Mystery House


1h 1m 1938
Mystery House

Brief Synopsis

A detective tries to solve a murder in a house full of suspects.

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Film Details

Also Known As
The Mystery of Hunting's End
Genre
Mystery
Release Date
May 21, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Mystery of Hunting's End by Mignon G. Eberhart (New York, 1930).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 1m
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

After a dinner party, Herbert Kingery accuses one of his guests of defrauding his company. He adds that he will give the criminal until the next morning to confess. That evening, the family dog howls, causing Kingery to open the door of his office to investigate. When Kingery bolts the door, a gun goes off and he is killed. The death is ruled a suicide, but his daughter Gwen is determined to prove he didn't kill himself. Nurse Sarah Keate, who is taking care of Gwen's aunt Lucy, recommends private detective Lance O'Leary. Gwen invites everyone who was present the evening of her father's death to spend a weekend in the country. Shortly after the guests leave for an afternoon of hunting, Helen Page dies in what seems to be another suicide. Helen's husband Joe had recently asked for a divorce to marry another woman. Lance investigates and learns that Helen was strangled and was shot after her death to make it look like suicide. Gwen then visits Gerald Frawley in his room. After she leaves, Gerald removes his toupee and is shot just as Kingery was. Sarah finds a letter Gerald wrote to Gwen, stating that the "key" is in his toupee. Lance believes Lucy Kingery, who is confined to a wheelchair, can actually walk. He tricks her into revealing this and learns that she stole Gerald's toupee, which has the combination of his safe written inside it. As soon as Lance and Lucy leave the room, the family chauffeur rushes in and copies the combination. After ruling out the chauffeur, Lance catches him in the act of opening the safe. The chauffeur confesses that six years earlier he had stolen some money from Kingery's office. Kingery had him sign a confession to ensure that he would stay straight and he wanted to remove it before anyone saw it. Lance discovers that a gun on the wall, hung as a decoration, has been rigged to fire if the office door is bolted. Deciding to trick the murderer, Lance invites everyone into the office. When he asks Julian Barre to bolt the door, Barre punches Lance and escapes but is stopped by the dog. Lance explains that he found a paper in Kingery's safe accusing Barre of forging some securities. Barre spent the money on Helen, who found out about the forgery from Gerald. Therefore, Barre killed both Kingery and Helen as well as Gerald to keep his crimes a secret.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Mystery of Hunting's End
Genre
Mystery
Release Date
May 21, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Mystery of Hunting's End by Mignon G. Eberhart (New York, 1930).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 1m
Film Length
6 reels

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Notes

The film's working title was The Mystery of Hunting's End. The character of Lance O'Leary also appears in Warner Bros. 1938 film The Patient in Room 18 (see below).