Best Mystery Movies of 1953


House of Wax

7.0/10 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
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : The Blue Gardenia

The Blue Gardenia

6.9/10 IMDB

A telephone operator ends up drunk and at the mercy of a cad in his apartment. The next morning she wakes up with a hangover and the terrible fear she may be a murderess.

Starring: Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr, Jeff Donnell, Richard Erdman, George Reeves, Ruth Storey, Ray Walker, Nat King Cole ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1953-03-20

Dangerous Crossing

6.9/10 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

A Blueprint for Murder

6.7/10 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


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 : The House of the Arrow

The House of the Arrow

6.4/10 IMDB

A London solicitor and a French detective investigate the mysterious death of an elderly woman suspected of being poisoned.

Starring: Oskar Homolka, Robert Urquhart, Yvonne Furneaux, Josephine Griffin, Harold Kasket, Ruth Lodge, Pierre Lefevre, Pierre Chaminade, Jacques Cey, Anthony Nicholls ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1953-08-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : Remains to Be Seen

Remains to Be Seen

6.2/10 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 : Mexican Manhunt

Mexican Manhunt

6.1/10 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

The Large Rope

6.1/10 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
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : Jennifer


5.8/10 IMDB

A young woman is hired to take care of an eerie old mansion, where she finds herself entangled with an enigmatic murderer.

Starring: Ida Lupino, Howard Duff, Robert Nichols, Mary Shipp, Ned Glass, Kitty McHugh, Lorna Thayer, Russ Conway, Matt Dennis, John Brown ..
Directed by: Joel Newton
Release date: 1953-10-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : Girl on the Run

Girl on the Run

5.1/10 IMDB

A hootchy-kootchy whodunit set at a small seedy carnival where a reporter tries to discover who killed his boss while his girlfriend inexplicably joins the burlesque show!

Starring: Richard Coogan, Rosemary Pettit, Frank Albertson, Harry Bannister, Edith King, Charles Bolender, George Marshall, Renee De Milo, Joseph Sullivan, Mike O'Dowd ..
Directed by: Arthur J. Beckhard, Joseph Lee
Release date: 1953-12-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : Violated


5.1/10 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
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : I, the Jury

I, the Jury

6.1/10 IMDB

After his best friend and war buddy is mysteriously gunned down, Mike Hammer will stop at nothing to settle the score for the man who sacrificed a limb to save his own life during combat. Along the way, Hammer rides a fine line between gumshoe and a one-man jury, staying two-steps ahead of the law—and trying not to get bumped off in the process.

Starring: Biff Elliot, Preston Foster, Peggie Castle, Margaret Sheridan, Alan Reed, Mary Anderson, Tom Powers, Frances Osborne, Bob Cunningham, Tani Guthrie ..
Directed by: Harry Essex
Release date: 1953-08-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : Black Orchid

Black Orchid

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
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : Death Goes to School

Death Goes to School

5.9/10 IMDB

Detective Inspector Campbell (Gordon Jackson) looks into the murder of a teacher at a girls school where there are a number of suspects, including her colleagues and the married man she had been seeing.

Starring: Barbara Murray, Gordon Jackson, Pamela Alan, Jane Aird, Beatrice Varley, Anne Butchart, Imogene Moynihan, Jenine Matto, Sam Kydd ..
Directed by: Stephen Clarkson
Release date: 1953-05-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : The Saint's Return

The Saint's Return

5.8/10 IMDB

A private detective goes after the people who murdered his girlfriend.

Starring: Louis Hayward, Naomi Chance, Sydney Tafler, Charles Victor, Harold Lang, William Russell, Diana Dors, Jane Carr, Fred Johnson, Thomas Gallagher ..
Directed by: Seymour Friedman
Release date: 1953-10-12
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : Murder at 3am

Murder at 3am

5.2/10 IMDB

A police detective suspects that his sister's boyfriend is a murderer.

Starring: Dennis Price, Peggy Evans, Philip Saville, Greta Mayaro, Rex Garner, Leonard Sharp, Renee Goddard, Nora Gordon ..
Directed by: Francis Searle
Release date: 1953-07-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : Problem Girls

Problem Girls

5.2/10 IMDB

A medical student learns about a scheme to drug a girl and pass her off as an heiress to an oil fortune.

Starring: Helen Walker, Ross Elliott, Susan Morrow, Anthony Jochim, James Seay, Marjorie Stapp, Roy Regnier, Tom Charlesworth, Beverly Garland, Joyce Jameson ..
Directed by: E.A. Dupont
Release date: 1953-04-07

Tales of Tomorrow: The Evil Within

7.1/10 IMDB

A scientist perfects a chemical, unleashing the beast within, but before he can create an antidote, his neglected wife is accidentally dosed when he has to rush a batch home to keep it refrigerated. Her mild resentment of his endless hours at the lab accelerates into a torrent, after she gobbles pie on which the potion dripped.

Starring: James Dean, Margaret Phillips, Rod Steiger ..
Directed by: Don Medford
Release date: 1953-05-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : Nostradamus and the Queen

Nostradamus and the Queen

5.4/10 IMDB

An elderly Catherine de Medici reflects back on how the prophecies of Nostradamus accurately predicted the fates of her husband, her three sons and herself.

Starring: Carey Wilson, Grandon Rhodes, Maria Palmer, Mitchell Lewis, Forrest Taylor ..
Release date: 1953-09-29
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : Tangier Incident

Tangier Incident

4.7/10 IMDB

Steve Gordon, an American agent posing as a black market operator, is in Tangier on a mission to stop the plans of three atomic-scientists who are there to pool their secrets and sell them in a package to the Communists.

Starring: George Brent, Mari Aldon, Dorothy Patrick, Bert Freed, Dan Seymour, Alix Talton, John Harmon, Richard Karlan, Shepard Menken, Benny Rubin ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1953-02-01

Man in the Attic

6.1/10 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
Best Mystery Movies of 1953 : Stolen Identity

Stolen Identity

6.4/10 IMDB

A jealous musician kills his wife and frames a cab driver.

Starring: Donald Buka, Joan Camden, Francis Lederer, Adrienne Gessner, Inge Konradi, Gisela Wilke, Hermann Erhardt, Egon von Jordan, Manfred Inger ..
Directed by: Gunther von Fritsch
Release date: 1953-04-03

Magic Trick

0.0/10 IMDB

Magic Trick is a short film made in 1953 by Orson Welles, for use in a show by magician Richard Himber. It involves Welles on-screen interacting with Himber off-screen as the two play a card trick, and would have been projected life-size (in black and white) during Himber's touring stage show in the 1950s.

Starring: Orson Welles ..
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1953-01-01

The Body Beautiful

6.6/10 IMDB

Susan Morrow, the secretary to Robert Clarke, a model photographer, is upset when her boss pays too much attention to model Noreen Nash. Morrow's younger sister takes a candid photo of her sister in her underwear, with face hidden, and sends it to Clarke. He is intrigued and tries to locate the mystery girl but, meanwhile, enters the photograph in a contest. It wins, provided Clarke can identify the girl. He offers a reward and hires a friend to search for her. Meanwhile, back the agency, Nash offers to pose as the missing girl, but she and Clarke quarrel and she walks out. Rather than leave her boss in a fix, Morrow admits she is the girl in the picture.

Starring: Susan Morrow, Robert Clarke, Noreen Nash, Paul Guilfoyle, O. Z. Whitehead, Dolores Fuller ..
Directed by: Max Nosseck
Release date: 1953-08-10

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