Best Mystery Movies of 1928

1.

The Man Who Laughs

4.6
7.7/10 IMDB

Gwynplaine, son of Lord Clancharlie, has a permanent smile carved on his face by the King, in revenge for Gwynplaine's father's treachery. Gwynplaine is adopted by a travelling showman and becomes a popular idol. He falls in love with the blind Dea. The king dies, and his evil jester tries to destroy or corrupt Gwynplaine.

Starring: Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin, Olga Baclanova, Brandon Hurst, Cesare Gravina, Stuart Holmes, John George, Sam De Grasse, Josephine Crowell, Károly Huszár ..
Directed by: Paul Leni
Release date: 1928-04-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1928 : West of Zanzibar
2.

West of Zanzibar

3.9
7.2/10 IMDB

A magician seeks vengeance upon the man who paralyzed him and the illegitimate daughter he sired with the magician's wife.

Starring: Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymore, Mary Nolan, Warner Baxter, Jacqueline Gadsden, Tiny Ward, Kalla Pasha, Curtis Nero, Mae Busch, Noble Johnson ..
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1928-11-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1928 : There It Is
3.

There It Is

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

When a mysterious figure appears to cause a series of disruptions at the Frisbie Home in New York, word goes out to Scotland Yard that the Fuzz-Faced Phantom is at work. Soon, Charley MacNeesha and his assistant MacGregor are sent across the ocean to investigate.

Starring: Charles R. Bowers, Kathryn McGuire, Melbourne MacDowell, Buster Brodie, Blue Washington, Mack Davis ..
Directed by: Charles R. Bowers, Harold L. Muller
Release date: 1928-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1928 : The Last Warning
4.

The Last Warning

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

A producer decides to reopen a theater, that had been closed five years previously when one of the actors was murdered during a performance, by staging a production of the same play with the remaining members of the original cast.

Starring: Laura La Plante, Montagu Love, Roy D'Arcy, Margaret Livingston, John Boles, Burr McIntosh, Mack Swain, Bert Roach, Carrie Daumery, Slim Summerville ..
Directed by: Paul Leni
Release date: 1928-12-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1928 : The Terror
5.

The Terror

1.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Guests at an old English manor house are stalked by a mysterious killer known only as "The Terror".

Starring: May McAvoy, Louise Fazenda, Edward Everett Horton, Alec B. Francis, Matthew Betz, Holmes Herbert, Otto Hoffman, Joseph W. Girard, John Miljan, Frank Austin ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1928-09-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1928 : Trent's Last Case
6.

Trent's Last Case

1.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Who killed the vicious millionaire Sigsbee Manderson? Not that pretty wife of his, surely? Philip Trent investigates.

Starring: Raymond Griffith, Donald Crisp ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1928-07-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1928 : The Perfect Crime
7.

The Perfect Crime

1.4
6.1/10 IMDB

A police inspector "solves" a crime that, in fact, may not have occurred at all.

Starring: Clive Brook, Irene Rich, Ethel Wales, Carroll Nye, Gladys McConnell, Edmund Breese, Jim Farley, Phil Gastrock, Tully Marshall, Jane La Verne ..
Directed by: Bert Glennon
Release date: 1928-08-04
Best Mystery Movies of 1928 : The Power of Silence
8.

The Power of Silence

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Would An Innocent Woman Keep Silent? Would the fear of a murderer's death shake her from the Sphinx-like silence that shielded- who?

Starring: Belle Bennett, John Westwood, Ena Gregory, Anders Randolf, John St. Polis, Virginia Pearson, Raymond Keane, Jack Singleton ..
Directed by: Wallace Worsley
Release date: 1928-10-20
9.

The Black Pearl

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A pearl stolen from an Indian idol results in nothing but trouble for its owner. After he receives death threats by note pinned to a dagger, he decides to gather his relatives in his old mansion for a reading of his will. Unfortunately, the family members are being mysteriously bumped off one by one. The butler and an heiress set out to discover what's going on.

Starring: Lila Lee, Ray Hallor, Carl Stockdale, Howard Lorenz, Adele Watson, Thomas A. Curran, Sybil Grove, Lew Short, George B. French, Joseph Belmont ..
Directed by: Scott Pembroke
Release date: 1928-12-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1928 : The Chinatown Mystery
10.

The Chinatown Mystery

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Restored by the George Eastman House in 2001, this 1928 serial was considered a “last hurrah” for the silent-era serial, and brought together some of the biggest names of the era: director J.P. McGowan, actors Francis Ford and Joe Bonomo (a carnival strongman-turned-actor), producer Trem Carr (who would later help found Monogram Pictures), and a slew of silent-era supporting icons such as Ruth Hiatt, Grace Cunard, and more. Chapter names like “The Clutching Claw,” “The Devil’s Dice, “Galloping Fury,” and “The Invisible Hand” offer all one needs to know of the film’s concerns: to promise and deliver as much action and suspense as possible, and move our intrepid hero and heroine from one perilous situation to another. One of the biggest stars of the early silent era and a successful serials director in his own right, Francis Ford was the brother of director John Ford.

Starring: Joe Bonomo, Ruth Hiatt, Francis Ford, George Chesebro, Sheldon Lewis, Ernest Shields, Jack Richardson, Grace Cunard, Rosemary Theby, Peggy O'Day ..
Directed by: J.P. McGowan
Release date: 1928-09-01

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