Best Mystery Movies of 1952

1.

The Narrow Margin

4.6
7.7/10 IMDB

A tough cop meets his match when he has to guard a gangster's widow on a tense train ride.

Starring: Charles McGraw, Jacqueline White, Marie Windsor, David Clarke, Gordon Gebert, Queenie Leonard, Peter Virgo, Don Beddoe, Paul Maxey, Harry Harvey ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer, William Cameron Menzies
Release date: 1952-05-03
2.

My Cousin Rachel

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

A young man plots revenge against the woman he believes murdered his cousin, but his plans are shaken when he comes face to face with the enigmatic beauty.

Starring: Olivia de Havilland, Richard Burton, Audrey Dalton, Ronald Squire, George Dolenz, John Sutton, Tudor Owen, J. M. Kerrigan, Margaret Brewster, Argentina Brunetti ..
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1952-12-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : Diplomatic Courier
3.

Diplomatic Courier

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

During the Cold War, diplomatic courier Mike Kells must retrieve a dispatch containing top-secret intelligence. But when he arrives at the meeting point, a train station in Salzburg, his contact turns up dead, and the message is nowhere to be found. With no clear suspect in sight, Kells must sort through his uncertain relationships with two women, while sidestepping the pitfalls of subterfuge, sabotage and spies in his search for the documents.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Patricia Neal, Stephen McNally, Hildegard Knef, Karl Malden, James Millican, Stefan Schnabel, Herbert Berghof, Arthur Blake, Helene Stanley ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1952-06-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : The Kill
4.

The Kill

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Jeff and his family just moved into a small, rural community. When two sinister locals tamper with Jeff's water pump, a fight breaks out among the three. Jeff is seen as a fugitive in the eyes of this bloodthirsty community...and there seems to be no way to stop them.

Starring: Dick Foran, Nina Foch, Grace Kelly, Paul Langton, Harry Townes, Don Hanmer, Carl Frank, George Mitchell, Betty Furness ..
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1952-09-22
5.

Affair in Trinidad

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

A nightclub singer enlists her brother-in-law to track down her husband's killer.

Starring: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Alexander Scourby, Valerie Bettis, Torin Thatcher, Howard Wendell, Karl Stepanek, George Voskovec, Steven Geray, Walter Kohler ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1952-07-29
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : The Black Castle
6.

The Black Castle

3.4
6.3/10 IMDB

A Man investigates the disappearance of two of his friends who were the guests of a sinister Austrian count.

Starring: Richard Greene, Boris Karloff, Stephen McNally, Rita Corday, Lon Chaney Jr., John Hoyt, Michael Pate, Nancy Valentine, Tudor Owen, Henry Corden ..
Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
Release date: 1952-11-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : Home at Seven
7.

Home at Seven

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Unable to recall the past 24 hours, a British bank clerk is the prime suspect for a robbery/murder.

Starring: Ralph Richardson, Margaret Leighton, Campbell Singer, Jack Hawkins, Michael Shepley, Frederick Piper, Meriel Forbes, Margaret Withers, Gerald Case, Diana Beaumont ..
Directed by: Ralph Richardson
Release date: 1952-03-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : The Green Glove
8.

The Green Glove

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

In World War II France, American soldier Michael Blake captures, then loses Nazi-collaborator art thief Paul Rona, who leaves behind a gem studded gauntlet (a stolen religious relic). Years later, financial reverses lead Mike to return in search of the object. In Paris, he must dodge mysterious followers and a corpse that's hard to explain; so he and attractive tour guide Christine decamp on a cross-country pursuit that becomes love on the run...then takes yet another turn.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Geraldine Brooks, Cedric Hardwicke, George Macready, Gaby André, Jany Holt, Roger Tréville, Juliette Gréco, Georges Tabet, Meg Lemonnier ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1952-02-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : The Voice of Merrill
9.

The Voice of Merrill

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

A convicted female blackmailer is found murdered in her flat and suspicion falls on three men, all of whom the police believe may have had reason to wish her dead

Starring: Valerie Hobson, James Robertson Justice, Edward Underdown, Henry Kendall, Garry Marsh, Sam Kydd, Ian Fleming, Daniel Wherry, Daphne Newton ..
Directed by: John Gilling
Release date: 1952-12-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : Venetian Bird
10.

Venetian Bird

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Private eye Edward Mercer travels to Venice to locate a man due a reward for his aid in the war. Shortly after arriving, he becomes the prime suspect in the murder of his local contact. In his quest to clear his name, Mercer uncovers a conspiracy. Even the local magistrate seems to be working against him, and Mercer begins to suspect the man he came to find is behind it all.

Starring: Richard Todd, Eva Bartok, John Gregson, George Coulouris, Margot Grahame, Walter Rilla, John Bailey, Sid James, Martin Boddey, Michael Balfour ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1952-10-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : The Ringer
11.

The Ringer

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

An underhand solicitor receives threatening notes, and the police are called in to protect him.

Starring: Herbert Lom, Donald Wolfit, Mai Zetterling, Greta Gynt, William Hartnell, Norman Wooland, Denholm Elliott, Dora Bryan, Charles Victor, Walter Fitzgerald ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1952-11-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : Talk About a Stranger
12.

Talk About a Stranger

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Small-town gossips rage over the arrival of a mysterious stranger.

Starring: George Murphy, Nancy Reagan, Billy Gray, Lewis Stone, Kurt Kasznar, Anna Glomb, Stanley Andrews, Maude Wallace, Virginia Farmer, Katherine Warren ..
Directed by: David Bradley
Release date: 1952-04-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : Night Without Sleep
13.

Night Without Sleep

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

Upon awaking in the morning, a man finds his thoughts clouded by the possibility that he committed a murder.

Starring: Gary Merrill, Linda Darnell, Hildegard Knef, Joyce Mackenzie, June Vincent, Donald Randolph, Hugh Beaumont, Mae Marsh, Jack Boyle, Benny Carter ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1952-09-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : Lady Possessed
14.

Lady Possessed

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

A pianist takes his ailing wife out of a London hospital at the same time that another female patient there has suffered a miscarriage. Afterwards, the second woman feels empty and withdrawn, and, thinking that getting her away from London will help, her husband takes her to live at a country estate, which turns out to be the former residence of the pianist who left after his wife died. The woman begins to get visions of the wife and her final days; is she becoming possessed by the dead wife of the pianist?

Starring: James Mason, June Havoc, Stephen Dunne, Fay Compton, Pamela Mason, Steven Geray, Diana Graves, Odette Myrtil, Eileen Erskine, John Monaghan ..
Directed by: William Spier
Release date: 1952-01-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : Paul Temple Returns
15.

Paul Temple Returns

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

A serial killer terrorizes London. Each victim is found with a telegram signed "The Marquis." There seems to be no other common thread between the victims, and Scotland Yard is baffled. Novelist and amateur sleuth, Paul Temple, is warned to stay away from the case, but he and his glamorous wife Steve can never refuse a good mystery.

Starring: John Bentley, Patricia Dainton, Peter Gawthorne, Valentine Dyall, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Grey Blake, Dan Jackson, Ben Williams, Robert Urquhart, Christopher Lee ..
Directed by: Maclean Rogers
Release date: 1952-11-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : Lady in the Fog
16.

Lady in the Fog

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

In this murder mystery, a woman's brother is killed in a freaky accident, or so she believes. Fortunately for her, an American journalist is more suspicious and so begins roaming the London streets in search of the killer.

Starring: Cesar Romero, Bernadette O'Farrell, Lois Maxwell, Geoffrey Keen, Campbell Singer, Alastair Hunter, Mary Mackenzie ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1952-10-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : Tread Softly
17.

Tread Softly

2.4
5.4/10 IMDB

Story of a chorus girl who is "discovered" and finds romance during the unraveling of a mystery in a once derelict theatre.

Starring: Frances Day, Patricia Dainton, John Bentley, John Laurie, Olaf Olsen, Nora Nicholson, Harry Locke, Betty Baskcomb, Robert Urquhart, Ronald Leigh-Hunt ..
Directed by: David MacDonald
Release date: 1952-12-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : Trent's Last Case
18.

Trent's Last Case

2.3
5.9/10 IMDB

When a wealthy business man is found dead reporter Philip Trent is sent to investigate. Against the police conclusions, he suspects the assumed suicide is really a murder, and becomes highly interested in the young widow and the dead man's private secretary.

Starring: Orson Welles, Michael Wilding, Margaret Lockwood, John McCallum, Miles Malleson, Hugh McDermott, Jack McNaughton, Sam Kydd, Kenneth Williams, Geoffrey Bayldon ..
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1952-09-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : The Big Frame
19.

The Big Frame

2.0
5.9/10 IMDB

An ex-GI wakes up with blood on his clothes in a strange hotel room. He can't remember the night before but he later finds out that a man he got into a fight with earlier in the night was murdered.

Starring: Mark Stevens, Jean Kent, Garry Marsh, John Bentley, Jack Lambert, Leslie Perrins, Dianne Foster, Bryan Coleman, Duncan Lamont, John Horsley ..
Directed by: David MacDonald
Release date: 1952-09-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : Whispering Smith Vs. Scotland Yard
20.

Whispering Smith Vs. Scotland Yard

1.4
6.3/10 IMDB

Mystery directed by Francis Searle.

Starring: Richard Carlson, Greta Gynt, Herbert Lom, Rona Anderson, Alan Wheatley, Reginald Beckwith, Dora Bryan, Daniel Wherry, Danny Green, Laurence Naismith ..
Directed by: Francis Searle
Release date: 1952-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1952 : Sea Tiger
21.

Sea Tiger

1.3
5.4/10 IMDB

Murder ensues when owners and hired help contrive against each other to obtain diamonds and gold ingots secretly hidden on a derelict and abandoned Japanese freighter left lying in anchor in a New Guinea cove at the end of WW II.

Starring: Marguerite Chapman, John Archer, Harry Lauter, Marvin Press, Mara Corday, Ralph Sanford, Lyle Talbot, Paul McGuire, Sam Flint, John Mylong ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1952-07-27

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