Mystery

The Murdered House / La maison assassinée (1988) Georges Lautner, Patrick Bruel, Anne Brochet, Agnès Blanchot, Crime, Mystery, Drama

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A French mystery story set in 1896 and 1914 about the infant survivor of a mysterious massacre at a provincial inn, who returns to the inn after serving in World War I, sets out to avenge his murdered parents by destroying it (hence the title), then gradually learns what actually happened. Georges Lautner (La cage aux folles III) does a routine job of directing Laurence Lemaire’s script, which is based on the novel of the same title by Pierre Magnan. Like any mystery worth its salt, this has more than a few surprises and delayed revelations up its sleeve, but in the meantime one has to put up with the implausibility of three attractive women in town (Agnes Blanchot, Anne Brochet, and Ingrid Held) flinging themselves at the mordant and inexpressive hero (Patrick Bruel); somewhat more interesting and appealing is his sensitive best friend (Yann Collette), another veteran, whose face is disfigured by a war wound. The various local cranks and other village characters cry out for the portraiture and shading of a Chabrol, and don’t get them, but this remains watchable enough for its sinuous plot (1988).
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Smart Girls Don’t Talk (1948) Richard L. Bare, Virginia Mayo, Bruce Bennett, Robert Hutton, Crime, Music, Mystery

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Linda Vickers gets mixed up with gambler Marty Fain. One of Fain’s henchmen uses her car in a killing, and the police come around asking questions. Linda decides to indulge in a bit of blackmail. Her brother, “Doc’, comes to town and disapproves of the company she keeps. Fain is wounded in a killing and ‘Doc’ helps him out. But “Doc’ is shot, and Linda decides to cooperate with the police, and is soon wearing a wire.
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Look Both Ways (2005) Sarah Watt, Mary Kostakidis, Justine Clarke, Daniela Farinacci, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Look Both Ways (Sarah Watt, 2005)
On a Friday after a horrific train crash, three newsmen in Adelaide must take stock: Nick, a photojournalist, learns he has cancer; Andy, a writer with two children who has a bad relationship with his ex, learns his girlfriend Anna is pregnant; Phil, an editor, realizes he’s missing his children’s growing up. That afternoon, Meryl, an artist who illustrates sympathy cards and constantly imagines disasters, witnesses a train accident kill a man. At the crash site, she meets Nick, and a relationship flowers over the next three days which makes them both question their lives, wants and needs. Nick’s mother, Andy’s kids and ex, the dead man’s girlfriend, the driver of the train, and his son round out an ensemble of grief and sorrow as each character becomes linked to another through the train accident. Can decisions to act bring hope?
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Murder on the Blackboard (1934) George Archainbaud, Edna May Oliver, James Gleason, Bruce Cabot, Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Murder on the Blackboard (1934)
There are plenty of guilty secrets at the school where Hildegarde Withers teaches. When she finds the body of the pretty music teacher, she calls in her old friend Inspector Piper, who promptly arrests the obvious suspect. Clues multiply and everyone looks suspicious as Piper and Miss Withers continue their battle of the sexes.
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Le violon rouge / The Red Violin (1998) François Girard, Carlo Cecchi, Jean-Luc Bideau, Christoph Koncz, Drama, Romance, Mystery

Le violon rouge (Francois Girard, 1998)
Spans 300 years in the life of one famed musical instrument that winds up in present-day Montreal on the auction block. Crafted by the Italian master Bussotti (Cecchi) in 1681, the red violin derives its unusual color from the human blood mixed into the finish. With this legacy, the violin travels to Austria, England, China, and Canada, leaving both beauty and tragedy in its wake.
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Gothika (2003) Mathieu Kassovitz, Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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Dr. Miranda Grey is a psychiatrist who works in a penitentiary, in the mental institution sector. She is married with Dr. Douglas Grey, the chief of department where Dr. Pete Graham also works. Chloe Sava, a patient of Dr. Miranda formerly abused by her stepfather, claims that she is frequently raped by the devil in her cell. After leaving the asylum in a stormy night, Dr. Miranda has a car accident, and when she wakes up, she is an inmate of the institution, being accused of an horrible crime and having no memory of the incident.
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Penthouse (1933) W.S. Van Dyke, Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Charles Butterworth, Crime, Mystery, Romance

Penthouse (W.S. Van Dyke, 1933)
Racketeer Tony Gazotti is thankful that lawyer Jackson Durant helps him beat a murder rap, but Durant just does it for the thrill of it and refuses payment. Durant’s defense of mobsters causes his firm to disown him and his girlfriend Sue to leave him. But when young Tom Siddell, Sue’s new boyfriend, is framed for a murder, she is the first to come asking for Durant’s help. Durant uses Gazotti’s information network and the help of new girlfriend Gertie Waxted to find that rival gangster Jim Grelliman is involved in the framing of Siddell. When Durant sends Gertie to Grelliman’s apartment in a bid to blow open the case, she is walking on thin ice.
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Death on the Diamond (1934) Edward Sedgwick, Robert Young, Madge Evans, Nat Pendleton, Drama, Mystery

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Pop Clark is about to lose his baseball team, unless they can win the pennant so he can pay off debts. He hires ace player Larry Kelly to ensure the victory. As well as rival teams, mobsters are trying to prevent the wins, and as the pennant race nears the end, Pop’s star players begin to be killed, on and off the field. Can Larry romance Pop’s daughter, win enough games, and still have time to stop a murderer before he strikes more than three times?
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Doctor Faustus (1967) Richard Burton, Nevill Coghill, Elizabeth Taylor, Andreas Teuber, Drama, Horror, Mystery

Doctor Faustus (1967)
Faustus is a scholar at the University of Wittenberg when he earns his doctorate degree. His insatiable appetite for knowledge and power leads him to employ necromancy to conjure Mephistopheles out of hell. He bargains away his soul to Lucifer in exchange for living 24 years during which Mephistopheles will be his slave. Faustus signs the pact in his own blood and Mephistopheles reveals the works of the devil to Faustus.
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