1920s Mystery Movies

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The Haunted Castle(1921)

1h 21min | Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery
3.3/5 (with 16 votes)

The sinister Count Oetsch scandalizes the aristocratic social gathering at Castle Vogelod as he announces his intention to "crash" the festivities. Baroness Safferstätt is expected shortly, and the guests are well-aware of the rumors that Count Oetsch murdered the baroness' late husband. Oetsch refuses to leave, vowing that he will reveal the identity of the real killer. Before the weekend is through, the Count and Baroness will reveal secrets too shocking to be believed!

The Cat and the Canary(1927)

| 1h 48min | Horror, Comedy, Mystery
3.4/5 (with 18 votes)

Rich old Cyrus West's relatives are waiting for him to die so they can inherit. But he stipulates that his will be read 20 years after his death. On the appointed day his expectant heirs arrive at his brooding mansion. The will is read and it turns out that Annabelle West, the only heir with his name left, inherits, if she is deemed sane. If she isn't, the money and some diamonds go to someone else, whose name is in a sealed envelope. Before he can reveal the identity of her successor to Annabelle, Mr. Crosby, the lawyer, disappears. The first in a series of mysterious events, some of which point to Annabelle in fact being unstable.

London After Midnight(1927)

1h 9min | Horror, Drama
3.2/5 (with 9 votes)

The abandoned Balfour House, which former owner was found dead five years earlier, comes back to life with the arrival of two suspicious sinister-looking tenants. (This movie was lost in 1965 during a fire.)

The Canary Murder Case(1929)

| 1h 22min | Crime, Mystery, Drama
2.8/5 (with 8 votes)

A beautiful showgirl, name "the Canary" is a scheming nightclub singer. Blackmailing is her game and with that she ends up dead. But who killed "the Canary". All the suspects knew and were used by her and everyone had a motive to see her dead. The only witness to the crime has also been 'rubbed out'. Only one man, the keen, fascinating, debonair detective Philo Vance, would be able to figure out who is the killer. Written by Tony Fontana.

Seven Footprints to Satan(1929)

1h 17min | Crime, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

A young man of society wants to make an expedition to Africa, but his fiancée asks him for help about one of her fathers guests shortly before his planed departure. Her suspects about that guest were serious, this man tries to steal one of her fathers rubin, and she and her fiance are kidnapped and brought to a house, where strange things happen. The whole thing becomes a nightmare under the direction of a mysterious Mr. Satan.

Behind That Curtain(1929)

1h 31min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
2.1/5 (with 3 votes)

Sir George hires Hillary Gatt to find out more about Eric who wants to marry Lois. Gatt is murdered and the couple, married, run off to India. Old friend John Beetham sympathizes with the bride who sees that her hubby is a liar and drunk. John and Lois fly to San Francisco. Eric shows up and tries to kill John, but Scotland Yard's Lt. Charlie Chan intervenes. Chan fans may be disappointed in this globe-trotting mystery, however, as the detective (played by Korean actor E.L. Park) only appears in a few scenes.The film is more noteworthy for its introduction of Boris Karloff to sound features, in a small role as a servant from Sudan who mutters inscrutable nonsense about the whims of the desert.

Directed by Irving Cummings - With Warner Baxter

The Bat(1926)

1h 26min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
3.3/5 (with 5 votes)

A masked criminal who dresses like a giant bat terrorizes the guests at an old house rented by a mystery writer.

The Unholy Night(1929)

1h 34min | Mystery, Thriller
2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

One dark foggy London night, someone tries to strangle Lord Montague, but he escapes. Only to discover the four other men who did get killed were old regimental comrades in Gallipoli. When Scotland Yard gets Monty to gather the other nine surviving officers at his home, one of them is murdered, and no one else has entered the house. Now, they must determine who the murderer is.

The Thirteenth Chair(1929)

1h 12min | Drama, Mystery
2.4/5 (with 4 votes)

Although his murdered friend was by all accounts a scoundrel, Edward Wales is determined to trap his killer by staging a seance using a famous medium. Many of the 13 seance participants had a reason and a means to kill, and one of them uses the cover of darkness to kill again. When someone close to the medium is suspected she turns detective, in the hope of uncovering the true murderer.

Seven Keys to Baldpate(1929)

1h 13min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

A writer rents what he believes is a deserted lodge in order to complete his novel. But then six other people show up one-by-one, each for reasons of their own.

Directed by Reginald Barker - With Richard Dix

The Voice of the City(1929)

1h 21min | Crime
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

An escaped convict and the detective tasked with hunting him down end up working in parallel to clear the convict's name and nab the gangsters that framed him.

Directed by Willard Mack - With Robert Ames

The Greene Murder Case(1929)

1h 9min | Drama, Mystery
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

Philo Vance investigates when a murderer preys upon members of a wealthy family on New York's Upper East Side.

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The Man From Beyond(1922)

2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

The Arctic, 1922. After being buried under the ice for a hundred years, Howard Hillary is thawed and revived. When he meets Felice Strange, he recognizes in her the same woman he once loved deeply. But is it really her?

Painted Faces(1929)

1h 14min
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

After a vaudeville performer is murdered backstage, framed-up evidence lead the police to arrest a troupe member. At his trial, Hermann, a Scandinavian clown known as Beppo, is the lone juror holding out against conviction and pleading for his innocence and acquittal.

Directed by Albert S. Rogell

The Return of Sherlock Holmes(1929)

1h 11min | Mystery

The Return of Sherlock Holmes was the first sound film to feature Sherlock Holmes.

Midnight Life(1928)

A Breathless Story of a Dancing Girl's Dangerous Life in the Clutches of a Notorious Underworld Gang- and How a Valiant Lone Detective Rescued Her!

Directed by Scott R. Dunlap, Joseph C. Boyle - With Francis X. Bushman, Gertrude Olmstead

One Exciting Night(1922)

2h 23min | Mystery
2.9/5 (with 1 vote)

The plot revolves around the murder of a bootlegger and the attempts to uncover the true murderer.

The Studio Murder Mystery(1929)

1h 2min | Mystery
1.8/5 (with 1 vote)

Philandering actor Richard Hardell is murdered at a movie studio. His jealous wife Blanche, his director Rupert Borka, and a girl he mistreated, Helen MacDonald, all have substantial reasons for having wanted him dead.

Directed by Frank Tuttle - With Neil Hamilton

Freedom of the Press(1928)

When a newspaper owner is murdered, his son takes over his crusade against a corrupt politician with criminal associations.

Directed by George Melford

The Man from Headquarters(1928)

A brilliant detective is trying to break up a notorious crime ring, using part of an intercepted message. While investigating, he meets a beautiful and mysterious countess.

Directed by Duke Worne

The Devil's Foot(1921)

2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

Sherlock Holmes (Eille Norwood) is on vacation when he stumbles into a house and discovers two bodies. Both have been dead for hours but there aren't any visible signs of violence and soon other bodies start to pile up.

The Dying Detective(1921)

28min | Crime
2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

Sherlock Holmes (Eille Norwood) knows that a man has killed a former partner but he can't prove it unless he finds a dying detective who knows what really happened. Norwood would play Holmes in over thirty films and he's quite good in the role bring an intelligent looking character.

Darkened Rooms(1929)

1h 6min | Mystery
3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Phony spiritualists were given a good going-over in the early talkie melodrama Darkened Rooms. Evelyn Brent stars as Ellen, a fraudulent medium working in cahoots with genuine clairvoyant Emory Jago (Neil Hamilton). The plotline is secondary; the film's main purpose was to emulate the methods of such professional "de-bunkers" as Mrs. Harry Houdini by exposing the various tricks of the spiritualist's trade.

Directed by Louis J. Gasnier - With Evelyn Brent

The Acquittal(1923)

1h 10min | Mystery

When a wealthy man is found murdered in his bedroom, one of his two adopted sons is arrested and charged with the killing. However, the verdict at his trial is an acquittal. Since the police don't seem to be particularly interested in finding the real killer, the dead man's daughter-in-law--the wife of the adopted son who wasn't charged--takes it upon herself to solve the crime.

Midnight Faces(1926)

55min | Horror, Thriller

A young man inherits a mansion in a Florida swamp from an uncle he never knew he had. When he, his assistant and the estate's executor arrive at the house, the audience catches sight of someone crawling in the window, though the house is supposed to be unoccupied. As the house staff begins to arrive they sense a strange presence in the house, and when a young woman no one knows runs into the house to escape a knife-wielding psycho, the occupants realize they may be in danger from both outside and inside the house.

The Ace of Scotland Yard(1929)

3h 35min | Drama, Action, Crime

From the Universal synopsis: Retired Inspector Blake of Scotland Yard learns that Lord Blanton has acquired the sacred "Love Ring"---a cursed jewel that has brought grief to its previous owners. Prince Darius seeks to obtain the ring, and the mummy of a princess of an ancient country to return them to his homeland.

The Face in the Fog(1922)

1h 10min | Mystery

Boston Blackie Dawson gets some jewels that belonged to the imperial family of Russia. A gang of terrorists is after the jewels.

At the Villa Rose(1920)

1h 17min | Crime, Drama

Inspector Hanaud is asked to investigate a murder in which a young woman is accused of killing her wealthy employer in a Riviera mansion and then running away. She is innocent, but the villain is able to make her seem guilty. Hanaud uncovers the truth, that the murder was the result of a jewel robbery gone wrong.

Directed by Maurice Elvey - With Norman Page

The Passing of Mr. Quin(1928)

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The Mystery Club(1926)

1h 10min | Mystery

The Mystery Club, an organization of millionaires, draws up an agreement at the instigation of Cranahan, wagering that crimes can be committed without detection by the police; Inspector Burke serves as arbiter. A forfeiture of $25,000 is set, and the members draw secret lots to decide who is to be the criminal. When Burke himself is reported murdered, the members agree to cancel the agreement but cannot find the document.

Directed by Herbert Blaché
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