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

Too Late for Tears

7.3/10 IMDB

One night on a lonely highway, a speeding car tosses a satchel of money, meant for somebody else, into Jane and Alan Palmer's back seat. Alan wants to turn it over to the police, but Jane persuades him to hang onto it 'for a while'. Soon, the Palmers are traced by one Danny Fuller, a sleazy character who claims the money is his.

Starring: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy, Kristine Miller, Barry Kelley, Kevin O'Morrison, June Storey, James Nolan, Forbes Murray ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1949-07-17
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


7.0/10 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 : 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

Follow Me Quietly

6.5/10 IMDB

1949 thriller about the hunt for a serial killer known as "the Judge" who kills his victims on rainy nights.

Starring: William Lundigan, Dorothy Patrick, Jeff Corey, Nestor Paiva, Charles D. Brown, Paul Guilfoyle, Edwin Max, Frank Ferguson, Marlo Dwyer, Archie Twitchell ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1949-07-07
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 : Christmas U.S.A

Christmas U.S.A

6.2/10 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, John Markopoulos, Maria Markopoulos, Andrew Markopoulos, Elaine Markopoulos ..
Directed by: Gregory J. Markopoulos
Release date: 1949-12-31

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