Best Mystery Movies of 1962

1.

The Manchurian Candidate

5.7
7.9/10 IMDB

Near the end of the Korean War, a platoon of U.S. soldiers is captured by communists and brainwashed. Following the war, the platoon is returned home, and Sergeant Raymond Shaw is lauded as a hero by the rest of his platoon. However, the platoon commander, Captain Bennett Marco, finds himself plagued by strange nightmares and soon races to uncover a terrible plot.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh, Henry Silva, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver, Khigh Dhiegh, James Edwards ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1962-10-01
2.

Carnival of Souls

5.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Mary Henry ends up the sole survivor of a fatal car accident through mysterious circumstances. Trying to put the incident behind her, she moves to Utah and takes a job as a church organist. But her fresh start is interrupted by visions of a fiendish man. As the visions begin to occur more frequently, Mary finds herself drawn to the deserted carnival on the outskirts of town. The strangely alluring carnival may hold the secret to her tragic past.

Starring: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison, Stan Levitt, Tom McGinnis, Forbes Caldwell, Dan Palmquist, Bill de Jarnette, Steve Boozer ..
Directed by: Herk Harvey
Release date: 1962-11-02
3.

Tales of Terror

4.2
6.8/10 IMDB

Three stories adapted from the work of Edgar Allen Poe: 1) A man and his daughter are reunited, but the blame for the death of his wife hangs over them, unresolved. 2) A derelict challenges the local wine-tasting champion to a competition, but finds the man's attention to his wife worthy of more dramatic action. 3) A man dying and in great pain agrees to be hypnotized at the moment of death, with unexpected consequences.

Starring: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Debra Paget, Joyce Jameson, Maggie Pierce, David Frankham, Leona Gage, Wally Campo, Alan DeWitt ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1962-07-04
4.

Jigsaw

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

A woman is found murdered in a house along the coast from Brighton. Local detectives Fellows and Wilks lead an investigation methodically following up leads and clues mostly in Brighton and Hove but also further afield.

Starring: Jack Warner, Yolande Donlan, Michael Goodliffe, John Le Mesurier, John Barron, Moira Redmond, Christine Bocca, Brian Oulton, Ray Barrett, Norman Chappell ..
Directed by: Val Guest
Release date: 1962-08-21
5.

The Notorious Landlady

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

An American junior diplomat in London rents a house from, and falls in love with, a woman suspected of murder.

Starring: Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Fred Astaire, Lionel Jeffries, Estelle Winwood, Maxwell Reed, Henry Daniell, Bess Flowers, Philippa Bevans, Ronald Long ..
Directed by: Richard Quine
Release date: 1962-04-13
6.

The Premature Burial

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

An artist grows distant from his new wife as an irrational horror of premature burial consumes him.

Starring: Ray Milland, Hazel Court, Richard Ney, Heather Angel, Alan Napier, John Dierkes, Dick Miller, Brendan Dillon, Clive Halliday ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1962-03-07
7.

The Phantom of the Opera

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

The corrupt Lord Ambrose D'Arcy steals the life's work of the poor musical Professor Petry. In an attempt to stop the printing of music with D'Arcy's name on it, Petry breaks into the printing office and accidentally starts a fire, leaving him severely disfigured. Years later, Petry returns to terrorize a London opera house that is about to perform one of his stolen operas.

Starring: Herbert Lom, Heather Sears, Edward de Souza, Thorley Walters, Michael Gough, Harold Goodwin, Martin Miller, Liane Aukin, Sonya Cordeau, Marne Maitland ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1962-06-25
8.

Der Teufel von Kapstadt

3.4
5.8/10 IMDB

The German Tourist Frank Fleischer gets into drugs and spy story.

Starring: Michael Cramer, Luisella Boni, Michael Kirner, Charles Borromel, Edward Canterbury, Nuccia Cardinali, Sandy Bicket, Corrado Annicelli ..
Directed by: Hermann Kugelstadt, Alfredo Medori
Release date: 1962-12-12
Best Mystery Movies of 1962 : The Devil's Agent
9.

The Devil's Agent

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

German actor Peter van Eyck stars as Droste, a mild-mannered businessman who was an intelligence expert during World War II. When Droste runs into his old friend Baron Von Straub (Christopher Lee), the two rekindle a friendship that was interrupted by the war. However, when Von Straub asks Droste to deliver a small package to a friend in West Germany, the befuddled Droste is set up for a series of complicated spy games.

Starring: Peter van Eyck, Marianne Koch, Macdonald Carey, Christopher Lee, Billie Whitelaw, Albert Lieven, David Knight, Marius Goring, Helen Cherry, Colin Gordon ..
Directed by: John Paddy Carstairs
Release date: 1962-09-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1962 : Mix Me a Person
10.

Mix Me a Person

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Eighteen-year-old Harry Jukes (British rock 'n roller Adam Faith in his first dramatic role) is literally holding a smoking gun in his hand. His lawyer thinks he did it, but his psychiatrist (Anne Baxter) disagrees -- and sets out to prove she is right.

Starring: Anne Baxter, Donald Sinden, Adam Faith, Walter Brown, Jack MacGowran, Topsy Jane, Carole Ann Ford ..
Directed by: Leslie Norman
Release date: 1962-08-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1962 : Kill or Cure
11.

Kill or Cure

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A private eye is hired to go undercover at a health farm, but before he can find out why his client is murdered.

Starring: Terry-Thomas, Eric Sykes, Lionel Jeffries, Dennis Price ..
Directed by: George Pollock
Release date: 1962-09-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1962 : The Incredible Doktor Markesan
12.

The Incredible Doktor Markesan

1.9
8.3/10 IMDB

Penniless Fred Bancroft, along with his new wife Molly, visits a sinister uncle he hasn't seen in years in hopes of living rent-free in his musty, decaying mansion.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Dick York, Carolyn Kearney, Richard Hale, Henry Hunter, Basil Howes, Billy Beck ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1962-02-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1962 : The Storm
13.

The Storm

1.7
7.6/10 IMDB

A newlywed woman is alone in her home during a devastating storm. As she waits for her husband to return, she is besieged by menacing sounds throughout the house, power outages, a jumpy pet black cat, and a creepy cabbie. After much deliberation, she decides to investigate a strange disturbance in the storm cellar.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Nancy Kelly, David McLean, James Griffith, Jean Carroll, Boris Karloff ..
Directed by: Herschel Daugherty
Release date: 1962-01-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1962 : Deadly Duo
14.

Deadly Duo

1.7
5.2/10 IMDB

Two identical twin sisters...one is very,very good--one is very, very bad. The good twin is due some big bucks. The bad twin wants 'em. Since they look just alike...look out.

Starring: Marcia Henderson, Craig Hill, Robert Lowery, Irene Tedrow, Dayton Lummis, Carlos Romero, David Renard, Marco López, Peter Oliphant, Manuel López ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1962-02-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1962 : The Trunk
15.

The Trunk

0.0
6.9/10 IMDB

An attorney's former mistress and his friend feign her death in order to bilk his new bride of 2,000 pounds.

Starring: Philip Carey, Julia Arnall, Dermot Walsh, Vera Day, Jill Hyem ..
Directed by: Donovan Winter
Release date: 1962-01-01
16.

Diane the Zebra Woman

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Diane the Zebra Woman follows four women’s misadventures through the streets of NYC 1962. All played by Flame [Schon], the characters consist of The Detective, The Mother, The Child, and the Medium (Girl on Bicycle). Amidst the enclave of the French new wave, an evident influence says Flame, metaphor is enacted and embodied through each figure. “He sometimes would imagine that I reminded him of Jeanne Moreau, he liked the dark circles under her eyes.” Evocative of the scene from which it emerged, the film features cameos from integral figures like William (Bill) Levy, Jonas Mekas, Paul Morrissey and features an original score composed by Malcolm Goldstein. (The End of Being)

Starring: Diane Rochlin, William Levy, Jonas Mekas, Paul Morrissey ..
Directed by: Sheldon Rochlin, Diane Rochlin
Release date: 1962-01-01

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