Best Mystery Movies of 1923

1.

The Toll of the Sea

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

While visiting China, an American man falls in love with a young Chinese woman, but he then has second thoughts about the relationship. The plot is a variation of the Madame Butterfly story, set in China instead of Japan. The Toll of the Sea was one of the first and most successful Technicolor feature films.

Starring: Anna May Wong, Kenneth Harlan, Beatrice Bentley, Priscilla Moran, Etta Lee, The Fong Ming Young Associates ..
Directed by: Chester M. Franklin
Release date: 1923-01-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1923 : White Tiger
2.

White Tiger

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Three crooks pull off a magnificent crime. As they're forced to hide out together they slowly begin to distrust each other.

Starring: Priscilla Dean, Matt Moore, Raymond Griffith, Wallace Beery, Alfred Allen, Emmett King, Lillian Langdon, Eric Mayne ..
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1923-12-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1923 : The Fiery Hand
3.

The Fiery Hand

1.5
6.6/10 IMDB

In this exciting adventure based on the second Fu-Manchu novel, intrepid sleuths Nayland Smith and Petrie investigate a haunted house, but get more of a fright than they expected. Caught by the evil Dr Fu-Manchu, Nayland Smith faces a plague of ravenous Cantonese rats - a torture known as 'The Six Gates of Joyful Wisdom'. Will Petrie end his agony, with the razor-sharp ‘Friend’s Sword’?

Starring: H. Agar Lyons, Fred Paul, Joan Clarkson, Humberston Wright, Frank Wilson, Pat Royale ..
Directed by: A.E. Coleby
Release date: 1923-09-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1923 : The Knocking on the Door
4.

The Knocking on the Door

1.2
4.9/10 IMDB

The evil Dr Fu-Manchu proves to be a master of disguise as well as villainy in this thrilling episode of the popular adventure serial. Adopting the persona of a long-bearded professor, Fu-Manchu pays a visit to London's Madame Tussauds waxworks. Elsewhere, there's something horribly uncanny going on at a remote country cottage: sleuths Nayland Smith and Petrie leave the capital to investigate.

Starring: H. Agar Lyons, Fred Paul, Joan Clarkson, Humberston Wright, Frank Wilson, W.G. Saunders ..
Directed by: A.E. Coleby
Release date: 1923-09-03
5.

The Fungi Cellars

1.1
5.5/10 IMDB

Fu-Manchu’s slave girl Karamaneh leads sleuths Nayland Smith and Dr Petrie to her evil master’s lair, where they fall prey to another of the Devil Doctor’s traps. Bound hand and foot, they watch helplessly as a party of policemen are imprisoned in a subterranean vault and poisoned with vile fungal spore vapour, while Fu-Manchu cackles with maniacal glee. Can our heroes escape to save the day?

Starring: H. Agar Lyons, Fred Paul, Joan Clarkson, Humberston Wright, Frank Wilson, Pat Royale ..
Directed by: A. E. Coleby
Release date: 1923-09-03
6.

The West Case

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Second release in 'The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu' series. Plans for an aerial torpedo are stolen from its inventor Frank Norris West, Nayland Smith tries to retrieve them but is defeated by Fu-Manchu.

Starring: H. Agar Lyons, Fred Paul, Joan Clarkson, Humberston Wright, Frank Wilson, Wingold Lawrence ..
Directed by: A. E. Coleby
Release date: 1923-09-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1923 : The Acquittal
7.

The Acquittal

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

When a wealthy man is found murdered in his bedroom, one of his two adopted sons is arrested and charged with the killing. However, the verdict at his trial is an acquittal. Since the police don't seem to be particularly interested in finding the real killer, the dead man's daughter-in-law--the wife of the adopted son who wasn't charged--takes it upon herself to solve the crime.

Starring: Claire Windsor, Norman Kerry, Richard Travers, Barbara Bedford, Charles Wellesley, Frederick Vroom, Ben Deeley, Harry Mestayer, Emmett King, Dot Farley ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1923-11-19
8.

The Cry of the Nighthawk

0.0
6.9/10 IMDB

n this episode of adventure serial The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu, intrepid sleuths Nayland Smith and Dr Petrie investigate the strange death of a man from Forest Hill found with his face covered with scratches; their enquiries lead them once more to the Devil Doctor, Fu-Manchu. Meanwhile, Petrie’s stiff upper lip begins to quiver, as he grows dangerously fond of Fu-Manchu’s slave girl, Karamaneh...

Starring: H. Agar Lyons, Fred Paul, Joan Clarkson, Humberston Wright, Frank Wilson, H. Cundall ..
Directed by: A. E. Coleby
Release date: 1923-09-03
9.

The Man with the Limp

0.0
5.7/10 IMDB

This action-packed episode features one of the Devil Doctor's most enjoyably silly schemes to do away with his nemesis Nayland Smith. When Smith goes missing, it's up to Dr Petrie to continue the hunt for the Si-Fan, Fu-Manchu's secret society. On the trail of a mysterious man with a limp, Petrie disguises himself as a rough bargee to investigate a smoky riverside drinking den, the Joy-Shop Club.

Starring: H. Agar Lyons, Fred Paul, Joan Clarkson, Humberston Wright, Frank Wilson, Roy Raymond, Julie Suedo ..
Directed by: A. E. Coleby
Release date: 1923-09-03
10.

The Miracle

0.0
6.0/10 IMDB

Nayland Smith restores a `dead' man to life.

Starring: H. Agar Lyons, Fred Paul, Joan Clarkson, Humberston Wright, Frank Wilson, Stacey Gaunt, Napier Barry, Austin Leigh ..
Directed by: A. E. Coleby
Release date: 1923-09-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1923 : The Drums of Jeopardy
11.

The Drums of Jeopardy

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The story centers around two small statuettes containing valuable emeralds, which are said to project a sinister influence on the possessor. The czar of Russia gives the statuettes to a grand duke, who, in turn, gives them to his secretary, John Hawksley. Hawksley sends them to America in a friend's possession and follows after.

Starring: Elaine Hammerstein, Jack Mulhall, Wallace Beery, David Torrence, Maude George, Eric Mayne, Forrest Seabury ..
Directed by: Edward Dillon
Release date: 1923-11-01
12.

The Sacred Order

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

When sleuth Nayland Smith steals evil Dr Fu-Manchu's 'Sacred Order', the Devil Doctor himself faces death at the hands of the Si-Fan organisation.

Starring: H. Agar Lyons, Fred Paul, Joan Clarkson, Humberston Wright, Frank Wilson, Percy Clarbour, Laurie Leslie, H. Manning ..
Directed by: A. E. Coleby
Release date: 1923-10-30
13.

The Queen of Hearts

0.0
4.3/10 IMDB

Based on Sax Rohmer’s third Fu-Manchu novel, The Si-Fan Mysteries (1917), this sensational episode sees Fu-Manchu partly paralysed by a bullet wound. The Devil Doctor snatches eminent surgeon Sir Baldwin Frazer to carry out the delicate operation he needs. Dr Petrie, abducted by Fu-Manchu’s scheming assistant, Zarmi, must assist – and choose a playing card to determine whether he lives or dies...

Starring: H. Agar Lyons, Fred Paul, Joan Clarkson, Humberston Wright, Frank Wilson, Fred Raynham, Julie Suedo, D. Bland ..
Directed by: A. E. Coleby
Release date: 1923-09-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1923 : The Unknown Purple
14.

The Unknown Purple

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Inventor Peter Marchmont has discovered a purple light that renders the user invisible. On his release from prison, Marchmont, disguised as Victor Cromport, uses the light to revenge himself against his former wife, Jewel, and her partner, James Dawson, who framed him for theft. Making himself invisible, Marchmont gradually ruins Dawson. He so wins Jewel's confidence and love that she is willing to kill Dawson at Marchmont's request. Finally, Marchmont leaves the scheming couple to their own misery and marries Jewel's sister, Ruth Marsh.

Starring: Henry B. Walthall, Alice Lake, Stuart Holmes, Helen Ferguson, Frankie Lee, Ethel Grey Terry, James Morrison, Johnny Arthur, Richard Wayne, Brinsley Shaw ..
Directed by: Roland West
Release date: 1923-10-01

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