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1920s Mystery Movies

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The Cat and the Canary(1927)

PG
| 1h 48min | Horror, Comedy, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 21 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.

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 Passing of Mr. Quin(1928)

1h 40min | Mystery

- No description / details available yet. -

Seven Footprints to Satan(1929)

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

London After Midnight(1927)

1h 9min | Horror, Drama
3.3/5 (with 10 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 Green Archer(1925)

3h 20min | Action, Adventure

- No description / details available yet. -

The House Without a Key(1926)

A Pathe serial in ten chapters of two-reels each: Dan Winterslip, a wealthy man in Honolulu, has not spoken to his brother, who owns a hotel next to Winterslip's estate, in over twenty years. Minerva, sister to the estranged brothers, comes from Boston to try to reconcile the two men. John Quincy Winterslip, Dan's nephew, receives a letter instructing him to retrieve a box from an attic in San Francisco and dump the contents into the ocean. He is on board a ship bound for Hawaii in which other passengers are also after the box. Dan Winterslip is murdered. Charlie Chan, a Chinese detective, offers to help solve the killing and the mysteries surround the box. Chan is looking for the person whose wristwatch is missing the number 'three.'.

The Silent House(1929)

1h 28min | Crime, Mystery

A Mandarin hypnotises his partner's daughter to locate hidden bonds.

Directed by Walter Forde - With Mabel Poulton, Gibb McLaughlin, Arthur Pusey, Gerald Rawlinson

The Chinese Parrot(1927)

1h 10min | Mystery, Crime

- No description / details available yet. -

The Bat(1926)

1h 26min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
3.0/5 (with 6 votes)

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

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
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Freedom of the Press(1928)

1h 2min | Mystery, Crime

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

Directed by George Melford

The Hound of the Baskervilles(1921)

1h 40min | Mystery

After the death in suspicious circumstances of Charles Baskerville, the last descendant of the lineage of the Baskervilles, Henry, returned to the old family mansion. The charismatic detective Sherlock Holmes and his faithful assistant, Dr. Watson, investigating the case, and discover the existence of a supernatural hound that in addition murderer according to history, killed many years ago Hugo Baskerville, the first of the line, and it seems that the curse stalks his descendants.

The Man From Beyond(1922)

2.7/5 (with 4 votes)

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?

The Greene Murder Case(1929)

1h 9min | Drama, Mystery
2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

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

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

Seven Keys to Baldpate(1929)

1h 13min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
2.9/5 (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 Canary Murder Case(1929)

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

- No description / details available yet. -

The Dying Detective(1921)

28min
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.

Der Fall des Staatsanwalts M...(1928)

- No description / details available yet. -

Directed by Giulio Antamoro, Rudolf Meinert - With Maria Jacobini, Harry Frank, Oreste Bilancia

It Is the Law(1924)

1h 10min | Mystery

This silent mystery is considered a lost film.

Directed by J. Gordon Edwards

For the Defense(1922)

50min | Drama

- No description / details available yet. -

The Hound of the Baskervilles(1929)

1h 16min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
4.4/5 (with 2 votes)

One of the last of the silent Sherlock films.

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 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
2.5/5 (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.

Easy Pickings(1927)

1h | Mystery

Simeon Van Horne is poisoned by Stewart, his lawyer, who hopes to get a part of the estate to be divided between young Peter Van Horne and Dolores, Peter's cousin. Knowing that Dolores is dead, Stewart, who catches Mary Ryan burglarizing the Van Horne home, induces her to pose as Dolores.

The Sign of Four(1923)

1h 23min
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The final feature in the Eille Norwood Holmes series.

Directed by Maurice Elvey - With Eille Norwood, Isobel Elsom, Arthur Cullin

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
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