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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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Margaret Wycherly ...
Helene Millard ...
Holmes Herbert ...
Mary Forbes ...
Lady Crosby
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Inspector Delzante
John Davidson ...
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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Helene Millard was cast while finishing a run of the play 'The Streets of New York' with Edward Everett Horton at the Majestic Theatre; 'The Thirteenth Chair' was her first film role. 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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Version of The Thirteenth Chair (1937) See more »

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Odd editing
9 April 2002 | by (Universal City, TX) – See all my reviews

Recently saw this enjoyable little curio on TCM. Adding to the comments of others on the matter of style, I was surprised to notice several examples of short graceful tracking shots forward or back, just to break up the sense of staginess. (The mansion has very smooth floors!) So it's not that the camera is absolutely static. But Browning avoids close-ups for the most part. What was odd is the editing at certain times, which seems way off. There's one bizarre moment when the actors are clearly gathered in preparation for when the director calls "Action," and then after a few seconds, they abruptly begin speaking to each other in mid-sentence. (I'd like to see someone do a whole movie like that!) There's an equally strange edit when Margaret Wycherley walks out of the frame to confront Bela Lugosi (a few steps away), and then we cut to Lugosi sitting in his chair waiting an awfully long time beside dead space for her to walk into frame. I wonder what that was about?


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