Best Mystery Movies of 1956


The Man Who Knew Too Much

7.4/10 IMDB

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

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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

The Wrong Man

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

The Bad Seed

7.4/10 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

Deduce, You Say

7.4/10 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
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : The Long Arm

The Long Arm

7.0/10 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

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

6.9/10 IMDB

A newspaper publisher, wanting to prove a point about the insufficiency of circumstantial evidence, talks his possible son-in-law Tom into a hoax in an attempt to expose ineptitude of the city's hard-line district attorney. The plan is to have Tom plant clues leading to his arrest for killing a female nightclub dancer. Once Tom is found guilty, he is to reveal the setup and humiliate the DA.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Arthur Franz, Philip Bourneuf, Edward Binns, Shepperd Strudwick, Robin Raymond, Barbara Nichols, William F. Leicester ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1956-09-13

23 Paces to Baker Street

6.9/10 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

A Kiss Before Dying

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

X the Unknown

6.1/10 IMDB

Army radiation experiments awaken a subterranean monster from a fissure that feeds on energy and proceeds to terrorise a remote Scottish village. 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


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

The King and Four Queens

6.1/10 IMDB

Opportunistic con man Dan Kehoe ingratiates himself with the cantankerous mother of four outlaws and their beautiful widows in order to find their hidden gold.

Starring: Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Jean Willes, Jo Van Fleet, Barbara Nichols, Sara Shane, Roy Roberts, Arthur Shields, Jay C. Flippen, Florenz Ames ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1956-12-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : Lost


6.4/10 IMDB

U.S. Embassy employee Lee Cochrane and his wife, Sue, receive a shock when they discover that their 18-month-old son, Simon, has disappeared in London. He was last seen with their nanny, and the couple seemingly have no leads that might help police Detective Craig in his investigation. The media sensationalizes the incident, causing an unnecessary distraction as the couple prepares to confront the culprit face-to-face.

Starring: David Farrar, David Knight, Julia Arnall, Anthony Oliver, Thora Hird, Eleanor Summerfield, Anne Paige, Marjorie Rhodes, Anna Turner, Everley Gregg ..
Directed by: Guy Green
Release date: 1956-01-31

The Unguarded Moment

6.3/10 IMDB

A high-school music teacher is the victim of a student who writes indecent notes and assaults women.

Starring: Esther Williams, George Nader, John Saxon, Edward Andrews, Les Tremayne, Jack Albertson, Dani Crayne, John Wilder, Edward Platt, Eleanor Audley ..
Directed by: Harry Keller
Release date: 1956-12-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : Jaguar


5.5/10 IMDB

Oil explorers suspect a South American jungle boy (Sabu) of murder.

Starring: Sabu, Chiquita Johnson, Barton MacLane, Jonathan Hale, Mike Connors, Jay Novello, Fortunio Bonanova ..
Directed by: George Blair
Release date: 1956-01-19
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : The Intimate Stranger

The Intimate Stranger

6.2/10 IMDB

Film producer Reggie Wilson is worried he may have a dual personality. Fleeing Hollywood, he finds himself in England and married to the studio boss's daughter after which he quickly rises through the studio ranks. Then the letters begin to appear from a lovesick American actress who wants to know why he has thrown her over.

Starring: Richard Basehart, Mary Murphy, Constance Cummings, Roger Livesey, Faith Brook, Mervyn Johns, Joseph Losey ..
Directed by: Joseph Losey, Alec C. Snowden
Release date: 1956-06-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : You Got to Have Luck

You Got to Have Luck

7.7/10 IMDB

During a massive manhunt for escaped convict Sam Cobbett, Cobbett invades a house where young housewife Mary Schaffner is home alone.

Starring: John Cassavetes, Marisa Pavan, Lamont Johnson, Ray Teal ..
Directed by: Robert Stevens
Release date: 1956-01-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : Supersonic Saucer

Supersonic Saucer

5.6/10 IMDB

A group of schoolchildren come upon an alien from Venus, and help him against a gang of criminals who are trying to kidnap him.

Starring: Marcia Monolescue, Gillian Harrison, Fella Edmonds, Andrew Motte-Harrison, Tony Lyons, Hilda Fenemore, Donald Gray, Patrick Boxill, Raymond Rollett, Patrick Connor ..
Directed by: Guy Fergusson
Release date: 1956-03-01

Female Jungle

5.5/10 IMDB

Alcoholic detective investigating the murder of an actress starts getting worried when all fingers begin to point at him.

Starring: Burt Kaiser, Kathleen Crowley, John Carradine, Lawrence Tierney, Duane Grey, Jayne Mansfield, James Kodl, Davis Roberts, Bruce Carlisle, Connie Cezan ..
Directed by: Bruno VeSota
Release date: 1956-06-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : Passport to Treason

Passport to Treason

5.4/10 IMDB

After being consulted by a friend concerning a murder case, a private eye learns the friend has become the next victim. Passport to Treason was put together by Robert S. Baker and Monty Berman, the same team who’d later collaborate on the UK TV series The Saint. Rod Cameron stars as an American private eye, stationed in London. For the sake of a murdered friend, the detective takes over the dead man’s case, which turns out to have international ramifications. The villains are members of a phony pacifistic society, all of whom harbor plans for taking over the world.

Starring: Rod Cameron, Lois Maxwell, Clifford Evans, Peter Illing, Marianne Stone, Douglas Wilmer, John Colicos, Andrew Faulds ..
Directed by: Robert S. Baker
Release date: 1956-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : Port Afrique

Port Afrique

5.1/10 IMDB

An army veteran with a shattered leg returns to his home in Port Afrique after war only to find his wife has been murdered. He's determined to find the killer, even if it means uncovering family secrets he never knew about.

Starring: Philip Carey, Pier Angeli, Dennis Price, Eugene Deckers, Rachel Gurney, James Hayter, Anthony Newley, Christopher Lee, Maria Hanson, Guido Lorraine ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1956-06-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : A Woman's Devotion

A Woman's Devotion

5.8/10 IMDB

An artist suffering from mental problems from his experiences during the war goes to Acapulco on his honeymoon. Soon young women are turning up dead in the area, and the ex-GI comes to believe he might be responsible, as he has long stretches where he can't remember anything.

Starring: Ralph Meeker, Janice Rule, Paul Henreid, Rosenda Monteros, Fanny Schiller, José Torvay, Yerye Beirute, Tony Carbajal, Jaime González Quiñones, Carlos Riquelme ..
Directed by: Paul Henreid
Release date: 1956-11-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : Fright


4.7/10 IMDB

A woman believes herself to be the reincarnated spirit of an ancient prince's lover. Meanwhile, a murderer turns out to be the reincarnated spirit of the prince himself.

Starring: Nancy Malone, Eric Fleming, Frank Marth, Dean L. Almquist, Humphrey Davis, Elizabeth Watts, Walter Klavun, Amelia Conley, Tom Reynolds, Robert Gardett ..
Directed by: W. Lee Wilder
Release date: 1956-09-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : The Creeper

The Creeper

7.9/10 IMDB

A serial killer known as "the strangler" terrorizes a New York neighborhood.

Starring: Constance Ford, Steve Brodie, Harry Townes, Reta Shaw, Percy Helton ..
Directed by: Herschel Daugherty
Release date: 1956-06-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : Back for Christmas

Back for Christmas

7.6/10 IMDB

Herbert Carpenter plans to murder his wife Hermione, bury her body in the basement, and then leave on a long business trip.

Starring: John Williams, Isobel Elsom ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1956-03-04
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : Whistle and I'll Come to You!

Whistle and I'll Come to You!

6.9/10 IMDB

A university professor, confident that everything which occurs in life has a rational explanation, finds his beliefs severely challenged when he awakens horrors beyond human understanding. A decade before the BBC's version of MR James' supernatural classic came this chilling version from the North Downs Cinematograph Society.

Starring: Doug Allridge, Sherry Legg ..
Release date: 1956-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : Mr. Blanchard's Secret

Mr. Blanchard's Secret

6.7/10 IMDB

A nosy housewife sets out to prove that the new neighbor has murdered his wife.

Starring: Robert Horton, Mary Scott, Meg Mundy ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1956-12-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : High Terrace

High Terrace

6.4/10 IMDB

A British theater actress unable to get out of her contract is assisted by an American playwright when a pair of her scissors is discovered lodged in her producer's back.

Starring: Dale Robertson, Lois Maxwell, Derek Bond, Eric Pohlmann, Mary Laura Wood, Lionel Jeffries, Jameson Clark, Carl Bernard, Garard Green, Olwen Brookes ..
Directed by: Henry Cass
Release date: 1956-10-01


0.0/10 IMDB

Why does the gaslight flicker so ominously in Mrs. Manningham's house? And is she really losing her mind?

Starring: Marius Goring, Susanne Lyncker, Thomas Gallagher, Inge Windschild, Flory Jacobi ..
Directed by: Rudolph Cartier
Release date: 1956-05-29

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