Best Mystery Movies of 1955


To Catch a Thief

7.4/10 IMDB

An ex-thief is accused of enacting a new crime spree, so to clear his name he sets off to catch the new thief, who’s imitating his signature style.

Starring: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, Charles Vanel, Brigitte Auber, Jean Martinelli, Georgette Anys, René Blancard, William 'Wee Willie' Davis ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1955-08-03

Kiss Me Deadly

7.5/10 IMDB

One evening, Hammer gives a ride to Christina, an attractive hitchhiker on a lonely country road, who has escaped from the nearby lunatic asylum. Thugs waylay them and force his car to crash. When Hammer returns to semi-consciousness, he hears Christina being tortured until she dies. Hammer, both for vengeance and in hopes that "something big" is behind it all, decides to pursue the case.

Starring: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernández, Wesley Addy, Marian Carr, Maxine Cooper, Cloris Leachman, Gaby Rodgers, Nick Dennis ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1955-04-28

The Trouble with Harry

7.0/10 IMDB

When a local man's corpse appears on a nearby hillside, no one is quite sure what happened to him. Many of the town's residents secretly wonder if they are responsible, including the man's ex-wife, Jennifer, and Capt. Albert Wiles, a retired seaman who was hunting in the woods where the body was found. As the no-nonsense sheriff gets involved and local artist Sam Marlowe offers his help, the community slowly unravels the mystery.

Starring: Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Mildred Natwick, Mildred Dunnock, Jerry Mathers, Royal Dano, Parker Fennelly, Barry Macollum, Dwight Marfield ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1955-10-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : The Big Combo

The Big Combo

7.3/10 IMDB

Police Lt. Leonard Diamond vies to bring a clever, well connected, and sadistic gangster to justice all the while obsessing over the gangster's girlfriend.

Starring: Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Brian Donlevy, Richard Conte, Lee Van Cleef, Earl Holliman, Robert Middleton, Helen Walker, Jay Adler, John Hoyt ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1955-02-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : Mr. Arkadin

Mr. Arkadin

7.1/10 IMDB

Claiming that he doesn't know his own past, a rich man enlists an ex-con with an odd bit of detective work. Gregory Arkadin says he can't remember anything before the late 1920s, and convict Guy Van Stratten is happy to take the job of exploring his new acquaintance's life story. Guy's research turns up stunning details about his employer's past, and as his work seems linked to untimely deaths, the mystery surrounding Mr. Arkadin deepens.

Starring: Orson Welles, Michael Redgrave, Patricia Medina, Akim Tamiroff, Mischa Auer, Paola Mori, Peter van Eyck, Grégoire Aslan, Katina Paxinou, Suzanne Flon ..
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1955-03-01

The Night My Number Came Up

7.1/10 IMDB

At a fashionable dinner party in Hong Kong a Royal Navy officer is coaxed into revealing details of a dream in which eight persons take off from Bangkok in a Dakota bound for Tokyo and crash in the Japanese mountains. Amongst those listening is Air Marshal Hardie who is due to fly to Tokyo the next day. Hardie initially dismisses the dream because he is scheduled to fly out in a Liberator, but as Hardie arrives at the airport he discovers that the Liberator has developed mechanical problems and has been replaced by a Dakota. When, just before the flight is due to depart, two soldiers board the plane making a complement of eight, Hardie fears that the dream may be coming true and he is destined to die.

Starring: Michael Redgrave, Sheila Sim, Alexander Knox, Denholm Elliott, Ursula Jeans, Bill Kerr, Ralph Truman, Michael Hordern, Nigel Stock, Alfie Bass ..
Directed by: Leslie Norman
Release date: 1955-03-22

Cast a Dark Shadow

7.0/10 IMDB

Edward "Teddy" Bare is a ruthless schemer who thinks he's hit the big time when he kills his older wife, believing he will inherit a fortune. When things don't go according to plan, Teddy sets his sights on a new victim: wealthy widow Freda Jeffries. Unfortunately for the unscrupulous criminal, Freda is much more guarded and sassy than his last wife, making separating her from her money considerably more challenging.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Lockwood, Kay Walsh, Kathleen Harrison, Robert Flemyng, Mona Washbourne, Philip Stainton, Walter Hudd, Lita Roza, Victor Harrington ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1955-09-20

Female on the Beach

6.4/10 IMDB

Lynn Markham moves into her late husband's beach house the morning after former tenant Eloise Crandall fell from the cliff. To her annoyance, Lynn finds both her real estate agent and Drummond Hall, her beachcomber neighbor, making themselves quite at home. Lynn soon has no doubts of what her scheming neighbors are up to, but she finds Drummond's physical charms hard to resist. And she still doesn't know what really happened to Eloise.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Jeff Chandler, Jan Sterling, Cecil Kellaway, Judith Evelyn, Charles Drake, Natalie Schafer, Stuart Randall, Marjorie Bennett, Romo Vincent ..
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Release date: 1955-08-19
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : Colonel March Investigates

Colonel March Investigates

5.8/10 IMDB

This is a feature-length compilation of three short episodes taken from a TV series called 'Colonel March of Scotland Yard' (1954-56, 26 episodes) starring Boris Karloff as Colonel March, head of Scotland Yard's Department D.3, otherwise known as The Bureau of Queer Complaints.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Ewan Roberts, Joan Sims, Richard Wattis, Sheila Burrell, Anthony Forwood, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Patricia Owens, John Hewer, Roger Maxwell ..
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Release date: 1955-08-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : Dial Red O

Dial Red O

6.5/10 IMDB

The first of the five films where Bill Elliott played a detective lieutenant in the L.A Sheriff's department, Dial Red "O" (the correct title with the number 0 (zero), as on a telephone dial, shown in ") opens with war-torn veteran Ralph Wyatt getting word that his wife is divorcing him, and he flees the psychiatric ward of the veteran's hospital, wanting to talk to her. His escape touches off an all-out manhunt, led by Lieutenant Andy Flynn of the sheriff's department.

Starring: Bill Elliott, Helene Stanley, Keith Larsen, Paul Picerni, Jack Kruschen, Elaine Riley, Robert Bice, Rick Vallin, George Eldredge, John Phillips ..
Directed by: Daniel B. Ullman
Release date: 1955-03-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : A Life in the Balance

A Life in the Balance

6.1/10 IMDB

A widower's young son leads the police to a killer of sinners in Mexico City.

Starring: Ricardo Montalban, Anne Bancroft, Lee Marvin, José Pérez, Rodolfo Acosta, Carlos Múzquiz, Jorge Treviño, José Torvay, Eva Calvo, Fanny Schiller ..
Directed by: Harry Horner, Rafael Portillo
Release date: 1955-07-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : One Way Out

One Way Out

5.9/10 IMDB

A tragedy played in standard cops and robbers costume. A policeman faced with deep moral choices finds that once he's set foot on the path of corruption he is trapped by an ever more complex web of lies and intrigue. A lifetime of personal honour is at stake and we wonder if redemption is possible.

Starring: Jill Adams, Eddie Byrne, Lyndon Brook, John Chandos, Olive Milbourn, Arthur Lowe, Doris Gilmore, Anne Valery, Nicholas Tanner, John Bushelle ..
Directed by: Francis Searle
Release date: 1955-09-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : Three Cases of Murder

Three Cases of Murder

6.5/10 IMDB

Three stories of murder and the supernatural: A museum worker is introduced to a world behind the pictures he sees every day. When two lifelong friends fall in love with the same woman and she is killed, they are obvious suspects. Is their friendship strong enough for them to alibi each other? When a young politician is hurt by the arrogant Secretary for Foreign Affairs Lord Mountdrago, he uses Mountdrago's dreams to get revenge.

Starring: Orson Welles, John Gregson, Elizabeth Sellars, Emrys Jones, Alan Badel, André Morell, Hugh Pryse, Leueen MacGrath, Eddie Byrne, Helen Cherry ..
Directed by: David Eady, George More O'Ferrall, Wendy Toye
Release date: 1955-03-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : Breakdown


8.1/10 IMDB

William Callew is involved in a bad traffic accident on a rural road, that leaves him so paralyzed he appears lifeless, and when help arrives they think he's really dead.

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Raymond Bailey, Forrest Stanley, Harry Shannon, Lane Chandler, James Edwards, Murray Alper ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1955-11-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : Murder Is My Beat

Murder Is My Beat

6.0/10 IMDB

Mr. Dean's body is found face down in the fireplace, burned beyond recognition. Nightclub-singer Eden Lane is convicted of the crime. She is escorted to prison by one of the arresting detectives when she convinces him that she just spotted the murderer outside their train.

Starring: Paul Langton, Barbara Payton, Robert Shayne, Selena Royle, Roy Gordon, Tracey Roberts, Kate MacKenna, Harry Harvey, Jay Adler ..
Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
Release date: 1955-02-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : The Long Shot

The Long Shot

7.7/10 IMDB

Heavily indebted Charlie Raymond is hired to accompany a British visitor on a trip across the USA, and looks for a way to take advantage of his employer.

Starring: Peter Lawford, John Williams, Gertrude Hoffmann, Robert Warwick ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1955-11-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : The Case of Mr. Pelham

The Case of Mr. Pelham

7.5/10 IMDB

A series of troubling incidents lead Mr. Pelham to believe that he has a double who is deliberately impersonating him.

Starring: Tom Ewell, Raymond Bailey, Justice Watson ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1955-12-04
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : Revenge


7.4/10 IMDB

When Carl Spann's wife Elsa is assaulted by an unknown attacker, he drives his still-incoherent wife around town, hoping she can point him out, so he can kill him.

Starring: Ralph Meeker, Vera Miles, Frances Bavier, Ray Montgomery, Ray Teal, John Gallaudet, Norman Willis, John Daheim, Herbert Lytton, Lillian O'Malley ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1955-10-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : Premonition


7.4/10 IMDB

A man returning to his home town finds his father has died, and suspects his friends are covering up the true details of that death.

Starring: John Forsythe, Cloris Leachman, Warren Stevens, George Macready ..
Directed by: Robert Stevens
Release date: 1955-10-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : Alias John Preston

Alias John Preston

5.6/10 IMDB

A mysterious young man settles in a rural English town and immediately starts making a good impression. Before long he has insinuated himself into local life, is married and is serving on the board of the local hospital. Everything seems to be going well for him until a newly appointed consultant psychiatrist shows up and starts asking some probing questions.

Starring: Betta St. John, Alexander Knox, Christopher Lee, Sandra Dorne, Patrick Holt, John Stuart, Bill Fraser, Peter Grant, Betty Ann Davies, John Longden ..
Directed by: David MacDonald
Release date: 1955-12-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : Before I Wake

Before I Wake

6.4/10 IMDB

A woman travels to England to attend her parents' funeral. She is told by officials that they died of natural causes together, but she doesn't buy it. She comes to suspect that the nurse who took care of her parents was involved in their deaths, but since the nurse is well thought of in the town, no one believes her. What she doesn't know is that her parents' killer has selected her as the next victim

Starring: Mona Freeman, Jean Kent, Maxwell Reed, Hugh Miller, Gretchen Franklin, Frederick Leister, Alexander Gauge, Josephine Middleton, Frank Forsyth, Stanley Van Beers ..
Directed by: Albert S. Rogell
Release date: 1955-02-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : Don't Come Back Alive

Don't Come Back Alive

7.2/10 IMDB

Frank Partridge and his wife plot to cheat their life insurance company by having her hide out for 7 years and declared legally dead, but an investigator believes Mr. Partridge has murdered her.

Starring: Sidney Blackmer, Virginia Gregg, Robert Emhardt ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1955-10-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : Dial 999

Dial 999

5.8/10 IMDB

A man tells his wife that the police are after him for having killed a bookie during an alcoholic binge, but that he is innocent and is being framed for the murder. The wife and her brother hide him and try to find out who the real killer was. The more they investigate, the more holes they begin to find in the husband's story.

Starring: Gene Nelson, Mona Freeman, John Bentley, Michael Goodliffe, Michael Golden, Paula Byrne, Cyril Chamberlain, Charles Victor, Kay Callard, Sydney Tafler ..
Directed by: Montgomery Tully
Release date: 1955-12-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : Barbados Quest

Barbados Quest

5.6/10 IMDB

Special investigator Duke Martin is in London to investigate the authenticity of a rare postage stamp called the Barbados Overplate. Someone is willing to commit murder to get his or her hands on the stamp, which puts a crimp in Duke's efforts to romance every beautiful woman he meets.

Starring: Tom Conway, Delphi Lawrence, Brian Worth, Michael Balfour, Marianne Stone, Campbell Cotts, John Horsley, Ronan O'Casey, Launce Maraschal, Colin Tapley ..
Directed by: Bernard Knowles
Release date: 1955-07-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1955 : The Cheney Vase

The Cheney Vase

0.0/10 IMDB

When Lyle Endicott is fired from his job at an art museum, he comes up with a plan to take advantage of a trusting invalid whom he befriended at the museum.

Starring: Alfred Hitchcock, Patricia Collinge, Darren McGavin, Carolyn Jones, George Macready, Kathryn Card, Ruta Lee ..
Directed by: Robert Stevens
Release date: 1955-12-25

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