Best Mystery Movies of 1917


The Mystery of the Double Cross

6.4/10 IMDB

Originally written for Pearl White, this silent serial is a great action-packed adventure starring Molly King and Leon Bary. This serial had fifteen chapters, each one two reels in length. The chapters were: 1. The Lady in Number '7' 2. The Masked Stranger 3. An Hour to Live 4. Kidnapped 5. The Life Current 6. The Dead Come Back 7. Into Thin Air 8. The Stranger Disposes 9. When Jail Birds Fly 10. The Hole-in-the-Wall 11. Love's Sacrifice 12. Riddle of the Double Cross 13. The Face of the Stranger 14. The Hidden Brand 15. Mystery of the Double Cross.

Starring: Mollie King, Léon Bary, Ralph Stuart, Gladden James, Clarine Seymour, Theodore Friebus, Robert Brower, Harry L. Fraser, Helene Chadwick ..
Directed by: William Parke, Louis J. Gasnier
Release date: 1917-03-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1917 : Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman

Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman

6.4/10 IMDB

AJ Raffles, a handsome jewel thief masquerades as a gentleman of society fitting in with well-to-do people. He dons a mask and waits for an opportune moment to steal belongings, usually some jewelry and to take advantage of unsuspecting women whether at an estate or aboard a passenger ship. Raffles knows secret passageways to aid his escape from capture such as disappearing into a large grandfather clock that is really a secret doorway. He even eludes capture by jumping off a ship and swimming to shore while women passengers fire pistols at him.

Starring: John Barrymore, Evelyn Brent, Frank Morgan, Christine Mayo, Kathryn Adams, H. Cooper Cliffe, Dudley Hill, Kathryn Adams, Mathilde Brundage, Mike Donlin ..
Directed by: George Irving
Release date: 1917-12-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1917 : The Devil Stone

The Devil Stone

7.1/10 IMDB

Fishermaid Marcia Manot finds an emerald which once belonged to a Norse queen and is cursed. Greedy American Silas Martin marries her, then sets her up for divorce. She kills him and weds his business manager Sterling, but a detective learns about Silas' death.

Starring: Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Hobart Bosworth, Tully Marshall, James Neill, Mabel Van Buren, Lillian Leighton, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Horace B. Carpenter, Ernest Joy ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1917-12-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1917 : Arsene Lupin

Arsene Lupin

5.2/10 IMDB

Story of the gentleman thief.

Starring: Earle Williams, Brinsley Shaw, Henry Leone, Bernard Siegel, Gordon Gray, Logan Paul, Hugh Wynn, Ethel Grey Terry, Billie Billings, Julia Swayne Gordon ..
Directed by: Paul Scardon
Release date: 1917-03-12

The Bride's Silence

0.0/10 IMDB

Clutching a dagger, a woman enters a room through velvet portiers and murders Nathan, scion of a distinguished family.

Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1917-09-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1917 : The Reed Case

The Reed Case

0.0/10 IMDB

When, after three years of active service, ace detective Jerry Brennon is ordered by his doctor to take a rest, Senator Reed, Jerry's staunch supporter since he arrested two crooks burglarizing the Reed home, prevails upon the detective to stay at his cabin in the mountains. Warned that the cabin is haunted, Jerry's suspicion is aroused when a bullet whizzes past his head.

Starring: Allen Holubar, Louise Lovely, Alfred Allen, Fred Montague, George C. Pearce, Sydney Deane, Nanine Wright, Ernest Shields, Ed Brady ..
Directed by: Allen Holubar
Release date: 1917-07-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1917 : The Mysterious Mr. Tiller

The Mysterious Mr. Tiller

0.0/10 IMDB

Police headquarters has been plagued by a series of robberies, culminating in the theft of a priceless necklace smuggled from Europe. The detectives are on the track of a gang led by master thief Ramon Mordant and his accomplice known as "the Face" because of his twisted and hideous countenance.

Starring: Ruth Clifford, Rupert Julian, Frank Brownlee, Wedgwood Nowell, Harry L. Rattenberry, E. Alyn Warren, Lloyd Whitlock, William Higby ..
Directed by: Rupert Julian
Release date: 1917-09-17

The Flashlight

0.0/10 IMDB

Jack Lane (William Stowell) has made an invention for photographing wild animals. It consists of a camera with a trigger -- when the trigger is stepped on by a passing animal, a flash goes off and the camera shoots the picture. Lane goes up to the mountains to try out his new contraption. When a recluse refuses to let him spend the night in his cabin, Lane goes to sleep out of doors, with the camera set up near by. In the middle of the night, he is awakened by the flash and the sound of gunshots. Trekking back to his own cabin the next day, he develops the picture, which is of a girl holding a rifle. He returns to the recluse's cabin where he is arrested for murder.

Starring: Dorothy Phillips, William Stowell, Lon Chaney, Alfred Allen, George Berrell, Evelyn Selbie, Clyde Benson, Orin Jackson, Mark Fenton ..
Directed by: Ida May Park
Release date: 1917-05-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1917 : The Iced Bullet

The Iced Bullet

0.0/10 IMDB

A "scientific detective" story about the attempted murder of a wealthy New Yorker in his mountain lodge is framed with a satire of Hollywood as the writer of the story comically tries to get the script read and accepted by a studio.

Starring: William Desmond, Robert McKim, J. Barney Sherry, Margaret Thompson, Joseph J. Dowling, Jerome Storm, Louis Durham, J. Frank Burke, Reginald Barker, C. Gardner Sullivan ..
Directed by: Reginald Barker
Release date: 1917-01-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1917 : Love Letters

Love Letters

0.0/10 IMDB

Naive Eileen Rodney (Dorothy Dalton) is duped by the high-minded talk of Raymond Moreland (William Conklin). But when she discovers that he wants to take her to India without the benefit of a marriage license, she balks and instead weds her guardian, John Harland (Thurston Hall). However, she had written some letters to Moreland, and these come back to haunt her when he tries to use them for blackmail.

Starring: Dorothy Dalton, William Conklin, Dorcas Matthews, Thurston Hall, Hayward Mack, William Hoffman ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1917-12-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1917 : The Hunting of the Hawk

The Hunting of the Hawk

0.0/10 IMDB

On a voyage from Europe to the U.S., Desselway meets and falls in love with Diana Curran. Diana has a dark past, however -- she is married to Wrenshaw, a criminal known as "the Hawk." Diana got involved with Wrenshaw because she thought he was honest, and he keeps her under his thumb by making her believe she killed a man.

Starring: William Courtenay, Marguerite Snow, Robert Clugston ..
Directed by: George Fitzmaurice
Release date: 1917-04-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1917 : The Winged Mystery

The Winged Mystery

0.0/10 IMDB

Louis and August Siever, the twins sons of a German father and American mother, are traveling in Europe when war breaks out. August joins the Kaiser's army, but Louis, a supporter of the United States, is practically made a prisoner in Berlin for a year while he tries to prove his American citizenship. After a violent confrontation with Louis, August steals his brother's passport and leaves for New York with Gerda Anderson, a German spy.

Starring: Franklyn Farnum, Claire Du Brey, Rosemary Theby, Charles Hill Mailes, Sam De Grasse, T.D. Crittenden, Fred Montague ..
Directed by: Joseph De Grasse
Release date: 1917-11-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1917 : The Phantom's Secret

The Phantom's Secret

0.0/10 IMDB

At the death of Count de Beaulieu, his daughter Jeanne learns that her father had been the arch-criminal known as The Phantom. The only other person who knew her father's identity was his lieutenant, Franz Leroux, who now demands that Jeanne marry him in return for his silence.

Starring: Hayward Mack, Mignon Anderson, Mark Fenton, Daniel Leighton, Molly Malone, Lee Shumway, Fred Church, Nellie Allen, Nanine Wright ..
Directed by: Charles Swickard
Release date: 1917-05-14

The Inspirations of Harry Larrabee

0.0/10 IMDB

A playwright revives a murdered girl

Starring: Clifford Grey, Margaret Landis, Winifred Greenwood, Frank Brownlee, William Ehfe, Charles Blaisdell, Tom Morgan ..
Directed by: Bertram Bracken
Release date: 1917-03-01

The Girl by the Roadside

0.0/10 IMDB

Unknown to Judith Ralston, her brother Budd and his wife Vera are counterfeiters. In order to escape Fayban, a secret service agent, they leave Judith at a little town in Virginia. One day while out horseback riding, Judith is injured and rescued by Boone Pendleton, who takes her to his cabin. Later, she receives instructions from her brother to go to the Ralston house and destroy anything that she sees. Fayban, suspicious of the girl, wires Washington to shadow her.

Starring: Violet Mersereau, Cecil Owen, Ann Andrews, Alan Edwards, Robert F. Hill, Royal Byron, Kenneth Hall, Sam B. Minter ..
Directed by: Theodore Marston
Release date: 1917-12-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1917 : Mrs. Balfame

Mrs. Balfame

0.0/10 IMDB

Mrs. Balfame is a 1917 Mystery Drama

Starring: Nance O'Neil, Frank Belcher, Robert Elliott, Agnes Ayres, Anna Raines, Alfred Hickman, Grace Gordon, Aubrey Beattie, Elsie Earle ..
Directed by: Frank Powell
Release date: 1917-04-09

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