The Mystery Man (1935)

Passed  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  12 February 1935 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.4/10 from 80 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 3 critic

When he runs short of money, a newspaper reporter pawns a police revolver he was given after he helped the police solve a case. Later on the gun is used in a murder, and the reporter is suspected of committing the crime.


(as Raymond McCarey)


(story), (adaptation), 2 more credits »
0Check in


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A paroled prisoner hits a man attacking a woman. He runs away scared that he may have killed him - he did not. From a book "Woman in the Dar" by Dashiell Hammett.

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Fay Wray, Ralph Bellamy, Melvyn Douglas
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Bored rich girl hooks up with news photographer, gets caught up in his adventures.

Director: Nick Grinde
Stars: Norman Foster, Evalyn Knapp, Eric Linden
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

One little correction -- the Limberlost is in Indiana, rather than in the south.

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Jean Parker, Eric Linden, Marjorie Main
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jim Carter moves in on the McWade's carnival concession which shows scenes from Dante's "Inferno". He makes it a going concern, marrying Betty along the way. An inspector calls the ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Lachman
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Claire Trevor, Henry B. Walthall
Midnight (1934)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Jury foreman Edward Weldon's questioning leads to the death sentence for Ethel Saxon. His daughter Stella claims to have killed her lover, the gangster Gar Boni, just as Saxon was to sit in... See full summary »

Director: Chester Erskine
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Fox, O.P. Heggie
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

People in an old, dark mansion are menaced by a maniac called "The Black Ace."

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Chester Morris, Vivienne Osborne, Frank McHugh
Certificate: Passed Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Eight strangers are invited by a mysterious unknown host to spend the night in a penthouse apartment. The eight (5 men, 3 women) are wined, dined, then greeted by their host's voice via a ... See full summary »

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Donald Cook, Genevieve Tobin, Hardie Albright
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After Michael Carter's fiancée commits suicide, Michael vows to seek revenge on his wealthy family, who sabotaged their marriage. He drives across the country angrily, and lands up at a ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Gene Raymond, Laura Hope Crews
Mystery Man (1944)
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Hoppy's ranch is threatened by rustlers. Hoppy and the gang oblige as usual.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jimmy Rogers
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Joseph Santley
Stars: Hugh Herbert, Joy Hodges, Eddie Quillan
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Director: William Berke
Stars: Richard Arlen, Ellen Drew, Leonid Kinskey
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A dark night in war time, with several black-outs, it's just a night for murder. Susan Cooper, a fast-talking girl reporter, doubles as amateur sleuth solving yet another mystery among Hollywood's famous.

Director: Alexis Thurn-Taxis
Stars: Glenda Farrell, Lyle Talbot, Ralph Sanford


Complete credited cast:
Maxine Doyle ...
Henry Kolker ...
Ellwyn A. 'Jo-Jo' Jonas
LeRoy Mason ...
The Eel, Gangster
James Burke ...
Managing Editor Marvin
Guy Usher ...
District Attorney Johnson
James P. Burtis ...
Whalen (as James Burtis)
Monte Collins ...
Dunn, Reporter
Sam Lufkin ...
Otto Fries ...
Nate, Pawnbroker
Norman Houston ...
T. Fulton Whistler
Dell Henderson ...
Mr. Clark, Hotel Manager
Lee Shumway ...
Plainclothes Man
Sam Flint ...
Jerome Roberts, Publisher


Larry Doyle, a reporter fond of hard-and-much drinking, insults his city editor on one of his drunken sprees. When he alter awakens, he finds he is on a train bound for St. Louis, and has one dollar and a revolver in his pocket. He also finds he is involved in some kind of crime plot, and a whirlwind romance with a cutie named Anne Olgivie. He sets out to resolve both issues. Written by Les Adams <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


MYSTERY! - ROMANCE!- DRAMA! (original ad - all caps)


Passed | See all certifications »




Release Date:

12 February 1935 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Balsley and Phillips Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Anne drops her gun, which is then back in her hand in the next shot. See more »


Remade as Man from Headquarters (1942) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Two Sweet Little Movies in One
16 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This really seems to be two movies in one. The first is a sweet romantic comedy that takes up the first 40 minutes of the film. Reporter Larry Doyle from Chicago gets $50 for breaking an important story and does too much celebrating. He ends up broke in St. Louis. He sits down at a lunch counter with beautiful Anne Oglivie (Maxine Doyle). She finds that she only has 10 cents to pay for her 20 cent coffee and donut. Larry secretly pays for her. Realizing that a young girl broke in the city could end up in trouble, Larry follows her around to help her out. Having no place to stay, he gets a hotel room for the two of them. Anne is reluctant, thinking he wants sex in return, but Larry reassures her that he's a square kind of guy. He orders an expensive $35 a day hotel suite which has two bedrooms with separate keys. He explains that Anne is as safe with him as she would be anywhere in the city.

This part of the movie seems to inspired by Frank Capra's "It Happened One Night" which came out also in 1935. Suddenly with about 25 minutes left the movie turns into a more typical Monogram murder mystery. Larry, remembering that he's an investigative reporter, goes after a slippery gangster called "the Eel." As all Monogram murder mysteries are, its silly, cheap and quite a lot of fun.

Robert Armstrong (King Kong, Son of Kong, Mighty Joe Young) gives a really strong performance. He's a sweet tough guy with a heart of gold. Maxine Doyle is excellent as the broke virgin in the city. Twenty years old at the time, this was one of her first starring movies. Over the next two years, in 1936 and 1937, she starred in about a dozen low budget movies and that was pretty much the end of her career. She did do some bit parts in the 1940's.

Monogram generally made "C" or "D" movies. This one is actually a solid "B" movie.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Mystery Man (1935) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: