Best Mystery Movies of 1951

1.

The Tall Target

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

A detective tries to prevent the assassination of President-elect Abraham Lincoln during a train ride in 1861.

Starring: Dick Powell, Paula Raymond, Adolphe Menjou, Marshall Thompson, Ruby Dee, Richard Rober, Leif Erickson, Will Geer, Florence Bates, Leslie Kimmell ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1951-08-17
2.

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Albert Lewin's interpretation of the legend of the Flying Dutchman. In a little spanish seaport named Esperanza, during the 30s, appears Hendrick van der Zee, the mysterious captain of a yacht (he is the only one aboard). Pandora is a beautiful woman (who men kill and die for). She's never really fallen in love with any man, but she feels very attracted by Hendrick... We are soon taught that Hendrick is the Flying Dutchman, this sailor of the 17th century that has been cursed by God to wander over the seas until the Doomsday... unless a woman is ready to die for him...

Starring: James Mason, Ava Gardner, Nigel Patrick, Sheila Sim, Harold Warrender, Mario Cabré, Marius Goring, John Laurie, Pamela Mason, Patricia Rainier ..
Directed by: Albert Lewin
Release date: 1951-04-13
3.

The House on Telegraph Hill

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

Concentration camp survivor Victoria Kowelska finds herself involved in mystery, greed, and murder when she assumes the identity of a dead friend in order to gain passage to America.

Starring: Richard Basehart, Valentina Cortese, William Lundigan, Fay Baker, Gordon Gebert, Steven Geray, Herbert Butterfield, Kei Thin Chung, John Burton, Katherine Meskill ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1951-05-12
4.

Cause for Alarm

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

A bedridden and gravely ill man believes his wife and doctor are conspiring to kill him, and outlines his suspicions in a letter.

Starring: Loretta Young, Barry Sullivan, Bruce Cowling, Margalo Gillmore, Brad Morrow, Irving Bacon, Georgia Backus, Don Haggerty, Art Baker, Richard Anderson ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1951-03-30
Best Mystery Movies of 1951 : The Franchise Affair
5.

The Franchise Affair

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

An English country lawyer weighs the case of a schoolgirl who claims she was kidnapped by two women.

Starring: Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray, Anthony Nicholls, Marjorie Fielding, Athene Seyler, John Bailey, Ann Stephens, Hy Hazell, Kenneth More, Avice Landone ..
Directed by: Lawrence Huntington
Release date: 1951-02-19
Best Mystery Movies of 1951 : Lightning Strikes Twice
6.

Lightning Strikes Twice

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

Richard Trevelyan was convicted of murdering his wife, given an 11th-hour Death Row reprieve and freed under unusual circumstances after a retrial. But his past does not matter to Shelley Carnes, an actress visiting the Texas ranch land that Richard calls home; she has fallen in love with him. But after she marries him, Shelley is beset by doubts and fear.

Starring: Ruth Roman, Richard Todd, Mercedes McCambridge, Zachary Scott, Frank Conroy, Kathryn Givney, Rhys Williams, Darryl Hickman, Nacho Galindo, Marjorie Bennett ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1951-04-12
Best Mystery Movies of 1951 : Cloudburst
7.

Cloudburst

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

An American World War II veteran working for the British Foreign Office scours England for the killer who murdered his wife.

Starring: Robert Preston, Elizabeth Sellars, Colin Tapley, Sheila Burrell, Harold Lang, Mary Germaine, Stanley Baker, Edith Sharpe, Edward Lexy, Lyn Evans ..
Directed by: Francis Searle
Release date: 1951-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1951 : The Scarf
8.

The Scarf

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

A man believe to have murdered a woman, escapes from the insane asylum to find if he was the one to actually kill her using the scarf she was wearing.

Starring: John Ireland, Mercedes McCambridge, James Barton, Emlyn Williams, Lloyd Gough, Basil Ruysdael, David Wolfe, Harry Shannon, Celia Lovsky, David McMahon ..
Directed by: E.A. Dupont
Release date: 1951-04-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1951 : The Fat Man
9.

The Fat Man

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A innocent dentist is murdered and the only apparent motive seems to be to steal a set of dental x-rays. To the police it looks like an accident, but private eye Brad Runyan thinks there's more to it.

Starring: J. Scott Smart, Julie London, Rock Hudson, Clinton Sundberg, Jayne Meadows, John Russell, Jerome Cowan, Emmett Kelly, Lucille Barkley, Robert Osterloh ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1951-05-19
10.

Calling Bulldog Drummond

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Bulldog Drummond leaves retirement to help a Scotland Yard Sergeant catch thieves armed with radar.

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Margaret Leighton, Robert Beatty, David Tomlinson, Peggy Evans, Charles Victor, Bernard Lee, Patric Doonan, James Hayter, Michael Allan ..
Directed by: Victor Saville
Release date: 1951-07-02

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