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Midnight Mystery (1930)

When an island castle off the coast of Maine becomes the scene of a murder, a mystery writer tries to nab the criminal.


George B. Seitz


Howard Irving Young (play), Beulah Marie Dix (screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Betty Compson ... Sally Wayne
Lowell Sherman ... Tom Austen
Raymond Hatton ... Paul Cooper
Hugh Trevor ... Gregory Sloane
June Clyde ... Louise Hollister
Ivan Lebedeff ... Mischa Kawelin
Rita La Roy ... Madeline Austen
Marcelle Corday ... Harriet Cooper
Sidney D'Albrook Sidney D'Albrook ... Barker
William P. Burt William P. Burt ... Rogers


When an island castle off the coast of Maine becomes the scene of a murder, a mystery writer tries to nab the criminal.

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Release Date:

1 June 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hawk's Island See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on the play "Hawk Island," which ran for 24 performances on Broadway in 1929. See more »


Sally Wayne: [as the storm rages outside] Oh, listen to it! Atmosphere in chunks!
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Betty Compson, Lowell Sherman, Hugh Trevor
21 December 2018 | by drednmSee all my reviews

MIDNIGHT MYSTERY takes place in a castle/mansion on a rock off the coast on Cuba on a dark and stormy night. It's based on a play called "Hawk Island" and involves the murder of one of the guests. Intriguing little film has the usual plot elements, but this one also has some snappy dialog and a mostly good cast.

Betty Compson gets top billing as a writer of cheap murder novels. She's engaged to Hugh Trevor, a spoiled rich boy who doesn't think much of her writing. Then there's Lowell Sherman as a lawyer who wife (Rita LaRoy) is having a fling with a pianist (Ivan Lebedeff). There's also a giddy woman (June Clyde) and a bickering couple (Raymond Hatton, Marcelle Corday) as well as a butler and groundskeeper. It seems they're having a sort of "murder weekend" party when Trevor gets bored with it all. So he and Lebedeff cook up a fake murder replete with a dummy tossed into the sea. Everyone falls for it, but one of the guest gets a bright idea to take advantage of the joke and it leads to a real murder. Compson, Sherman, and Trevor are all quite good and the film is a lark. Compson gets to emote against the howling storm, "Oh listen to it! Atmosphere in chunks!"

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