Best Mystery Movies of 1931

1.

The Maltese Falcon

3.5
6.8/10 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
2.

The Black Camel

3.3
6.7/10 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 Vanishing Legion
3.

The Vanishing Legion

3.3
6.7/10 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 : Charlie Chan Carries On
4.

Charlie Chan Carries On

2.9
6.9/10 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. The first film to star Warner Oland as Charlie Chan.

Starring: Warner Oland, John Garrick, Marguerite Churchill, Warren Hymer, George Brent, Marjorie White, C. Henry Gordon, William Holden, Peter Gawthorne, John T. Murray ..
Directed by: Hamilton MacFadden
Release date: 1931-04-11
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Hound of the Baskervilles
5.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

On his uncle's death Sir Henry Baskerville returns from abroad and opens up the ancestral hall on the desolate moors of Devonshire. Holmes uncovers a plot to have Sir Henry murdered by a terrible trained hound.

Starring: John Stuart, Robert Rendel, Frederick Lloyd, Heather Angel, Reginald Bach, Wilfred Shine, Sam Livesey, Henry Hallett, Sybil Jane, Elizabeth Vaughan ..
Directed by: Gareth Gundrey
Release date: 1931-07-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Public Defender
6.

The Public Defender

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A mysterious phantom who calls himself The Reckoner vows to expose the crooked bankers who embezzled their company's funds.

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 : Murder by the Clock
7.

Murder by the Clock

2.6
6.2/10 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 : Ghost Parade
8.

Ghost Parade

2.5
4.4/10 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 : Murder at Midnight
9.

Murder at Midnight

2.4
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 Sleeping Cardinal
10.

The Sleeping Cardinal

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

A card cheat is threatened with exposure into joining a criminal enterprise that Sherlock 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 Speckled Band
11.

The Speckled Band

2.4
5.3/10 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, Marie Ault ..
Directed by: Jack Raymond
Release date: 1931-03-05
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Range Feud
12.

The Range Feud

2.4
5.6/10 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
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : A Night in Montmartre
13.

A Night in Montmartre

2.4
5.8/10 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 Secret Witness
14.

The Secret Witness

2.4
5.9/10 IMDB

A wealthy, cheating husband is found murdered in his penthouse apartment. The police soon arrest a suspect, but the victim's downstairs neighbor believes the man is innocent and sets out to prove who really committed the murder.

Starring: Una Merkel, Purnell Pratt, Zasu Pitts, Clarence Muse, Paul Hurst, Ralf Harolde, William Collier Jr., Nat Pendleton, Rita La Roy, Hooper Atchley ..
Directed by: Thornton Freeland
Release date: 1931-12-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Devil Plays
15.

The Devil Plays

2.2
5.0/10 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
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Mystery Train
16.

The Mystery Train

2.1
5.4/10 IMDB

A group of passengers are trapped in a runaway Pullman car.

Starring: Marceline Day, Hedda Hopper, Nick Stuart, Bryant Washburn, Al Cooke, Mary MacLaren, Carol Tevis, Joseph W. Girard, Spec O'Donnell, Eddie Fetherston ..
Directed by: Phil Whitman
Release date: 1931-08-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : Grief Street
17.

Grief Street

2.1
5.3/10 IMDB

A reporter helps the police investigate the murder of a disagreeable and philandering actor who is found strangled to death in his theater dressing room with its door and window locked from the inside.

Starring: John Holland, Barbara Kent, Raymond Largay, James P. Burtis, Lillian Rich, Lafe McKee, Lloyd Whitlock, Larry Steers, Dorothy Christy, Crauford Kent ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1931-10-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : Convicted
18.

Convicted

2.0
4.8/10 IMDB

A criminologist investigates the murder of a Broadway producer on an ocean liner.

Starring: Aileen Pringle, Jameson Thomas, Dorothy Christy, Richard Tucker, Harry Myers, Niles Welch, John Vosper, Jack Mower, Wilfred Lucas ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1931-11-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Phantom
19.

The Phantom

1.7
4.3/10 IMDB

An eclectic group of people are stalked by a masked killer in an old mansion.

Starring: Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Allene Ray, Niles Welch, Tom O'Brien, Sheldon Lewis, Wilfred Lucas, Violet Knights, William Gould, Bobby Dunn, William Jackie ..
Directed by: Alan James
Release date: 1931-11-01
20.

A Burglar to the Rescue

1.5
6.3/10 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 : Black Coffee
21.

Black Coffee

1.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Black Coffee is a 1931 British detective film directed by Leslie S. Hiscott. Based on the 1930 play Black Coffee by Agatha Christie featuring her famous private detective Hercule Poirot, it stars Austin Trevor as Poirot with Richard Cooper playing his companion Captain Hastings. A famous but hated scientist, Sir Amory, is killed during a house party, and some of his valuable papers are missing. Poirot rapidly determines the cause of death and the motive, then narrows down the suspects to the most likely culprit.

Starring: Austin Trevor, Adrianne Allen, Richard Cooper, Elizabeth Allan, C. V. France, Philip Strange, Dino Galvani, Michael Shepley, Melville Cooper, Marie Wright ..
Directed by: Leslie S. Hiscott
Release date: 1931-08-24
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Spider
22.

The Spider

1.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Lowe plays Chatrand the Great, a magician with great hypnotic and magical powers. During his evening performance at an upscale theater, a murder occurs. A hand wearing a sinister spider ring raises a revolver, the lights go out, and a shot rings out! When the lights come on, the body of a patron is lying on the floor, dying. Who is the mysterious killer? What is the strange secret of Lowe’s clairvoyant, amnesia-plagued assistant? After the police restrain the audience from leaving, Lowe uses his magical powers to help expose the killer. Watch for the terrific séance scene where weird ghost-like creatures float above the stage.

Starring: Edmund Lowe, Lois Moran, El Brendel, John Arledge, George E. Stone, Earle Foxe, Manya Roberti, Howard Phillips, Purnell Pratt, Jesse De Vorska ..
Directed by: William Cameron Menzies, Kenneth MacKenna
Release date: 1931-09-27
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Week End Mystery
23.

The Week End Mystery

1.4
5.9/10 IMDB

During a rainstorm at a remote manor house, Richard Crayell plays host to several guests. At nine o'clock sharp, he excuses himself from the card table to take his medicine, promising to return soon. When he doesn't, Claire goes in search of him, and finds his door locked from the inside.

Starring: Donald Meek, John Hamilton, Jane Winton ..
Release date: 1931-12-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Lyons Mail
24.

The Lyons Mail

1.4
5.9/10 IMDB

A mystery film directed by Arthur Maude

Starring: John Martin Harvey, Norah Baring, Ben Webster, Moore Marriott, George Thirlwell, Michael Hogan, Sheila Wray, Eric Howard, Charles Paton, Earl Grey ..
Directed by: Arthur Maude
Release date: 1931-03-31
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : A Dangerous Affair
25.

A Dangerous Affair

1.2
5.0/10 IMDB

Holt plays police lieutenant McHenry, while Graves is his friendly rival, crime reporter Wally Cook. After the two men verbally duel over a variety of details, they hunker down to business, that of solving the murder of a lawyer who was in the midst of reading a will to a motley collection of heirs.

Starring: Jack Holt, Ralph Graves, Sally Blane, Susan Fleming, Blanche Friderici, Edward Brophy, DeWitt Jennings, Tyler Brooke, William V. Mong, Fred Santley ..
Directed by: Edward Sedgwick
Release date: 1931-09-29
26.

The Black Widow

1.2
4.6/10 IMDB

The late Mr. Ramsey is found dead after a quarrel with his son Jack Ramsey. Jack is arrested and sentenced to death. A young reporter girl swears she will prove he is not guilty.

Starring: William J. Burns ..
Directed by: Cliff Reid
Release date: 1931-02-15
27.

Maid to Order

0.9
3.6/10 IMDB

While trying to nab a gang of diamond smugglers, the police are notified by Scotland Yard that the gang's leader, a beautiful Englishwoman who was on her way to the States to take control of the gang, has been caught. Because the American gangsters don't know what their English boss looks like, the police persuade a female impersonator to pretend to be her and infiltrate the gang.

Starring: Julian Eltinge, Jane Reid, George E. Stone, Betty Boyd, Jack Richardson, Al Hill, Kernan Cripps, Charles Giblyn, Jean Reno ..
Directed by: Elmer Clifton
Release date: 1931-08-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The House of Unrest
28.

The House of Unrest

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A mystery film directed by Leslie Howard Gordon.

Starring: Dorothy Boyd, Malcolm Keen, Tom Helmore, Leslie Perrins, Hubert Carter, Mary Mayfren ..
Directed by: Leslie Howard Gordon
Release date: 1931-03-01
29.

Inquest

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A widow enlists the support of a King's Counsel to help clear herself of the accusation she had murdered her husband by a suspicious coroner

Starring: Mary Glynne, Campbell Gullan, Sidney Morgan, Haddon Mason, G.H. Mulcaster, Lena Halliday, Reginald Tippett, Peter Coleman ..
Directed by: G.B. Samuelson
Release date: 1931-12-16
30.

77 Park Lane

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Directed by: Albert de Courville
Release date: 1931-11-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Wickham Mystery
31.

The Wickham Mystery

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

'Crooks steal pearls and helicopter plans.' (British Film Catalogue)

Starring: Wallace Bosco, Doris Clemence, Eve Gray, Sam Livesey, John Longden, Lester Matthews, Walter Piers, John Turnbull ..
Directed by: G.B. Samuelson
Release date: 1931-10-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1931 : The Man at Six
32.

The Man at Six

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A butler is found murdered in an unfurnished mansion house.

Starring: Anne Grey, Lester Matthews, Gerald Rawlinson, John Turnbull, Kenneth Kove, Charles Farrell, Arthur Stratton, Herbert Ross, Minnie Rayner ..
Directed by: Harry Hughes
Release date: 1931-08-01
33.

The Old Man

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A mystery film directed by H. Manning Haynes.

Starring: Maisie Gay, Anne Grey, Lester Matthews, Cecil Humphreys, D.A. Clarke-Smith, Diana Beaumont, Gerald Rawlinson, Frank Stanmore, Finlay Currie ..
Directed by: H. Manning Haynes
Release date: 1931-12-31

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