Top 50 MYSTERY Classics - Treeline Films

by milam_ogden | created - 26 Apr 2015 | updated - 26 Apr 2015 | Public

At Christmas time, I received a gift of 100 Mystery Classics on DVD format. I have previewed the first 50 and ready to report the results. The 2nd group of 50, entitled Dark Crimes will be listed when I complete their preview. This mysteries are listed in order that they are organized on disc.

NOTE: I could not locate two movies in the IMDb - The Green Glove (1948) and Mr. Wong, Detective (1935) starring Bagosi

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1. Bulldog Drummond's Revenge (1937)

Unrated | 57 min | Adventure, Mystery

Captain Drummond travels to Switzerland in order to marry his girlfriend but the disappearance of a dangerous cargo of explosives makes him delay his plans.

Director: Louis King | Stars: John Barrymore, John Howard, Louise Campbell, Reginald Denny

Votes: 482

2. Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937)

Approved | 67 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

Captain Drummond becomes a prisoner when he intents to protect a beautiful heiress of an espionage organization.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: Ray Milland, Guy Standing, Heather Angel, Reginald Denny

Votes: 682

3. Bulldog Drummond in Africa (1938)

Unrated | 58 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery

Drummond, his girlfriend and his butler try to free an high post of Scotland Yard who has been kidnapped.

Director: Louis King | Stars: John Howard, Heather Angel, H.B. Warner, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 410

4. Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939)

Unrated | 56 min | Mystery, Thriller

Captain Drummond and his girlfriend want to marry but a hidden treasure in the house in which they want to celebrate their marriage is complicating the situation.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: John Howard, Heather Angel, H.B. Warner, Reginald Denny

Votes: 390

5. Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937)

Approved | 64 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

The girlfriend of Captain Drummond has been kidnapped by an enemy of Drummond who seeks revenge. But Drummond and his friend Colonel Nielsen at once follow his trail...

Director: Louis King | Stars: John Barrymore, John Howard, Louise Campbell, Reginald Denny

Votes: 514

6. Bulldog Drummond's Peril (1938)

Passed | 66 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

In this episode captain Drummond tries to find the killer of various people. All assassinations were provoked by a diamond of great value, but Drummond will face the danger.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: John Barrymore, John Howard, Louise Campbell, Reginald Denny

Votes: 423

7. Dick Tracy (1945)

Approved | 61 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Police detective Dick Tracy must identify and apprehend a serial killer known as Splitface.

Director: William Berke | Stars: Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Mike Mazurki, Jane Greer

Votes: 1,103

8. Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947)

Approved | 65 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Dick Tracy goes up against a villain who robs banks using a nerve gas.

Director: John Rawlins | Stars: Boris Karloff, Ralph Byrd, Anne Gwynne, Edward Ashley

Votes: 1,413

9. Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946)

Approved | 62 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Expensive diamonds are stolen but before the thief can fence them he is strangled by ex-con Cueball, who then takes the gems and continues murdering people he believes are trying to swindle... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Lyle Latell, Rita Corday

Votes: 1,060

10. The Shadow Strikes (1937)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

Lamont Cranston assumes his secret identity as "The Shadow", to break up an attempted robbery at an attorney's office. When the police search the scene, Cranston must assume the identity of... See full summary »

Director: Lynn Shores | Stars: Rod La Rocque, Agnes Anderson, James Blakeley, Walter McGrail

Votes: 306

11. International Crime (1938)

Passed | 62 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery

Lamont Cranston (Rod La Rocque), amateur criminologist and detective, with a daily radio program, sponsored by the Daily Classic newspaper, has developed a friendly feud that sometimes ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Rod La Rocque, Astrid Allwyn, Thomas E. Jackson, Oscar O'Shea

Votes: 318

12. Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Moto thwarts a ruthless band of international agents who try to foment an international incident by mining the entrance to the Suez Canal and blaming the British.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ricardo Cortez, Virginia Field, John Carradine

Votes: 1,084

13. Mr. Wong, Detective (1938)

Passed | 69 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders. He uncovers a international spy ring hoping to steal... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Maxine Jennings, Evelyn Brent

Votes: 828

the 50th film in this collection is another Mr. Wong, Detective (1935) that starred Bela Lagosi which I could NOT locate within the IMDb

14. The Sign of Four: Sherlock Holmes' Greatest Case (1932)

Unrated | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A young woman turns to Sherlock Holmes for protection when she's menaced by an escaped killer seeking missing treasure. However, when the woman is kidnapped, Holmes and Watson must penetrate the city's criminal underworld to find her.

Director: Graham Cutts | Stars: Arthur Wontner, Isla Bevan, Ian Hunter, Graham Soutten

Votes: 441

15. The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935)

Unrated | 75 min | Mystery, Thriller

Holmes, retired to Sussex, is drawn into a last case when.arch enemy Moriarty arranges with an American gang to kill one John Douglas, a country gentleman with a mysterious past. Holmes' ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie S. Hiscott | Stars: Arthur Wontner, Lyn Harding, Leslie Perrins, Jane Carr

Votes: 480

16. Murder at the Baskervilles (1937)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Mystery

Sherlock Holmes takes a vacation and visits his old friend Sir Henry Baskerville. His vacation ends when he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a double-murder mystery. Now he's got to ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Bentley | Stars: Arthur Wontner, Ian Fleming, Lyn Harding, John Turnbull

Votes: 553

17. The Woman in Green (1945)

Approved | 68 min | Drama, Mystery

Sherlock Holmes investigates when young women around London turn up murdered, each with a finger severed. Scotland Yard suspects a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a diabolical plot.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Hillary Brooke, Henry Daniell

Votes: 4,829

18. A Study in Scarlet (1933)

Passed | 72 min | Mystery, Thriller

In London, a secret society led by lawyer Thaddeus Merrydew collects the assets of any of its deceased members and divides them among the remaining members. Society members start dropping ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Reginald Owen, Anna May Wong, June Clyde, Alan Dinehart

Votes: 716

19. Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942)

Approved | 68 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must protect a Swiss inventor of an advanced bomb sight from falling into German hands.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Kaaren Verne

Votes: 4,886

20. Terror by Night (1946)

Approved | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When the fabled Star of Rhodesia diamond is stolen on a London to Edinburgh train and the son of its owner is murdered, Sherlock Holmes must discover which of his suspicious fellow passengers is responsible.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, Dennis Hoey

Votes: 4,823

21. Dressed to Kill (1946)

Approved | 76 min | Crime, Mystery

Sherlock Holmes sets out to discover why a trio of murderous villains, including a dangerously attractive female, are desperate to obtain three unassuming and inexpensive little music boxes.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morison, Edmund Breon

Votes: 4,874

22. Nancy Drew... Reporter (1939)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Nancy Drew, reporter for the school newspaper, clears a girl of murder charges.

Director: William Clemens | Stars: Bonita Granville, John Litel, Frankie Thomas, Dickie Jones

Votes: 936

23. 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.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette, Ralph Morgan

Votes: 2,649

24. The Death Kiss (1932)

Passed | 75 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Murder during film shoot sparks search for a killer.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Adrienne Ames, John Wray

Votes: 834

25. Suddenly (1954)

Unrated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, Nancy Gates

Votes: 5,524 | Gross: $1.40M

a very good film noir classic

26. Impact (1949)

Approved | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A unfaithful wife plots with her lover to kill her husband, but the lover is accidentally killed instead. The husband stays in hiding, and lets his wife be charged with conspiracy.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn, Helen Walker

Votes: 2,635

27. He Walked by Night (1948)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

This film-noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Anthony Mann | Stars: Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Whit Bissell

Votes: 4,315

an excellent film noir classic

28. Quicksand (1950)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After taking 20 dollars from his employer to go on a date with plans to repay it the next day, an auto mechanic falls into increasingly disastrous circumstances for more and more money which rapidly spirals out of his control.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Jeanne Cagney, Barbara Bates, Peter Lorre

Votes: 1,757

29. Eyes in the Night (1942)

Passed | 80 min | Crime, Mystery

A blind detective and his seeing-eye dog investigate a murder and discover a Nazi plot.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Edward Arnold, Ann Harding, Donna Reed, Stephen McNally

Votes: 1,033

30. The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1949)

Unrated | 97 min | Mystery, Thriller

French police inspector Maigret investigates the murder of a rich Paris widow and ends up chasing the killer up the Eiffel Tower's girders.

Directors: Burgess Meredith, Irving Allen, Charles Laughton | Stars: Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone, Burgess Meredith, Robert Hutton

Votes: 699

31. Topper Returns (1941)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery

A fun-loving young woman finds herself murdered after trading bedrooms with her wealthy friend. Her ghost seeks aid from a banker to find out why and by whom.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Carole Landis, Billie Burke

Votes: 2,266

32. The Second Woman (1950)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

In flashback from a 'Rebecca'-style beginning: Ellen Foster, visiting her aunt on the California coast, meets neighbor Jeff Cohalan and his ultramodern clifftop house. Ellen is strongly ... See full summary »

Director: James V. Kern | Stars: Robert Young, Betsy Drake, John Sutton, Florence Bates

Votes: 876

33. Fog Island (1945)

Approved | 72 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

An inventor recently released from prison invites a group of former business associates to a holiday in his island home, intending to exact revenge on them.

Director: Terry O. Morse | Stars: George Zucco, Lionel Atwill, Jerome Cowan, Veda Ann Borg

Votes: 541

34. They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A boxer flees believing he has comitted a murder while he was drunk.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: John Garfield, Claude Rains, The Dead End Kids, Ann Sheridan

Votes: 1,777

35. Jigsaw (1949)

Passed | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

New York Assistant District Attorney Howard Malloy investigates a series of murders and uncovers an extremist group.

Director: Fletcher Markle | Stars: Franchot Tone, Jean Wallace, Myron McCormick, Marc Lawrence

Votes: 649

36. Algiers (1938)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Beautiful Gaby meets a romantic jewel thief in the mysterious Casbah.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Charles Boyer, Hedy Lamarr, Sigrid Gurie, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 2,226

37. Murder with Pictures (1936)

Approved | 69 min | Crime, Mystery

Suspected crime boss Nate Girard beats a murder rap, and newspaper photographer Kent Murdock is on the story. Girard and lawyer Redfield throw a party for the news men where Murdock ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Lew Ayres, Gail Patrick, Paul Kelly, Benny Baker

Votes: 240

38. The Stranger (1946)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

76 Metascore

An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Philip Merivale

Votes: 19,451

a very good film noir classic

39. Murder at Midnight (1931)

Passed | 69 min | Crime, Mystery

A murder during a game of charades at a society party leads the police to begin the hunt through the guest list for a motive and culprit.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Aileen Pringle, Alice White, Hale Hamilton, Leslie Fenton

Votes: 288

40. Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand

Votes: 5,237

an excellent film noir classic

41. Detour (1945)

Not Rated | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald

Votes: 12,862 | Gross: $0.02M

a 4 star film noir classic

42. Mystery Liner (1934)

Passed | 62 min | Adventure, Mystery

Police try to solve a murder on board an ocean liner.

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Noah Beery, Astrid Allwyn, Edwin Maxwell, Gustav von Seyffertitz

Votes: 344

43. Scarlet Street (1945)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of the fortune they mistakenly assume he possesses.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 12,649

a very good film noir classic

44. Midnight Manhunt (1945)

Approved | 64 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

In a cheap hotel room in New York City Jelke shoots gangster Joe Wells, takes a package from his pocket and flees.Wells staggers into an alley. On her way to her apartment above a wax ... See full summary »

Director: William C. Thomas | Stars: William Gargan, Ann Savage, Leo Gorcey, George Zucco

Votes: 305

45. Murder by Television (1935)

Approved | 53 min | Mystery, Thriller

James Houghland, inventor of a new method by which television signals can be instantaneously sent anywhere in the world, refuses to sell the process to television companies, who then send ... See full summary »

Director: Clifford Sanforth | Stars: Bela Lugosi, June Collyer, Huntley Gordon, George Meeker

Votes: 495

46. Too Late for Tears (1949)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Through a fluke circumstance a ruthless woman stumbles across a suitcase filled with $60,000, and she is determined to hold onto it even if it means murder.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 3,105

Lizabeth Scott is awesome in this film noir classic

47. The Moonstone (1934)

Approved | 62 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Typical Monogram whodunit from the 30's, with dialogue and sound effects based on the well known mystery book with same title. A valuable gem from India is stolen in an old dark mansion and... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Barker | Stars: David Manners, Phyllis Barry, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Jameson Thomas

Votes: 234

48. Great Guy (1936)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The adventures of an investigator (Cagney) for the Bureau of Weights and Measures.

Director: John G. Blystone | Stars: James Cagney, Mae Clarke, James Burke, Edward Brophy

Votes: 787



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