Murder Mysteriesby karljhickey14 | created - 07 Jan 2016 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
An unpleasant (or rich , or a troublemaker ) person , various people he annoys who become suspects , a detective - police or amateur , who brings all the suspects together at the end - with or without saying "I bet you're wondering why I brought you all here " . Not all murder films fit the formula , these are ones that do .
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1. The Canary Murder Case (1929)
82 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A beautiful showgirl, nicknamed 'the Canary', is a scheming nightclub singer. Blackmailing is her game and soon ends up dead. But who killed 'the Canary'. All the suspects who knew her had ... See full summary »
2. The Greene Murder Case (1929)
69 min | Drama, Mystery
At the end of each year, the extremely wealthy but odious Greene family gets together at the spooky old family castle to establish terms of a will, though they despise each other. This year... See full summary »
3. The Benson Murder Case (1930)
Passed | 65 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A ruthless, crooked stockbroker is murdered at his luxurious country estate, and detective Philo Vance just happens to be there; he decides to find out who killed him.
4. The Kennel Murder Case (1933)
Passed | 73 min | Crime, Mystery
Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.
5. The Dragon Murder Case (1934)
Approved | 67 min | Mystery
The Stann family gives a small party prior to daughter Bernice's marriage to socialite Monty, but all of the guests seem to be against the match.
9. The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939)
Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Mystery
The zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder. Allen's uncle fixes her up with Bill at a company picnic. When the two go out to a ... See full summary »
10. Calling Philo Vance (1940)
Approved | 62 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Despite an exclusive contract with the U.S. government, designer Archer Coe's design is being bid on by German, Japanese, and Italian agents - until he's murdered.
11. Philo Vance Returns (1947)
Passed | 64 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
Playboy Larry Blendon (Damian O'Flynn) introduces his grandmother Stella Blendon (Clara Blandick) to his fiancée, radio singer Virginia Berneaux (Ramsay Ames). Despite Larry's record of ... See full summary »
13. Philo Vance's Secret Mission (1947)
Approved | 58 min | Mystery
Publisher Martin Jamison sends for Philo Vance as he wants to hire him as a technical advisor on the crime stories he publishes. Paul Morgan, Morgan's partner, regards the plan as foolish. ... See full summary »
14. Charlie Chan Carries On (1931)
76 min | Mystery
Charlie steps in to solve the murder of a wealthy American found dead in a London hotel. Settings include London, Nice, San Remo, Honolulu and Hong Kong. Fast-paced with lots of wisecracking.
15. The Black Camel (1931)
Passed | 71 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
The unsolved murder of a Hollywood actor several years earlier and an enigmatic psychic are the keys to help Charlie solve the Honolulu stabbing death of a beautiful actress.
16. Charlie Chan's Chance (1932)
73 min | Mystery
Charlie is the intended murder victim here, and he avoids death only by chance. To find the murderer (since, of course, murder does occur), Charlie must outguess Scotland Yard and New York City police.
17. Charlie Chan's Greatest Case (1933)
70 min | Mystery
When a good-for-nothing man named Dan is stabbed to death and his arm broken, Charlie Chan is on the case. His first clue comes from the victim's sister, who noticed a prowler wearing a glow-in-the-dark wristwatch.
18. Charlie Chan's Courage (1934)
Approved | 70 min | Mystery
Charlie is hired to deliver a pearl necklace to a millionaire at his ranch. When murder intervenes he disguises himself as a Chinese servant and begins sleuthing.
19. Charlie Chan in London (1934)
Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Charlie visits a wealthy country home in England. Suspects in the murder range from a housekeeper, to a stableman, to a lawyer.
20. Charlie Chan in Paris (1935)
Approved | 72 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Hired to investigate forged bonds, Charlie is thwarted by the murder of his undercover agent, but the arrival of son Lee helps him uncover the true culprits.
21. Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935)
Approved | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
While investigating the theft of antiquities from an ancient tomb excavation, Charlie discovers that the body of the expedition's leader concealed inside the mummy's wrappings.
22. Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935)
Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When a prominent official is murdered at a banquet honoring Charle Chan, the detective and son Lee team up to expose an opium-smuggling ring.
24. Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)
Approved | 72 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
While visiting the circus with his family, Charlie is recruited by the big top's co-owner to investigate threatening letters that he's received.
25. Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936)
Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
When a friend of Charlie's is found kicked to death by his own race horse on board a Honolulu-bound liner, the detective discovers foul play and uncovers an international gambling ring.
26. Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936)
Passed | 68 min | Mystery
A dangerous amnesiac escapes from an asylum, hides in the opera house, and is suspected of getting revenge on those who tried to murder him 13 years ago.
27. Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)
Approved | 71 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
When a strategically important new aerial guidance system is stolen, Charlie traces it to the Berlin Olympics, where he has to battle spies and enemy agents to retrieve it.
28. Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937)
Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Returning from European exile where she avoided testifying against her criminal associates, a former singer with a tell-all diary is murdered to ensure her silence.
29. Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937)
Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Although Charlie and Lee are in Monaco for an art exhibit, they become caught up in a feud between rival financiers which involves the Chans in a web of blackmail and murder.
30. Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938)
Approved | 67 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror
While Charlie is distracted with the birth of his first grandchild, son Jimmy impersonates his father in order to investigate a murder aboard a freighter in the harbor.
31. Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)
Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Mary Whitman, an old friend of Charlie's in Reno for a divorce, finds herself accused of murdering the woman her husband planned to marry after the decree became final.
32. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)
Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror
Charlie's investigation of a phony psychic during the 1939 World Exposition on San Francisco's Treasure Island leads him to expose a suicide as murder.
33. City in Darkness (1939)
Approved | 75 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
While in Paris for a reunion on the eve of World War II, Charlie finds that the murder of an hated businessman leads him to a conspiracy to smuggle arms to Germany.
35. Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)
Passed | 76 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Charlie tries to discover the identity of a strangler who strikes multiple times on a cruise ship bound from Honolulu to California.
36. Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)
Approved | 63 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
An escaped convicted murderer hides out at a New York wax museum where he hopes to get plastic surgery, which will help him revenge himself on Charlie Chan.
37. Murder Over New York (1940)
Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
When Charlie's old friend from Scotland Yard is murdered when they attend a police convention in New York, Chan picks up the case he was working on.
38. Dead Men Tell (1941)
Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
A treasure map in four pieces, the ghost of a hanged pirate, a talking parrot, and a ship full of red herrings complicate Charlie's search for a murderer on board a docked ship.
39. Charlie Chan in Rio (1941)
60 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
On the trail of a singer who killed the man she loved in Honolulu, Charlie finds her stabbed to death when he ultimately catches up to her in Rio.
45. The Jade Mask (1945)
Not Rated | 66 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Eccentric scientist Harper lives in a spooky mansion with all the trimmings: hidden lab, secret panels, inscrutable butler, and greedy relatives with unusual talents. When Harper seems to ... See full summary »
46. The Shanghai Cobra (1945)
Approved | 64 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Someone is attempting to steal radium stored in a bank. Death by cobra venom connects a number of murders. Charlie investigates.
47. The Red Dragon (1945)
Approved | 64 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Chan is faced with suspects in a stolen atomic bomb formula case, that are being killed with bullets that are not fired from a gun.
48. Shadows Over Chinatown (1946)
64 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery