Best Mystery Movies of 1954

1.

Rear Window

6.9
8.5/10 IMDB

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr, Judith Evelyn, Ross Bagdasarian, Georgine Darcy, Sara Berner, Frank Cady ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1954-08-01
2.

Dial M for Murder

6.6
8.2/10 IMDB

An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to have his wife murdered after discovering she is having an affair, and assumes she will soon leave him for the other man anyway. When things go wrong, he improvises a new plan—to frame her for murder instead.

Starring: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams, Anthony Dawson, Leo Britt, Patrick Allen, George Leigh, Bess Flowers, Robin Hughes ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1954-05-29
Best Mystery Movies of 1954 : An Inspector Calls
3.

An Inspector Calls

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Based on a famous stage play and set in the year 1912, an upper crust family dinner is interrupted by a police inspector who brings news that a girl known to everyone present has died in suspicious circumstances. It seems that any or all of them could have had a hand in her death. But who is the mysterious Inspector and what can he want of them?

Starring: Alastair Sim, Jane Wenham, Brian Worth, Eileen Moore, Olga Lindo, Arthur Young, Bryan Forbes, George Woodbridge, Barbara Everest, Charles Saynor ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1954-03-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1954 : The Mad Magician
4.

The Mad Magician

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Don Gallico is an inventor of stage magic effects who aspires to become a star in his own right. Just before his first performance his act is shut down by capricious manager Ross Ormond who wants Gallico's brilliant buzz saw effect for the act of The Great Rinaldi, an established star. With this defeat, and the humiliation of having already lost his wife Claire to Ormond, Gallico decides it is time to take matters into his own hands.

Starring: Vincent Price, Mary Murphy, Eva Gabor, John Emery, Donald Randolph, Lenita Lane, Patrick O'Neal, Jay Novello, Corey Allen, Conrad Brooks ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1954-05-19
5.

Black Widow

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

A young stage hopeful is murdered and suspicion falls on her mentor, a Broadway producer.

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin, Gene Tierney, George Raft, Peggy Ann Garner, Reginald Gardiner, Virginia Leith, Otto Kruger, Cathleen Nesbitt, Skip Homeier ..
Directed by: Nunnally Johnson
Release date: 1954-10-28
6.

Dragnet

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Two homicide detectives try to find just the facts behind a mobster's brutal murder.

Starring: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Richard Boone, Ann Robinson, Stacy Harris, Virginia Gregg, Vic Perrin, Georgia Ellis, James Griffith, Dick Cathcart ..
Directed by: Jack Webb
Release date: 1954-09-04
Best Mystery Movies of 1954 : Father Brown
7.

Father Brown

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Works of art are disappearing, stolen by a master thief, a master of disguise. Father Brown has two goals: to catch the thief and to save his soul.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Peter Finch, Cecil Parker, Bernard Lee, Sid James, Gérard Oury, Ernest Clark, Aubrey Woods, John Salew ..
Directed by: Robert Hamer
Release date: 1954-06-08
8.

Night People

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

A US intelligence officer, stationed in Germany, is caught in a political dilemma when the Russians kidnap a young Army private, the son of prominent American businessman. In exchange for the soldier's return, the Russians attempt to barter a trade for an elderly German couple who they want for treason.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Broderick Crawford, Anita Björk, Rita Gam, Walter Abel, Buddy Ebsen, Max Showalter, Jill Esmond, Peter van Eyck, Marianne Koch ..
Directed by: Nunnally Johnson
Release date: 1954-03-11
9.

Phantom of the Rue Morgue

3.3
5.9/10 IMDB

When several women are found mutilated and murdered, the Paris police are baffled as to who the killer may be. All evidence points to Dupin, but soon it becomes apparent that it is someone (or something) stronger and deadlier than a human.

Starring: Karl Malden, Claude Dauphin, Patricia Medina, Steve Forrest, Allyn Ann McLerie, Anthony Caruso, Veola Vonn, Dolores Dorn, Merv Griffin, Paul Richards ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1954-03-27
10.

The Teckman Mystery

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

A fiction writer begins working on a biography of a pilot who went down during the test flight of a new plane and finds himself soon involved in a series of murders.

Starring: John Justin, Margaret Leighton, Duncan Lamont, Raymond Huntley, Meier Tzelniker, Roland Culver, Michael Medwin, Jane Wenham, George Coulouris, Harry Locke ..
Directed by: Wendy Toye
Release date: 1954-10-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1954 : Mickey Spillane's 'Mike Hammer!'
11.

Mickey Spillane's 'Mike Hammer!'

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Pilot episode of an unreleased television series. Blake Edwards filmed and sent this first television attempt to film Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer in 1954, but the "pilot" went unsold and was archived because it was too naturalistic and violent for the small screen at the time. It was accidentally discovered, restored and posted on the Internet. Brian Keith stars as Mike Hammer.

Starring: Sara Paretsky, Gar Haywood, Stacy Keach, Otto Penzler, Parnell Hall, Loren Estleman, Walter Mosley, Mickey Spillane, Stephen Marlowe, Leonard Maltin ..
Directed by: Max Allan Collins, Blake Edwards
Release date: 1954-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1954 : The Green Scarf
12.

The Green Scarf

2.7
7.2/10 IMDB

A deaf, dumb and blind man, Jacques Vauthier (Kieron Moore), confesses to committing a murder, apparently without motive. He depends on his defense attorney, Delfot (Michael Redgrave), to unravel the mystery behind his actions.

Starring: Michael Redgrave, Ann Todd, Leo Genn, Kieron Moore, Richard O'Sullivan, Jane Henderson ..
Directed by: George More O'Ferrall
Release date: 1954-08-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1954 : Hell's Half Acre
13.

Hell's Half Acre

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

A woman travels to Hawaii to find out if a man in prison there is actually her missing husband.

Starring: Wendell Corey, Evelyn Keyes, Elsa Lanchester, Marie Windsor, Nancy Gates, Leonard Strong, Jesse White, Keye Luke, Philip Ahn, Clair Widenaar ..
Directed by: John H. Auer
Release date: 1954-06-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1954 : Make Haste to Live
14.

Make Haste to Live

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

A single mother in New Mexico senses her own death in the hands of a mysterious stalker.

Starring: Dorothy McGuire, Stephen McNally, Mary Murphy, Edgar Buchanan, John Howard, Ron Hagerthy, Pepe Hern, Eddy Waller, Carolyn Jones, Rosa Turich ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1954-03-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1954 : Three Hours to Kill
15.

Three Hours to Kill

2.5
6.4/10 IMDB

After three years on the run, Jim Guthrie returns with the scar of a rope burn on his neck. In a flashback, we learn how he was framed for murder but then escaped from the lynch mob just as he was about to be hung. Tired of running, he has returned to find the real killer and the Sheriff has given him just three hours to do it.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Donna Reed, Dianne Foster, Stephen Elliott, Richard Coogan, Carolyn Jones, Whit Bissell, Laurence Hugo, James Westerfield, Richard Webb ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1954-11-04
16.

Gorilla at Large

2.5
5.3/10 IMDB

At a carnival called the Garden of Evil, a man is murdered, apparently by a gorilla...or someone in a gorilla suit.

Starring: Cameron Mitchell, Anne Bancroft, Lee J. Cobb, Raymond Burr, Charlotte Austin, Peter Whitney, Lee Marvin, Warren Stevens, John Kellogg, George Barrows ..
Directed by: Harmon Jones
Release date: 1954-05-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1954 : Burnt Evidence
17.

Burnt Evidence

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

Duncan Lamont plays Jane Hylton's jealous husband. In a confrontation, Lamont accidentally shoots Hylton's lover. Convinced that he's a murderer, he heads for the hills as a police hunt begins... Classic British thriller from the creator of Dixon Of Dock Green.

Starring: Jane Hylton, Duncan Lamont, Donald Gray, Meredith Edwards, Cyril Smith, Irene Handl, Hugo Schuster, Kynaston Reeves, Hugh Moxey ..
Directed by: Daniel Birt
Release date: 1954-01-01
18.

Dangerous Mission

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

A policeman tries to protect a young woman against a hit man, when she flees New York after witnessing a mob killing.

Starring: Victor Mature, Piper Laurie, William Bendix, Vincent Price, Betta St. John, Harry Cheshire, Steve Darrell, Walter Reed, Marlo Dwyer, Dennis Weaver ..
Directed by: Louis King
Release date: 1954-03-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1954 : The Green Buddha
19.

The Green Buddha

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

Yankee charter pilot Morris inadvertently finds himself in the midst of thieves who have purloined a costly antique jade figure from an exhibit. He tracks the thieves to Battersea, where he rescues the fair Germaine from their unsavory clutches, and the Buddha boosters gain only jaded justice.

Starring: Wayne Morris, Mary Germaine, Marcia Ashton, Mary Merrall, Walter Rilla, Leslie Linder, Percy Herbert, Wolf Frees, Kenneth Griffith, Victor Platt ..
Directed by: John Lemont
Release date: 1954-11-01
20.

Ring of Fear

2.3
5.1/10 IMDB

Mystery writer Mickey Spillane tries to help Clyde Beatty deal with a plot to sabotage his circus.

Starring: Clyde Beatty, Mickey Spillane, Pat O’Brien, Sean McClory, Marian Carr, John Bromfield, Gonzalez Gonzalez, Emmett Lynn, Jack Stang, Kenneth Tobey ..
Directed by: James Edward Grant
Release date: 1954-07-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1954 : Playgirl
21.

Playgirl

2.3
5.8/10 IMDB

If you remember Shelley Winters from "The Poseidon Adventure" or "Bloody Mama," you might tend to forget what a knockout she was early in her career. This film will give you the chance to see her as a sexy nightclub singer teaching her just-in-from-the-sticks friend Colleen Miller the ropes in New York City. When Winters finds out that her married boyfriend Barry Sullivan has fallen for Miller, the recriminations...and bullets...start to fly!

Starring: Shelley Winters, Barry Sullivan, Colleen Miller, Gregg Palmer, Richard Long, Dave Barry, Kent Taylor, Jacqueline deWit, Mara Corday, Barnard Hughes ..
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Release date: 1954-04-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1954 : Inner Sanctum: Dead Level
22.

Inner Sanctum: Dead Level

1.6
6.2/10 IMDB

A hearse driver is drawn into a plot by a beautiful blonde to haul away a man she's murdered and take the body to a cemetery.

Starring: Walter Brooke, Jean Carson, Ralph Bellamy, John McQuade, Ed Latimer, Paul McGrath ..
Directed by: Mende Brown
Release date: 1954-01-30
23.

Jungle Gents

1.4
5.9/10 IMDB

The boys get sent to Africa by a diamond firm when they find out that one of them can locate the stones by smell.

Starring: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bernard Gorcey, Laurette Luez, Patrick O'Moore, Rudolph Anders, Harry Cording, David Gorcey, Benny Bartlett, Woody Strode ..
Directed by: Edward Bernds
Release date: 1954-09-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1954 : The Lie
24.

The Lie

1.3
5.5/10 IMDB

A man who owns a diamond importing business goes out for a night on the town with his girlfriend, her brother and her brother’s fiancé. The group stops by a circus to see the act of a trapeze artist who’s a friend of the man’s girlfriend. The performer suggests that all the men go out for a few drinks, and the next thing the businessman knows, he’s waking up in his apartment with a terrible hangover and a dead body in his room.

Starring: Lee Bowman, Ramsay Ames, Harald Maresch, Eva Probst, Joachim Brennecke, Reinhard Kolldehoff ..
Directed by: Harold Young
Release date: 1954-02-04

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