Best Mystery Movies of 1953

1.

House of Wax

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

A New York sculptor who opens a wax museum to showcase the likenesses of famous historical figures runs into trouble with his business partner, who demands that the exhibits become more extreme in order to increase profits.

Starring: Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones, Paul Picerni, Charles Bronson, Roy Roberts, Dabbs Greer, Angela Clarke, Paul Cavanagh ..
Directed by: André De Toth
Release date: 1953-04-16
2.

Dangerous Crossing

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

A young bride is set to begin her honeymoon aboard a luxury liner. Her happiness does not last when she finds that her husband has disappeared. Trouble is, no one else ever saw him board the ship with her and his name has mysteriously dropped from the passenger list.

Starring: Jeanne Crain, Michael Rennie, Max Showalter, Carl Betz, Mary Anderson, Marjorie Hoshelle, Willis Bouchey, Yvonne Peattie ..
Directed by: Joseph M. Newman
Release date: 1953-07-22
3.

A Blueprint for Murder

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

Whitney Cameron is in a quandary: he's attracted to his beautiful sister-in-law, Lynn, but also harbors serious suspicions about her. Her husband, Cameron's brother, died under mysterious circumstances, and now that the death of her stepchild, Polly, has been attributed to poisoning, he suspects that Lynn is after his late brother's estate, and killing everyone in her way.

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Gary Merrill, Catherine McLeod, Jack Kruschen, Barney Phillips, Freddy Ridgeway, Pamela Duncan, Mae Marsh, Bess Flowers ..
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1953-07-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : Man in the Attic
4.

Man in the Attic

3.1
6.2/10 IMDB

London, 1888: on the night of the third Jack the Ripper killing, soft-spoken Mr. Slade, a research pathologist, takes lodgings with the Harleys, including a gloomy attic room for "experiments." Mrs. Harley finds Slade odd and increasingly suspects the worst; her niece Lily (star of a decidedly Parisian stage revue) finds him interesting and increasingly attractive. Is Lily in danger, or are her mother's suspicions merely a red herring?

Starring: Jack Palance, Constance Smith, Byron Palmer, Frances Bavier, Rhys Williams, Sean McClory, Leslie Bradley, Tita Phillips, Lester Matthews, Harry Cording ..
Directed by: Hugo Fregonese
Release date: 1953-12-23
5.

Vicki

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

A supermodel gets murdered. While investigating the case the story of a waitress turned glamor girl is revealed.

Starring: Jeanne Crain, Jean Peters, Elliott Reid, Richard Boone, Max Showalter, Alexander D'Arcy, Carl Betz, Aaron Spelling, Frank Gerstle, John Dehner ..
Directed by: Harry Horner
Release date: 1953-10-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : Remains to Be Seen
6.

Remains to Be Seen

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

A singer and her apartment manager get mixed up in a creepy Park Avenue murder and find themselves facing danger at every turn.

Starring: June Allyson, Van Johnson, Louis Calhern, Angela Lansbury, John Beal, Dorothy Dandridge, Barry Kelley, Sammy White, Kathryn Card, Paul Harvey ..
Directed by: Don Weis
Release date: 1953-05-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : Violated
7.

Violated

2.6
5.2/10 IMDB

A Psycho stalks the streets of Greenwich Village, killing and cutting off their hair!

Starring: Wim Holland, Lili Dawn, Mitchell Kowall, Vicki Carlson, William Martel, Jason Niles, Michael Keane, Fred Lambert, William Mishkin, Charles McClelland ..
Directed by: Walter Strate
Release date: 1953-12-11
8.

Mexican Manhunt

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Los Angeles, 1953. The author David L. "Dave" Brady wants to bring a missed ex-newspaperman back to Los Angeles. Therefore Dave has to travel to Mexico City. Dave gets involved with a murder case that occurred fifteen years ago. It's an obsession for Dave to solve that murder.

Starring: George Brent, Hillary Brooke, Morris Ankrum, Karen Sharpe, Alberto Morin, Marjorie Lord, Douglas Kennedy, Carleton Young, Marvin Press, Stuart Randall ..
Directed by: Rex Bailey
Release date: 1953-09-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : The Large Rope
9.

The Large Rope

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

After being framed for a murder he didn't commit, Tom Penney (Donald Houston) serves his time and returns to his rural English home to establish a quiet life. When another victim is found, however, Tom is blamed for the crime and flees rather than returnng to prison. Hoping to find the real killer -- or killers -- Tom investigates while keeping a low profile to elude his pursuers, and a vital clue leads him on the path to possible redemption.

Starring: Donald Houston, Susan Shaw, Robert Brown, Vanda Godsell, Peter Byrne, Richard Warner, Christine Finn, Thomas Heathcote, Margaret Anderson, Katie Johnson ..
Directed by: Wolf Rilla
Release date: 1953-12-01
10.

Black Orchid

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Caught in a loveless marriage, Dr. John Winnington (Ronald Howard) can't stop himself from falling for his wife's (Mary Laura Wood) younger sister, Christine (Olga Edwardes). But when he suddenly becomes the prime suspect in his wife's tragic murder, John relies on his friend Eric (John Bentley) to clear his name. This classic murder mystery encourages viewers to evaluate all of the clues and guess the killer's identity.

Starring: Ronald Howard, Olga Edwardes, John Bentley, Sheila Burrell, Patrick Barr, Laura Wood, Mary Jones, Ian Fleming ..
Directed by: Charles Saunders
Release date: 1953-02-01

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