Best Mystery Movies of 1961

1.

Pit and the Pendulum

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Francis Barnard goes to Spain, when he hears his sister Elizabeth has died. Her husband Nicholas Medina, the son of the most brutal torturer of the Spanish Inquisition, tells him she has died of a blood disease, but Francis finds this hard to believe. After some investigating he finds out that it was extreme fear that was fatal to his sister and that she may have been buried alive!

Starring: Vincent Price, John Kerr, Luana Anders, Antony Carbone, Patrick Westwood, Lynette Bernay, Mary Menzies, Barbara Steele, Charles Victor, Larry Turner ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1961-08-12
2.

Murder She Said

4.6
7.4/10 IMDB

Miss Marple believes she's seen a murder in a passing-by train, yet when the police find no evidence she decides to investigate it on her own.

Starring: Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, Muriel Pavlow, James Robertson Justice, Thorley Walters, Charles Tingwell, Conrad Phillips, Ronald Howard, Joan Hickson, Stringer Davis ..
Directed by: George Pollock
Release date: 1961-09-26
3.

Cash on Demand

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds.

Starring: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Richard Vernon, Norman Bird, Barry Lowe, Kevin Stoney, Edith Sharpe, Lois Daine, Alan Haywood, Charles Morgan ..
Directed by: Quentin Lawrence
Release date: 1961-12-20
4.

Taste of Fear

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

A wheelchair-bound young girl returns to her father's estate after ten years, and although she's told he's away, she keeps seeing his dead body on the estate.

Starring: Susan Strasberg, Ronald Lewis, Ann Todd, Christopher Lee, John Serret, Leonard Sachs, Anne Blake, Fred Johnson ..
Directed by: Seth Holt
Release date: 1961-06-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : Homicidal
5.

Homicidal

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

A woman named Emily checks into a hotel and offers the bellboy $2000 to temporarily marry her. We soon find out Emily is the caretaker of a wheelchair-bound mute named Helga, who was the childhood guardian of a pair of siblings: Miriam Webster and her half-brother, Warren, who is about to inherit the estate of their late father. Who is the mysterious Emily and what are her intentions?

Starring: Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie Leontovich, Alan Bunce, Richard Rust, James Westerfield, Gilbert Green, Joan Marshall, Hope Summers, William Castle ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1961-07-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : House of Mystery
6.

House of Mystery

3.1
6.4/10 IMDB

A young couple go to check out a house they're thinking of buying. A somewhat mysterious woman tells the couple several stories of the fates that befell the house's previous owners.

Starring: Peter Dyneley, Jane Hylton, Nanette Newman, Maurice Kaufmann, Ken McGregor ..
Directed by: Vernon Sewell
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : Johnny Nobody
7.

Johnny Nobody

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

When the atheistic ranting of Irish-American author James Mulcahy upsets the inhabitants of the Irish village to which he has retired, a mob threatens him. But moments after he has dared God to strike him dead, a stranger appears and does so. The man, dubbed "Johnny Nobody" by the press, claims no knowledge of Mulcahy or even of himself. He asks the help of the village priest, Father Carey, in his upcoming trial for Mulcahy's murder. While the amnesiac Johnny goes to trial, Father Carey mulls questions of belief raised by the case. And then, the good father learns a little more about Johnny Nobody...

Starring: William Bendix, Nigel Patrick, Yvonne Mitchell, Aldo Ray, Cyril Cusack, Niall MacGinnis, Bernie Winters, Noel Purcell, Eddie Byrne, John Welsh ..
Directed by: Nigel Patrick
Release date: 1961-10-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : What a Carve Up
8.

What a Carve Up

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Ernie's Uncle Gabriel has just died but to claim his inheritance he must spend the night in the ancestral family home with the rest of his rather eccentric relatives. Ernie's imagination has been affected by his constant immersion in cheap horror novels, but his wildest fears turn out to be justified when the guests begin to drop dead.

Starring: Sid James, Kenneth Connor, Donald Pleasence, Shirley Eaton, Dennis Price, Michael Gough, Valerie Taylor, Esma Cannon, George Woodbridge, Michael Gwynn ..
Directed by: Pat Jackson
Release date: 1961-09-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : The Secret Partner
9.

The Secret Partner

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

A shipping tycoon with a record becomes a suspect when money goes missing from the company vault.

Starring: Stewart Granger, Haya Harareet, Bernard Lee, Hugh Burden, Lee Montague, Melissa Stribling, Conrad Phillips, John Lee, Norman Bird, Peter Illing ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1961-05-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : The Shadow of the Cat
10.

The Shadow of the Cat

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Tabitha, once the placid, gentle and devoted pet, adopts all the characteristics of a ferocious, wild animal following the murder of her mistress. The three guilty people are all trapped by the cat's power and each will come to untimely deaths of horrific proportions without anyone being able to solve the mystery that surrounds their brutal death.

Starring: Barbara Shelley, Conrad Phillips, André Morell, Richard Warner, William Lucas, Freda Jackson, Andrew Crawford, Vanda Godsell, Catherine Lacey, Alan Wheatley ..
Directed by: John Gilling
Release date: 1961-05-01

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