Best Mystery Movies of 1929


Darkened Rooms

6.8/10 IMDB

Phony spiritualists were given a good going-over in the early talkie melodrama Darkened Rooms. Evelyn Brent stars as Ellen, a fraudulent medium working in cahoots with genuine clairvoyant Emory Jago (Neil Hamilton). The plotline is secondary; the film's main purpose was to emulate the methods of such professional "de-bunkers" as Mrs. Harry Houdini by exposing the various tricks of the spiritualist's trade.

Starring: Evelyn Brent, Neil Hamilton, Doris Hill, David Newell, Gale Henry, Wallace MacDonald, Blanche Craig, E.H. Calvert, Sammy Bricker, George Beranger ..
Directed by: Louis J. Gasnier
Release date: 1929-11-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Greene Murder Case

The Greene Murder Case

6.5/10 IMDB

Philo Vance investigates when a murderer preys upon members of a wealthy family on New York's Upper East Side.

Starring: William Powell, Florence Eldridge, Jean Arthur, Eugene Pallette, E.H. Calvert, Ullrich Haupt, Gertrude Norman, Lowell Drew, Morgan Farley, Brandon Hurst ..
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1929-08-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Donovan Affair

The Donovan Affair

6.1/10 IMDB

Inspector Killian tries to solve a murder case with his assistant Carney.

Starring: Jack Holt, Dorothy Revier, William Collier Jr., Agnes Ayres, John Roche, Fred Kelsey, Hank Mann, Wheeler Oakman, Virginia Brown Faire, Alphonse Ethier ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1929-04-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Locked Door

The Locked Door

6.1/10 IMDB

On her first anniversary, Ann Reagan finds that her sister-in-law is involved with a shady character that she used to be intimate with, and determines to intervene.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Rod La Rocque, William 'Stage' Boyd, Betty Bronson, Harry Stubbs, Harry Mestayer, Mack Swain, Zasu Pitts, George Bunny, Purnell Pratt ..
Directed by: George Fitzmaurice
Release date: 1929-11-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Canary Murder Case

The Canary Murder Case

6.0/10 IMDB

A beautiful showgirl, name "the Canary" is a scheming nightclub singer. Blackmailing is her game and with that she ends up dead. But who killed "the Canary". All the suspects knew and were used by her and everyone had a motive to see her dead. The only witness to the crime has also been 'rubbed out'. Only one man, the keen, fascinating, debonair detective Philo Vance, would be able to figure out who is the killer. Written by Tony Fontana

Starring: William Powell, Louise Brooks, Jean Arthur, James Hall, Charles Lane, Lawrence Grant, Gustav von Seyffertitz, E.H. Calvert, Eugene Pallette, Ned Sparks ..
Directed by: Malcolm St. Clair, Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1929-02-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Unholy Night

The Unholy Night

5.7/10 IMDB

One dark foggy London night, someone tries to strangle Lord Montague, but he escapes. Only to discover the four other men who did get killed were old regimental comrades in Gallipoli. When Scotland Yard gets Monty to gather the other nine surviving officers at his home, one of them is murdered, and no one else has entered the house. Now, they must determine who the murderer is.

Starring: Ernest Torrence, Roland Young, Dorothy Sebastian, Natalie Moorhead, Sydney Jarvis, Polly Moran, George Cooper, SĂ´jin Kamiyama, Claude Fleming, Clarence Geldart ..
Directed by: Lionel Barrymore
Release date: 1929-09-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : Seven Keys to Baldpate

Seven Keys to Baldpate

6.1/10 IMDB

A writer rents what he believes is a deserted lodge in order to complete his novel. But then six other people show up one-by-one, each for reasons of their own.

Starring: Richard Dix, Miriam Seegar, Margaret Livingston, Lucien Littlefield, Joseph Allen Sr., DeWitt Jennings, Nella Walker, Carleton Macy, Alan Roscoe, Crauford Kent ..
Directed by: Reginald Barker
Release date: 1929-12-25
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Phantom in the House

The Phantom in the House

5.1/10 IMDB

A man is blamed for a murder that was actually committed by his wife.

Starring: Ricardo Cortez, Nancy Welford, Henry B. Walthall, Grace Valentine, Thomas A. Curran, Jack Curtis ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1929-10-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Thirteenth Chair

The Thirteenth Chair

5.8/10 IMDB

Although his murdered friend was by all accounts a scoundrel, Edward Wales is determined to trap his killer by staging a seance using a famous medium. Many of the 13 seance participants had a reason and a means to kill, and one of them uses the cover of darkness to kill again. When someone close to the medium is suspected she turns detective, in the hope of uncovering the true murderer.

Starring: Conrad Nagel, Leila Hyams, Margaret Wycherly, Helene Millard, Holmes Herbert, Mary Forbes, Bela Lugosi, Charles Quatermaine, Moon Carroll, Cyril Chadwick ..
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1929-10-19
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Hole in the Wall

The Hole in the Wall

5.8/10 IMDB

Mrs. Ramsey sent Jean Oliver to prison on a false charge. To get even, Jean (disguised as Madame Mystera) plans to kidnap her daughter and turn her into a thief. Love entanglements with a gangster known as "The Fox" and newspaperman Grant complicate her plans.

Starring: Claudette Colbert, Edward G. Robinson, Donald Meek, David Newell, Nellie Savage, Alan Brooks, Louise Closser Hale, Katherine Emmet, Marcia Kagno, Barry Macollum ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1929-04-27

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