In the Next Room

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In the Next Room
In The Next Room 1930 Poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Edward F. Cline
Written by Story:
Burton E. Stevenson
Harriet Ford
Eleanor Robson Belmont
Harvey Gates
James A. Starr
Starring Jack Mulhall
Alice Day
Robert Emmett O'Connor
John St. Polis
Music by Alois Reiser, Mel Le Mon
Cinematography John F. Seitz
Distributed by First National Pictures: A Subsidiary of Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • January 26, 1930 (1930-01-26) (U.S.)
Running time 69 minutes
Country United States
Language English

In The Next Room (1930) is an all-talking mystery film released by First National Pictures, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. and directed by Edward F. Cline. The movie stars Jack Mulhall and Alice Day. The film was based on the play by Eleanor Belmont and Harriet Ford, which itself was derived from the book The Mystery of the Boule Cabinet by Burton E. Stevenson.


The film is preceded by a prologue set in 1889 in which we see an angry husband murdering his wife's lover. The setting of the film then moves to 1929, just as an antiques dealer (John St. Polis) has finished moving into the same house where the 1889 murder had occurred. For years the house had been deserted, it's only occupant being the butler. St. Polis moves in with his daughter (Alice Day) and maid and retains the elderly butler to help take care of the house. One night, the police arrive at the house after receiving a telephone call that a murder has just been committed on the premises. When they arrive, the police are surprised to find that no one in the house knows what they are talking about. It so happens that on that day a valuable antique cabinet has arrived at the house and this has attracted several strangers to come to the house to examine it. A young reporter (Jack Mulhall), who has come to see Alice Day, also arrives at the house. As the police are investigating the mysterious telephone call, however, a series of strange murders occur. As Mulhall is helping Day to open the antique cabinet, they find a hypnotized woman inside. The police are then notified but when everyone returns to the cabinet they find the woman has disappeared. One of the police detectives, Robert Emmett O'Connor, is soon knocked unconscious. St Polis is also hit of the head but stays conscious. The son of the former owner of the cabinet is soon found murdered. As Mulhall attempts to call his newspaper, Day is abducted and taken to the wine cellar. She is rescued by a one-legged man who suddenly disappears and is nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, the hypnotized girl appears in a revived state and reveals that her partner, a diamond smuggler, has been murdered with poison. Eventually, Mulhall, assuming the role of an amateur detective, clears up the entire mystery.



No film elements are known to survive. The soundtrack, which was recorded on Vitaphone disks, may survive in private hands.

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