Best Mystery Movies of 1951


Strangers on a Train

7.9/10 IMDB

A deranged socialite accosts a tennis star with his theory that if two strangers trade murders, they can disguise their motives and avoid suspicion.

Starring: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Patricia Hitchcock, Kasey Rogers, Leo G. Carroll, Marion Lorne, Jonathan Hale, Robert Gist, Howard St. John ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1951-06-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1951 : The Tall Target

The Tall Target

7.3/10 IMDB

A detective tries to prevent the assassination of President-elect Abraham Lincoln during a train ride headed for Washington 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

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

6.9/10 IMDB

Pandora Reynolds is a woman who has never fallen in love – but one who men kill and die for. When she meets dashing and mysterious ship's captain Hendrik van der Zee, he pushes her to commit the ultimate act of love.

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

The House on Telegraph Hill

6.9/10 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

Cause for Alarm!

6.4/10 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

The Franchise Affair

7.2/10 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

Lightning Strikes Twice

6.5/10 IMDB

Sent to a dude ranch in the west to recover her health, a New York actress falls in love with a ranch owner recently acquitted of the murder of his wife.

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 : Hollywood Story

Hollywood Story

6.7/10 IMDB

A producer takes over a small film studio and - sensing that it'll be a good movie- begins investigating an old murder of a silent film director shot in his office years ago. He finds that his life is threatened as he digs deeper into the mystery.

Starring: Richard Conte, Julie Adams, Richard Egan, Henry Hull, Fred Clark, Jim Backus, Houseley Stevenson, Francis X. Bushman, Betty Blythe, William Farnum ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1951-06-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1951 : Cloudburst


6.6/10 IMDB

Canadian World War II veteran John Graham (Robert Preston) works in London as a code breaker. Tragedy strikes when his pregnant wife, Carol (Elizabeth Sellars), is accidentally run over by two crooks who are speeding away from the scene of a murder. Haunted, grieving, and thirsting for revenge, Graham sets out to find the two fugitive murderers.

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 : Circle of Danger

Circle of Danger

6.3/10 IMDB

An American comes to Britain to investigate the murky circumstances of his brother's death that occurred during a WW2 commando raid.

Starring: Ray Milland, Patricia Roc, Marius Goring, Hugh Sinclair, Naunton Wayne, Edward Rigby, Marjorie Fielding, John Bailey, Colin Gordon, Dora Bryan ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1951-04-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1951 : The Late Edwina Black

The Late Edwina Black

6.7/10 IMDB

When a sickly Victorian woman dies suddenly, a postmortem reveals that her body contains a fatal dose of arsenic. Suspicion falls on her husband and her companion, who are lovers. Inspector Martin of Scotland Yard solves the mystery of her death... over a cup of tea.

Starring: David Farrar, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Roland Culver, Jean Cadell, Mary Merrall, Harcourt Williams, Charles Heslop, Ronald Adam, Sidney Monckton ..
Directed by: Maurice Elvey
Release date: 1951-03-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1951 : The Scarf

The Scarf

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

The Fat Man

6.2/10 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

Calling Bulldog Drummond

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
Best Mystery Movies of 1951 : Home to Danger

Home to Danger

5.9/10 IMDB

A young woman becomes a murder target after inheriting her estranged father's estate.

Starring: Guy Rolfe, Rona Anderson, Francis Lister, Alan Wheatley, Bruce Belfrage, Peter Jones, Stanley Baker, Dennis Harkin ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1951-08-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1951 : Assassin for Hire

Assassin for Hire

5.8/10 IMDB

Antonio Riccardi, a rare stamp dealer who is secretly a hired killer, pays for the violin lessons of his gifted brother Giuseppe. To meet the expenses of Giuseppe's concert debut he accepts a further job, but his decision to do so provides Detective Inspector Carson, who has long hoped to ensnare Tony, with an opportunity that might now enable him to bring about his downfall.

Starring: Sydney Tafler, Ronald Howard, Katharine Blake, John Hewer, June Rodney, Gerald Case, Gerald Case, Reginald Dyson, Martin Benson, Sam Kydd ..
Directed by: Michael McCarthy
Release date: 1951-04-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1951 : The Man with My Face

The Man with My Face

6.1/10 IMDB

A man discovers that an evil twin has taken over his life.

Starring: Barry Nelson, Carole Mathews, John Harvey, Lynn Ainley, Jim Boles, Jack Warden, Henry Lascoe, Johnny Kane, Chinita, Hazel Sherman ..
Directed by: Edward Montagne
Release date: 1951-06-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1951 : A Case For P.C. 49

A Case For P.C. 49

5.8/10 IMDB

A model’s scheme to murder a millionaire with the intention of inheriting his fortune is uncovered by a police constable.

Starring: Brian Reece, Joy Shelton, Christine Norden, Leslie Bradley, Gordon McLeod, Campbell Singer, Jack Stewart, Michael Balfour, Michael Ripper, Joan Seton ..
Directed by: Francis Searle
Release date: 1951-08-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1951 : The Sea Hornet

The Sea Hornet

6.1/10 IMDB

"The Sea Hornet" was a merchant ship sunk, supposedly by a torpedo, less than a mile off the California Coast during World War Two. Six years later when his buddy is killed, attempting to blow up the sunken ship, on the orders of Suntan Radford and Tony Sullivan, deep-sea diver "Gunner" McNeil has his suspicions aroused... especially since Suntan is the daughter of the ship's captain that died when the ship sunk, and Sullivan was a crew member. Plus the fact the ship had over a million dollars in cash on board. During the course of his investigation, he becomes romantically involved with Ginger Sullivan

Starring: Rod Cameron, Adele Mara, Lorna Gray, Chill Wills, Jim Davis, Richard Jaeckel, Ellen Corby, James Brown, Grant Withers, William Ching ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1951-11-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1951 : Danger Zone

Danger Zone

5.1/10 IMDB

A San Francisco man is paid to bid on a saxophone and escort a woman to a yacht party.

Starring: Hugh Beaumont, Edward Brophy, Richard Travis, Tom Neal, Pamela Blake, Virginia Dale ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1951-04-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1951 : Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Disappeared

Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Disappeared

6.2/10 IMDB

Adaptation of an Arthur Conan Doyle novel, in which Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the secret of a wealthy businessman.

Starring: John Longden, Campbell Singer, Hector Ross, Ninka Dolega, Beryl Baxter, Walter Gotell ..
Directed by: Richard M. Grey
Release date: 1951-04-01

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