7 user

Hollywood Stadium Mystery (1938)

Approved | | Mystery, Romance, Sport | 21 February 1938 (USA)
A boxer is killed in the ring, and the only clue is a tune that a man was whistling.



(story and screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive




Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

An ancient curse and a killer ape are contained inside an old dark mansion.

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Ed Lowry, Verna Hillie, John Sheehan
Whistle Stop (1946)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When beautiful Mary returns home to her "whistle stop" home town, long-standing feelings of animosity between two of her old boyfriends leads to robbery and murder.

Director: Léonide Moguy
Stars: George Raft, Ava Gardner, Victor McLaglen
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette
Blonde Ice (1948)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A society reporter keeps herself in the headlines by marrying a series of wealthy men, all of whom die under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Jack Bernhard
Stars: Robert Paige, Leslie Brooks, Russ Vincent
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster
The Red House (1947)
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter, concerning a hidden abandon farmhouse, located deep in the woods.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Lon McCallister, Judith Anderson
Convicted (1950)
Certificate: Passed Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A D.A. becomes the prison warden where he tries to help an inmate he prosecuted, because he believes his sentence was excessive.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford, Millard Mitchell
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Lamont Cranston (Rod La Rocque), amateur criminologist and detective, with a daily radio program, sponsored by the Daily Classic newspaper, has developed a friendly feud that sometimes ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Rod La Rocque, Astrid Allwyn, Thomas E. Jackson
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Occupants of a London boarding house become suspects as a string of murders are discovered.

Director: D. Ross Lederman
Stars: Frieda Inescort, Paul Cavanagh, Heather Angel
Certificate: Passed Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The police arrest a man climbing over the wall of a cemetery after midnight. He claims that he is being blackmailed and is following instructions he received by mail to leave $1000 on a ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Sidney Blackmer, Rick Vallin, Byron Foulger
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A famous detective is invited to a swanky party at an elegant mansion, but before the night is over he finds himself involved with gangsters, blackmail and murder.

Director: Frank R. Strayer
Stars: John Miljan, Irene Ware, Iris Adrian
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A quirky British secret service man named Major Hammond tries to discover who is using a secret weapon to steal experimental planes.

Directors: Tim Whelan, Arthur B. Woods
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Valerie Hobson


Cast overview:
Bill Devons
Pauline Ward
Jimmy Wallington ...
Nick Nicholls
Althea Ames
Edna Mayberry (as Lynn Roberts)
Charles Williams ...
James Spottswood ...
Albert 'Slats' Keefe
Ralph Mortimer
Captain Joseph Filsom
Tommy Madison - the Champ
Ace Cummings
Dan Tobey ...
Announcer Dan Tobey
Max (as Al Bayne)


A boxer is killed in the ring, and the only clue is a tune that a man was whistling.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Ringside seats for a crime!


Mystery | Romance | Sport






Release Date:

21 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crimen en Hollywood  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (edited)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


A six-sheet poster from Gene Autry's 1936 film "Comin' Round the Mountain" is seen on a building while Evelyn Venable and Neil Hamilton are riding in a taxicab. Republic, more than most studios were fond of displaying posters from their films on buildings seen in many of their films, but this one (with its song-title) provided the clue needed to find and trap the killer in the film. See more »


Bill Devons: Paulie, will you marry me?
Pauline Ward: Marry you?
Bill Devons: Yes, then I'd have a legal right to box your ears in.
Pauline Ward: Oh a wife beater, eh? No thank you.
See more »


References Comin' 'Round the Mountain (1936) See more »


The Old Gray Mare
American folk song
[Partly played by band at fight]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A bit ragged here and there, but otherwise very, very good for a B-movie.
29 November 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

My score of 7 is relative to other B-movies. "Hollywood Stadium Mystery" is much better than average for a low-budget B-film, as it has wonderful chemistry between the two leads (Neil Hamilton and Evelyn Venable). Plus, it's pretty good as a mystery.

The film starts off with a really neat set of opening credits--very creative and it caught my attention. Then, I noticed early on that there were several very good false alarms that caught the viewer off guard. I love it when I am surprised when I see a film! The film is essentially a romance AND a murder mystery--and I am sure this combination is a bit unusual to say the least! The District Attorney (Hamilton) and playwright (Venable) both investigate a crime that occurred at the arena just before a boxing match began--and both of our heroes have a friendly wager as to which one will solve the crime. The interplay of these two was very nice and didn't appear like what you'd expect in a B--it was very witty and fun. As for the mystery, it's not bad but clearly secondary to these two characters.

There is only one major qualm about the film--and it's clearly a sad product of the times. One lady wants to hide from the police so she puts on black-face!! Uggh!! But, this sort of thing wasn't far from the norm in those old days, so it's something you'll have to look past--understanding the context of the times.

If you are interested in seeing this film, follow the link on IMDb and download it for free. You'll enjoy it for what it is--a nice little B-movie with a bit extra when it comes to writing.

really neat opening credits lots of early false alarms Smiley Burnett black-face

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: