Best Mystery Movies of 1929

1.

The Greene Murder Case

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

The Greene Murder Case was William Powell's second of four ventures in the role of society detective Philo Vance. In this film, he's called in as a whole family named Greene, rich society folks like Vance himself keeps getting knocked off one at a time. As Eugene Palette as Sergeant Heath says, they'd have to be crazy to keep committing the crimes while Vance and he are actually in the house investigating.

Starring: William Powell, Florence Eldridge, Jean Arthur, Eugene Pallette, E.H. Calvert, Ullrich Haupt ..
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1929-08-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1929 : The Canary Murder Case
2.

The Canary Murder Case

2.6
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 Locked Door
3.

The Locked Door

2.5
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 Unholy Night
4.

The Unholy Night

2.5
5.8/10 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
5.

Seven Keys to Baldpate

2.4
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
6.

The Phantom in the House

2.4
5.3/10 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
7.

Big News

2.1
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
8.

Behind That Curtain

2.0
4.9/10 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 (played by Korean actor E.L. Park) 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
9.

Strange Cargo

1.9
6.9/10 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
10.

The Silent House

1.8
7.8/10 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

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