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'Fair films': Two-star (out of five) film ratings by 'The Motion Picture Guide' (Jay Robert Nash and Stanley Ralph Ross, Cinebooks, Inc.; 1927-1983)--Part I

As I've become more enthralled by cinema over the years, I have cherished reading all I possibly could about my favourite hobby. A fine resource I have discovered has been 'The Motion Picture Guide' which, in 1985, came out for films 1927-1983, then they put out annual guides till about 1999. I wish they kept on making them up to the present!

I stopped at 3200--Part II continues from there. This covers up to Page 1725 (in Volume V). Counting ones listed below, 405 (not listed in Letterboxd) the total is 3605.

This list is one of 12. There are 11, ranging by half-star increments from zero to five stars, and, inexplicably for one year, they refused to give an…

There are 217 mystery films in this list.

  • Account Rendered
  • The Traitor
  • Action of the Tiger
  • Affair in Trinidad
  • After Midnight with Boston Blackie
  • Alias Boston Blackie
  • Bulldog Jack
  • L'alibi
  • Alice Sweet Alice
  • ...And Justice for All
  • Arrest Bulldog Drummond
  • Assassin for Hire
  • Barefoot Boy
  • The Bat
  • Bedelia
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes
  • The Benson Murder Case
  • Berserk!
  • The Big Combo
  • The Big Cube
  • Big News
  • The Birthday Party
  • The Black Castle
  • The Black Cat
  • Black Magic
  • Blade
  • Blind Alibi
  • Blood and Black Lace
  • The Snake Pit and the Pendulum
  • Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion
  • Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood
  • Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture
  • The Bride Wore Black
  • Bulldog Drummond Escapes
  • Burnt Evidence
  • Café de Paris
  • Calling Bulldog Drummond
  • Calling Dr. Death
  • Caravan to Vaccarès
  • The Carey Treatment
  • The Case of the Curious Bride
  • The Case of the Howling Dog
  • The Case of the Velvet Claws
  • The Cat and the Canary
  • The Cat Creeps
  • Pittsville - Ein Safe voll Blut
  • The Door with Seven Locks
  • Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo
  • Charlie Chan at Treasure Island
  • Charlie Chan in Paris
  • Charlie Chan in Shanghai
  • City in Darkness
  • Charlie Chan's Chance
  • Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise
  • China Passage
  • Chinatown at Midnight
  • A Close Call for Ellery Queen
  • The Clown Murders
  • The Collector
  • College Scandal
  • Coma
  • The Comeback
  • Condemned to Death
  • The Corruption of Chris Miller
  • Counter-Espionage
  • Cover Up
  • Crime by Night
  • The Crime Doctor's Warning
  • The Crime of Doctor Crespi
  • The Crime of the Century
  • The Crimes of Stephen Hawke
  • Danger on the Air
  • Dangerous Intruder
  • Dangerous Money
  • Dark Delusion
  • Dark Intruder
  • A Date with the Falcon
  • Strange Behavior
  • Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
  • Dead Men Tell
  • The Deadly Bees
  • Death At Broadcasting House
  • Death Goes to School
  • The Deep
  • Deep Red
  • The Demon
  • Detective Kitty O'Day
  • The Devil's Daffodil
  • Dick Tracy vs. Cueball
  • Dinner at the Ritz
  • Dr. Broadway
  • Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case
  • Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant
  • Dr. Renault's Secret
  • Dominique
  • Double Alibi
  • Double Deal
  • The Double Man
  • The Double McGuffin
  • Dressed to Kill