The Missing Guest
|The Missing Guest|
|Directed by||John Rawlins|
|Based on||Secret of the Blue Room|
by Erich Philippi
|Edited by||Frank Gross|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures Co.|
- Paul Kelly as 'Scoop' Hanlon
- Constance Moore as Stephanie Kirkland
- William Lundigan as Larry Dearden
- Edwin Stanley as Dr. Carroll
- Selmer Jackson as Frank Baldrich
- Billy Wayne as 'Vic'
- George Cooper as 'Jake'
- P.J. Kelly as Edwards - the Butler
- Florence Wix as Linda Baldrich
- Harlan Briggs as Frank Kendall - Editor
- Pat C. Flick as Nikolaus Popoulos - Inventor
- John Harmon as Baldrich's Guard
- Guy Usher as Police Inspector McDonald
From contemporary reviews, "Hobe." of Variety referred to the film as a "feeble whodunnit for bottom billing" and that "Every outdated [haunted house] situation and piece of business is included - not only included, but embarrassingly highlighted." The New York World-American stated that "[I]f you know your mystery stories at all, you must know by now how unfunny a couple of presumably comic detectives can be when they get mixed up with spooks, sliding panels, and clutching hands" and found that the film "is a feeble and fumbling attempt at being eerie and funny" Kate Cameron of The New York Daily News said that the comedy in the film was "such feeble fooling that it entirely destroys its purpose and merely serves to shatter whatever illusion the murder and the mystery might otherwise hold for the audience." Frank S. Nugent of The New York Times declared "The cast does as little with it as it deserves, and that is little enough."
In their book on Universal Horror films, the authors stated that "mile-a-minute wisecracks and inane humor stand in for atmosphere and chills" declaring the film to be a "dismal mystery-comedy that serves up none of either." and declaring it to be "one of the worst Universal mysteries of the '30s."