WriterSherman L. Lowe, Robertson White, Mignon G. Eberhart Release dateMay 21, 1938 (1938-05-21) GenresMystery, Adventure Film, Crime Fiction DistributorWarner Bros. Entertainment, First National CastDick Purcell (Lance O'Leary), Ann Sheridan (Nurse Sarah Keate), Anne Nagel (Gwen Kingery), William Hopper (Lal Killian), Anthony Averill (Julian Barre), Dennie Moore (Annette) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, No Good Deed, Blackhat, John Wick, Taken 3, Se7en
TaglineA piece of wire...a toupee...a rifled safe..3 CLUES! 3 MURDERS! 3 TIMES The Thrills of Any Other Mystery Hit!
Mystery House is a 1938 mystery-crime film, directed by Noel M. Smith and starring Dick Purcell and Ann Sheridan as nurse Sarah Keate, and is based on the 1930 novel The Mystery of Hunting's End by Mignon G. Eberhart. Sheridan also played the same character in The Patient in Room 18, released in January 1938, while Aline MacMahon played her in While the Patient Slept in 1935.
At a hunting lodge retreat, banker Hubert Kingery (Eric Stanely) announces to five fellow officers that one of them has forged documents and embezzled $500,000. Before the evening is over, Kingery is shot dead and the police officially rule it a suicide. Kingery's daughter Gwen (Anne Nagel) doesn't agree and asks for help from her aunt's nurse, Sarah Keate (Ann Sheridan), who suggests her detective boyfriend, Lance O'Leary (Dick Purcell), for the case. O'Leary has all of the suspects return to the lodge and begins his investigation. Stuck in the snowbound shelter, the suspects and victims begin to pile up.
Dick Purcell as Lance O'Leary
Ann Sheridan as Nurse Sarah Keate
Anne Nagel as Gwen Kingery
William Hopper as Lal Killian
Anthony Averill as Julian Barre
Dennie Moore as Annette the Maid
Hugh O'Connell as Newell Morse
Ben Welden as Gerald Frawley
Sheila Bromley as Terice Von Elm
Elspeth Dudgeon as Aunt Lucy Kingery
Anderson Lawler as Joe Page
Jean Benedict as Helen Page
Trevor Bardette as Bruker the Chauffeur
Eric Stanley as Hubert Kingery
The film was released theatrically by Warner Bros. in May 1938. It was never officially released on any home video format until issued by the Warner Archive Collection in October 2010 as part of a six-film horror/mystery DVD set.