The Secret of the Blue Room

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The Secret of the Blue Room is a 1933 American pre-Code murder-mystery film directed by Kurt Neumann and starring Lionel Atwill, Gloria Stuart, Paul Lukas and Edward Arnold.

The Secret of the Blue Room
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byKurt Neumann
Produced byCarl Laemmle, Jr.
Henry Henigson (uncredited)
Written byWilliam J. Hurlbut
Based onGeheimnis des Blauen Zimmers by Erich Philippi [de]
StarringLionel Atwill
Gloria Stuart
Paul Lukas
Music byHeinz Letton [de]
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • July 20, 1933 (1933-07-20)
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited States

The plot is based on the German film Secret of the Blue Room, made the previous year. Universal remade it twice: as The Missing Guest in 1938 and as Murder in the Blue Room in 1944; the latter is played mostly as a comedy with songs, though still largely faithful to the original plot.


A woman's suitor challenges his two rivals to each spend a night in a room in which several murders occurred years before at 1 a.m. The suitor, Tommy, sleeps there on the first night but disappears at 1 a.m. Then the second man sleeps there on the second night. At 12:30 a.m, he starts playing the piano, but is shot half an hour later.

As these events occur, a police investigation leads to several answers to several mysteries. On the fifth night, the third man sleeps in the Blue Room. However, he places a dummy in an armchair and conceals himself behind a coat. At 1 a.m, a revolver pokes round the door and fires at the dummy. The man and several police officers jump out of their hiding places. After a furious gunfight, the villain is apprehended and it turns out to be none other than Tommy, the first suitor, who had ostensibly disappeared.


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