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The Thirteenth Chair (1929)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery | 19 October 1929 (USA)
Although his murdered friend was by all accounts a scoundrel a true "bounder" Edward Wales is determined to trap his killer by staging a seance using a famous medium. Many of the 13 seance ... See full summary »

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Helene Millard ...
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Mary Forbes ...
Lady Crosby
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Inspector Delzante
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Edward Wales
Charles Quatermaine ...
Dr. Philip Mason (as Charles Quartermaine)
Moon Carroll ...
Helen Trent
Cyril Chadwick ...
Bertram Johns ...
Howard Standish
Gretchen Holland ...
Grace Standish
Frank Leigh ...
Professor Feringeea
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Commissioner Grimshaw (as Clarence Geldert)
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Although his murdered friend was by all accounts a scoundrel a true "bounder" Edward Wales is determined to trap his killer by staging a seance using a famous medium. Many of the 13 seance participants had a reason and a means to kill, and one of them uses the cover of darkness to kill again. When someone close to the medium is suspected she turns detective, in the hope of uncovering the true murderer. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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THE THRILL SENSATION OF THE YEAR! The celebrated mystery play that ran a year on Broadway! A Talking Picture you mustn't miss! See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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19 October 1929 (USA)  »

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The 13th Chair  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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Completed July 16 1929, the first sound feature in which Bela Lugosi's famous Hungarian tones were heard. See more »

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There are several scenes where it appears the actors are waiting for their cues before they start talking; most notably when the Inspector calls them all into the room to recreate the seance. See more »

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Inspector Delzante: [Interrogating a suspect, consulting his notes] Perhaps this will refresh your memory.
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11 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Thirteenth Chair, The (1929)

** (out of 4)

Early Tod Browning talkie has a man murdered during a psychic reading. The local inspector (Bela Lugosi) shows up to solve the case. This mystery/thriller doesn't have too much mystery nor thrills and in the end comes off incredibly slow moving and boring. Once again, this sound film features none of the wonderful techniques delivered by the director in his silent films. As with most early sound movies, this one here simply has way too much talk and not much of it very interesting. Even though he gets sixth billing, this is certainly Lugosi's film and he delivers a pretty good performance as the fast talking, often screaming inspector. Lugosi's accent stands in the way from understanding a few lines but it isn't too bad. I would have deducted another half star had it not been for the Browning weirdness showing up in the end when a dead body helps solve the murder. In the end this is only for Lugosi or Browning fans who need to see everything the men did.


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