Best Mystery Movies of 1958

1.

Vertigo

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones, Raymond Bailey, Ellen Corby, Konstantin Shayne, Lee Patrick, Bess Flowers ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock, Z-Dogg, Busta Nut
Release date: 1958-05-28
2.

Touch of Evil

6.5
8.0/10 IMDB

When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan. When Vargas begins to suspect that Quinlan and his shady partner, Menzies, are planting evidence to frame an innocent man, his investigations into their possible corruption quickly put himself and his new bride, Susie, in jeopardy.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Joanna Moore, Ray Collins, Dennis Weaver, Valentin de Vargas, Mort Mills ..
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1958-03-30
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : Chase a Crooked Shadow
3.

Chase a Crooked Shadow

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A woman who lives in Spain has trouble convincing anybody that a complete stranger has taken her dead brother's identity.

Starring: Richard Todd, Anne Baxter, Herbert Lom, Faith Brook, Alan Tilvern, Alexander Knox, Thelma D'Aguiar, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1958-01-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : Cool and Lam
4.

Cool and Lam

3.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Light-hearted pilot for a proposed CBS detective series featuring character created by Erle Stanley Gardner (under the pseudonym of A.A. Fair). Penny-pinching, rotund Bertha Cool runs a detective agency while her dimunitive junior partner Donald Lam provides the legs and padded expense account. In the pilot, Lam's investigation of infidelity leads to murder.

Starring: Billy Pearson, Benay Venuta, Maurice Manson, Margaret Field, Judith Bess Jones, Sheila Bromley, Don Megowan, Movita, Allison Hayes, John Mitchum ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1958-01-01
5.

I Bury the Living

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

A newly appointed cemetery chairman believes that, merely by inserting a black plot-marking pin into a wall-sized map of the cemetery, he can cause the deaths of that plot's owner.

Starring: Richard Boone, Theodore Bikel, Peggy Maurer, Howard Smith, Herbert Anderson, Robert Osterloh, Russ Bender, Glen Vernon, Lynette Bernay, Ken Drake ..
Directed by: Albert Band
Release date: 1958-07-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : Rx Murder
6.

Rx Murder

3.3
7.3/10 IMDB

An American doctor, Jethro Jones, comes into a quiet British seaside community and becomes entangled in a murder mystery when the town gossips inform him that all of the three wives of the town doctor, Doctor Dysert (or Doctor Deadcert as they call him) have had mysterious deaths. And now Doctor Dysert is treating his own secretary, Kitty, who he wants to make her his next wife, as she has inexplicably fallen ill.

Starring: Rick Jason, Lisa Gastoni, Marius Goring, Sandu Scott, Mary Merrall, Vida Hope, Helen Shingler, Phyllis Neilson-Terry, Nicholas Hannen, Kynaston Reeves ..
Directed by: Derek N. Twist
Release date: 1958-02-18
7.

Grip of the Strangler

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

A researcher investigating a notorious serial killer who was hanged 20 years earlier seemingly becomes possessed by the long dead strangler.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Jean Kent, Elizabeth Allan, Anthony Dawson, Vera Day, Tim Turner, Diane Aubrey, Max Brimmell, Leslie Perrins, Jessica Cairns ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1958-05-11
8.

High School Confidential!

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

A tough kid comes to a new high school and begins muscling his way into the drug scene. This is a typical morality play of the era, filled with a naive view of drugs, nihilistic beat poetry, and some incredible '50s slang.

Starring: Russ Tamblyn, Jan Sterling, John Drew Barrymore, Mamie Van Doren, Jackie Coogan, Diane Jergens, Ray Anthony, Charles Chaplin, Jr., Michael Landon, Jerry Lee Lewis ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1958-05-30
9.

Macabre

3.2
5.7/10 IMDB

After his wife and her blind sister have died under his care, a doctor's small daughter is kidnapped and reported as buried alive, and he is given just five hours to find and rescue her.

Starring: William Prince, Jim Backus, Christine White, Jacqueline Scott, Susan Morrow, Philip Tonge, Jonathan Kidd, Ellen Corby, Dorothy Morris, Howard Hoffman ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1958-10-01
10.

The Whole Truth

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

On the French Riviera, movie producer Max Poulton is on location shooting a film starring his lover, Gina Bertini. But when the rueful Max ends his fling with Gina to return to his loyal wife, Carol, the jilted actress threatens to reveal details of their affair to Carol. Later, at a party at Max's villa, investigator Carliss arrives with news that Gina has been killed and that Max is a murderer suspect.

Starring: Stewart Granger, Donna Reed, George Sanders, Gianna Maria Canale, Michael Shillo, Richard Molinas, Peter Dyneley, John Van Eyssen, Philip Vickers, Carlo Giustini ..
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1958-09-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : Raw Wind in Eden
11.

Raw Wind in Eden

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

Passengers struggle to survive after their plane crashes on a remote island. Director Richard Wilson's 1958 drama stars Esther Williams, Jeff Chandler and Rosanna Podesta.

Starring: Esther Williams, Jeff Chandler, Rossana Podestà, Carlos Thompson, Rik Battaglia, Eduardo De Filippo ..
Directed by: Richard Wilson
Release date: 1958-09-19
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : Lamb to the Slaughter
12.

Lamb to the Slaughter

2.7
8.3/10 IMDB

When Mary Maloney's police chief husband is found murdered, the police investigate and have a hard time trying to find the murder weapon.

Starring: Barbara Bel Geddes, Harold J. Stone, Allan Lane ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1958-04-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : Money, Women and Guns
13.

Money, Women and Guns

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Celebrated detective traces and finds beneficiaries to the will of a gold prospector murdered by bushwhackers.

Starring: Jock Mahoney, Kim Hunter, Tim Hovey, Gene Evans, Tom Drake, Lon Chaney Jr., William Campbell, Jeffrey Stone, James Gleason, Judi Meredith ..
Directed by: Richard Bartlett
Release date: 1958-10-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : Stormy Crossing
14.

Stormy Crossing

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

After murdering his lover, cross-channel swimmer Joy Webster, Derek Bond attempts to do same to her other boyfriend, Sheldon Lawrence. John Ireland plays an Interpol detective who stems Bond's homicidal hijinks. Black Tide was produced by Monty Berman in his pre-Saint days.

Starring: John Ireland, Derek Bond, Leslie Dwyer, Maureen Connell, Sheldon Lawrence, Joy Webster, John Horsley, Cameron Hall, Arthur Lowe, John Schlesinger ..
Directed by: C.M. Pennington-Richards
Release date: 1958-08-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : The Solitary Child
15.

The Solitary Child

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

A young woman marries a gentleman farmer who may have murdered his first wife.

Starring: Barbara Shelley, Philip Friend, Sarah Lawson, Rona Anderson, Julia Lockwood, Catherine Lacey, Jack Watling ..
Directed by: Gerald Thomas
Release date: 1958-12-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : Escapement
16.

Escapement

1.9
4.6/10 IMDB

An insurance investigator tumbles onto a series of similar deaths, by brain hemorrhage, of patients of a psychiatric clinic in France where therapy involves a device which can implant visual imagery in the minds of patients, ostensibly to help them relax.

Starring: Rod Cameron, Mary Murphy, Meredith Edwards, Peter Illing, Carl Jaffe, Kay Callard, Malou Pantera, Carl Duering, Felix Felton, Jacques Cey ..
Directed by: Montgomery Tully, David Paltenghi
Release date: 1958-03-04
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : The Right Kind of House
17.

The Right Kind of House

1.9
8.5/10 IMDB

Mr. Waterbury believes he can get a good deal on some real estate because a murder occurred in the home. But he hasn't dealt with Sadie Grimes the owner who refuses to lower the price because of an emotional attachment.

Starring: Robert Emhardt, Jeanette Nolan, James Drury, Harry Tyler ..
Directed by: Don Taylor
Release date: 1958-03-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : Man with a Problem
18.

Man with a Problem

1.8
8.2/10 IMDB

A man relates the series of events that led him to contemplate suicide to a police officer.

Starring: Gary Merrill, Peter Mark Richman, Elizabeth Montgomery, Ken Lynch ..
Directed by: Robert Stevens
Release date: 1958-11-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : The Crooked Road
19.

The Crooked Road

1.8
8.2/10 IMDB

A couple driving through a rural location discover that the police and judge of the town of Robertsville are more intent on extorting money from them than being honest servants of the people.

Starring: Richard Kiley, Walter Matthau, Patricia Breslin, Richard Erdman ..
Directed by: Paul Henreid
Release date: 1958-10-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : Dust in the Sun
20.

Dust in the Sun

1.7
9.4/10 IMDB

A Northern Territory policeman, is given the job of taking an Aboriginal prisoner Emu Foot, to Alice Springs to be tried for a tribal killing. Bayard is wounded during a revenge attack by tribesmen, and Emu Foot helps him get to a remote cattle station. But there Bayard gets involved in a domestic crisis involving Julie Kirkbride, the neurotic, bored wife of the station owner, and is tempted by the head stockman's daughter Chris Palady.

Starring: Jill Adams, Ken Wayne, Robert Tudawali, Maureen Lanagan, James Forrest, Jack Hume, Henry Murdoch, Alan Light, Reg Lye ..
Directed by: Lee Robinson
Release date: 1958-10-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : Dip in the Pool
21.

Dip in the Pool

1.7
7.4/10 IMDB

William Botibol is a compulsive gambler. While on a cruise he enters a betting pool to guess the number of miles the ship will travel in the course of 24 hours. William thinks he has figured out a way to guarantee he will win the bet.

Starring: Keenan Wynn, Fay Wray, Philip Bourneuf, Louise Platt, Doreen Lang ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1958-06-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : Poison
22.

Poison

1.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Harry Pope is lying in bed and discovers that there is a sleeping snake on his stomach.

Starring: Wendell Corey, James Donald, Arnold Moss ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1958-10-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : Manhunt in the Jungle
23.

Manhunt in the Jungle

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

British Cmdr. George M. Dyott searches the 1928 Amazon for lost explorer Col. P.H. Fawcett.

Starring: Robin Hughes, Luis Álvarez ..
Directed by: Tom McGowan
Release date: 1958-04-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : Operation Abduction
24.

Operation Abduction

1.4
5.3/10 IMDB

The Secret Service abducts a "rocket scientist" to better protect him against gangsters acting for Chinese agents.

Starring: Danielle Godet, Dalida, Georges Lannes, Frank Villard ..
Directed by: Jean Stelli
Release date: 1958-10-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : Wink of an Eye
25.

Wink of an Eye

1.3
5.5/10 IMDB

A chemist in a perfume factory (Jonathan Kidd) seems to have killed his wife, cut her up, and stuck her remains in the freezer.

Starring: Doris Dowling, Jonathan Kidd, Barbara Turner, Irene Seidner ..
Directed by: Winston Jones
Release date: 1958-06-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : Hong Kong Affair
26.

Hong Kong Affair

1.3
5.5/10 IMDB

An American businessman travels to Hong Kong to find out why his tea plantation isn't making money. When he gets there he discovers that his business partner has been growing something on the plantation, but it isn't tea. Complications ensue.

Starring: Jack Kelly, May Wynn, Richard Loo, Gerald Young, Michael Bulmer, James Hudson, Lolita Shek, Richard Malik ..
Directed by: Paul F. Heard
Release date: 1958-05-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : Fraction of a Second
27.

Fraction of a Second

0.0
8.5/10 IMDB

After spending the weekend with her daughter, Mrs. Ellis takes her child to the bus depot. When she returns home, she finds her furniture rearranged and three strangers insisting that they own the house.

Starring: Bette Davis, Marian Seldes, Barry Atwater, Judson Pratt, Linda Watkins, Whit Bissell, Dorothy Adams, Marjorie Bennett, Ben Wright, Paul Newlan ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1958-04-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1958 : The Time Element
28.

The Time Element

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A man (William Bendix) visits a psychoanalyst (Martin Balsam), complaining about a recurring dream in which he imagines waking up in Honolulu just prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which takes a major psychological toll.

Starring: William Bendix, Martin Balsam, Darryl Hickman, Jesse White, Carolyn Kearney, Jesslyn Fax, Alan Baxter, Bartlett Robinson, Don Keefer, Joe DeRita ..
Directed by: Allen Reisner
Release date: 1958-11-24

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