Best Mystery Movies of 1933



6.8/10 IMDB

Gertie Waxted knows how notorious gangster Jim Crelliman runs his rackets, because she's long been under the hoodlum's thumb. She's secretly helping lawyer Jackson Durant in a snoop job aimed at pinning a murder on the thug. Her life will be in peril when that secret gets out.

Starring: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Charles Butterworth, Mae Clarke, Phillips Holmes, C. Henry Gordon, Martha Sleeper, Nat Pendleton, George E. Stone, Robert Emmett O'Connor ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1933-09-08

Mystery of the Wax Museum

6.8/10 IMDB

The disappearance of people and corpses leads a reporter to a wax museum and a sinister sculptor.

Starring: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh, Allen Vincent, Gavin Gordon, Edwin Maxwell, Holmes Herbert, Claude King, Arthur Edmund Carewe ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1933-02-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : The Kennel Murder Case

The Kennel Murder Case

6.9/10 IMDB

Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.

Starring: William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette, Ralph Morgan, Robert McWade, Robert Barrat, Frank Conroy, Etienne Girardot, James Lee, Paul Cavanagh ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1933-10-28

The Ghoul

5.8/10 IMDB

Professor Morlant, a British Egyptologist, seeks immortality through the power of a jewel buried in the tomb of an Oriental idol. Upon his death, Morlant returns to earth to seek vengeance upon those who removed the jewel from his grave.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger, Ralph Richardson, Dorothy Hyson, Anthony Bushell, Kathleen Harrison, Harold Huth, D.A. Clarke-Smith, Jack Raine ..
Directed by: T. Hayes Hunter
Release date: 1933-08-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet

5.6/10 IMDB

In London, a secret society led by lawyer Thaddeus Merrydew collects the assets of any of its deceased members and divides them among the remaining members. Society members start dropping like flies. Sherlock Holmes is approached by member James Murphy's widow, who is miffed at being left penniless by her husband. When Captain Pyke is shot, Holmes keys in on his mysterious Chinese widow as well as the shady Merrydew. Other members keep dying: Malcom Dearing first, then Mr. Baker. There is also an attempt on the life of young Eileen Forrester, who became a reluctant society member upon the death of her father. Holmes' uncanny observations and insights are put to the test.

Starring: Reginald Owen, Anna May Wong, Alan Mowbray, Warburton Gamble, June Clyde, John Warburton, Doris Lloyd, J. M. Kerrigan, Alan Dinehart, Billy Bevan ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1933-05-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : A Shriek in the Night

A Shriek in the Night

5.3/10 IMDB

Rival newspaper reporters Pat Morgan and Ted Rand find themselves unraveling the mystery behind the death of a millionaire philanthropist who fell from his penthouse balcony. When it is discovered that the plunge was not an accident, the building's residents come under suspicion. Soon, the body count begins to mount as three more murders occur by strangulation.

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Lyle Talbot, Harvey Clark, Purnell Pratt, Lillian Harmer, Arthur Hoyt, Louise Beavers, Clarence Wilson ..
Directed by: Albert Ray
Release date: 1933-07-22
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : The Mind Reader

The Mind Reader

6.6/10 IMDB

Chandler, a con-man, and his helper Frank decide to create a clairvoyant act for the carny circuit, as a little research reveals Ameicans spent $125 million on mind-readers and astrology. The carny, renamed Chandra, falls for one of his marks, Sylvia, but their love is tested when he brings tragedy to other peoples' lives and she asks him to go straight.

Starring: Warren William, Constance Cummings, Allen Jenkins, Natalie Moorhead, Mayo Methot, Clarence Muse, Earle Foxe, Irving Bacon, Clara Blandick, George Chandler ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1933-04-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : Girl Missing

Girl Missing

6.7/10 IMDB

Kay and June, two showgirls, are hurt when they seek financial help from Daisy. On Daisy's wedding night when she is rendered missing, Kay and June decide to look for her to claim the reward.

Starring: Glenda Farrell, Ben Lyon, Mary Brian, Lyle Talbot, Guy Kibbee, Harold Huber, Edward Ellis, Peggy Shannon, Helen Ware, Ferdinand Gottschalk ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1933-03-04
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : The Crime of the Century

The Crime of the Century

6.6/10 IMDB

A doctor who is also a “mentalist” confesses to a murder. The only problem is that the murder he’s confessed to hasn’t happened yet – although dead bodies are now starting to turn up all over the place. A reporter sets out to solve the “mystery”.

Starring: Jean Hersholt, Wynne Gibson, Stuart Erwin, Frances Dee, Gordon Westcott, Robert Elliott, David Landau, William Janney, Bodil Rosing, Torben Meyer ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1933-02-18

From Headquarters

6.4/10 IMDB

When a Broadway playboy is found dead, it's up to detective Jim Stevens to pick the murderer out of several likely candidates.

Starring: George Brent, Margaret Lindsay, Eugene Pallette, Edward Ellis, Robert Barrat, Theodore Newton, Murray Kinnell, Hobart Cavanaugh, Hugh Herbert, Henry O'Neill ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1933-11-06


6.2/10 IMDB

After her brother's death, Roma Courtney becomes the heiress to his fortune. When fake psychic Paul Bavian claims to have a message from Roma's dead brother, he coaxes Roma into participating in a séance. Although Roma's fiancé, Grant, first believes the séance is nothing more than a scam, he eventually realizes that the vengeful spirit of an executed murderer has possessed Roma's body.

Starring: Carole Lombard, Alan Dinehart, Vivienne Osborne, Randolph Scott, H.B. Warner, Beryl Mercer, William Farnum, Willard Robertson, George Burr Macannan, Lyman Williams ..
Directed by: Victor Halperin
Release date: 1933-04-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : The Kiss Before the Mirror

The Kiss Before the Mirror

6.5/10 IMDB

When a famous doctor kills his adulterous wife, he is defended by his best friend, an attorney who suspects that his own wife is having an affair.

Starring: Nancy Carroll, Frank Morgan, Paul Lukas, Gloria Stuart, Jean Dixon, Donald Cook, Charley Grapewin, Walter Pidgeon, Wallis Clark, May Boley ..
Directed by: James Whale
Release date: 1933-05-04
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : Secret of the Blue Room

Secret of the Blue Room

6.4/10 IMDB

According to a legend, the mansion's "blue room" is cursed -- everyone who has ever spent the night in that room has met with an untimely end. The three suitors of the heroine wager that each can survive a night in the forbidding blue room.

Starring: Lionel Atwill, Gloria Stuart, Paul Lukas, Edward Arnold, Onslow Stevens, William Janney, Elizabeth Patterson, Robert Barrat, Muriel Kirkland, Russell Hopton ..
Directed by: Kurt Neumann
Release date: 1933-07-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : The Shadow

The Shadow

5.6/10 IMDB

A group of people in an old dark house are terrorized by a mysterious hooded figure dressed in black who proceeds to kill them off one by one.

Starring: Henry Kendall, Elizabeth Allan, Felix Aylmer, Jeanne Stuart, Cyril Raymond, Viola Compton, John Turnbull, Ralph Truman, Denis Cowles, Vincent Holman ..
Directed by: George A. Cooper
Release date: 1933-03-02
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : Blind Adventure

Blind Adventure

6.2/10 IMDB

Richard Bruce, an American in fog bound London stumbles into the midst of international intrigue, with Rose Thorne, an innocent dupe. Together they try to unravel the mystery, enlisting the aid of a cat burglar named Holmes, who they bump into along the way.

Starring: Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack, Ralph Bellamy, Roland Young, John Miljan, Laura Hope Crews, Henry Stephenson, Beryl Mercer, Tyrell Davis, Frederick Sullivan ..
Directed by: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Release date: 1933-08-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : Terror Aboard

Terror Aboard

6.6/10 IMDB

An ocean liner is found at sea with everyone on board dead. An investigation is begun to find out what happened.

Starring: John Halliday, Charles Ruggles, Shirley Grey, Neil Hamilton, Jack La Rue, Verree Teasdale, Stanley Fields, Leila Bennett, Morgan Wallace, Thomas E. Jackson ..
Directed by: Paul Sloane
Release date: 1933-04-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : Before Dawn

Before Dawn

6.1/10 IMDB

After the death of a gangster, those familiar with his million dollar stash start mysteriously dying. Police detectives with the help of a clairvoyant try to determine who, living or dead, is responsible.

Starring: Stuart Erwin, Dorothy Wilson, Warner Oland, Dudley Digges, Gertrude Hoffmann, Oscar Apfel, Frank Reicher, Jane Darwell, Irving Pichel, Stanley Blystone ..
Directed by: Irving Pichel
Release date: 1933-08-04
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : Curtain at Eight

Curtain at Eight

5.7/10 IMDB

An elderly detective sets out to find who murdered a lecherous stage actor. His estranged wife? His would-be fiancee? Her father? Her boyfriend? A suicided actress's sister? The temperamental prop man? Or maybe the show's talented female chimpanzee?

Starring: C. Aubrey Smith, Dorothy Mackaill, Paul Cavanagh, Sam Hardy, Marion Shilling, Russell Hopton, Natalie Moorhead, Hale Hamilton, Ruthelma Stevens, Arthur Hoyt ..
Directed by: E. Mason Hopper
Release date: 1933-10-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : Murder on the Campus

Murder on the Campus

5.5/10 IMDB

A popular young student finds herself accused of a series of murders that have occurred on the college campus. Her boyfriend, a reporter for the local newspaper, knows she didn't do it, and and sets out to prove her innocence and catch the real killer.

Starring: Shirley Grey, Charles Starrett, J. Farrell MacDonald, Ruth Hall, Dewey Robinson, Maurice Black, Edward Van Sloan, Jane Keckley, Richard Catlett ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1933-12-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : The Silk Express

The Silk Express

6.1/10 IMDB

As the demand for raw silk goes sky high, crooked businessman Wallace Myton corners the market with plans to drive up the price. Determined to fulfill his contracts, manufacturer Donald Kilgore imports $3 million worth of silk to Seattle and accompanies it by special train to New York. But when his secretary is found murdered, Kilgore soon discovers Myton has planted three killers on board with orders to stop the express and its passengers dead in their tracks.

Starring: Neil Hamilton, Sheila Terry, Arthur Byron, Guy Kibbee, Dudley Digges, Arthur Hohl, Allen Jenkins, Harold Huber, G. Pat Collins, Robert Barrat ..
Directed by: Ray Enright
Release date: 1933-06-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : The Whispering Shadow

The Whispering Shadow

5.4/10 IMDB

A mysterious criminal known as The Whispering Shadow commits crimes by means of a gang he controls by television and radio rays. Jack Norton, whose brother was murdered by The Whispering Shadow, suspects that the eerie Professor Strang - whose ghostly wax museum contains figures far too lifelike - may be involved in the crimes.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Malcolm McGregor, Viva Tattersall, Robert Warwick, Roy D'Arcy, Karl Dane, Henry B. Walthall, Lafe McKee ..
Directed by: Albert Herman, Colbert Clark
Release date: 1933-04-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : The Phantom Broadcast

The Phantom Broadcast

5.6/10 IMDB

A handsome radio singer has it all--fame, money, adoring fans--but what no one knows is that his accompanist, a hunchbacked piano player, is actually the voice behind the arrogant, abusive "singer"'s fame. The two men fall for the same girl, and when the singer turns up dead, suspicion falls upon his assistant and the girl.

Starring: Ralph Forbes, Vivienne Osborne, Arnold Gray, Gail Patrick, Paul Page, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Carl Miller, Rockliffe Fellowes, Pauline Garon, Louise Beavers ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1933-03-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : The Roof

The Roof

5.1/10 IMDB

Inspector Darrow investigates the death of a wealthy man.

Starring: Leslie Perrins, Judy Gunn, Russell Thorndike, Michael Hogan, Ivor Barnard, Eliot Makeham, George Zucco, Leo Britt, D.J. Williams, Hector Abbas ..
Directed by: George A. Cooper
Release date: 1933-01-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : The Sphinx

The Sphinx

5.6/10 IMDB

A man known to be a mute is suspected of committing a murder, as he was noticed at the scene. However, witnesses saw and heard him talking as he was leaving the scene of the crime. The police must determine if he is the actual killer or if he is being framed.

Starring: Lionel Atwill, Sheila Terry, Theodore Newton, Paul Hurst, Luis Alberni, Robert Ellis, Lucien Prival, Lillian Leighton, Paul Fix, George 'Gabby' Hayes ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen, Wilfred Lucas
Release date: 1933-06-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : Before Midnight

Before Midnight

5.9/10 IMDB

A detective tries to figure out who killed a man who predicted his own death.

Starring: Ralph Bellamy, June Collyer, Claude Gillingwater, Bradley Page, Betty Blythe, Arthur Pierson, George Cooper, William Jeffrey, Joseph Crehan, Otto Yamaoka ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1933-11-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : Sucker Money

Sucker Money

4.7/10 IMDB

A phony spiritualist hypnotizes the daughter of a wealthy banker in a scheme to swindle the banker out of his money. A reporter investigating the swami discovers the plot, determines to expose it.

Starring: Mischa Auer, Phyllis Barrington, Earl McCarthy, Ralph Lewis, Fletcher Norton, Mae Busch, Mona Lisa, Al Bridge, J. Frank Glendon, Anita Faye ..
Directed by: Dorothy Davenport, Melville Shyer
Release date: 1933-02-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : Strange People

Strange People

5.9/10 IMDB

All 12 jury members who sent an innocent man to the gallows are gathered together for a demonstration of how convictions can be made on circumstantial evidence. During the proceedings, a phony murder is quickly revealed as the real thing.

Starring: John Darrow, Gloria Shea, Hale Hamilton, Wilfred Lucas, J. Frank Glendon, Michael Visaroff, Jack Pennick, Jerry Mandy, Lew Kelly, Jane Keckley ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1933-06-16
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : Before Morning

Before Morning

5.1/10 IMDB

A night of love, intrigue, death and blackmail leaves stage-star Elise Manning's fate at stake in a conflict with the unscrupulous Doctor Gruell. A rejected lover dies in Miss Manning's apartment, and Gurell implies that the death was murder and attempts to blackmail the actress. The climax brings the actress, her fiancé and the dead-man's wife face-to-face in an emotional denouement.

Starring: Leo Carrillo, Lora Baxter, Taylor Holmes, Blaine Cordner, Louise Prussing, Russell Hicks, Louis Jean Heydt, Victor Kilian ..
Directed by: Arthur Hoerl
Release date: 1933-10-18
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : The World Gone Mad

The World Gone Mad

4.7/10 IMDB

A district attorney and a reporter try to find the killer of a D.A. who uncovered a massive stock fraud.

Starring: Pat O’Brien, Neil Hamilton, Mary Brian, Evelyn Brent, John St. Polis, J. Carrol Naish, Louis Calhern, Richard Tucker, Wallis Clark, Geneva Mitchell ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1933-04-15
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : The Intruder

The Intruder

4.7/10 IMDB

A murder is committed aboard a cruise ship just before it sinks in a storm. The survivors, including the killer, land on a mysterious jungle island.

Starring: Monte Blue, Mischa Auer, Lila Lee, William B. Davidson, Gwen Lee, Arthur Housman, Sidney Bracey, Harry Cording, Wilfred Lucas, Lynton Brent ..
Directed by: Albert Ray
Release date: 1933-03-13
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : Charlie Chan's Greatest Case

Charlie Chan's Greatest Case

7.0/10 IMDB

When a good-for-nothing man named Dan is stabbed to death and his arm broken, Charlie Chan is on the case. His first clue comes from the victim's sister, who noticed a prowler wearing a glow-in-the-dark wristwatch.

Starring: Warner Oland, Heather Angel, Roger Imhof, John Warburton, Walter Byron, Ivan F. Simpson, Virginia Cherrill, Francis Ford, Robert Warwick, Frank McGlynn Sr. ..
Directed by: Hamilton MacFadden
Release date: 1933-09-14
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : Disgraced!


6.8/10 IMDB

A lovely fashion model's dreams of marital bliss are shattered when her fiance jilts her. To make matters worse, her father kills the cad and she gets accused of the crime.

Starring: Helen Twelvetrees, Bruce Cabot, Adrienne Ames, William Harrigan, Ken Murray, Charles Middleton, Adrienne D'Ambricourt, Ara Haswell, Dorothy Bay, Willard Mack ..
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1933-07-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : The Mysterious Rider

The Mysterious Rider

6.3/10 IMDB

The ranchers have given money through Benton to the crooked lawyer Harkness to save the titles to their land. When Harkness gets a better offer, he steals Benton's receipt for the money and Benton is jailed. To fight back, Benton escapes jail at night to become the Phantom.

Starring: Kent Taylor, Lona Andre, Berton Churchill, Irving Pichel, Warren Hymer, Gail Patrick, Cora Sue Collins, E.H. Calvert, Sherwood Bailey, Clarence Wilson ..
Directed by: Fred Allen
Release date: 1933-01-30
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : Her Forgotten Past

Her Forgotten Past

6.5/10 IMDB

A compulsive gambler, thought to have been killed in an automobile crash, reappears when his wife remarries.

Starring: Monte Blue, Barbara Kent, Henry B. Walthall, Eddie Phillips, William V. Mong, Dewey Robinson ..
Directed by: Wesley Ford
Release date: 1933-09-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : The Mystery Squadron

The Mystery Squadron

6.0/10 IMDB

Hank Davis, foreman on a huge dam project, enlists the aid of his two flyer friends when a sinister figure known as The Black Ace leads his Mystery Squadron of masked pilots in an attempt to destroy the dam.

Starring: Bob Steele, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Lucile Browne, Jack Mulhall, Purnell Pratt, Robert Frazer, J. Carrol Naish, Bob Kortman, Lafe McKee, Edward Hearn ..
Directed by: Colbert Clark, David Howard
Release date: 1933-12-21
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : As the Devil Commands

As the Devil Commands

5.8/10 IMDB

Slowly dying of an unspecified illness, wealthy invalid Charles Sellon wants his aide Neil Hamilton to end his suffering. Hamilton won't do it, but villainous lawyer Alan Dinehart, in line to inherit Sellon's millions, is not so charitable. Dinehart kills Sellon, then makes it look as though Hamilton murdered the old guy for his money.

Starring: Mae Clarke, Alan Dinehart, Neil Hamilton, Charles Sellon, Charles Coleman, John Sheehan ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1933-09-01
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : A Shot in the Dark

A Shot in the Dark

5.5/10 IMDB

The relatives of a millionaire - the victim of a mysterious murder - get together at his house to search for his will, which he recorded on a record. However, one of them is actually the person who killed him, and will let nothing - or no one - stand in the way of finding that record.

Starring: Hugh E. Wright, O.B. Clarence, Jack Hawkins, Michael Shepley, Davy Burnaby, A. Bromley Davenport, Russell Thorndike, Jack Vyvyan ..
Directed by: George Pearson
Release date: 1933-11-03
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : The Devil's Mate

The Devil's Mate

5.0/10 IMDB

A convicted murderer has been sentenced to death in the electric chair. He decides to spill the name of the man who hired him, but just before he does he's killed by a poison dart. A police detective and a pretty young newspaper reporter team up to find out the identity of the man behind the killings.

Starring: Peggy Shannon, Preston Foster, Ray Walker, Hobart Cavanaugh, Barbara Barondess, Paul Porcasi, Harold Waldridge, Jason Robards Sr., Bryant Washburn, Harry Holman ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1933-08-20
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : At Twelve Midnight

At Twelve Midnight

4.6/10 IMDB

A hero in a robbery comes up against a crime boss and the crooked guardian of the girl he loves

Starring: Charles Hutchison, Lucille Powers, Montagu Love, Charles Middleton, Edith Thornton, Eddie Phillips, Jimmy Aubrey ..
Directed by: Melville De Lay
Release date: 1933-05-28
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : Man Hunt

Man Hunt

4.7/10 IMDB

A teen detective tries to help a jewel thief's daughter.

Starring: Junior Durkin, Charlotte Henry, Dorothy Davenport, Arthur Vinton, Edward LeSaint, Richard Carle, Carl Gross, Ed Brady, Lynton Brent, Harry Holman ..
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1933-05-23
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : The Shadow Laughs

The Shadow Laughs

4.2/10 IMDB

The police investigate a bank robbery, and when they don't seem to be making much headway, a newspaper reporter decides to investigate it on his own.

Starring: Hal Skelly, Rose Hobart, Harry T. Morey, Harry Short, John F. Morrissey, Geoffrey Bryant, Walter Fenner, Robert Keith, Bram Nossen, Cesar Romero ..
Directed by: Arthur Hoerl
Release date: 1933-03-26
Best Mystery Movies of 1933 : The Ghost Camera

The Ghost Camera

6.2/10 IMDB

When a photograph is taken at the scene of a murder, the camera is tossed out of a castle window to destroy the evidence and lands in the back of a passing car belonging to chemist John Gray who becomes amateur sleuth after developing the film and goes in search of the woman captured by the photograph. When the camera is stolen from his laboratory, Gray's suspicions are further aroused.

Starring: Henry Kendall, Ida Lupino, John Mills, Victor Stanley, George Merritt, Felix Aylmer, Davina Craig, Fred Groves ..
Directed by: Bernard Vorhaus
Release date: 1933-01-31

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