Best Mystery Movies of 1956

1.

The Man Who Knew Too Much

5.5
7.5/10 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
2.

The Wrong Man

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

True story of an innocent man mistaken for a criminal.

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
3.

The Bad Seed

5.3
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 : 23 Paces to Baker Street
4.

23 Paces to Baker Street

3.6
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
5.

A Kiss Before Dying

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Bud Corliss (Wagner) is an ambitious student who is wooing Dorothy Kingship (Woodward) purely for her father's mining fortune. When he discovers that Dorothy is pregnant with his child, he realizes she is quite likely to be disinherited by her wealthy family. He assures Dorothy that he'll take care of her, yet he hesitates when Dorothy insists on marrying. Bud then murders Dorothy and stages it in a way that it appears to be a suicide. He then reaches out to her sister Ellen (Leith) with the hopes of marrying her in order to ingratiate himself with her father. After a couple of months Ellen finds evidence to question the suicide verdict, and then discovers Bud knew Dorothy. Ellen struggles to avenge her sister and save her own life.

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: 1956-06-12
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : The Long Arm
6.

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
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : Lost
7.

Lost

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

An 18 month old baby disappears in London. Detective Inspector Craig tries to find the child but there aren't many clues.

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
8.

The Unguarded Moment

2.8
6.4/10 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: 1956-11-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1956 : The Intimate Stranger
9.

The Intimate Stranger

2.6
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 bosses' daughter after which he quickly rises through the studio ranks. Then the letters appear.... from a love sick fan (he thinks) 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 : Female Jungle
10.

Female Jungle

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

A drunk cop investigates the murder of a sexy blonde. The policeman -who can't remember the night before - starts getting worried when all fingers began pointing 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

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