The Missing Guest


1h 8m 1938

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 12, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Film Length
9 reels

Synopsis

Reporter Scoop Hamilton is assigned by his newspaper to spend the night in the Baldrich mansion, which is thought to be haunted by the victim of a murder committed on the premises. The Baldrich family, determined to put these rumors to rest, holds a masquerade party at the house, and Scoop pretends to be an accident victim in order to gain entry. At the party, Larry Deardon proposes to Stephanie Kirkland, Frank Baldrich's step-daughter. Stephanie, whose father was the murder victim, turns him down, but Dr. Carroll takes Larry aside to tell him he must never marry her. Larry offers to spend the night in the blue room where Kirkland was murdered in order to disprove the stories of hauntings, and the next morning he is missing. When Scoop investigates Larry's disappearance, he learns from Carroll that Larry is Stephanie's half brother and that Kirkland was father to both. The following morning, Carroll is found dead in the blue room with the door locked from the inside, just as it was when Kirkland was murdered. Scoop discovers that Carroll was paying Edwards, the butler, to make the mysterious noises. He then finds Larry in a secret passage. Larry shoots at Scoop and Scoop returns his fire, wounding him. Before he dies, Larry tells Scoop that Carroll murdered Kirkland and that he then murdered Carroll to stop him from interferring in his plans to marry Stephanie. The mystery cleared up, Scoop and Stephanie are free to fall in love.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 12, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Film Length
9 reels

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Trivia

Notes

Universal purchased the rights to a 1932 German Film Geheimnis des blauen Zimmers which was written by Erich Philippi. They first filmed the story in 1933 under the title The Secret of the Blue Room (see below). Universal remade the story in 1944 as Murder in the Blue Room, directed by Leslie Goodwin and starring Anne Gwynne and Donald Cook.