington
Release date: 1946-08-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : The Shadow Returns
41.

The Shadow Returns

2.5
5.4/10 IMDB

The Shadow (Kane Richmond) cracks a case of missing jewels, murder and plastics.

Starring: Kane Richmond, Barbara Read, Tom Dugan, Joseph Crehan, Pierre Watkin, Robert Emmett Keane, Frank Reicher ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen, William Beaudine
Release date: 1946-02-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Mysterious Intruder
42.

Mysterious Intruder

2.5
6.4/10 IMDB

A private detective is hired to find a young heiress but finds himself accused of murder.

Starring: Richard Dix, Barton MacLane, Nina Vale, Regis Toomey, Helen Mowery, Mike Mazurki, Pamela Blake, Charles Lane, Paul E. Burns, Kathleen Howard ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1946-04-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : The Phantom Thief
43.

The Phantom Thief

2.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Boston Blackie, in the 11th film of the Columbia series, indulges in some wit-trading with a squirmy spiritualist who deals in blackmail, murder and the occult. "Blackie" out to help his pal, "Runt," recover some jewels, finds himself involved in the homicides, and also finds himself as the prime suspect, and now has to find the real culprit in order to clear himself. So "Blackie,", a man of many talents and already a proved magician from cases past, shows he knows a little bit about dancing skeletons, walking phantoms and spiritualism himself, and holds a séance to unmask the murderer.

Starring: Chester Morris, Jeff Donnell, Richard Lane, Dusty Anderson, George E. Stone, Frank Sully, Marvin Miller, Wilton Graff, Murray Alper, Forbes Murray ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1946-05-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : The French Key
44.

The French Key

2.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Private detective Johnny Fletcher and his sidekick Sam Cragg skip out on their rented room, but when they sneak back to retrieve their luggage, they discover a dead body on the bed, holding a gold coin in its hand. Fletcher is told by a coin collector that the piece is an old and valuable Spanish coin, but Fletcher soon begins to suspect that the man is himself involved in the murder. Fletcher's investigation leads to he and Sam getting caught up in a murder and gold smuggling scheme.

Starring: Albert Dekker, Mike Mazurki, Evelyn Ankers, John Eldredge, Frank Fenton, Selmer Jackson, Byron Foulger, Joe DeRita, David Gorcey, Emmett Vogan ..
Directed by: Walter Colmes
Release date: 1946-05-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : The Inner Circle
45.

The Inner Circle

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

Johnny Strange (Warren Douglas) a fresh-faced young detective, gets set up, framed for murder, and alibied by a smart blonde (Adele Mara).

Starring: Adele Mara, Warren Douglas, William Frawley, Ricardo Cortez, Virginia Christine, Ken Niles, Will Wright, Dorothy Adams, Martha Montgomery, Edward Gargan ..
Directed by: Philip Ford
Release date: 1946-08-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : The Mask of Diijon
46.

The Mask of Diijon

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

A stage illusionist plots a revenge after a particularly humiliating comeback attempt.

Starring: Erich von Stroheim, Jeanne Bates, William Wright, Denise Vernac, Edward Van Sloan, Hope Landin, Mauritz Hugo, Shimen Ruskin, Antonio Filauri, George Chandler ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1946-03-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : A Close Call for Boston Blackie
47.

A Close Call for Boston Blackie

2.3
6.0/10 IMDB

Blackie runs into a woman he formally loved who now is married with a kid. When her husband gets out of prison he's killed in Blackie's apartment and of course the police thing Blackie pulled the trigger. Blackie must set out to prove his innocence as well as capture the real killers.

Starring: Chester Morris, Lynn Merrick, Richard Lane, Frank Sully, George E. Stone, Claire Carleton, Russell Hicks, Charles Lane, Erik Rolf, John Tyrrell ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1946-01-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Murder in the Music Hall
48.

Murder in the Music Hall

2.3
6.2/10 IMDB

An orchestra leader turns sleuth to clear his ice-skating girlfriend for murder.

Starring: Vera Ralston, William Marshall, Helen Walker, Nancy Kelly, William Gargan, Ann Rutherford, Julie Bishop, Jerome Cowan, Edward Norris, Jack La Rue ..
Directed by: John English
Release date: 1946-04-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : The Mysterious Mr. M
49.

The Mysterious Mr. M

2.3
6.5/10 IMDB

An evil scientist known as "Mr. M." uses a drug he has developed called "hypnotreme" to help steal submarine equipment. Federal agent Grant Farrell is dispatched to find the mysterious villain and stop his nefarious plans.

Starring: Edmund MacDonald, Pamela Blake, Danny Morton, Virginia Brissac, Joseph Crehan, Jack Ingram ..
Directed by: Vernon Keays, Lewis D. Collins
Release date: 1946-07-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1946 : Fear
50.

Fear

2.2
5.7/10 IMDB

B-movie film noir take on Crime and Punishment. A college student gets deeper and deeper in trouble when he takes a loan from a shady college professor.

Starring: Peter Cookson, Warren William, Anne Gwynne, Francis Pierlot, Nestor Paiva, James Cardwell, Almira Sessions, William Moss, Harry Clay, Ernie Adams ..
Directed by: Alfred Zeisler
Release date: 1946-03-02

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