The Mystery of Mr. X (1934)

Genres - Mystery, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, Psychological Thriller  |   Release Date - Feb 23, 1934 (USA)  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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MGM was seldom content to just film a mystery; the story had to be dressed up in some elaborate, unorthodox fashion. Mystery of Mr. X is given an additional visual boost by setting the story in 19th century London, allowing for a full array of the costumes and plush backgrounds of the era and locale. Robert Montgomery is an elegant jewel thief who happens to be working the same territory where a mysterious murderer has struck. Montgomery deduces that the killer, whose victims are all constables, is operating in a pattern resembling the letter "X". To avoid being mistakenly arrested as the murderer, Montgomery endeavors to second-guess where the killer will strike next--and then lies in wait to trap Mister X himself. Adapted from a novel by Philip MacDonald, Mystery of Mr. X was remade in 1952 as The Hour of Thirteen.

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thief, cop-killer, investigation, serial-killer, trap