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1940s Mystery Movies

Public list by WPS with 225 movies or TV shows/series

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The Maltese Falcon(1941)

NR
| 1h 40min | Mystery, Crime, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 556 votes)

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a beautiful liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Rebecca(1940)

4.0/5 (with 566 votes)

Story of a young woman who marries a fascinating widower only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years earlier. The young wife must come to grips with the terrible secret of her handsome, cold husband, Max De Winter. She must also deal with the jealous, obsessed Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper, who will not accept her as the mistress of the house.

The Naked City(1948)

1h 36min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 80 votes)

The Naked City portrays the police investigation that follows the murder of a young model. A veteran cop is placed in charge of the case and he sets about, with the help of other beat cops and detectives, finding the girl's killer.

Suspicion(1941)

NR
| 1h 39min | Mystery, Romance / Love, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 247 votes)

Wealthy, sheltered Lina McLaidlaw is swept off her feet by charming ne'er-do-well Johnnie Aysgarth. Though warned that Johnnie is little more than a fortune hunter, Lina marries him anyway and remains loyal to her irresponsible husband as he plows his way from one disreputable business scheme to another. Gradually Lina comes to the conclusion that Johnnie intends to kill her in order to collect her inheritance. The suspicion seems confirmed when Johnnie's business partner dies under mysterious circumstances.

Laura(1944)

NR
| 1h 28min | Drama, Mystery
3.9/5 (with 256 votes)

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.

Dead Reckoning(1947)

NR
| 1h 40min | Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.4/5 (with 44 votes)

Paratroopers Captain 'Rip' Murdock and Sergeant Johnny Drake are mysteriously ordered to travel to Washington, DC. When Drake learns that he is to be awarded the Medal of Honor, he disappears before newspaper photographers can take his picture. Murdock follows the clues and tracks him down, where he learns Drake is dead. Further investigations reveal unexpected twists. Rip learns that Johnny had been accused of murder and sets out to find out whatever he can. He falls in love with Coral whose husband Johnny is supposed to have killed.

And Then There Were None(1945)

NR
| 1h 37min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 109 votes)

Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island and while they are waiting for the mysterious host to appear, a recording levels serious accusations at each of the guests. Soon they start being murdered, one by one. As the survivors try to keep their wits, they reach a disturbing conclusion: one of them must be the killer.

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon(1942)

3.2/5 (with 33 votes)

In the midst of World War II, Sherlock Holmes rescues the Swiss inventor of a new bomb-sight from the Gestapo and brings him to England, where he shortly falls into the clutches of Professor Moriarty.

The Uninvited(1944)

1h 39min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 66 votes)

A brother and sister move into an old seaside house they find abandoned for many years on the English coast. Their original enchantment with the house diminishes as they hear stories of the previous owners and meet their daughter (now a young woman) who now lives as a neighbor with her grandfather. Also heard are unexplained sounds during the night. It becomes obvious that the house is haunted.

The House of Fear(1945)

NR
| 1h 9min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 32 votes)

The Good Comrades are a collection of varied gentlemen who crave one thing - solitude. They reside at Drearcliff House, ancestral home of their eldest member. All seems serene and convivial until one by one the members begin to perish in the most grisly of manners. Foul play is suspected by the Good Comrades' insurance agent, who turns to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson for guidance.

The Spiral Staircase(1946)

3.6/5 (with 75 votes)

In 1916, a shadowy serial killer is targeting women with "afflictions". One night, during a thunderstorm, the mute Helen feels menaced.

The Woman in Green(1945)

1h 8min | Mystery, Crime, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 37 votes)

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.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror(1942)

1h 5min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 26 votes)

England, at the start of World War Two. Mysterious wireless broadcasts, apparently from Nazi Germany are heard over the BBC. They warn of acts of terror in England, just before they take place. Baffled, the Defence Committee call in Holmes ...

The Pearl of Death(1944)

NR
| 1h 9min | Thriller, Mystery, Crime
3.6/5 (with 26 votes)

The famous Borgia Pearl, a valuable gem with a history of bringing murder and misfortune to its owner since the days of the Borgias, is brought to London, thanks in part to Sherlock Holmes. But before long the jewel is stolen, due to an error on Holmes' part, and shortly thereafter, a series of horrible murders begin, the murderer leaving his victims with their spines snapped and surrounded by a mass of smashed china.

Terror by Night(1946)

NR
| 1h | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 37 votes)

Holmes and Watson board a passenger train bound from London to Edinburgh, to guard the Star of Rhodesia, an enormous diamond worth a fortune belonging to an elderly woman of wealth; but within the first hour of the trip, the woman's son is murdered and the diamond stolen and any of the passengers in their car could be the killer thief.

Dressed to Kill(1946)

NR
| 1h 12min | Crime, Mystery
3.3/5 (with 33 votes)

A convicted thief in Dartmoor prison hides the location of the stolen Bank of England printing plates inside three music boxes. When the innocent purchasers of the boxes start to be murdered, Holmes and Watson investigate.

The Thin Man Goes Home(1944)

1h 41min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 28 votes)

On a trip to visit his parents, detective Nick Charles gets mixed up in a murder investigation.

Pillow of Death(1945)

1h 6min | Horror, Mystery, Crime
3.4/5 (with 7 votes)

Attorney Wayne Fletcher and his secretary are having an affair, so when Wayne's wife is found smothered to death, he becomes the prime suspect. As the police investigate the murder, a psychic with questionable motives tries to contact the deceased woman. Soon, Wayne begins seeing visions of his dead wife, and other people involved with the case begin to be killed, one by one.

Lady in the Lake(1946)

NR
| 1h 45min | Mystery, Thriller, Crime
3.1/5 (with 29 votes)

Private detective Philip Marlowe is asked by a publishing executive, Adrienne Fromsett, to locate the wife of her boss, publisher Derace Kingsby. Earlier she had sent her husband a telegram saying she was heading to Mexico to marry Chris Lavery. However Kingsby had recently seen Lavery in the neighbouring Bay City. Marlowe pursues his investigation at the Kingsby's lakeside cottage.

The Ghost Ship(1943)

1h 9min | Thriller, Mystery
3.2/5 (with 22 votes)

Captain Stone's newly recruited officer, Tom Merriam, idolizes his senior who treats him like a friend. But when a couple of his crew members die mysteriously, Tom starts doubting Stone's authority.

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The Spider Woman(1943)

1h 3min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 23 votes)

Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of so-called "pajama suicides". He knows the female villain behind them is as cunning as Moriarty and as venomous as a spider. Based on "The Sign of Four" and the short stories "The Dying Detective", "The Final Problem", "The Speckled Band" and "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot".

Strange Confession(1945)

1h 2min | Crime, Mystery, Drama, Horror
3.4/5 (with 7 votes)

A scientist who is working on a cure for influenza is victimized by his unscrupulous boss, who releases the vaccine before it's ready, resulting in the death of the scientist's young son.

Pursuit to Algiers(1945)

NR
| 1h 5min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 16 votes)

After the King of Ruthenia has been assassinated, Holmes and Watson are engaged to escort his son to Europe via Algiers, aboard a transatlantic ocean liner which also carries a number of suspicious persons, any of whom may be involved in a plot to also assassinate him.

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death(1943)

1h 8min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 25 votes)

During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from a long list of suspects including the owners of the home, the staff and the patients recovering there.

Haunted House(1940)

1h 10min | Comedy, Mystery
2.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Teenagers try to clear a friend accused of murder.

A Dangerous Profession(1949)

1h 19min | Crime
2.8/5 (with 6 votes)

A cop-turned-bail bondsman gets involved in a murder investigation.

Charlie Chan in Panama(1940)

3.7/5 (with 6 votes)

Charlie impersonates an employee of the U.S. government to foil an espionage plot which would destroy part of the Panama Canal, trapping a Navy fleet on its way to the Pacific after maneuvers in the Atlantic.

Behind Green Lights(1946)

1h 4min | Crime
2.9/5 (with 5 votes)

An unscrupulous private investigator with a penchant for blackmail is found dead in a car and the leading suspect is Carole Landis, the daughter of a mayoral candidate. With the election just weeks away, the press, here depicted as shadowy and ruthless, will do anything to get a juicy story. They muscle the medical officer into switching the corpse with another body when it becomes clear that Carole couldn't have been the murderer. Detective Sam Carson must find a way to clean up the mess and save the girl he's beginning to fall for.

She-Wolf of London(1946)

1h 1min | Horror, Crime, Mystery
3.0/5 (with 19 votes)

A young heiress finds evidence suggesting that at night she acts under the influence of a family curse and has begun committing ghastly murders in a nearby park.

I Love a Mystery(1945)

NR
| 1h 9min | Crime, Mystery
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

This first film in the Columbia series was based on the radio serial, "The Decapitation of Jefferson Monk." A detective tries to protect a man who has predicted his murder will take place in three days.

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