Classic Mystery Thrillers
A short collection of famous classic mystery and suspense movies. Just in case you have not watched the, please do.
The Paradine Case (1947)- Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on a novel published in 1933 of the same title, It was filmed in Black & White and presents a courtroom drama. The beautiful and enigmatic woman is accused of poisoning her blind elderly husband. Barrister and counsel for defense falls in love with his client and there is a revelation during trail that changes everything. Before the movie was filmed, the producer has planned to give the main roles to Greta Garbo and Laurence Olivier, but they both refused. Starring: Gregory Peck, Alida Valli and Charles Laughton.
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)- based on Agatha Christie’s novel of the same name. An unemployed man makes friends with an older lady who seem to have personal interest in him and who does not know he is married. There is a courtroom drama and many surprises. Starring: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton and Elsa Lancaster.
Gaslight (1944)- A young socialite living in her murdered aunt’s home, seems to be losing her mind as mysterious happenings in her house while she is alone. She tells her husband that certain things disappear but he finds them later where they were supposed to be. Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Angela Lansbury.
Rebecca (1940)- based on a novel by the same name, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, movie is about a young bride whose name we never know. The bride is obsessed with her husband’s deceased first wife, described by everyone who knew her as a beautiful and talented socialite. The ending is totally unexpected. Starring: Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier and Judith Anderson.
The Third Man (1949)- It is about an American who goes to Vienna looking for his old friend and learns upon arrival that this friend was killed in an accident. He learns several things that do not make sense. He is told that were three witnesses, two of them friends of the victim who carried the body away and a stranger who happened to be in the area. Starring: Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli and Orson Welles.
Vertigo (1958)- directed by Alfred Hitchcock and in this movie a retired policeman, at request of a friend, starts following the friend’s wife who seems depressed and perhaps contemplating suicide. Things take a strange turn and the policeman’s fear of heights, his reason for retiring from police, prevents him from saving a life. This tragic accident does not end the movie, there is much more after that. Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes.
Rear Window (1954)- In this movie, a photographer who has broken his leg, spends his time watching what the neighbors do from one of his windows. The villain according to the photographer has committed murder after his wife disappears. The situation becomes dangerous when the photographer and his girlfriend make the decision to investigate the possible crime and the killer finds out his secret known to his neighbors. It is considered one of Hitchcock’s best movies, nominated for several Oscars and been added to the National Film Registry. Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly and Wendell Corey.
Topaz (1969) based on Leon Uri’s novel of the same name. It is about espionage during the cold war and Cuban missle crisis. The main character goes to Cuba to get information from his lover, an important member of the Cuban government. On arrival, he finds evidence of missiles being in the country. Will he able to take this information out of Cuba? Starring: Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin and Karin Dor.
23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)- The recently blinded writer is visiting London and overhears a conversation in a bar about a kidnapping. The writer uses his acute sense of hearing and great powers of deduction to locate the child’s family hoping to prevent the kidnapping, because the police think he has too much imagination. Starring: Van Johnson, Vera Miles and Cecil Parker.
Torn Curtain (1966)- A scientist wanting to defect to East Berlin is followed by Fiancee, who does not approve of his plans. The scientist eventually confesses that his real intension is to obtain information from another scientist living in East Berlin. Will the two lovers escape to West Berlin? Starring: Paul Newman, Julie Andrews and Lila Kedrova.
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