Best Mystery Movies of 1930



6.3/10 IMDB

When a woman is convicted of murder, one of the jurors selected to serve on the murder-trial jury believes the accused, an aspiring actress, is innocent of the crime and takes it upon himself to apprehend the real killer.

Starring: Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam, Edward Chapman, Miles Mander, Esme Percy, Donald Calthrop, Esme V. Chaplin, Amy Brandon Thomas, Joynson Powell ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1930-07-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case

The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case

7.1/10 IMDB

The boys think their days of fishing to feed themselves have come to an end, when Stan's rich uncle Ebenezer dies leaving a large estate. But they soon learn that Ebenezer was murdered and all the relatives, including Stan, are suspects.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Frank Austin, Stanley Blystone, Bobby Burns, Rosa Gore, Dorothy Granger, Dell Henderson, Fred Kelsey, Lon Poff ..
Directed by: James Parrott
Release date: 1930-08-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : The Bat Whispers

The Bat Whispers

6.3/10 IMDB

Infamous burglar "The Bat" commits a daring jewelry theft despite heavy police presence. Soon after, a bank theft occurs, which may be the work of the criminal as well. Meanwhile, Cornelia Van Gorder has various people arrive at her old mansion, including her niece, Dale, a bank employee, and police detective Anderson. When guests start turning up dead, Cornelia begins to suspect that The Bat may be lurking around the estate.

Starring: Chester Morris, Chance Ward, Una Merkel, Richard Tucker, Wilson Benge, DeWitt Jennings, Sidney D'Albrook, S.E. Jennings, Grayce Hampton, Maude Eburne ..
Directed by: Roland West
Release date: 1930-11-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : Shadow of the Law

Shadow of the Law

6.3/10 IMDB

John Nelson, a well-to-do businessman, is escorting a woman he knows as Ethel Barry to the door of her apartment suite when a man steps out of the shadows and angrily demands to know where she has been. The embarrassed Nelson excuses himself and goes to his rooms in the same hotel. The woman rushes into his apartment followed by the man who met her in the hall. The man threatens her with violence and Nelson comes to her defense. In the ensuing fight, the man is knocked out of the window and falls to his death to the pavement many stories down. He is charged with the killing and his only witness that can prove self-defense for him has disappeared, and can not be found.

Starring: William Powell, Marion Shilling, Natalie Moorhead, Regis Toomey, Paul Hurst, George Irving, Frederick Burt, James Durkin, Richard Tucker, Walter James ..
Directed by: Louis J. Gasnier
Release date: 1930-06-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : The Benson Murder Case

The Benson Murder Case

6.1/10 IMDB

A ruthless, crooked stockbroker is murdered at his luxurious country estate, and detective Philo Vance just happens to be there; he decides to find out who killed him.

Starring: William Powell, William 'Stage' Boyd, Eugene Pallette, Paul Lukas, Natalie Moorhead, Richard Tucker, May Beatty, E.H. Calvert, Mischa Auer, Perry Ivins ..
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1930-04-13

The Cuckoo Murder Case

6.7/10 IMDB

The Cuckoo Bird residing in an old clock in a creepy old mansion is shot dead by an unknown assailant; Flip the Frog is called in to investigate (and finds more than he bargained for). |

Directed by: Ub Iwerks
Release date: 1930-10-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : The Arizona Kid

The Arizona Kid

5.9/10 IMDB

The Arizona Kid (Warner Baxter) carries out his mission as a Robin Hood-type bandit while posing as a wealthy and carefree miner. He falls for an eastern girl, Virginia Hoyt (Carole Lombard), accompanied by presumably her brother, Dick Hoyt (Theodore von Eltz), actually her husband. The Kid's mine is raided and two of his friends are killed and he learns that Dick and Virginia are the culprits...

Starring: Warner Baxter, Carole Lombard, Theodore von Eltz, Hank Mann, Mona Maris, Wilfred Lucas, James Gibson, Larry McGrath, Jack Herrick, Walter P. Lewis ..
Directed by: Alfred Santell
Release date: 1930-03-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu

The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu

5.8/10 IMDB

The villainous master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu sets out to destroy the people he holds responsible for the death of his family.

Starring: Warner Oland, O. P. Heggie, Jean Arthur, Neil Hamilton, Evelyn Hall, William Austin, Margaret Fealy, Shayle Gardner, Evelyn Selbie, Ambrose Barker ..
Directed by: Rowland V. Lee
Release date: 1930-05-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : Midnight Mystery

Midnight Mystery

6.9/10 IMDB

A fog-shrouded house provides the setting for this early talkies thriller.

Starring: Betty Compson, Lowell Sherman, Raymond Hatton, Hugh Trevor, June Clyde, Ivan Lebedeff, Rita La Roy, Marcelle Corday, Sidney D'Albrook, William P. Burt ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1930-06-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : Conspiracy


5.1/10 IMDB

Margaret Holt and her brother Victor set out to smash a narcotics ring responsible for their father's death. Young reporter John Howell and eccentric mystery writer Winthrop Clavering help unravel the truth about the murder.

Starring: Bessie Love, Ned Sparks, Hugh Trevor, Ivan Lebedeff, Rita La Roy, Gertrude Howard, Otto Matieson, Walter Long, Donald MacKenzie, Jane Keckley ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1930-08-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : Grumpy


4.9/10 IMDB

An exhaustingly cantankerous old man solves a jewel robbery.

Starring: Cyril Maude, Phillips Holmes, Frances Dade, Paul Lukas, Halliwell Hobbes, Paul Cavanagh, Doris Luray, Olaf Hytten, Robert Bolder, Colin Kenny ..
Directed by: George Cukor, Cyril Gardner
Release date: 1930-08-01

The Temporary Widow

7.0/10 IMDB

Kitty Kellermann is put on trial for murdering her husband, a failed painter. When her counsel resigns from his mandate, the mysterious Peter Bille steps in, though it becomes apparent that he actually is not an advocate but Kitty's lover and moreover confesses the murder. The widow has to admit that the pictures by her deceased spouse sell much better, only for him to suddenly appear alive.

Starring: Lilian Harvey, Laurence Olivier, Athole Stewart, Gillian Dean, Frank Stanmore, Felix Aylmer, Frederick Lloyd, Henry Caine, Danchell E. Hambro ..
Directed by: Gustav Ucicky
Release date: 1930-07-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : The Cat Creeps

The Cat Creeps

7.3/10 IMDB

Disappearances and strange goings-on in a spooky old mansion.

Starring: Helen Twelvetrees, Raymond Hackett, Neil Hamilton, Lilyan Tashman, Jean Hersholt, Montagu Love, Lawrence Grant, Theodore von Eltz, Blanche Friderici, Elizabeth Patterson ..
Directed by: Rupert Julian, John Willard
Release date: 1930-11-10
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : The Second Floor Mystery

The Second Floor Mystery

6.5/10 IMDB

In this mystery, a man and woman have been corresponding through a "personal" column under the names Lord Strawberries and Lady Grapefruit. When the man's neighbor is found dead upstairs, he and the lady are the prime suspects of a police inspector, who has his own very good reason for blaming them.

Starring: Grant Withers, Loretta Young, H.B. Warner, Claire McDowell, Sidney Bracey, Crauford Kent, John Loder, Claude King ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1930-04-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : The Last of the Lone Wolf

The Last of the Lone Wolf

6.3/10 IMDB

In this entry in the Lone Wolf series, the first to have a soundtrack, the jealousies of the King and the coquettish Queen are chronicled. When His Majesty learns that his wife has given the ring he gave to her to her lover, the King plans a large ball and demands the she wear the token. As her lover is a military attache, he is not in the palace, and the queen must send her lady-in-waiting to bring it back. En route, the lady meets a thief and they team up. She does not know that he has been dispatched by the King to steal ring from the attache.

Starring: Bert Lytell, Patsy Ruth Miller, Lucien Prival, Otto Matieson, Alfred Hickman, Maryland Morne, Halie Sullivan, Pietro Sosso, Henry Daniell, James Liddy ..
Directed by: Richard Boleslawski
Release date: 1930-08-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : Temple Tower

Temple Tower

5.5/10 IMDB

The film depicts the character of Bulldog Drummond, a British adventurer and is based on the novel Temple Tower by Herman Cyril McNeile. Bulldog Drummond goes up against a group of jewel thieves led by Blackton and a Masked Strangler they double-crossed who wants revenge.

Starring: Kenneth MacKenna, Marceline Day, Henry B. Walthall, Cyril Chadwick, Peter Gawthorne, Ivan Linow, Frank Lanning, Yorke Sherwood ..
Directed by: Donald Gallaher
Release date: 1930-04-12
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : The Squeaker

The Squeaker

5.4/10 IMDB

A detective poses as an ex-convict to expose the head of a benevolent society as a fence.

Starring: Percy Marmont, Anne Grey, Gordon Harker, Trilby Clark, Alfred Drayton, Eric Maturin, Nigel Bruce, W. Cronin Wilson ..
Directed by: Edgar Wallace
Release date: 1930-06-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : The Gorilla

The Gorilla

5.2/10 IMDB

A series of murders that take place in an old, dark mansion are suspected of being committed by an ape. (lost film)

Starring: Joe Frisco, Harry Gribbon, Walter Pidgeon, Lila Lee, Purnell Pratt, Edwin Maxwell, Roscoe Karns, William H. Philbrick, Landers Stevens ..
Directed by: Bryan Foy
Release date: 1930-11-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : Herlock Sholmes in Be-a-Live-Crook

Herlock Sholmes in Be-a-Live-Crook

2.1/10 IMDB

In this parody of Sherlock Holmes, the Great Detective goes to an opium den of inequity in the dangerous London district of London and challenges Tong assassins in order to rescue a woman.

Directed by: Jack Harrison, J. Elder Wills, John Grierson
Release date: 1930-02-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : At the Villa Rose

At the Villa Rose

0.0/10 IMDB

Jewel thieves kill a rich widow and frame a fake medium.

Starring: Norah Baring, Richard Cooper, Austin Trevor, Barbara Gott, Francis Lister, Amy Brandon Thomas, Violet Farebrother, John Hamilton ..
Directed by: Leslie S. Hiscott
Release date: 1930-02-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : The House of the Arrow

The House of the Arrow

0.0/10 IMDB

In France, an inspector solves the poisoning of his rich aunt.

Starring: Dennis Neilson-Terry, Benita Hume, Richard Cooper, Stella Freeman, Wilfred Fletcher, Tony De Lungo, Barbara Gott, Betty de Malero ..
Directed by: Leslie S. Hiscott
Release date: 1930-03-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : Soldiers and Women

Soldiers and Women

0.0/10 IMDB

Captain Clive Branch, United States Marine Corps, is stationed at a Marine base in Haiti, and is having affairs with two women, Brenda Ritchie and Helen Arnold, each of whom is married to a Marine Captain. One of the husbands is murdered, and Branch, Helen and Brenda each find themselves high on the list of suspects.

Starring: Aileen Pringle, Grant Withers, Judith Wood, Walter McGrail, Emmett Corrigan, Blanche Friderici, Wade Boteler, Raymond Largay, William Colvin, Sam Nelson ..
Directed by: Edward Sloman
Release date: 1930-04-30

Sweethearts and Wives

0.0/10 IMDB

An aristocrat tries to prevent her sister's divorce by attempting to recover a diamond necklace, which is being used as incriminating evidence against her.

Starring: Billie Dove, Clive Brook, Sidney Blackmer, Crauford Kent, Leila Hyams, John Loder, Fletcher Norton, Albert Gran, Alphonse Martell, Rolfe Sedan ..
Directed by: Clarence G. Badger
Release date: 1930-06-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : Murder Will Out

Murder Will Out

0.0/10 IMDB

A wealthy young club man is engaged to a senator’s daughter but becomes involved with a gang of blackmailers.

Directed by: Clarence G. Badger
Release date: 1930-04-06
Best Mystery Movies of 1930 : In the Next Room

In the Next Room

0.0/10 IMDB

The story starts with a prologue set in 1889 in which we see an angry husband murdering his wife's lover. The setting then moves to 1929, just as an antiques dealer Philip Vantine (John St. Polis) has finished moving into the same house where the 1889 murder occurred.

Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1930-01-26

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