Best Mystery Movies of 1961

1.

The Pit and the Pendulum

5.1
7.0/10 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

4.5
7.3/10 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
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : Five Characters in Search of an Exit
3.

Five Characters in Search of an Exit

4.2
8.5/10 IMDB

An army major awakens in a small room with no idea of who he is or how he got there. He finds four other people in the same room, and they all begin to question how they each arrived there, and more importantly, how to escape.

Starring: Susan Harrison, William Windom, Murray Matheson, Kelton Garwood, Clark Allen, Carol Hill, Mona Houghton ..
Directed by: Lamont Johnson
Release date: 1961-12-22
4.

Cash on Demand

3.9
7.4/10 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
5.

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, Bernard Browne, Madame Lobegue ..
Directed by: Seth Holt
Release date: 1961-06-05
6.

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 : The Shadow of the Cat
7.

The Shadow of the Cat

3.5
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
8.

Mr. Sardonicus

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction--with even more grotesque results! The audience gets an opportunity to vote--via the "Punishment Poll"--for the penalty Sardonicus must pay for his deeds...

Starring: Oskar Homolka, Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton, Guy Rolfe, Vladimir Sokoloff, Erika Peters, Lorna Hanson, Edith Atwater, Annalena Lund, Tina Woodward ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1961-10-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : The Naked Edge
9.

The Naked Edge

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Five years after George Radcliffe was the chief witness in a high profile murder case, his wife receives a blackmailing letter accusing him of the crime.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Deborah Kerr, Eric Portman, Diane Cilento, Hermione Gingold, Peter Cushing, Michael Wilding ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1961-06-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : House of Mystery
10.

House of Mystery

3.1
6.5/10 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
11.

The Terror of the Tongs

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

In 1910, Hong Kong, under the rule of the British Empire, is a prosperous and bustling city, but, hidden in the shadows of its many narrow streets, the hideous members of the Red Dragon gang, a branch of the evil Chinese secret society of the Tongs, lurk and murder those who oppose to their tyranny, which thrives on vice, crime and the fear of the weakest.

Starring: Christopher Lee, Yvonne Monlaur, Geoffrey Toone, Marne Maitland, Brian Worth, Roger Delgado, Ewen Solon, Marie Burke, Richard Leech, Charles Lloyd Pack ..
Directed by: Anthony Bushell
Release date: 1961-03-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : What a Carve Up!
12.

What a Carve Up!

2.9
6.3/10 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 : Johnny Nobody
13.

Johnny Nobody

2.9
6.6/10 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 : The Secret Partner
14.

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 : Fear No More
15.

Fear No More

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Accused of killing a woman on a train, Sharon Carlin runs home to find another corpse there too!

Starring: Jacques Bergerac, Mala Powers, Helena Nash, John Baer, Anna Lee Carroll, Robert Karnes, John Harding, Gregory Irvin, Peter Brocco, Peter Virgo ..
Directed by: Bernard Wiesen
Release date: 1961-11-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : Twenty Plus Two
16.

Twenty Plus Two

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

A famous movie star's fan club secretary has been brutally murdered. She has in her office old newspaper clippings regarding a missing heiress. Did the secretary know something about the mystery of the heiress? David Janssen investigates.

Starring: David Janssen, Jeanne Crain, Dina Merrill, Agnes Moorehead, Brad Dexter, Robert Strauss, Jacques Aubuchon, William Demarest, George N. Neise, Fredd Wayne ..
Directed by: Joseph M. Newman
Release date: 1961-08-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : The Impersonator
17.

The Impersonator

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

When a USAF sergeant stationed on a base in England is suspected and then accused of murdering a woman, both he and a local school teacher must race to clear his name and find the real killer.

Starring: John Crawford, Jane Griffiths, John Salew, Edmund Glover, Patricia Burke, Frank Thornton, John Dare, Yvonne Ball, John Arnatt ..
Directed by: Alfred Shaughnessy
Release date: 1961-05-01
18.

The Devil's Hand

2.5
4.6/10 IMDB

A man is haunted by visions of a beautiful woman. When he finally meets her, he winds up involved in a satanic cult.

Starring: Linda Christian, Neil Hamilton, Jeanne Carmen, Robert Alda, Ariadna Welter, Gene Craft, Julie Scott, Diana Spears, Gertrude Astor, Bruno VeSota ..
Directed by: William J. Hole Jr.
Release date: 1961-09-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : The Secret Ways
19.

The Secret Ways

2.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Vienna, 1956. After Soviet tanks crush the Hungarian uprising, soldier-of-fortune Michael Reynolds is hired to help a threatened Hungarian scientist escape from Budapest.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Sonja Ziemann, Walter Rilla, Charles Regnier, Senta Berger, Heinz Moog, Hubert von Meyerinck, Ady Berber, Jochen Brockmann, Reinhard Kolldehoff ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1961-04-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : Out of the Shadow
20.

Out of the Shadow

2.1
4.9/10 IMDB

A reporter learns that his brother, a student, has committed suicide. Unconvinced, he begins his own investigation when the police dismiss his suspicions. Could a killer be on the loose in Cambridge?

Starring: Terence Longdon, Donald Gray, Diane Clare, Robertson Hare, Dermot Walsh, Jill Hyem ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1961-06-01
21.

Anatomy of a Psycho

1.8
4.1/10 IMDB

The crazed brother of a condemned killer sent to the gas chamber swears vengeance on those he holds responsible for his brother's execution.

Starring: Ronnie Burns, Pamela Lincoln, Darrell Howe, Judy Howard, Michael Granger, Frank Killmond, Russ Bender, Don Devlin, William Salzwedel, Robert Stabler ..
Directed by: Boris Petroff
Release date: 1961-06-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : Murder in Eden
22.

Murder in Eden

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Max Varnel’s British mystery thriller. After discovering a famous painting is a forgery, a noted art critic is killed by a hit-and-run driver. Starring Ray McAnally, Catherine Feller and Yvonne Buckingham.

Starring: Ray McAnally, Catherine Feller, Yvonne Buckingham, Norman Rodway, Mark Singleton, Jack Aranson, Robert Lepler, Angela Douglas, Francis O’Keefe, Noel Sheridan ..
Directed by: Max Varnel
Release date: 1961-04-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : Five Fingers : Dossier
23.

Five Fingers : Dossier

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

From the TV series Five Fingers. Released theatrically in the UK in August 1961 as supporting film to Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

Starring: David Hedison, Luciana Paluzzi, Edgar Bergen, John Williams, Paul Burke ..
Directed by: Montgomery Pittman
Release date: 1961-08-01
24.

Five Fingers: The Judas Goat

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

In Hungary, Sebastian searches for a traitor who betrays his people after promising them freedom. An episode of the spy show Five Fingers edited for theaters. Released theatrically in the UK in October 1961 as supporting film to The Queen's Guards.

Starring: David Hedison, Luciana Paluzzi, Margaret Lindsay, Vladimir Sokoloff, Paul Burke, Kitty Mattern ..
Directed by: Gerald Mayer
Release date: 1961-10-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : A Matter of WHO
25.

A Matter of WHO

0.0
6.2/10 IMDB

Health officials from the World Health Organization link a smallpox outbreak in Europe to oil drilling in the Middle East.

Starring: Terry-Thomas, Sonja Ziemann, Alex Nicol, Richard Briers, Honor Blackman, Guy Deghy, Carol White, Clive Morton, Geoffrey Keen, Cyril Wheeler ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1961-10-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1961 : El hombre de la ametralladora
26.

El hombre de la ametralladora

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Police procedural: tracking a ruthless Chicago hitman who's found a gig in Mexico City.

Starring: Fernando Casanova, Rafael Bertrand, Silvia Fournier, David Silva, Alfonso Mejía, Rocío Rosales, Lucero Taboada, José Luis Rojas, Rafael Estrada, Georgina Barragán ..
Directed by: Santiago Eduardo Urueta
Release date: 1961-11-03

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