Best Mystery Movies of 1929


Darkened Rooms

6.7/10 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

6.4/10 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

6.0/10 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 Bishop Murder Case

The Bishop Murder Case

6.0/10 IMDB

The murders start with the body of Robin. He is found with a arrow through the heart, but Vance deduces that the body was placed and not found where he was killed. The note found dealing with the murder was part of a nursery rhyme and signed by 'Bishop'. The only witness may have been Mrs. Drukker and Adolph, but they are not talking. As the murders progress, each one is accompanied by a nursery rhyme. It is up to Philo Vance to unravel the clues and unmask the identity of the murderer 'Bishop'.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Leila Hyams, Roland Young, Alec B. Francis, George F. Marion, Zelda Sears, Bodil Rosing, Carroll Nye, Charles Quatermaine, James Donlan ..
Directed by: Nick Grinde, David Burton
Release date: 1929-12-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Canary Murder Case

The Canary Murder Case

5.9/10 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

5.6/10 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

5.0/10 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

5.7/10 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

5.7/10 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
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : Big News

Big News

5.4/10 IMDB

A reporter's marriage is jeopardized by his drinking and he finds himself accused of a murder he didn't commit.

Starring: Robert Armstrong, Carole Lombard, Louis Payne, Wade Boteler, Charles Sellon, Sam Hardy, Tom Kennedy, Warner Richmond, Helen Ainsworth, Herbert Clark ..
Directed by: Gregory La Cava
Release date: 1929-09-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : Behind That Curtain

Behind That Curtain

4.8/10 IMDB

Sir George hires Hillary Gatt to find out more about Eric who wants to marry Lois. Gatt is murdered and the couple, married, run off to India. Old friend John Beetham sympathizes with the bride who sees that her hubby is a liar and drunk. John and Lois fly to San Francisco. Eric shows up and tries to kill John, but Scotland Yard's Lt. Charlie Chan intervenes. Chan fans may be disappointed in this globe-trotting mystery, however, as the detective only appears in a few scenes. The film is more noteworthy for its introduction of Boris Karloff to sound features, in a small role as a servant from Sudan who mutters inscrutable nonsense about the whims of the desert.

Starring: Warner Baxter, Lois Moran, E.L. Park, Boris Karloff, Gilbert Emery, Claude King, Phillip Strange, Jamiel Hasson, Peter Gawthrone, John Rogers ..
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1929-06-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Studio Murder Mystery

The Studio Murder Mystery

5.4/10 IMDB

Philandering actor Richard Hardell is murdered at a movie studio. His jealous wife Blanche, his director Rupert Borka, and a girl he mistreated, Helen MacDonald, all have substantial reasons for having wanted him dead.

Starring: Neil Hamilton, Doris Hill, Warner Oland, Fredric March, Chester Conklin, Florence Eldridge, Guy Oliver, Donald MacKenzie, Gardner James, Eugene Pallette ..
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1929-06-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : Strange Cargo

Strange Cargo

7.9/10 IMDB

On board a yacht sailing from India to Britain, the owner of the vessel is murdered by one of the passengers. (This film was produced both in full sound and silent versions, the latter for theaters that had not yet been wired for sound.)

Starring: Lee Patrick, June Nash, George Barraud, Cosmo Kyrle Bellew, Russell Gleason, Frank Reicher, Claude King, Ned Sparks, Josephine Brown, Chuck Hamilton ..
Directed by: Benjamin Glazer, Arthur Gregor
Release date: 1929-03-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Silent House

The Silent House

7.3/10 IMDB

A Mandarin hypnotises his partner's daughter to locate hidden bonds.

Starring: Mabel Poulton, Gibb McLaughlin, Arthur Pusey, Gerald Rawlinson, Albert Brouett, Rex Maurice, Raston Medrora, Frank Perfitt, Arthur Stratton, Kiyoshi Takase ..
Directed by: Walter Forde
Release date: 1929-01-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Dummy

The Dummy

7.0/10 IMDB

The title character is office-boy Barney. Pretending to be a deaf-mute, Barney tries to trump his detective boss Walter Babbing by tracking down the person who kidnapped Peggy Meredith, the daughter of wealthy Agnes and Trumbull Meredith.

Starring: Ruth Chatterton, Fredric March, John Cromwell, Fred Kohler, Mickey Bennett, Vondell Darr, Jack Oakie, Zasu Pitts, Richard Tucker, Eugene Pallette ..
Directed by: Robert Milton
Release date: 1929-03-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Drake Case

The Drake Case

6.1/10 IMDB

Talkie about a maid who is accused of killing the lady of the house

Starring: Gladys Brockwell, Robert Frazer, Forrest Stanley, James Crane, Edward Hearn, Doris Lloyd, Tom Dugan ..
Directed by: Edward Laemmle
Release date: 1929-09-01

The House of Secrets

6.4/10 IMDB

A young American man arrives in London to claim an estate he has inherited. One of the conditions is that he signs a paper stating he will never sell the estate. When he arrives at the estate he now owns, he runs into a ring of American gangsters there and discovers that the estate is the site of some buried pirate treasure.

Starring: Joseph Striker, Marcia Manning, Elmer Grandin, Herbert Warren, Francis M. Verdi, Richard Stevenson, Harry Southard, Edward Roseman, Walter Ringham ..
Directed by: Edmund Lawrence
Release date: 1929-05-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Hate Ship

The Hate Ship

5.9/10 IMDB

A police captain poses as the valet of a friend who has been invited on a yacht cruise by a notorious schemer, whom the friend is afraid wants to murder him.

Starring: Jameson Thomas, Jean Colin, Jack Raine, Henry Victor, Randle Ayrton, Edna Davies, Carl Harbord, Allan Jeayes, Maria Minetti, Charles Dormer ..
Directed by: Norman Walker
Release date: 1929-12-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

4.6/10 IMDB

The Return of Sherlock Holmes was the first sound film to feature Sherlock Holmes.

Starring: Clive Brook, H. Reeves-Smith, Betty Lawford, Charles Hay, Phillips Holmes, Donald Crisp, Harry T. Morey, Hubert Druce ..
Directed by: Basil Dean
Release date: 1929-10-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Fatal Warning

The Fatal Warning

3.3/10 IMDB

When a bank executive disappears, he is accused of stealing a fortune from the bank. But his daughter and her criminologist friend set out to find her father and clear his name.

Starring: Helene Costello, Ralph Graves, George Periolat, Phillips Smalley, Boris Karloff, Lloyd Whitlock, Syd Crossley, Thomas G. Lingham, Symona Boniface, Martha Mattox ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1929-02-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Lone Wolf's Daughter

The Lone Wolf's Daughter

0.0/10 IMDB

Michael Lanyard, a reformed cracks-man, adopts Adrienne, the daughter of an old friend, and goes to Southampton to attend a party celebrating her engagement to Bobby Crenshaw, the son of a wealthy society couple. The Count and Countess Polinac, international jewel thieves, also attend the party, and Count Polinac forces Lanyard to open the safe containing the jewelry of the guests by threatening to expose Lanyard's criminal past. Lanyard forestalls the count, however, and protects the valuables. The count and countess are arrested, and Michael's secret is kept safe.

Starring: Bert Lytell, Gertrude Olmstead, Charles K. Gerrard, Lilyan Tashman, Donald Keith, Florence Allen, Robert Elliott, Ruth Cherrington ..
Directed by: Albert S. Rogell
Release date: 1929-02-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : Black Waters

Black Waters

0.0/10 IMDB

A mad captain poses as a cleric to murder people aboard a fogbound ship.

Starring: James Kirkwood, Mary Brian, John Loder, Robert Ames, Frank Reicher, Hallam Cooley, Lloyd Hamilton, Noble Johnson, Ben Hendricks Sr. ..
Directed by: Marshall Neilan
Release date: 1929-04-05

The Woman in White

0.0/10 IMDB

Following a promise she made to her father on his deathbed, Laura Fairlie go to Scotland with Sir Percival Glyde to his mysterious mansion to be married. Once there, many strange and disturbing things happen. She meets a girl who has been a victim of Sir Percival's scheming in order to get her fortune.

Starring: Blanche Sweet, Haddon Mason, Cecil Humphreys, Louise Prussing, Frank Perfitt, Minna Grey ..
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1929-05-24


7.8/10 IMDB

The second version of Louis Joseph Vance's 1907 mystery melodrama The Brass Bowl. The story of a wealthy world traveler and his evil lookalike, the master criminal Anisty.

Starring: Alan Birmingham, Leila Hyams, Arnold Lucy, Clyde Cook, J. Farrell MacDonald, George C. Pearce, Rita La Roy, Frank Richardson, John Breeden, Jack Pierce ..
Directed by: Russell Birdwell
Release date: 1929-07-14


0.0/10 IMDB

During a dinner party at the Brookfield family estate, private detective Craig Kennedy relates a story of one of his unsolved murder cases. What Kennedy knows, and the other guests do not, is that the person who was the killer in the unsolved mystery is in the room, and Kennedy makes plans to expose him.

Starring: Robert Warwick, Milton Krims, Sam Ash, Charles Slattery, Sue Conroy, Lyons Wickland, William Corbett, Royal Byron, Marie Burke, Kate Roemer ..
Directed by: Edgar Lewis
Release date: 1929-12-15

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