Midnight Mystery

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Midnight Mystery
Swedish film poster
Directed by George B. Seitz[1]
Produced by William LeBaron
Bertram Millhauser (assoc)[1]
Written by Beulah Marie Dix
Based on The play, Hawk Island
by Howard Irving Young[3]
Starring Betty Compson[2]
Cinematography Joseph Walker[2]
Edited by Otto Ludwig
Distributed by RKO Pictures
Release date
  • May 30, 1930 (1930-05-30) (Premiere-New York City)[2]
  • June 1, 1930 (1930-06-01) (US)[2]
Running time
65 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English

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 Hugh Trevor, Lowell Sherman, Rita La Roy, Ivan Lebedeff, Raymond Hatton, June Clyde and Marcelle Corday.


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 Sloane's 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 Sloane's fiancé, 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 to confess.


(cast list is per AFI Database)[2]


The play, Hawk Island, upon which this film was adapted, played at the Longacre Theatre in 1929, starring Clark Gable in the role of Gregory Sloane.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Midnight Mystery: Technical Details". theiapolis.com. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Midnight Mystery: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Midnight Mystery". New York Times. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Hawk Island". ibdb.com. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 

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