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Old School Murder Mystery Films

What are some old school black and white murder mystery films?

Something along the lines of Murder at Midnight from The Mirror Crack'd or the 1965 version of Ten Little Indians.

Thanks!

by Anonymousreply 141May 13, 2024 9:43 AM

The Lady Vanishes

by Anonymousreply 1January 4, 2023 3:14 AM

The 39 Steps

by Anonymousreply 2January 4, 2023 3:15 AM

Village of the Damned

by Anonymousreply 3January 4, 2023 3:16 AM

Jennifer

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by Anonymousreply 4January 4, 2023 3:16 AM

Not a single one of the films named at r1, r2, or r3 is a murder mystery.

r1 and r2 named spy thrillers. r3 named a science fiction thriller.

by Anonymousreply 5January 4, 2023 3:18 AM

Also, r1/r2 is the same person as OP, so he is--incorrectly!--answering his own question.

by Anonymousreply 6January 4, 2023 3:20 AM

What about The Old Dark House (1963)?

Based on a novel by J. B. Priestley. It has a good cast of character actors- Tom Poston, Joyce Grenfell, Peter Bull, Mervyn Johns, and Robert Morley.

by Anonymousreply 7January 4, 2023 3:22 AM

The Old Dark House is a remake of a better, earlier film

by Anonymousreply 8January 4, 2023 3:23 AM

The Thirteenth Chair

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by Anonymousreply 9January 4, 2023 3:25 AM

R8 I think you are right! This looks very good! I want to read the novel first.

Directed by James Whale with all star cast- Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Eva Moore, Raymond Massey, Gloria Stuart, and Charles Laughton.

This is definitely on my list. Thank you for the recommendation!

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by Anonymousreply 10January 4, 2023 3:31 AM

Lady of Burlesque

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by Anonymousreply 11January 4, 2023 3:39 AM

I like this one, not sure if it’s the type of movie you’re looking for. Also check out the Hildegard Withers series with Edna Mae Oliver.

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by Anonymousreply 12January 4, 2023 3:41 AM

Lucille Ball on the trail of a serial killer in foggy London

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by Anonymousreply 13January 4, 2023 3:46 AM

r10, it's a good one. Directed by James Whale (who was family and really talented)

by Anonymousreply 14January 4, 2023 3:47 AM

Moss Rose

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by Anonymousreply 15January 4, 2023 3:48 AM

Hangover Square

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by Anonymousreply 16January 4, 2023 3:48 AM

The Lodger

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by Anonymousreply 17January 4, 2023 3:49 AM

The Spiral Staircase

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by Anonymousreply 18January 4, 2023 3:50 AM

This one is interesting. It’s an anthology film but the setup is that a guy ends up in a house with a bunch of strangers that he’s had recurring dreams about. Each guest has a spooky story to tell.

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by Anonymousreply 19January 4, 2023 3:56 AM

Thanks for the recommendations!

by Anonymousreply 20January 4, 2023 4:27 AM

R13 Lured looks good! Another great cast of stock actors- Lucille Ball, George Sanders, Charles Coburn, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Robert Coote, Alan Napier, and Boris Karloff

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by Anonymousreply 21January 4, 2023 4:32 AM

this might be too recent for you OP but if not it’s worth a watch.

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by Anonymousreply 22January 4, 2023 4:37 AM

Witness for the Prosecution 1957

Based on Agatha Christie's play A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards

-Best Picture Arthur Hornblow Jr. -Best Actor in a Leading Role Charles Laughton -Best Actress in a Supporting Role Elsa Lanchester -Best Director Billy Wilder -Best Sound, Recording Gordon Sawyer (Samuel Goldwyn SSD) -Best Film Editing Daniel Mandell

by Anonymousreply 23January 4, 2023 4:46 AM

You girls are slow:

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by Anonymousreply 24January 4, 2023 5:44 AM

Laura (1944)

New York City Police Department detective Mark McPherson is investigating the murder of a young, beautiful, highly successful advertising executive, Laura Hunt, killed by a shotgun blast to the face just inside the doorway of her apartment...

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by Anonymousreply 25January 4, 2023 5:51 AM

R15 I love Peggy Cummins, so thanks for the recommendation

by Anonymousreply 26January 4, 2023 8:32 AM

The Thin Man (1934) is one of my favorite movies.

Please keep the recommendations coming!

by Anonymousreply 27January 4, 2023 3:14 PM

"Forbidden Planet"

by Anonymousreply 28January 4, 2023 3:22 PM

R26, me too. She was good in Gun Crazy

by Anonymousreply 29January 4, 2023 3:35 PM

The Blue Dahlia, with Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake

by Anonymousreply 30January 4, 2023 3:36 PM

What about Bunny Lake is missing?

I have been wanting to see it for years. Isn't it a murder mystery? Directed by Otto Preminger, and starring Laurence Olivier, Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, and Clive Revill.

by Anonymousreply 31January 4, 2023 4:10 PM

Dark Waters

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by Anonymousreply 32January 4, 2023 4:19 PM

Temptation

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by Anonymousreply 33January 4, 2023 4:20 PM

The Cat and the Canary

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by Anonymousreply 34January 4, 2023 4:20 PM

The Black Phone

by Anonymousreply 35January 4, 2023 4:26 PM

The Margaret Rutherford series of mysteries from the 1960s.

by Anonymousreply 36January 4, 2023 7:46 PM

The Old Dark House is on YouTube

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by Anonymousreply 37January 4, 2023 8:38 PM

Séance on a Wet Afternoon

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by Anonymousreply 38January 4, 2023 8:41 PM

There are some good ones here

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by Anonymousreply 39January 4, 2023 8:43 PM

I came across "Murder by Invitation " on Tubi. If you see this, there will be many other 1930s/1940s B mysteries that are of terrible quality but somewhat fun. The copyright must be expired on these. I especially like the comedic mysteries that were popular then.

Look for "One Body Too Many" with Jack Haley and Jean Parker.

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by Anonymousreply 40January 4, 2023 8:49 PM

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Old Yeller

Hello, Dolly!

by Anonymousreply 41January 4, 2023 9:06 PM

I just discovered City of the Dead. It is not a murder mystery per se, but it looks like a lot of fun. Stars Christopher Lee and Venetia Stevenson

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by Anonymousreply 42January 4, 2023 9:10 PM

I was thinking of mentioning that movie r42 but that's the folk horror genre. Check out Night of the Eagle about a Donna Reed looking housewife performing witchcraft. Featuring a sexy Peter Wyngarde showing bulge.

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by Anonymousreply 43January 5, 2023 3:47 AM

That Donna Reed looking housewife was Miss Janet Blair, r43.

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by Anonymousreply 44January 5, 2023 3:53 AM

Inner Sanctum

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by Anonymousreply 45January 5, 2023 3:53 AM

Dead Man's Eyes

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by Anonymousreply 46January 5, 2023 3:54 AM

This one was based on the same novel as Night of the Eagle, which was mentioned above

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by Anonymousreply 47January 5, 2023 3:55 AM

It's certainly a snappier title, r47.

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by Anonymousreply 48January 5, 2023 3:59 AM

Margaret Rutherford, "the British battleship," as she was called.

by Anonymousreply 49January 5, 2023 4:07 AM

r48 but does it have furry chests?

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by Anonymousreply 50January 5, 2023 4:07 AM

[Quote]What about Bunny Lake is missing?

Not a murder mystery. It's about the search for a missing child

by Anonymousreply 51January 5, 2023 4:19 AM

[Quote]I just discovered City of the Dead. It is not a murder mystery per se, but it looks like a lot of fun. Stars Christopher Lee and Venetia Stevenson

Aka Horror Hotel A supernatural thriller

by Anonymousreply 52January 5, 2023 4:21 AM

Ten Little Indians 1965 a good film version of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None

The hairy chest is supplied by Hugh O' Brian

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by Anonymousreply 53January 5, 2023 4:26 AM

r42 The interesting thing about City of the Dead is that some of the plot elements and gags are very similar to Psycho and it looks like they were being filmed at nearly the same time.

by Anonymousreply 54January 5, 2023 4:27 AM

Homicidal, which is campy as hell

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by Anonymousreply 55January 5, 2023 4:30 AM

Saw that at the drive-in, r53.

by Anonymousreply 56January 5, 2023 4:30 AM

Two on a Guillotine

by Anonymousreply 57January 5, 2023 5:50 PM

This might have helped steer the gays, OP.

The Mirror Crack’d opens with a several minutes of a b/w drawing room mystery, Murder at Midnight, with all the suspects assembled for the naming of the culprit.

Those minutes are not in the available clip; instead, here is the film breaking down, with Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple solving the movie mystery for the frustrated parishioners.

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by Anonymousreply 58January 5, 2023 6:34 PM

[bold]Green for Danger[/bold] (1946) Classic British mystery, based on the novel by Christianna Brand.

A patient dies on the operating table in a rural English hospital during WWII, and one of the nurses claims to have evidence that he was murdered. When she is subsequently killed, Inspector Cockrill (Alistair Sim) of Scotland Yard investigates.

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by Anonymousreply 59January 5, 2023 7:26 PM

R59, good choice. I really like that one.

by Anonymousreply 60January 5, 2023 7:35 PM

R58 thank you! I tried to find a clip of the Murder at Midnight segment, but couldn't.

by Anonymousreply 61January 5, 2023 7:47 PM

The Spiral Staircase could be considered a murder mystery I think.

The 1940's And Then There Were None is a better version of the Christie book than the mediocre 60's Ten Little Indians, despite the hunky Hugh O'Brien.

by Anonymousreply 62January 5, 2023 9:04 PM

R62 sure, but the 1965 Ten Little Indians is my favorite. It has more "atmosphere" than the 1940's one. I love the actors in the 1960's one- Hugh O'Brien, Shirley Eaton, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Dennis Price, Leo Genn, etc.

by Anonymousreply 63January 5, 2023 10:08 PM

Departing from OP’s old movie request, I suggest the 2015 BBC adaptation of And Then There We’re None, which holds closer to the dark conclusion in Christie’s novel.

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by Anonymousreply 64January 5, 2023 10:18 PM

R59 - yes, I also remember "Green for Danger" being an excellent film.

by Anonymousreply 65January 5, 2023 10:42 PM

I agree with your assessment of the 1965 film and don't forget Fabian R63

Eight people go to an Austrian castle at the invitation of a mysterious host. They are then informed that each of them is a killer and all will meet their death by the end of the weekend. All start dying one-by-one. Released with a two-minute murder break to allow the audience to guess the killer. The second of three versions of this Agatha Christie mystery, following 1945's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, and pre-dating 1975's TEN LITTLE INDIANS. This version, however, is the only one to retain Christie's original ending.

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by Anonymousreply 66January 5, 2023 11:33 PM

Haunted Honeymoon

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by Anonymousreply 67January 6, 2023 2:33 AM

Not only does the 2015 BBC adaptation of "And Then There Were None" hold closely to Christie's original novel, it also features Aiden Turner wearing nothing but a towel.

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by Anonymousreply 68January 6, 2023 5:01 PM

Dementia 13

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by Anonymousreply 69January 6, 2023 6:10 PM

Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte

by Anonymousreply 70January 6, 2023 6:10 PM

"The Case of the Black Cat" with Ricardo Cortez as Perry Mason

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by Anonymousreply 71March 2, 2023 7:05 AM

"Topper Returns" 1941

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by Anonymousreply 72March 3, 2023 3:07 AM

Midnight Lace (1960) with Doris Day.

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by Anonymousreply 73March 3, 2023 3:25 AM

Would Gaslight be considered a murder mystery?

by Anonymousreply 74March 3, 2023 3:42 AM

R74 I think "Gaslight" is considered a psychological thriller, even though there has been a murder and the murderer is eventually discovered.

by Anonymousreply 75March 3, 2023 5:59 AM

The Ghost Breakers (1940)

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by Anonymousreply 76March 12, 2023 10:37 PM

Since you love the Thin Man series, have you seen the Philo Vance movies William Powell starred in prior to those? My favorite of the bunch is The Kennel Murder Case (1933).

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by Anonymousreply 77March 12, 2023 11:55 PM

What about The Uninvited (1944)?

Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Alan Napier, Gail Russell, and Mr. Donald Crisp.

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by Anonymousreply 78July 10, 2023 3:16 AM

Take your pick from the numerous entries in the long-running Charlie Chan movie series.

For example there is:

Charlie Chan in Shanghai

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by Anonymousreply 79July 10, 2023 3:41 AM

The Penguin Pool Murder (1932)

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by Anonymousreply 80July 15, 2023 4:37 AM

Mazurka (1935, Germany) , starring Pola Negri

A woman is put on trial for murdering a predatory musician.

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by Anonymousreply 81July 15, 2023 4:40 AM

The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)

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by Anonymousreply 82July 15, 2023 4:43 AM

The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

This one is more of a horror film than a traditional mystery. But the early color is beautiful and Glenda Farrell is a lot of fun as a wisecracking reporter/amateur sleuth.

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by Anonymousreply 83July 15, 2023 4:45 AM

Thunder on the Hill (1951)

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by Anonymousreply 84July 15, 2023 4:48 AM

Voice of Merrill aka Murder Will Out (1952)

British film starring Valerie Hobson. A convicted female blackmailer is found murdered in her flat and suspicion falls on three men, all of whom the police believe may have had reason to wish her dead.

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by Anonymousreply 85July 15, 2023 4:53 AM

Street of Chance (1942)

After Frank Thompson (Burgess Meredith) recovers from a head injury, he is shocked to discover that a year has passed, and that he's wanted by detective Joe Marucci (Sheldon Leonard) in connection with a murder about which he knows nothing. After retracing his steps, he meets Ruth (Claire Trevor), who turns out to have worked with Frank -- known to her as Danny -- at the estate where the murder was committed.

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by Anonymousreply 86July 15, 2023 4:57 AM

The Dark Corner (1946)

Wonderful noir starring Lucille Ball as a secretary a secretary to a private eye who's framed for murder.

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by Anonymousreply 87July 15, 2023 5:00 AM

Deadline at Dawn (1946)

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by Anonymousreply 88July 15, 2023 5:01 AM

The Guilty (1947)

Two men sharing an apartment meet twin sisters (both Bonita Granville). One's sweet, the other a major piece of bad news. The nice one is murdered and her boyfriend is accused of the crime. The wrong man/wrong victim plot strikes again.

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by Anonymousreply 89July 15, 2023 5:06 AM

High Tide (1947)

A conflict between a gambling syndicate leader and a crusading newspaper editor leads to murder. Starring Don Castle and Lee Tracy.

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by Anonymousreply 90July 15, 2023 5:13 AM

R89 Grateful for the bump. These movies are a great viewing idea for these stormy summer nights.

by Anonymousreply 91July 15, 2023 5:15 AM

Bury Me Dead (1947)

A woman (June Lockhart) watches her own funeral, then sets out with her lawyer (Hugh Beaumont) to learn who was in the casket.

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by Anonymousreply 92July 15, 2023 5:18 AM

The Lady Confesses (1945)

A man's (Hugh Beaumont) girlfriend (Mary Beth Hughes) turns sleuth after his long-lost wife turns up dead.

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by Anonymousreply 93July 15, 2023 5:22 AM

Grissly's Millions (1945)

An eccentric wealthy man is murdered, and the police set out to find his killer. Starring Virginia Grey and Paul Kelly.

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by Anonymousreply 94July 15, 2023 5:27 AM

The Missing Juror (1944)

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by Anonymousreply 95July 15, 2023 5:31 AM

The Woman in Question (1950)

British film starring Jean Kent, Dirk Bogarde, and Susan Shaw. Agnes “Astra” Huston, a fortune teller at a run-down fair, is found strangled in her bedroom. As the police question five suspects, their interactions with her are shown in flashbacks from their point of view.

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by Anonymousreply 96July 15, 2023 5:35 AM

“Haunted Honeymoon” (“Busman’s Hineymoon” in the UK) starring the incomparable Robert Montgomery as amateur detective Lord Peter Whimsey.

Absolutely delightful from start to finish.

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by Anonymousreply 97July 15, 2023 5:38 AM

Crime on the Hill (1933)

Murder runs amok in an English Manor house as the local vicar turns sleuth to solve the mystery.

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by Anonymousreply 98July 15, 2023 5:38 AM

Thirteen Women (1932)

Female alumnae of the St. Albans Seminary sorority group receive letters from Swami Yogodachi, making alarming predictions of death and murder -- which come true. Fun precode starring Irene Dunne, Myrna Loy, and Peg Entwistle.

Shortly after making this movie Entwistle became notorious by leaping to her death atop the "H" on the Hollywoodland sign.

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by Anonymousreply 99July 15, 2023 5:43 AM

Cover Up (1949)

An insurance investigator (Dennis O'Keefe) arrives in a small town to look into the report of a suicide, but when he fails to turn up any of the expected evidence, a dark mystery unfolds.

This is a good one to watch during the holiday season, as it takes place during Christmas.

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by Anonymousreply 100July 15, 2023 5:48 AM

Who Killed Santa Claus? aka L'assassinat du Père Noël (1941, France)

A village in the French Alps is rocked by a series of crimes, including the theft of a sacred ring and the murder of a man dressed as Père Noël (Father Christmas).

This wonderful film is one of my favorite Christmas movies.

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by Anonymousreply 101July 15, 2023 5:51 AM

Two O'Clock Courage (1945)

An amnesiac (Tom Conway) discovers he's wanted for murder, and a female cabbie (Ann Rutherford) turns detective to clear his name.

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by Anonymousreply 102July 15, 2023 6:07 AM

Paper Orchid (1949, UK)

Directed by Roy Ward Baker. This is a murder mystery set in the newspaper industry. I couldn't find it anywhere but it was recommended to me by someone whose taste I trust. It's available on DVD so I trust it will eventually turn up streaming somewhere.

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by Anonymousreply 103July 15, 2023 6:47 AM

The Night Won't Talk (1952, UK)

When a beautiful young artist’s model is strangled in her bed, Scotland Yard find themselves with three suspects – her sinister ex-husband (Elwyn Brook-Jones), a sexually disturbed artist (Ballard Berkeley) and her violent new boyfriend (John Bailey), who is prone to unexplained blackouts.To catch the killer, the police must set a dangerous trap with the aid of a famous sculptress (Hy Hazell).

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by Anonymousreply 104July 15, 2023 6:49 AM

Take My Life (1947, UK)

When her husband is wrongly accused of murder, an opera singer sets out to find the real culprit.

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by Anonymousreply 105July 15, 2023 6:52 AM

The October Man (1947, UK)

A man suffering from a traumatic head injury is the chief suspect in a murder case. Starring John Mills and Joan Greenwood with a screenplay by Eric Ambler.

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by Anonymousreply 106July 15, 2023 6:57 AM

Rosaura at 10 O'Clock (1958)

I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery/film noir, which has been called one of the greatest Argentinian films ever made. The plot concerns a nebbishy, middle-aged painter who lives in a boarding house and who starts receiving letters from a mysterious woman named Rosaura.

by Anonymousreply 107July 15, 2023 7:32 AM

Sorry, let me try that again. I forgot the link.

Rosaura at 10 O'Clock (1958)

I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery/film noir, which has been called one of the greatest Argentinian films ever made. The plot concerns a nebbishy, middle-aged painter who lives in a boarding house and who starts receiving letters from a mysterious woman named Rosaura.

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by Anonymousreply 108July 15, 2023 7:33 AM

The Murderer Lives at Number 21 aka L 'Assassin Habite Au 21 (1942, France)

Another great foreign language boarding house mystery, this time from France. It's directed by the great Henri-Georges Clouzot, who was called "the French Hitchcock."

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by Anonymousreply 109July 15, 2023 7:40 AM

Quai des Orfèvres (1947, France)

A flirtatious wife runs off to meet an older man and the husband closes in with intend to murder him, but finds the deed already done. This is another wonderful film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot.

Clouzot also directed the classic film Diabolique. It involves murder but it's a thriller rather a murder mystery per se.

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by Anonymousreply 110July 15, 2023 7:45 AM

Girl with Hyacinths (1950, Sweden)

When a young woman dies under mysterious circumstances, her neighbors investigate her past.

This one is *so* good! It features a plot element that is well ahead of its time.

The YouTube I've linked to below has English subtitles; click on the "CC" and they will appear.

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by Anonymousreply 111July 15, 2023 8:39 AM

An Inspector Calls (1954, UK)

Based on the play by J.B. Priestley, this British mystery follows Inspector Poole (Alastair Sim) as he investigates the apparent suicide of Eva Smith (Jane Wenham), a young working-class woman. Paying a visit to the wealthy Birling household, Poole arrives in the middle of a dinner party and slowly reveals how each family member, including stern patriarch Arthur Birling (Arthur Young) and his uptight wife, Sybil (Olga Lindo), could have had a hand in Eva's death.

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by Anonymousreply 112July 15, 2023 8:42 AM

Secret of the Blue Room (1933)

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by Anonymousreply 113July 17, 2023 6:04 AM

The Last Warning (1929)

Five years after an actor is murdered during a performance, a producer decides to restage the production of the same play, in the same theater and with the remaining members of the original cast.

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by Anonymousreply 114July 30, 2023 3:16 AM

Paper Orchid is on YouTube.

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by Anonymousreply 115July 30, 2023 4:21 AM

"Charlie Chan at the Opera" is very entertaining.

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by Anonymousreply 116July 30, 2023 5:16 AM

Crossfire (1947, Edward Dmytryk)

When a Jewish man is murdered, a homicide detective suspects a hate crime. Starring Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Robert Young, and Gloria Grahame.

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by Anonymousreply 117July 30, 2023 8:32 AM

The Preview Murder Mystery (1936, Robert Florey)

After a star is killed at a movie preview, police hold everyone within the confines of a major Hollywood studio.

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by Anonymousreply 118July 30, 2023 8:35 AM

I found this great channel on YT with old film noir classics. I just watched The Suspect with Charles Laughton. I thought one of you may enjoy this channel as well. ( There goes my morning 😆)

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by Anonymousreply 119July 30, 2023 11:29 AM

[quote]Crossfire (1947, Edward Dmytryk) When a Jewish man is murdered, a homicide detective suspects a hate crime.

In the original novel, [bold]The Brick Foxhole[/bold] by Richard Brooks, the murdered man is gay. It was changed for the movie due to the Production Code.

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by Anonymousreply 120July 30, 2023 6:12 PM

A few days ago, on TCM I watched Karloff's 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐧𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐜𝐞 (1938). It wasn't bad.

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by Anonymousreply 121July 30, 2023 9:21 PM

R119, I liked The Suspect a lot

by Anonymousreply 122July 30, 2023 9:27 PM

Bump

by Anonymousreply 123August 6, 2023 6:56 AM

R68 - just watched that one over the weekend. Good god that Aiden Turner is sexy as hell. Mmmmmm.

by Anonymousreply 124August 30, 2023 1:41 AM

Rebecca

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by Anonymousreply 125August 30, 2023 1:57 AM

The Seventh Victim

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by Anonymousreply 126August 30, 2023 2:01 AM

1960s INSPECTOR PALMU films. Unfortunately these films are practically unknown outside of Finland, where they're considered to be some of the biggest classics of local cinema and have a cult status.

Four films were made - the first two are pretty great, the third one is just OK, while the fourth one is unwatchable. They can easily be found on torrent sites with English subs.

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by Anonymousreply 127August 30, 2023 12:55 PM

Lots of good ones here with YouTube recommending more.

by Anonymousreply 128August 30, 2023 7:17 PM

r118 Starring Gail Patrick, who went on to the the exec. producer of "Perry Mason."

by Anonymousreply 129August 30, 2023 7:25 PM

Dead of Night is on Kanopy.

by Anonymousreply 130August 30, 2023 11:01 PM

‘Skeleton Key’ with Kate Hudson 2005. -not an old movie but it feels like it could have been made in the old studio system 30/40’s.

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by Anonymousreply 131August 31, 2023 12:41 AM

Black Angel (1946, Roy William Neill)

When a man is convicted of a singer's murder, his wife tries to prove him innocent...aided by the victim's ex-husband. Based on a Cornell Woolrich story, this film noir stars Dan Duryea, June Vincent, and Peter Lorre

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by Anonymousreply 132December 30, 2023 9:49 AM

This Man Is News (1938, David MacDonald, UK)

A British reporter (Barry K. Barnes) and his smart wife (Valerie Hobson) outwit gangsters who think he knows too much in this Thin Man-inspired comedy mystery film. With Alistair Sim.

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by Anonymousreply 133March 15, 2024 7:52 AM

Quiet Please, Murder (1942, John Larkin)

A smooth forger (George Sanders) kills for library first editions, planning to sell copies to a Nazi collector. Co-starring Gail Patrick.

This one is a lot of fun.

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by Anonymousreply 134March 15, 2024 8:00 AM

They showed a good one on TCM today. Mystery Street. Poor Jan Sterling is discovered dead on a beach and Ricardo Montalban is on the case. Elsa Lanchester plays the landlady.

by Anonymousreply 135March 15, 2024 8:06 AM

I just want thank whoever started this thread. There are lots of wonderful finds here and hours upon hours of quality light entertainment. Perfect viewing for when I need a comfort watch or for nights (like this one) when I'm having trouble falling asleep.

by Anonymousreply 136March 15, 2024 9:00 AM

I second R136... I didn't know this thread existed until a few minutes ago... fund scrolling through and the Film Noir Foundation? Nifty find.

by Anonymousreply 137March 15, 2024 9:24 AM

Contrary to the description below, Love from a Stranger (1937) starring Ann Harding and Basil Rathbone is not a whodunnit. But it is an entertaining psychological thriller. Based on a story by Agatha Christie.

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by Anonymousreply 138May 13, 2024 6:46 AM

R73, There is no murder.

"Double Indemnity"!!

"Strangers On a Train."

by Anonymousreply 139May 13, 2024 7:50 AM

R130, Kanopy requires a library membership.

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by Anonymousreply 140May 13, 2024 7:52 AM

The 1945 version of "And Then There Were None" for the cast. The 2015 version for the story.

For op, the German film"M" which made Peter Lorre a star. Fritz Lang gives a very interesting window into the Wiemar era underworld.

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