Mystery in Mexico (1948): Robert Wise’s Crime Noir Thriller, William Lundigan and Jacqueline White

Robert Wise, better known for its big-budget Oscar winning Musicals (“West Side Story,” “The Sound of Music”) directed Mystery in Mexico, a modest, low budget noir crime thriller starring William Lundigan and Jacqueline White.

Our Grade: B- (**1/2 out of *****)

Mystery in Mexico
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The plot deals with the search for an insurance investigator who went to Mexico to check on some valuable jewelry.

Shot on location in Mexico City and Cuernavaca, Mystery in Mexico is a modest, mildly engaging movie.

William Lundigan as Steve Hastings
Jacqueline White as Victoria Ames
Ricardo Cortez as John Norcross
Tony Barrett as Carlos
Jacqueline Dalya as Dolores Fernandez


Directed by Robert Wise
Written by Lawrence Kimble (screenplay), based on the story by Muriel Roy Bolton
Cinematography Jack Draper
Edited by Samuel E. Beetley
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures

Release date: July 1, 1948

Running time: 67 minutes