Mystery Movies 2020 in Review

Roy D'Arcy in 'The Temptress'
Roy D’Arcy in “The Temptress,” one of 2020’s mystery movies.


I used a different method in selecting last year’s mystery movies, relying on the trade papers available on Lantern in a systematic fashion. The films might seem iffy now, but they generally got good reviews, and sometimes raves, when they were released. And in some instances, I chose movies for their historic value regardless of the reviews, notably “Native Son.”

In general, I had more movies from the 1930s (17 in 2020 vs. 13 in 2019) and more from the 1960s (nine in 2020 vs. 3 in 2019), fewer movies from the 1940s (11 in 2020 vs. 14 in 2019) and 1950s (12 in 2020 vs. 16 in 2019). And nothing from the 1970s, vs. two films in 2019.

MGM and Warner Bros. were the top mystery movie studios in 2020 at nine each, while 20th Century-Fox went from 10 mystery films (the leader in 2019) to five in 2020.  

On the jump, the mystery movie statistics for the year……

Decade Movies 2019 Movies 2020
1910s 1 1
1920s 4 2
1930s 13 17
1940s 14 11
1950s 16 12
1960s 3 9
1970s 2 0
And here’s a breakdown by studio. Warner Bros. and MGM were the same (no surprise, since my main source of films is TCM), and a big drop for 20th Century-Fox (10 in 2019 vs. five in 2020).
 
Studio Movies 2019 Movies 2020
Warner Bros. 9 9
MGM 9 9
Independent 7 6
RKO 2 5
Columbia 6 5
20th Century-Fox 10 5
Foreign 4 3
Universal 1 2
United Artists 2 2
Allied Artists 1 2
TV 0 1
Republic 0 1
Paramount 1 1
Disney 0 1
Monogram 1 0
 
 

Title

Year

Studio

Blog Date

A Child Is Born 1939 Warner Bros. 12/30/2019
Black Hand 1950 MGM 1/6/2020
Dark Command 1940 Republic 1/13/2020
Stage Fright 1950 Foreign 1/20/2020
Seven Thieves 1960 20th Century-Fox 1/27/2020
Life Begins 1932 Warner Bros. 2/3/2020
Home From the Hill 1960 MGM 2/10/2020
Biography of a Bachelor Girl 1935 MGM 2/17/2020
Show of Shows 1929 Warner Bros. 2/24/2020
Deadline at Dawn 1946 RKO 3/2/2020
Last Voyage 1960 MGM 3/9/2020
Gentlemen Are Born 1935 Warner Bros. 3/16/2020
Royal Scandal 1945 20th Century-Fox 3/23/2020
Interrupted Melody 1955 MGM 3/30/2020
It Happened on 5th Avenue 1947 Allied Artists 4/6/2020
The Fugitive Kind 1960 United Artists 4/13/2020
Hell Harbor 1930 Independent 4/20/2020
Dude Goes West 1948 independent 4/27/2020
Fighting Father Dunne 1948 RKO 5/4/2020
Tell No Tales 1939 MGM 5/11/2020
Swiss Family Robinson 1940 RKO 5/18/2020
Road to Paradise 1930 Warner Bros. 5/25/2020
Mickey 1918 Independent 6/1/2020
Macomber Affair 1947 United Artists 6/8/2020
Lonely Are the Brave 1962 Universal 6/15/2020
I Take This Woman 1940 MGM 6/22/2020
Black Scorpion 1957 Independent 6/29/2020
Other Men’s Women 1931 Warner Bros. 7/6/2020
The Last Man on Earth 1964 Independent 7/13/2020
Forbidden 1932 Columbia 7/20/2020
Condemned Women 1938 RKO 7/27/2020
The Snake Pit 1948 Fox 8/3/2020
The Temptress 1926 MGM 8/10/2020
The Sniper 1952 Columbia 8/17/2020
The Long Arm/ Third Key 1956 foreign 8/24/2020
Treasure of the Golden Condor 1953 20th Century-Fox 8/31/2020
Vicki 1953 20th Century-Fox 9/7/2020
Atomic Submarine 1959 Allied Artists 9/14/2020
Girl From 10th Avenue 1935 Warner Bros. 9/21/2020
Confession 1937 Warner Bros. 9/28/2020
False Faces 1932 Independent 10/5/2020
Pepe 1960 Columbia 10/12/2020
Native Son 1951 Foreign 10/19/2020
Ghost Breakers 1940 Paramount 10/26/2020
Washington Merry-Go-Round 1932 Columbia 11/2/2020
The Crooked Web 1955 Columbia 11/9/2020
For Love or Money 1963 Universal 11/16/2020
Queen of the Orange Bowl 1960 TV 11/23/2020
Darby O’Gill and the Little People 1959 Disney 11/30/2020
The Last Gangster 1937 MGM 12/7/2020
Marshal of Mesa City 1939 RKO 12/14/2020
I Am a Thief 1934 Warner Bros. 12/21/2020
Florentine Dagger 1935 Warner Bros. 12/28/2020

About lmharnisch

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2 Responses to Mystery Movies 2020 in Review

  1. sheila says:

    It’s been such a fun year! Thank you, Larry!

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