Best Mystery Movies of 1949


The Third Man

8.1/10 IMDB

In postwar Vienna, Austria, Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime, only to learn he has died. Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a "third man" present at the time of Harry's death, running into interference from British officer Major Calloway, and falling head-over-heels for Harry's grief-stricken lover, Anna.

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee, Paul Hörbiger, Ernst Deutsch, Siegfried Breuer, Erich Ponto, Wilfrid Hyde-White ..
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1949-08-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1949 : Reign of Terror

Reign of Terror

7.0/10 IMDB

The French Revolution, 1794. The Marquis de Lafayette asks Charles D'Aubigny to infiltrate the Jacobin Party to overthrow Maximilian Robespierre, who, after gaining supreme power and establishing a reign of terror ruled by death, now intends to become the dictator of France.

Starring: Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Richard Hart, Arlene Dahl, Arnold Moss, Norman Lloyd, Charles McGraw, Beulah Bondi, Jess Barker, Royal Dano ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1949-10-15


7.1/10 IMDB

After surviving a murder attempt, an auto magnate goes into hiding so his wife can pay for the crime.

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn, Helen Walker, Anna May Wong, Robert Warwick, Clarence Kolb, Art Baker, William Wright, Mae Marsh ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1949-03-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1949 : A Woman's Secret

A Woman's Secret

6.1/10 IMDB

A popular singer, Marian Washburn, suddenly and unexplainably loses her voice, causing a shake-up at the club where she works. Her worried but loyal piano player, Luke Jordan, helps to promote a new, younger singer, Susan Caldwell, to temporarily replace Marian. Susan finds some early acclaim but decides to leave the club after a few performances. Soon after Susan quits, she is gunned down, and Marian quickly becomes a suspect.

Starring: Maureen O'Hara, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Grahame, Bill Williams, Victor Jory, Mary Philips, Jay C. Flippen, Robert Warwick, Curt Conway, Ann Shoemaker ..
Directed by: Nicholas Ray
Release date: 1949-01-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1949 : Cover Up

Cover Up

6.6/10 IMDB

Insurance investigator Sam Donovan is looking into the apparent suicide of a man in a small Midwestern town. All clues leads him into suspecting murder. Unfortunately, no one wants to assist him with the case, including Sheriff Larry Best.

Starring: William Bendix, Dennis O'Keefe, Barbara Britton, Art Baker, Ann E. Todd, Doro Merande, Virginia Christine, Helen Spring, Ruth Lee, Henry Hall ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1949-02-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1949 : Dr. Morelle: The Case of the Missing Heiress

Dr. Morelle: The Case of the Missing Heiress

6.0/10 IMDB

An heiress suddenly vanishes! A detective comes to the forlorn mansion of the missing heiress's wheel-chair-ridden uncle to discover the secret behind the disappearance.

Starring: Valentine Dyall, Julia Lang, Jean Lodge, Philip Leaver, Peter Drury, Hugh Griffith ..
Directed by: Godfrey Grayson
Release date: 1949-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1949 : Black Magic

Black Magic

6.4/10 IMDB

Hypnotist uses his powers for revenge against King Louis XV's court.

Starring: Orson Welles, Nancy Guild, Raymond Burr, Akim Tamiroff, Frank Latimore, Valentina Cortese, Margot Grahame, Stephen Bekassy, Berry Kroeger, Gregory Gaye ..
Directed by: Gregory Ratoff, Orson Welles
Release date: 1949-08-19
Best Mystery Movies of 1949 : Christmas U.S.A

Christmas U.S.A

6.3/10 IMDB

Things spin: amusement park rides, a phonograph record. A man wakes, shaves, and takes a phone call. Another man, in a kimono, walks in the woods, stops, and opens a small decorative box on the forest floor. People at an amusement park called Little Harlem enjoy themselves. A man walks through another amusement park, called Cavalcade Worlds, as midway rides spin. At a house, an older woman cleans; a pre-teen girl sets the table; a teenaged boy showers. After he dresses, he holds a candle high above his head and walks swiftly toward a young man standing bare-chested, his arms extended. A man arrives home where the girl has set the table. The youth sleeps. Christmas?

Starring: Mario Antonnini, Frederic Burae Davenport ..
Directed by: Gregory J. Markopoulos
Release date: 1949-12-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1949 : Strange Bargain

Strange Bargain

6.8/10 IMDB

Bookkeeper Sam Wilson learns from his boss, Malcolm Jarvis, that he is losing his job because the company is closing down. Jarvis then makes a strange proposition, saying he intends to commit suicide, but wants Sam to make it look like a murder, in order for his wife and son to inherit Jarvis's life insurance. Sam declines, but when he goes to see Jarvis and finds his dead body, he reluctantly goes along with the scheme.

Starring: Martha Scott, Jeffrey Lynn, Harry Morgan, Katherine Emery, Richard Gaines, Henry O'Neill, Walter Sande, Michael Chapin, Arlene Gray, Raymond Roe ..
Directed by: Will Price
Release date: 1949-11-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1949 : Undertow


6.6/10 IMDB

Undertow stars Scott Brady as a gambler just out of wartime military service. No longer interested in wagers and speculations, Brady wants only to open up a mountain vacation lodge. Before this can take place, Brady is framed for murder, and forced to hide out in the home of Peggy Dow. With the help of Dow and a policeman friend, Brady searches for the real murderer. Watch carefully in Undertow and you'll spot new Universal contractee "Roc" Hudson as a plainclothes detective.

Starring: Scott Brady, John Russell, Dorothy Hart, Peggy Dow, Bruce Bennett, Gregg Martell, Robert Anderson, Dan Ferniel, Rock Hudson, Charles Sherlock ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1949-12-03

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