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Director  George B. Seitz
Country  United States
7/10 IMDb

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Language  English
Release date  May 30, 1930 (1930-05-30) (Premiere-New York City) June 1, 1930 (1930-06-01) (US)
Based on  The play, Hawk Island   by Howard Irving Young
Writer  Howard 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.

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A fog-shrouded house provides the setting for this early talkies thriller.

Plot

Midnight Mystery movie scenes Basil Rathbone a fine actor who played an assortment of parts in both A and B pictures is best remembered for portraying Sherlock Holmes in

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.

Midnight Mystery movie scenes Like so many old house mysteries The Bat Whispers had its origins in a hit Broadway play In this case the source was Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery

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.

Cast

  • Betty Compson as Sally Wayne
  • Hugh Trevor as Gregory Sloane
  • Lowell Sherman as Tom Austen
  • Rita La Roy as Madeline Austen
  • Ivan Lebedeff as Mischa Kawelin
  • Raymond Hatton as Paul Cooper
  • Marcelle Corday as Harriet Cooper
  • June Clyde as Louise Hollister
  • Sidney DAlbrook as Barker
  • William P. Burt as Rogers
  • (cast list is per AFI Database)

    References

    Midnight Mystery Wikipedia
    Midnight Mystery IMDb Midnight Mystery themoviedb.org


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