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Detective and mystery films

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Genre/Form termDetective and mystery films
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Variant(s)Bulldog Drummond films
Charlie Chan films
Fantômas films
Murder mystery films
Mystery films
Private eye films
Scooby-Doo films
Shaft films
Sherlock Holmes films
Torchy Blane films
Who-done-it films
Whodunit films
Whodunnit films
See alsoCrime films
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Police films
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Found inWork cat.: Chan is missing, 1982.
LCSH, January 28, 2008: (hdg.: Detective and mystery films)
Lopez, D. Films by genre, 1993: p. 199-200 (Mystery film: usually a murder has been committed and the mystery engages the audience and characters in the film in a game of deduction brying to guess who is the murderer ... not all mysteries have to do with murder. The mystery could be a search for an object, the solving of a puzzle, or the explanation for a strange happening)
Moving image genre-form guide online, January 28, 2008: (Mystery: fictional work in which a detective (sometimes merely an endangered individual forced to "detect" for his own self-protection) attempts to solve a crime, usually a murder or theft. The detective may be an amateur, a private investigator, or a plainclothes member of a police force, but whatever the identity, the mystery places the emphasis on the search for clues and rationative power of the detective, rather than the efforts of police or lawbreakers. In the mystery, suspense derives from the narrative's puzzle-like structure, with a group of suspects, whose testimony and motives must all be investigated until, in the surprising conclusion, the intelligent detective perceives the flawed alibi or other clue betraying the culprit's identity. RTs: Caper, Crime, Film noir, Gangster, Police, and Thriller)
Yee, M. M. Moving image materials, 1988: p. 69 (Mysteries: use for fictional genre films and programs which usually revolve around the solution of a murder and do not have as their central character a private eye or gentleman detective; includes films and programs about a victim being driven crazy by someone, and films in which a character accused of murder tracks down the real villain. BT: Crime films and programs; RT: Detective films and programs; UF: Murder mysteries; Who-done-it's) p. 40 (Detective films and programs: use for fictional genre films and programs which focus on the investigations of a detective who is not with an official law enforcement agency. BT: Crime films and programs; RTs: Mysteries; Police films and programs; NT Private eye films and programs)
Wikipedia, March 5, 2008: (Whodunit: variant whodunnit; complex, plot-driven variety of the detective story in which the puzzle is paramount)
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