Best Mystery Movies of 1931

1.

The Maltese Falcon

3.6
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
2.

The Vanishing Legion

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

A mysterious master criminal known as The Voice plots with his gang to sabotage the Milesburg Oil Company, but the rightful heir has a secret army of her own to protect her rights.

Starring: Harry Carey, Edwina Booth, William Desmond, Frankie Darro, Philo McCullough, Yakima Canutt, Joe Bonomo, Tom Dugan, Lafe McKee, Bob Kortman ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe, B. Reeves Eason
Release date: 1931-06-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Black Camel
3.

The Black Camel

3.4
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
4.

The Public Defender

2.7
6.5/10 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
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Speckled Band
5.

The Speckled Band

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

After her sister dies under mysterious circumstances, a young heiress seeks Holmes' help when she feels threatened by her brutish stepfather.

Starring: Raymond Massey, Lyn Harding, Angela Baddeley, Athole Stewart, Nancy Price ..
Directed by: Jack Raymond
Release date: 1931-03-05
6.

Murder at Midnight

2.5
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 : Ghost Parade
7.

Ghost Parade

2.5
4.3/10 IMDB

A series of strange, inexplicable, and increasingly frightening events takes place in Mosby Manor.

Starring: Andy Clyde, Marjorie Beebe, Harry Gribbon, Frank Eastman, Marion Sayers, Babe Stafford, Charles Gemora, Aline West ..
Directed by: Mack Sennett
Release date: 1931-05-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Sleeping Cardinal
8.

The Sleeping Cardinal

2.4
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
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Range Feud
9.

The Range Feud

2.3
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
10.

The Devil Plays

2.2
5.2/10 IMDB

A mystery novelist's detective skills are put to the test when he attends a party where a murder is committed.

Starring: Jameson Thomas, Florence Britton, Thomas E. Jackson, Lew Kelly, Lillian Rich, Robert Ellis, Dorothy Christy, Edmund Burns, Jack Trent, Carmelita Geraghty ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1931-12-15

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