Not The Thin Man

by karljhickey14 | created - 06 Jan 2016 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

Films with wise cracking couples solving murders , a la Nick and Nora .

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1. Star of Midnight (1935)

Approved | 90 min | Romance, Comedy, Mystery

When a dancer disappears from a theater, her former lover asks lawyer Clay Dalzell to investigate, leading him on a trail of murder and deception.

Director: Stephen Roberts | Stars: William Powell, Ginger Rogers, Paul Kelly, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 1,036

William Powell and Ginger Rogers

2. The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

A wealthy mystery writer uses her doctor ex-husband's non-payment of alimony to coerce him into a reconciliation.

Director: Stephen Roberts | Stars: William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Gleason, Eric Blore

Votes: 1,439

William Powell and Jean Arthur

3. Remember Last Night? (1935)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Mystery

After a night of wild partying at a friend's house, a couple wake up to discover the party's host has been murdered in his bed. A detective is called in to investigate, but his ... See full summary »

Director: James Whale | Stars: Edward Arnold, Robert Young, Constance Cummings, George Meeker

Votes: 412

Robert Young and Constance Cummings

4. Fast Company (1938)

Approved | 75 min | Romance, Comedy, Mystery

A husband and wife team who are in rare books and are skillful at recovering stolen volumes for insurance companies become involved in the murder of a fence.

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Florence Rice, Claire Dodd, Shepperd Strudwick

Votes: 419

Melvyn Douglas and Florence Rice

5. Fast and Loose (1939)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Mystery, Crime

Rare booksellers Joel and Garda Sloane are engaged to find who is stealing rare books from a private library.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Rosalind Russell, Reginald Owen, Ralph Morgan

Votes: 542

Robert Montgomery and Rosalind Russell

6. Fast and Furious (1939)

Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

Rare book dealers Joel and Garda take a summertime jaunt to the seashore where he becomes involved in a beauty pageant as investor and judge much to her chagrin.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Franchot Tone, Ann Sothern, Ruth Hussey, Lee Bowman

Votes: 615

Franchot Tone and Ann Sothern

7. The Hat Box Mystery (1947)

Passed | 44 min | Short, Action, Comedy

Susan Hart, assistant to private detective Russ Ashton, is given a camera concealed in a hat box and assigned to take a picture of a woman. A gun is accidentally hidden in the box and the ... See full summary »

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Tom Neal, Pamela Blake, Allen Jenkins, Virginia Sale

Votes: 82

Tom Neal and Pamela Blake

8. The Case of the Baby Sitter (1947)

Passed | 41 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Jewel thieves, operating under the guises of a Duke and a Duchess, hire the Ace Detective Agency, run by Russ Ashton, to baby sit an infant they have kidnapped and are using as a blind. A ... See full summary »

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Tom Neal, Pamela Blake, Allen Jenkins, Virginia Sale

Votes: 43

9. A Night to Remember (1942)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

A mystery writer and his newlywed wife move into a Greenwich Village apartment and find themselves with a corpse and a half dozen red herrings.

Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Loretta Young, Brian Aherne, Jeff Donnell, William Wright

Votes: 912

Brian Aherne and Loretta Young

10. Mr. and Mrs. North (1942)

Passed | 67 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Jerry North (William Post Jr.) and his wife, Pam (Gracie Allen)return home after a night away in a holiday spirit. The spirit soon vanishes when the body of a man falls out of the liquor ... See full summary »

Director: Robert B. Sinclair | Stars: Gracie Allen, William Post Jr., Paul Kelly, Rose Hobart

Votes: 244

William Post Jr and Gracie Allen

11. Haunted Honeymoon (1940)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Lord Peter Wimsey is an amateur detective. He is to be married to Harriet Vane, who writes crime novels, at a big Society wedding. Harriet has little charms made so that they both promise ... See full summary »

Directors: Arthur B. Woods, Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Constance Cummings, Leslie Banks, Seymour Hicks

Votes: 536

Robert Montgomery and Constance Cummings

12. Ellery Queen, Master Detective (1940)

Approved | 69 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Famed detective and crime novelist Ellery Queen solves a case involving the suspicious death of a rich man whose inheritors fight over his estate.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Margaret Lindsay, Charley Grapewin, James Burke

Votes: 116

Ralph Bellamy as Ellery Queen and Margaret Lindsay as Nikki Porter .

13. Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941)

Approved | 69 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery

Jewlery smuggled into the United States from China.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Margaret Lindsay, Charley Grapewin, Anna May Wong

Votes: 112

14. Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime (1941)

Passed | 68 min | Mystery

Several days after one of his company's dams burst, ruining the life savings of several investors, a shady power company president is found stabbed to death. Ellery Queen gets to the bottom of the mystery.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Margaret Lindsay, Charley Grapewin, Spring Byington

Votes: 76

15. Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring (1941)

Approved | 70 min | Mystery

The benefactor of the Stack Memorial Hospital dies after an operation. Ellery Queen investigates when it is revealed the cause of death was murder by strangulation.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Margaret Lindsay, Charley Grapewin, Mona Barrie

Votes: 82

16. A Close Call for Ellery Queen (1942)

Passed | 67 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery

Two mysterious seamen come from Alan Rogers' past to blackmail him as he seeks to locate his missing daughters. Ellery Queen is called in by Stewart Cole, Rogers' secretary. Queen goes to ... See full summary »

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: William Gargan, Margaret Lindsay, Charley Grapewin, Ralph Morgan

Votes: 67

William Gargan takes over as Ellery Queen .

17. A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen (1942)

Approved | 70 min | Mystery

Detective Ellery Queen tries to find a missing man, and gets embroiled in a case of murder and embezzlement.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: William Gargan, Margaret Lindsay, John Litel, Charley Grapewin

Votes: 58

18. Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen (1942)

Approved | 64 min | Mystery, Thriller, War

Detective Ellery Queen aids Free Dutch agents battle Nazi spies over a prize of industrial diamonds.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: William Gargan, Margaret Lindsay, Charley Grapewin, Gale Sondergaard

Votes: 50

19. There's Always a Woman (1938)

Passed | 81 min | Comedy, Mystery

An investigator for the district attorney and his amateur-sleuth wife compete to solve a murder mystery.

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Joan Blondell, Melvyn Douglas, Mary Astor, Frances Drake

Votes: 617

Melvyn Douglas and Joan Blondell

20. There's That Woman Again (1938)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Mystery

Bill Reardon, a private detective, is working on a case involving stolen items from a local jewelry store. The case takes a different turn when Bill's prying wife wants to help catch the crook.

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Virginia Bruce, Margaret Lindsay, Stanley Ridges

Votes: 149

Melvyn Douglas and Virginia Bruce

21. This Man Is News (1938)

63 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

David Kier, one of the thieves in a sensational jewel robbery and subsequent trial, is set free when the turns King's Evidence on the other members. Kier refuses to give reporter Simon ... See full summary »

Director: David MacDonald | Stars: Barry K. Barnes, Valerie Hobson, Alastair Sim, John Warwick

Votes: 62

Barry K. Barnes and Valerie Hobson

22. 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 »

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Gracie Allen, Warren William, Ellen Drew, Kent Taylor

Votes: 181

Warren William and Gracie Allen

23. Adventure in Manhattan (1936)

Passed | 73 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A reporter meets an actress whose producer is a presumed-dead thief, and stakes his reputation on predicting the next crime.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Reginald Owen, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 536

Joel McCrea and Jean Arthur

24. Having Wonderful Crime (1945)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A lawyer and two newlyweds get mixed up in mock mystery at a resort.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Pat O'Brien, George Murphy, Carole Landis, Lenore Aubert

Votes: 492

25. Lady on a Train (1945)

Approved | 94 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

In New York, a woman who partially witnesses a killing from a train window seeks the aid of a crime novelist to solve the murder.

Director: Charles David | Stars: Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy, Edward Everett Horton, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 1,523

26. Dangerous Blondes (1943)

Approved | 81 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A crime fiction writer and his wife investigate murders that are occurring at a fashion photography studio.

Director: Leigh Jason | Stars: Allyn Joslyn, Evelyn Keyes, Edmund Lowe, John Hubbard

Votes: 243

Allyn Joslyn and Evelyn Keyes

27. It Couldn't Have Happened (But It Did) (1936)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

When a play's two producers are murdered, the playwright tries to solve the crime.

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Reginald Denny, Evelyn Brent, Jack La Rue, Inez Courtney

Votes: 94

28. Find the Blackmailer (1943)

Passed | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

John Rhodes (Gene Lockhart)hires private detective D. L. Trees (Jerome Cowan)to track down a talking blackbird owned by Fred Molner, who uses the bird as a means of blackmailing Rhodes. ... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Jerome Cowan, Faye Emerson, Gene Lockhart, Marjorie Hoshelle

Votes: 190

Jerome Cowan and Faye Emerson

29. Crime by Night (1944)

Approved | 72 min | Drama, Mystery

Detective Sam Campbell and his perky sidekick Robby Vance are called in on a routine child support dispute. Things take an unexpected turn when the client's ex-father-in-law, the head of a ... See full summary »

Director: William Clemens | Stars: Jane Wyman, Jerome Cowan, Faye Emerson, Charles Lang

Votes: 358

Jerome Cowan and Faye Emerson

30. Under Cover of Night (1937)

Passed | 71 min | Action, Comedy, Mystery

A crazed, philandering professor prevents his studious wife from leaving him by committing the perfect murder.

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Florence Rice, Nat Pendleton, Henry Daniell

Votes: 144

31. One New York Night (1935)

Passed | 71 min | Comedy, Mystery

Foxhall Ridgeway, arriving in New York City from the West, stumbles onto a murder in the hotel room next to his. He gets tangled up into the affair, and with the aid of Phoebe, the hotel ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Franchot Tone, Una Merkel, Conrad Nagel, Harvey Stephens

Votes: 25

32. The Mad Miss Manton (1938)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

When the murdered body discovered by beautiful, vivacious socialite Melsa Manton disappears, police and press label her a prankster until she proves them wrong.

Director: Leigh Jason | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Sam Levene, Frances Mercer

Votes: 1,922

Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck

33. A Night for Crime (1943)

68 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A dark night in war time, with several black-outs, it's just a night for murder. Susan Cooper, a fast-talking girl reporter, doubles as amateur sleuth solving yet another mystery among Hollywood's famous.

Director: Alexis Thurn-Taxis | Stars: Glenda Farrell, Lyle Talbot, Ralph Sanford, Lina Basquette

Votes: 84

Lyle Talbot and Glenda Farrell

34. A Tragedy at Midnight (1942)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

This Republic murder mystery starts with a radio broadcast by Greg Sherman who solves cases on the air that the local police cannot solve. As he names the perpetrator of a recent murder we ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Santley | Stars: John Howard, Margaret Lindsay, Roscoe Karns, Mona Barrie

Votes: 114

John Howard and Margaret Lindsay

35. Strange Affair (1944)

Approved | 78 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A comic strip artist and his wife investigate a murder at a banquet honoring war refugees.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Allyn Joslyn, Evelyn Keyes, Marguerite Chapman, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 85

Allyn Joslyn and Evelyn Keyes

36. Dangerous Lady (1941)

Passed | 63 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Private detective 'Duke' Martindale and his wife, Phyllis, an attorney, are working together to clear a girl falsely convicted of murdering a judge. Two people who know the truth are killed... See full summary »

Director: Bernard B. Ray | Stars: Neil Hamilton, June Storey, Douglas Fowley, Evelyn Brent

Votes: 57

37. Shadows of the Underworld (1939)

86 min | Comedy, Mystery

A British reporter and his wife, on vacation in Paris, run into a gang of counterfeiters.

Director: David MacDonald | Stars: Barry K. Barnes, Valerie Hobson, Alastair Sim, Edward Lexy

Votes: 11

38. Footsteps in the Dark (1941)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Mystery, Crime

A respected investment advisor has a double life as a mystery writer and becomes involved in the real murder of a shady client.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Ralph Bellamy, Alan Hale

Votes: 985

39. Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone (1950)

Approved | 69 min | Comedy, Mystery

"Murder-on-the-train" mystery has lawyer Malone chasing his paroled embezzler client (Kepplar) who still hasn't paid Malone's fee. When Kepplar jumps parole on a train to Chicago, Malone ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Marjorie Main, James Whitmore, Ann Dvorak, Phyllis Kirk

Votes: 340

40. The Princess Comes Across (1936)

Passed | 76 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

A woman pretends to be royalty in order to get aboard a cruise ship.

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Douglass Dumbrille, Alison Skipworth

Votes: 820

Fred Macmurray and Carole Lombard

41. Miss Pinkerton (1932)

Not Rated | 66 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

A hospital nurse is recruited by the police to watch a household where a suspicious death has occurred.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Joan Blondell, George Brent, Ruth Hall, John Wray

Votes: 381

George Brent and Joan Blondell

42. Murder in Greenwich Village (1937)

Approved | 68 min | Action, Comedy, Mystery

An heiress uses a photographer as an alibi when she is accused of a murder she didn't commit.

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Richard Arlen, Fay Wray, Raymond Walburn, Wyn Cahoon

Votes: 48

43. Smart Blonde (1937)

Approved | 59 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Female reporter Torchy Blane teams with her cop boyfriend Lt. Steve McBride to solve the killing of an investor who just bought a popular local nightclub.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Wini Shaw, Addison Richards

Votes: 450

44. Super-Sleuth (1937)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Mystery

An actor who plays a detective in films soon finds himself out of his depth when he tries to investigate a real crime.

Director: Benjamin Stoloff | Stars: Jack Oakie, Ann Sothern, Eduardo Ciannelli, Alan Bruce

Votes: 275

Jack Oakie and Ann Sothern

45. Big Brown Eyes (1936)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Mystery

Sassy manicurist Eve Fallon is recruited as an even more brassy reporter and she helps police detective boyfriend Danny Barr break a jewel theft ring and solve the murder of a baby.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Bennett, Walter Pidgeon, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 660

Cary Grant and Joan Blondell

46. London by Night (1937)

Passed | 69 min | Mystery, Romance