GenreAction, Adventure, Comedy Duration CountryUnited States
WriterOwen Davis, Howard J. Green Release dateApril 11, 1929 (1929-04-11) ScreenplayHoward J. Green, Dorothy Howell CastJack Holt (Inspector Killian), Dorothy Revier (Jean Rankin), William Collier (Cornish) Similar moviesStar of Midnight (1935), The Preview Murder Mystery (1936), Half Past Midnight (1948), Green Eyes (1934), X Marks the Spot (1942)
The Donovan Affair is a 1929 American Pre-Code comedic murder-mystery film directed by Frank Capra. It was produced by Harry Cohn for Columbia Pictures. Its original soundtrack, recorded on soundtrack discs, has been lost, although it has been recreated for live performances.
After the lights go out at a fancy party, Jack Donovan (John Roche) turns up dead. Inspector Killian (Jack Holt) is called to the scene. As part of the investigation, he calls for a re-enactment of the events leading up to the murder. The lights go out, and another person turns up dead. Inspector Killian again calls for a re-enactment.