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The Thirteenth Chair (1929)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  19 October 1929 (USA)
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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 ... 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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Try and Guess It! The thrilling mystery play that baffled and gripped Broadway for a solid year is here as a Talking picture with every chill and gasp intact! 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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Completed July 16 1929, the first sound feature in which Bela Lugosi's famous Hungarian tones were heard. See more »

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Inspector Delzante: [Interrogating a suspect, consulting his notes] Perhaps this will refresh your memory.
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19 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Early talkie feature based on a popular stage play. A murder has been committed and a bunch of people hire a medium to conduct a séance to see who the murderer is. While the lights are out there's ANOTHER murder...so it's someone in that room.

What follows is an obvious, dull and creaky murder mystery. Most of the cast overacts to a ridiculous degree. They act like they're on stage (where you have to overdo things) and it looks silly on screen. Most embarrassing is Bela Lugosi (two years before "Dracula") who REALLY overdoes it as a police inspector. Static direction by Tod Browning (who was always overrated) doesn't help.

For Browning and Lugosi completists only. I give it a 3.


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