Midnight Mystery

Midnight Mystery is a 1930 American pre-Code mystery film directed by George B. Seitz, from a screenplay by Beulah Marie Dix, which was adapted from the play Hawk Island by Howard Irving Young. Betty Compson starred, leading an ensemble cast which included Hugh Trevor, Lowell Sherman, Rita La Roy, Ivan Lebedeff, Raymond Hatton, June Clyde and Marcelle Corday.

Midnight Mystery
Swedish film poster
Directed byGeorge B. Seitz[1]
Written byBeulah Marie Dix[2]
Based onThe play, Hawk Island
by Howard Irving Young[3]
Produced byWilliam LeBaron
Bertram Millhauser (assoc)[1]
StarringBetty Compson[2]
CinematographyJoseph Walker[2]
Edited byOtto Ludwig
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • May 30, 1930 (1930-05-30) (Premiere-New York City)[2]
  • June 1, 1930 (1930-06-01) (US)[2]
Running time
65 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States


Gregory Sloane is a millionaire who lives in an isolated mansion on Hawk Island, off the coast of New England. He invites a disparate group of people to his home, who are soon cut off from the mainland when a fierce storm blows in. While confined, tensions erupt among the guests, leading to the murder of Mischa Kawelin.

One of the other guests, Sally Wayne, an author who writes murder mysteries and Sloane's fiancée, takes it upon herself to solve the crime. Over the course of the evening, she uncovers and strategically puts together all the clues, culminating in her getting the murderer to confess.


(cast list is per AFI Database)[2]


The play Hawk Island, from which this film was adapted, played at the Longacre Theatre in 1929, starring Clark Gable in the role of Gregory Sloane.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Midnight Mystery: Technical Details". theiapolis.com. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Midnight Mystery: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  3. ^ Hal Erickson (2016). "Midnight Mystery". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  4. ^ "Hawk Island". ibdb.com. Retrieved June 26, 2014.

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