The Donovan Affair
Directed byFrank Capra
Screenplay byHoward J. Green
Dorothy Howell
Based onThe Donovan Affair
by Owen Davis
Produced byHarry Cohn
StarringJack Holt
Dorothy Revier
William Collier Jr.
CinematographyTed Tetzlaff
Edited byArthur Roberts
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • April 11, 1929 (1929-04-11)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Donovan Affair is a 1929 American Pre-Code comedic murder-mystery film directed by Frank Capra. It was produced by Harry Cohn for Columbia Pictures and is based upon the play of the same name by Owen Davis. Its original soundtrack, recorded on soundtrack discs, has been lost, although it has been recreated for live performances.[1]


After the lights go out at a fancy party, Jack Donovan (John Roche) turns up dead. Inspector Killian (Jack Holt) is called to the scene. As part of the investigation, he calls for a re-enactment of the events leading up to the murder. The lights go out, and another person turns up dead. Inspector Killian again calls for a re-enactment.[2][3]



  1. ^ "Film Forum · The Donovan Affair". February 13, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  2. ^ "The Donovan Affair (1929)". Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  3. ^ Hall, Mordaunt (April 29, 1929). "Movie Review - The Donovan Affair - THE SCREEN; Amusing Murders. Versatile Willard Mack. -". Retrieved July 23, 2015.