Best Mystery Movies of 1931


The Maltese Falcon

6.9/10 IMDB

A lovely dame with dangerous lies employs the services of a private detective, who is quickly caught up in the mystery and intrigue of a statuette known as the Maltese Falcon.

Starring: Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Una Merkel, Robert Elliott, Thelma Todd, Otto Matieson, Walter Long, Dwight Frye, J. Farrell MacDonald ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1931-05-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Black Camel

The Black Camel

6.8/10 IMDB

Movie star Shelah Fane is seeing wealthy Alan Jaynes while filming in Honolulu, Hawaii, but won't marry him without consulting famed psychic Tanaverro first. Tanaverro confronts her about the unsolved murder of fellow film star Denny Mayo three years earlier, and she decides to reject Jaynes' proposal. When Shelah is found shot to death in her beach-front pavilion, Charlie Chan of the Honolulu Police investigates.

Starring: Warner Oland, Sally Eilers, Bela Lugosi, Dorothy Revier, Victor Varconi, Murray Kinnell, William Post Jr., Robert Young, Violet Dunn, J. M. Kerrigan ..
Directed by: Hamilton MacFadden
Release date: 1931-06-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Public Defender

The Public Defender

6.4/10 IMDB

A mysterious phantom who calls himself "The Reckoner" vows to expose the crooked bankers who embezzled their company's funds. Director J. Walter Ruben's 1931 drama stars Richard Dix, Shirley Grey, Boris Karloff, Paul Hurst, Frank Sheridan, Nella Walker, Purnell Pratt, Ruth Weston, Carl Gerard and Rochelle Hudson.

Starring: Richard Dix, Shirley Grey, Purnell Pratt, Ruth Weston, Boris Karloff, Edmund Breese, Frank Sheridan, Alan Roscoe, Nella Walker, Paul Hurst ..
Directed by: J. Walter Ruben
Release date: 1931-08-01

Murder by the Clock

6.3/10 IMDB

A policeman (William Boyd) investigates a woman's (Lilyan Tashman) link to murders that are preceded by a shrilling horn inside a family mausoleum.

Starring: William "Stage" Boyd, Lilyan Tashman, Irving Pichel, Regis Toomey, Sally O'Neil, Blanche Friderici, Walter McGrail, Lester Vail, Martha Mattox, Frank Sheridan ..
Directed by: Edward Sloman
Release date: 1931-07-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : Murder at Midnight

Murder at Midnight

5.4/10 IMDB

Wealthy Mr. Kennedy shoots his secretary, Channing, during a parlor game, but it turns out the gun was loaded with real bullets. Luckily, criminologist Phillip Montrose is on hand to help the police. When Kennedy quickly ends up dead as well, the police think it's a tidy murder-suicide, but the family lawyer knows of a letter that voiced Kennedy's suspicions about someone who was out to get him. Soon, the cops are on the trail of a ruthless and clever killer who is one step ahead of even Montrose.

Starring: Aileen Pringle, Alice White, Hale Hamilton, Robert Elliott, Clara Blandick, Brandon Hurst, Leslie Fenton, William Humphrey ..
Directed by: Frank R. Strayer
Release date: 1931-09-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Range Feud

The Range Feud

5.9/10 IMDB

Clint Turner is arrested for the murder of his girlfriend Judy's father, a rival rancher who was an enemy of his own father, and his best friend, Sheriff Buck Gordon sets out to find the real killer in the face of pressure for a quick lynching of Clint.

Starring: Buck Jones, John Wayne, Susan Fleming, Edward LeSaint, Will Walling, Harry Woods, Frank Austin, Wallace MacDonald, Blackjack Ward, Jack Curtis ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1931-12-01

A Burglar to the Rescue

6.8/10 IMDB

He is working on the books to cover his crimes, when a visitor arrives with a gun. In the conversation that ensues, it is revealed that the visitor is an escaped convict that was a former employee of the bank. He was railroaded to prison to cover the crooked banker's crime. As with other entries in this series, there is a shadow projected every so often with a voice forecasting what is to come.

Starring: Thurston Hall, Charlotte Wynters, Frank Shannon, Arthur Aylesworth ..
Directed by: George Cochrane
Release date: 1931-09-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : Charlie Chan Carries On

Charlie Chan Carries On

6.7/10 IMDB

Charlie steps in to solve the murder of a wealthy American found dead in a London hotel. Settings include London, Nice, San Remo, Honolulu and Hong Kong. Fast-paced with lots of wisecracking.

Starring: Warner Oland, John Garrick, Marguerite Churchill, Warren Hymer, George Brent ..
Directed by: Hamilton MacFadden
Release date: 1931-04-11

Night in Montmartre

6.3/10 IMDB

A young couple live under a café in Paris that, unknown to them, is owned by a brutal blackmailer. When he is murdered, they fall under suspicion. However, the husband's father, an amateur detective, believes in their innocence and sets out to find who really killed the blackmailer.

Starring: Horace Hodges, Franklin Dyall, Hugh Williams, Heather Angel, Austin Trevor, Kay Hammond, Edmund Willard, Arthur Hambling, Reginald Purdell, Binnie Barnes ..
Directed by: Leslie S. Hiscott
Release date: 1931-07-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Sleeping Cardinal

The Sleeping Cardinal

6.0/10 IMDB

A card cheat is threatened with exposure into joining a criminal enterprise that Holmes believes is controlled by Professor Moriarity.

Starring: Arthur Wontner, Ian Fleming, Minnie Rayner, Leslie Perrins, Jane Welsh, Norman McKinnel, William Fazan, Sydney King, Philip Hewland, Gordon Begg ..
Directed by: Leslie S. Hiscott
Release date: 1931-02-15

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