Best Mystery Movies of 1934

1.

The Thin Man

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

A husband and wife detective team takes on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts.

Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton, Minna Gombell, Porter Hall, Henry Wadsworth, William Henry, Harold Huber, Cesar Romero ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1934-05-25
2.

The Black Cat

4.4
7.0/10 IMDB

After a road accident in Hungary, the American honeymooners Joan and Peter and the enigmatic Dr. Werdegast find refuge in the house of the famed architect Hjalmar Poelzig, who shares a dark past with the doctor.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop, Egon Brecher, Harry Cording, Lucille Lund, Henry Armetta, Albert Conti, John Carradine ..
Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
Release date: 1934-05-07
Best Mystery Movies of 1934 : Charlie Chan in London
3.

Charlie Chan in London

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

After receiving congratulations from the Home Secretary for solving his most recent case, Charlie is sought out by Pamela Gray, a beautiful but desperate young socialite whose brother Paul awaits execution for the murder of a weapons inventor. She is so convinced of his innocence that she becomes distraught when she overhears Neil Howard, her brother's lawyer and her fiancee, confide to the detective his belief in his client's guilt. Angered at this disclosure, she returns his ring and breaks off the engagement. Although the execution will take place in 65 hours, Charlie pledges to expose the murderer. All potential suspects are reassembled in the country mansion of family friend Geoffrey Richmond, where the murder took place, as Charlie tries to expose the real murderer before time runs out.

Starring: Warner Oland, Drue Leyton, Ray Milland, Mona Barrie, Douglas Walton, Alan Mowbray, George Barraud, Paul England, Madge Bellamy, Walter Johnson ..
Directed by: Eugene Forde
Release date: 1934-09-12
4.

Evelyn Prentice

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A criminal lawyer's wife faces blackmail when she has an affair.

Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Una Merkel, Rosalind Russell, Isabel Jewell, Harvey Stephens, Edward Brophy, Henry Wadsworth, Cora Sue Collins, Frank Conroy ..
Directed by: William K. Howard
Release date: 1934-11-09
Best Mystery Movies of 1934 : Judge Priest
5.

Judge Priest

3.4
6.3/10 IMDB

Judge Priest, a proud Confederate veteran, restores the justice in a small town in the Post-Bellum Kentucky using his common sense and his great sense of humanity.

Starring: Will Rogers, Tom Brown, Anita Louise, Henry B. Walthall, David Landau, Rochelle Hudson, Roger Imhof, Frank Melton, Charley Grapewin, Berton Churchill ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1934-09-15
6.

Fog Over Frisco

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Val takes the assistance of a society reporter and a journalist to investigate the disappearance of her half-sister Arlene, a wealthy socialite who is involved in criminal activities.

Starring: Bette Davis, Donald Woods, Margaret Lindsay, Lyle Talbot, Hugh Herbert, Arthur Byron, Robert Barrat, Henry O'Neill, Irving Pichel, Douglass Dumbrille ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1934-06-02
7.

The Case of the Howling Dog

3.1
7.0/10 IMDB

A very nervous man named Cartwright comes into Perry's office to have the neighbor arrested for his howling dog. He states that the howling is a sign that there is a death in the neighborhood. He also wants a will written giving his estate to the lady living at the neighbors house. It is all very mysterious and by the next day, his will is changed and Cartwright is missing, as is the lady of the house next door. Perry has a will and a retainer and must find out whether he has a client or a beneficiary.

Starring: Warren William, Mary Astor, Allen Jenkins, Grant Mitchell, Helen Trenholme, Helen Lowell, Dorothy Tree, Gordon Westcott, Harry Tyler, Arthur Aylesworth ..
Directed by: Alan Crosland
Release date: 1934-09-22
8.

Gambling Lady

3.0
6.6/10 IMDB

A businesslike syndicate runs all the gambling joints in town; least profitable is honest Mike Lee's. Under pressure to allow cheating, Mike "walks out," leaving tough-minded daughter Lady Lee to earn a living the only way she knows. She soon becomes a success gambling among the rich, but, falling out with the syndicate, she considers the marriage proposal of blueblood Garry Madison. Can such a match work despite snobbery and old associations?

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Pat O’Brien, Claire Dodd, C. Aubrey Smith, Robert Barrat, Arthur Vinton, Phillip Reed, Philip Faversham, Robert Elliott ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1934-03-08
Best Mystery Movies of 1934 : The President Vanishes
9.

The President Vanishes

3.0
6.1/10 IMDB

The President Vanishes, released in the United Kingdom as Strange Conspiracy, is a 1934 American political drama film directed by William A. Wellman and produced by Walter Wanger. Starring Edward Arnold and Arthur Byron, the film is an adaptation of Rex Stout's political novel of the same name.

Starring: Edward Arnold, Arthur Byron, Paul Kelly, Peggy Conklin, Andy Devine, Rosalind Russell, Janet Beecher, Osgood Perkins, Sidney Blackmer, Edward Ellis ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1934-11-17
Best Mystery Movies of 1934 : Death on the Diamond
10.

Death on the Diamond

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

Pop Clark is about to lose his baseball team, unless they can win the pennant so he can pay off debts. He hires ace player Larry Kelly to ensure the victory. As well as rival teams, mobsters are trying to prevent the wins, and as the pennant race nears the end, Pop's star players begin to be killed, on and off the field. Can Larry romance Pop's daughter, win enough games, and still have time to stop a murderer before he strikes more than three times?

Starring: Robert Young, Madge Evans, Nat Pendleton, Ted Healy, C. Henry Gordon, Paul Kelly, David Landau, DeWitt Jennings, Edward Brophy, Willard Robertson ..
Directed by: Edward Sedgwick
Release date: 1934-09-14

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