Best Mystery Movies of 1950


In a Lonely Place

7.9/10 IMDB

An aspiring actress begins to suspect that her temperamental and mentally impaired boyfriend is a murderer.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid, Art Smith, Jeff Donnell, Martha Stewart, Robert Warwick, Morris Ankrum, William Ching ..
Directed by: Nicholas Ray
Release date: 1950-05-17

Night and the City

7.9/10 IMDB

Londoner Harry Fabian is a second-rate con man looking for an angle. After years of putting up with Harry's schemes, his girlfriend, Mary, becomes fed up when he taps her for yet another loan.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe, Francis L. Sullivan, Herbert Lom, Stanislaus Zbyszko, Mike Mazurki, Charles Farrell, Alan Tilvern ..
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Release date: 1950-06-15


7.2/10 IMDB

Frank Bigelow is about to die, and he knows it. The accountant has been poisoned and has only 24 hours before the lethal concoction kills him. Determined to find out who his murderer is, Frank, with the help of his assistant and girlfriend, Paula, begins to trace back over his last steps. As he frantically tries to unravel the mystery behind his own impending demise, his sleuthing leads him to a group of crooked businessmen and another murder.

Starring: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland, Lynn Baggett, William Ching, Henry Hart, Neville Brand, Laurette Luez, Jess Kirkpatrick ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1950-04-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : So Long at the Fair

So Long at the Fair

7.2/10 IMDB

Vicky Barton and her brother, Johnny, take a trip to the 1896 Paris Exhibition. They both sleep in seperate rooms in a hotel. When the sister gets up the next morning, she finds her brother and his room had disappeared and no one will even acknowledge that he was ever there. Now Vicky must find out what exactly happened to her brother.

Starring: Jean Simmons, Dirk Bogarde, David Tomlinson, Marcel Poncin, Cathleen Nesbitt, Honor Blackman, Zena Marshall, André Morell, Betty Warren, Eugene Deckers ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher, Antony Darnborough
Release date: 1950-03-28


6.9/10 IMDB

The middle-class family of a young woman cannot understand why she delays in marrying a respectable young man. They know nothing about her long-standing affair with a Frenchman.

Starring: Ann Todd, Norman Wooland, Ivan Desny, Leslie Banks, Barbara Everest, Susan Stranks, Douglas Barr, Patricia Raine, Elizabeth Sellars, Eugene Deckers ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1950-02-16


6.7/10 IMDB

The wife of a psychoanalyst falls prey to a devious quack hypnotist when he discovers she is an habitual shoplifter. Then one of his previous patients now being treated by the real doctor is found murdered, with her still at the scene, and suspicion points only one way.

Starring: Gene Tierney, Richard Conte, José Ferrer, Charles Bickford, Barbara O'Neil, Eduard Franz, Constance Collier, Fortunio Bonanova, Lawrence Dobkin, Robert Foulk ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1950-01-13

Dark City

6.7/10 IMDB

Gamblers who "took" an out-of-town sucker in a crooked poker game feel shadowy vengeance closing in on them.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Viveca Lindfors, Dean Jagger, Don DeFore, Jack Webb, Ed Begley, Harry Morgan, Walter Sande, Mark Keuning ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1950-10-17

The Man Who Cheated Himself

6.8/10 IMDB

A veteran homicide detective who has witnessed his socialite girlfriend kill her husband sees his inexperienced brother assigned to the case.

Starring: Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt, John Dall, Lisa Howard, Harlan Warde, Tito Vuolo, Charles Arnt, Marjorie Bennett, Alan Wells, Mario Siletti ..
Directed by: Felix E. Feist
Release date: 1950-12-26


6.5/10 IMDB

When he's discharged from a military hospital, ex-GI Bob Corey goes on a search for his army buddy Steve Connolly. A reformed crook, Connolly is on the lam from a trumped-up murder rap, and Corey hopes to clear his pal. Tagging along is Army nurse Julie Benson, who has fallen for Corey.

Starring: Virginia Mayo, Gordon MacRae, Edmond O'Brien, Dane Clark, Viveca Lindfors, Ed Begley, Frances Robinson, Richard Rober, Sheila MacRae, David Hoffman ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1950-01-26

Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone

6.8/10 IMDB

Harriet O'Malley tries to solve a murder aboard a train en route to New York.

Starring: Marjorie Main, James Whitmore, Ann Dvorak, Phyllis Kirk, Fred Clark, Dorothy Malone, Clinton Sundberg, Douglas Fowley, Don Porter, Jack Bailey ..
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1950-12-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : Woman in Hiding

Woman in Hiding

6.8/10 IMDB

As far as the rest of the world is concerned, mill heiress Deborah Chandler Clark (Ida Lupino) is dead, killed in a freak auto accident. But Deborah is alive, if not too well. Having discovered a horrible truth about her new husband (Stephen McNally), Deborah is now a “woman in hiding,” living in mortal fear that someday her husband will catch up with her again. When a returning GI (Howard Duff) recognizes Deborah, however, she must decide whether or not she can trust him.

Starring: Ida Lupino, Stephen McNally, Howard Duff, Peggy Dow, John Litel, Taylor Holmes, Irving Bacon, Don Beddoe, Joe Besser, William Gould ..
Directed by: Michael Gordon
Release date: 1950-01-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : Undercover Girl

Undercover Girl

6.5/10 IMDB

After her father is murdered, a girl joins the police force in an effort to track down the killers.

Starring: Alexis Smith, Scott Brady, Richard Egan, Gladys George, Edmon Ryan, Gerald Mohr, Royal Dano, Harry Landers, Connie Gilchrist, Angela Clarke ..
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Release date: 1950-11-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : The Clouded Yellow

The Clouded Yellow

6.9/10 IMDB

After leaving the British Secret Service, David Somers (played by Trevor Howard) finds work cataloging butterflies at the country house of Nicholas and Jess Fenton. After the murder of a local gamekeeper, suspicion (wrongfully) falls on their niece, Sophie Malraux (Jean Simmons). Somers helps Sophie to escape arrest and they go on the run together. After a cross-country chase they arrive at a coastal city with the intention of leaving the country by ship. All's well that ends well after the true identity of the murderer is revealed.

Starring: Jean Simmons, Trevor Howard, Sonia Dresdel, Barry Jones, Kenneth More, Geoffrey Keen, André Morell, Michael Brennan, Gerard Heinz, Lily Kann ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1950-11-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : The Woman in Question

The Woman in Question

6.8/10 IMDB

Agnes "Astra" Huston, a fortune teller at a run-down fair, is found strangled in her bedroom. As the police question five suspects, their interactions with her are shown in flashbacks from their point of view.

Starring: Jean Kent, Dirk Bogarde, John McCallum, Susan Shaw, Hermione Baddeley, Charles Victor, Duncan Macrae, Lana Morris, Joe Linnane, Vida Hope ..
Directed by: Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1950-10-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : Double Deal

Double Deal

6.1/10 IMDB

An oil engineer (Richard Denning) surrounded by foul play helps an heiress (Marie Windsor) bring in a well.

Starring: Marie Windsor, Richard Denning, Taylor Holmes, Fay Baker, James Griffith, Carleton Young, Thomas Browne Henry ..
Directed by: Abby Berlin
Release date: 1950-12-01

The Sleeping City

6.7/10 IMDB

A young doctor taking a break from work is shot in the head, and the police can't find a clue even as to a possible motive. Inspector Al Gordon (John Alexander) decides that he has to put some men on duty at the hospital, and one of them is Fred Rowan (Richard Conte), a detective with experience as an army medic, masquerading as an intern. What Rowan finds is a high-pressure world in which interns are hopelessly squeezed for time, sleep, energy, and -- most of all -- money, and walk a fine line on the edge of personal and professional disaster.

Starring: Richard Conte, Coleen Gray, Richard Taber, John Alexander, Peggy Dow, Alex Nicol, Russell Collins, Henry Hart, Tom Hoirer, Jack Lescoulie ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1950-09-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : Hunt the Man Down

Hunt the Man Down

6.4/10 IMDB

A lawyer uncovers secrets behind a 12-year-old murder case.

Starring: Gig Young, Lynne Roberts, Mary Anderson, Willard Parker, Carla Balenda, Gerald Mohr, James Anderson, John Kellogg, Harry Shannon, Cleo Moore ..
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1950-12-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : The Secret Fury

The Secret Fury

6.7/10 IMDB

The wedding of Ellen and David is halted by a stranger who insists that the bride is already married to someone else. Though the flabbergasted Ellen denies the charge, the interloper produces enough evidence that his accusation must be investigated. Ellen and David travel to the small coastal town where her first wedding allegedly occurred. There, they meet a number of individuals whose stories make Ellen question her own sanity.

Starring: Claudette Colbert, Robert Ryan, Jane Cowl, Paul Kelly, Philip Ober, Elisabeth Risdon, Doris Dudley, Dave Barbour, Vivian Vance, Edit Angold ..
Directed by: Mel Ferrer
Release date: 1950-02-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : The Twenty Questions Murder Mystery

The Twenty Questions Murder Mystery

6.2/10 IMDB

The story evolves around a radio panel game show "Twenty Questions." The panel is challenged with an anonymous question. The answer leads to a series of murders in which the killer uses the program to name his victims in advance. Two reporters spot a link between them and enlist the aid of the panel in trapping the guilty party.

Starring: Robert Beatty, Rona Anderson, Clifford Evans, Edward Lexy, Olga Lindo, Daphne Padel, Jeanne De Casalis, Jack Train, Stewart MacPherson, Norman Hackforth ..
Directed by: Paul L. Stein
Release date: 1950-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : Kill or Be Killed

Kill or Be Killed

5.5/10 IMDB

An innocent man accused of a murder hides out aboard a steam ship in South American.

Starring: Lawrence Tierney, Marissa O'Brien, Rudolph Anders, George Coulouris, Veloso Pires, Helga Liné, Lopes da Silva, Leonor Maia, João Amaro, Licinio Sena ..
Directed by: Max Nosseck
Release date: 1950-04-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : The Showdown

The Showdown

6.7/10 IMDB

Shadrach Jones, ex-Texas State Policeman, has the ruthless determination to find and kill the man who shot his brother in the back and stole the money with which he was to buy a ranch for the two of them. At the saloon-hotel run by Adelaide, Shadrach is convinced that one of the cowhands on the Captain McKellar cattle drive to Montana is his man. He takes the job of trail-herd boss to find the killer. McKellar preaches to Jones that he should forget revenge and let the law of retribution take care of the killer. Shadrach's hard driving of the men and his hunt for the killer makes him bitterly hated, and his retribution quest ends in a manner he did not anticipated.

Starring: Bill Elliott, Walter Brennan, Marie Windsor, Harry Morgan, Rhys Williams, Jim Davis, William Ching, Nacho Galindo, Leif Erickson, Henry Rowland ..
Directed by: Dorrell McGowan, Stuart E. McGowan
Release date: 1950-08-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : One Way Street

One Way Street

6.5/10 IMDB

After stealing a gangster's money and his girlfriend, a doctor heads for a small village in Mexico to hide out.

Starring: James Mason, Märta Torén, Dan Duryea, Basil Ruysdael, William Conrad, Rodolfo Acosta, King Donovan, Robert Espinoza, Margarito Luna, Emma Roldán ..
Directed by: Hugo Fregonese
Release date: 1950-04-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : Blackout


5.7/10 IMDB

A blind man is witness to a murder; later cured of his blindness he attempts to puzzle out the solution to the crime.

Starring: Maxwell Reed, Dinah Sheridan, Eric Pohlmann, Michael Evans, Michael Brennan, Kynaston Reeves, Patric Doonan, Annette D. Simmonds, Ida Patlanski ..
Directed by: Robert S. Baker
Release date: 1950-09-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : Pier 23

Pier 23

5.6/10 IMDB

Pier 23 was one of three hour-long mysteries produced by Lippert Productions for both TV and theatrical release. Each of the three films was evenly divided into two half-hour "episodes," and each starred Hugh Beaumont as San Francisco-based amateur sleuth Dennis O'Brien. In Pier 23, O'Brien first tackles the case of a wrestler who has died of a suspicious heart attack after refusing to lose a match. He then agrees to help a priest talk an escaped criminal into returning to prison. The film's two-part structure leads to repetition and predictability, but it's fun to watch TV's "Ward Cleaver" making like Philip Marlowe.

Starring: Hugh Beaumont, Ann Savage, Edward Brophy, Mike Mazurki, Richard Travis, Margia Dean, David Bruce, Raymond Greenleaf, Eve Miller, Harry Hayden ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1950-05-11

The Lady Craved Excitement

5.5/10 IMDB

A music-hall performer and her boyfriend find themselves caught up in the machinations of a trio of not particularly bright crooks.

Starring: Hy Hazell, Michael Medwin, Sid James, Andrew Keir, Thelma Grigg, Danny Green, John Longden, Ian Wilson, Barbara Hamilton, Jasmine Dee ..
Directed by: Godfrey Grayson, Francis Searle
Release date: 1950-08-01

Someone at the Door

5.0/10 IMDB

A man and his sister live in a country home, not knowing that there is stolen loot hidden there. A gang of criminals attempts to get them to move so they can get the loot for themselves.

Starring: Michael Medwin, Garry Marsh, Yvonne Owen, Hugh Latimer, Danny Green, Campbell Singer, John Kelly, Maire O'Neill ..
Directed by: Francis Searle
Release date: 1950-04-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : Cry Murder

Cry Murder

6.8/10 IMDB

A young actress has retired from films to marry the son of a prominent and rich politician in New York City. The father objects strongly to the marriage. The actress is being blackmailed by a second-rate artist who has stolen some letters from her that could be misconstrued. During the payoff, she is knocked unconscious, and awakens to find herself involved in a murder and the police have her marked as the number-one suspect.

Starring: Carole Mathews, Jack Lord, Howard Smith, Hope Miller, Tom Pedi, Eugene Smith, Harry Clark, Tom Ahearne, William Gibberson, William Dwyer ..
Directed by: Jack Glenn
Release date: 1950-01-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : Spy Hunt

Spy Hunt

6.7/10 IMDB

Roger Quain, escorting two zoo-bound black panthers on the train from Milan to Paris, is unaware that a Western agent, Catherine Ullven, has hidden a microfilm in the collar of one of the animals. But when the train is derailed in the Swiss Alps and the panthers escape, she is forced to involve him in her mission, which now includes enemy agents hunting the microfilm, the animals, Catherine and Roger. Corrected from an original submission by Guy Bellinger.

Starring: Howard Duff, Märta Torén, Philip Friend, Philip Dorn, Robert Douglas, Walter Slezak, Kurt Kreuger, Otto Waldis, Ivan Triesault, Jay Barney ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1950-06-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : Code of the Silver Sage

Code of the Silver Sage

6.8/10 IMDB

Arizona Territory is in the grip of outlaw terror and killer outlaws, secretly organized by Hulon Champion, who covers his power ambitions with the guise of a respectable firearms merchant. Hoping to eradicate the lawlessness plaguing the newspaperman Fred Gately prints a letter asking the president to visit the area. But Fred's killed by secret gang leader Champion, who also plans to assassinate the president. Undercover officer Rocky Lane teams with his assistant, Nugget, and Fred's spunky daughter to combat Champion's head gunslinger.

Starring: Allan Lane, Eddy Waller, Roy Barcroft, Kay Christopher, William Ruhl, Richard Emory, Rex Lease, Hank Patterson, John Butler, Forrest Taylor ..
Directed by: Fred C. Brannon
Release date: 1950-03-25

Room to Let

6.3/10 IMDB

In 1904 London, neighbors begin to suspect that a very strange man calling himself Dr. Fell may indeed be the famous Jack the Ripper.

Starring: Jimmy Hanley, Valentine Dyall, Christine Silver, Charles Hawtrey, Laurence Naismith, Leslie Daniels, Merle Tottenham, Constance Smith, Aubrey Dexter, Reginald Dyson ..
Directed by: Godfrey Grayson
Release date: 1950-05-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : Sideshow


6.0/10 IMDB

A Treasury Department agent on the trail of an international jewel smuggling ring joins a carnival that he thinks the gang is using as a front. He finally locates the jewels hidden as the eyes of wax figures.

Starring: Don McGuire, Tracey Roberts, John Abbott, Eddie Quillan, Ray Walker, Dick Foote, Jimmy Conlin, Iris Adrian, Ted Hecht, Stephen Chase ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1950-06-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : Paul Temple's Triumph

Paul Temple's Triumph

5.7/10 IMDB

A husband-and-wife detective team look into the murder of one of her friends, whose father--a prominent scientist--has been kidnapped. They find themselves up against a sinister crime organization headed by a mysterious figure known only as "Z".

Starring: John Bentley, Dinah Sheridan, Jack Livesey, Beatrice Varley, Barbara Couper, Jenny Mathot, Andrew Leigh, Hugh Dempster, Dino Galvani, Ivan Samson ..
Directed by: Maclean Rogers
Release date: 1950-05-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1950 : The Rockingham Tea Set

The Rockingham Tea Set

0.0/10 IMDB

To keep her former fiancé from leaving her, a neurotic young woman (Louise Allbritton) fakes a riding accident, and feigns paralysis of her lower body. When her graceful nurse (Grace Kelly) discovers her treachery, she resorts to a final and desperate act of revenge.

Starring: Grace Kelly, Louise Allbritton, Betty Furness, Judson Laire, Katherine Emmet, Neil Harrison, Richard McMurray ..
Directed by: Lela Swift
Release date: 1950-01-23


6.6/10 IMDB

Young auto mechanic Dan Brady takes $20 from a cash register at work to go on a date with blonde femme fatale Vera Novak. Brady intends to put the money back before it is missed, but the garage's bookkeeper shows up earlier than scheduled. As Brady scrambles to cover evidence of his petty theft, he fast finds himself drawn into an ever worsening "quicksand" of crime.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Jeanne Cagney, Barbara Bates, Peter Lorre, Taylor Holmes, Art Smith, Wally Cassell, Richard Lane, Patsy O'Connor, John Gallaudet ..
Directed by: Irving Pichel
Release date: 1950-03-24

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