Best Mystery Movies of 1956

1.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

Starring: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, King Donovan, Carolyn Jones, Larry Gates, Jean Willes, Ralph Dumke, Virginia Christine, Kenneth Patterson, Guy Way ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1956-02-05
2.

The Man Who Knew Too Much

5.4
7.4/10 IMDB

A widescreen, Technicolor remake by Hitchcock of his 1934 film of the same title. A couple vacationing in Morocco with their young son accidentally stumble upon an assassination plot. When the child is kidnapped to ensure their silence, they have to take matters into their own hands to save him.

Starring: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda De Banzie, Bernard Miles, Alan Mowbray, Hillary Brooke, Christopher Olsen, Daniel Gélin, Reggie Nalder, Bernard Herrmann ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1956-05-16
3.

The Wrong Man

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

In 1953, an innocent man named Christopher Emmanuel "Manny" Balestrero is arrested after being mistaken for an armed robber.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle, Harold J. Stone, Charles Cooper, John Heldabrand, Esther Minciotti, Doreen Lang, Laurinda Barrett, Norma Connolly ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1956-12-22
4.

The Bad Seed

5.2
7.5/10 IMDB

Air Force Colonel Kenneth Penmark and his wife, Christine, dote on their daughter, Rhoda -- as does their lonely landlady, Monica Breedlove. But self-centered Rhoda has a secret tendency for selfishness and loves to accumulate gifts, whether given or stolen, in her room. Christine keeps her knowledge of her daughter's darker side to herself, but when a schoolmate of Rhoda's dies mysteriously, her self-deception unravels.

Starring: Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart, Henry Jones, Nancy Kelly, Evelyn Varden, William Hopper, Paul Fix, Jesse White, Gage Clarke, Joan Croydon ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1956-09-12
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : Deduce, You Say
5.

Deduce, You Say

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Daffy Duck is a detective who is hunting for the Shorepshire Slasher.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1956-09-29
6.

23 Paces to Baker Street

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Philip Hannon, a blind playwright living in London, overhears part of a conversation , that leads him into a desperate race, to find a kidnapped child. When he gets no help from the police, he along with his butler, and his ex fiancée, attempt to track down the crooks.

Starring: Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Cecil Parker, Maurice Denham, Isobel Elsom, Estelle Winwood, Liam Redmond, Martin Benson, Natalie Norwick, Terence de Marney ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1956-05-18
7.

A Kiss Before Dying

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A college student tries to get rich quick by wooing two wealthy sisters.

Starring: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith, Joanne Woodward, Mary Astor, George Macready, Robert Quarry, Howard Petrie, Molly McCart, Marlene Felton ..
Directed by: Gerd Oswald
Release date: 1956-04-20
8.

X: The Unknown

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

When a fissure explosively opens in an English mud flat during a military exercise there, injuring one soldier and killing another, an American research scientist at a nearby nuclear plant joins with a British investigator to discover why the victims were radioactively burned and why, shortly thereafter, a series of radiation-related incidents are occurring in an ever-growing straight line away from the fissure.

Starring: Dean Jagger, Leo McKern, William Lucas, Edward Chapman, John Harvey, Anthony Newley, Ian MacNaughton, Peter Hammond, Michael Ripper, Kenneth Cope ..
Directed by: Leslie Norman, Joseph Losey
Release date: 1956-09-21
9.

Julie

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

A terrified stewardess is stalked by her psychotic estranged husband.

Starring: Doris Day, Louis Jourdan, Barry Sullivan, Frank Lovejoy, Jack Kelly, Ann Robinson, Barney Phillips, Jack Kruschen, John Gallaudet, Carleton Young ..
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1956-10-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : The Long Arm
10.

The Long Arm

3.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Scotland Yard detectives attempt to solve a spate of safe robberies across England beginning with clues found at the latest burglary in London. The film is notable for using a police procedural style made popular by Ealing in their 1950 film The Blue Lamp. It is known in the US as The Third Key.

Starring: Jack Hawkins, John Stratton, Dorothy Alison, Michael Brooke, Glyn Houston, Ursula Howells, Richard Leech, Geoffrey Keen, Sam Kydd, Meredith Edwards ..
Directed by: Charles Frend
Release date: 1956-06-01

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