Release dateMay 30, 1930 (1930-05-30) (Premiere-New York City)
June 1, 1930 (1930-06-01) (US) Based onThe play, Hawk Island
by Howard Irving Young WriterHoward Irving Young (play), Beulah Marie Dix (screenplay)
Midnight Mystery is a 1930 American mystery film directed by George B. Seitz, from a screenplay by Beulah Marie Dix, adapted from the play, Hawk Island, by Howard Irving Young. Betty Compson starred, leading an ensemble cast which included Lowell Sherman, Rita La Roy, Ivan Lebedeff, Raymond Hatton, June Clyde and Marcelle Corday.
A fog-shrouded house provides the setting for this early talkies thriller.
Gregory Sloane is a millionaire who lives in an isolated mansion on an Hawk Island, off the coast of New England. He invites a disparate group of people to his home, who are soon cut off from the mainland when a fierce storm blows in. While confined to Sloanes manse, tensions erupt among the guests, leading to the murder of Mischa Kawelin.
One of the other guests, Sally Wayne, who is an author who writes murder mysteries, and just happens to be Sloanes fiance, takes it upon herself to solve the crime. Over the course of the evening, she uncovers and strategically puts together all the clues, culminating in her getting the murderer, Lowell Sherman, to confess.