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Thirteen Women (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery | 16 September 1932 (USA)
Thirteen women who were schoolmates send to a swami for their horoscopes. Little do they realize that Ursula, a half-breed Asian, is using her hypnotic powers over the swami and them to ... See full summary »

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Police Sergeant Barry Clive
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Jo Turner
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Ursula Georgi
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June Raskob
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Helen Dawson Frye
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Grace Coombs
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Swami Yogadachi
Peg Entwistle ...
Hazel Clay Cousins
Harriet Hagman ...
May Raskob
Edward Pawley ...
Chauffeur Burns
Blanche Friderici ...
Miss Kirsten
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Bobby Stanhope
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Phyllis Fraser ...
Twelfth Woman (scenes deleted)
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Thirteen women who were schoolmates send to a swami for their horoscopes. Little do they realize that Ursula, a half-breed Asian, is using her hypnotic powers over the swami and them to lead them or their families to their deaths. It seems that she too went to their school, but was forced to leave by their bigotry, and is exacting revenge. Will she be stopped in time to save Laura's son, Bobby? Written by Robert Tonsing <rob_tonsing@msn.com>

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Drama | Mystery

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Trece mujeres  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There were only eleven actresses in the movie, not thirteen. Two were given two character roles. Irene Dunne and 'Myrna Loy' (were the two, with an extra role), Irene Dunne had just had a hit at another studio, earlier in 1932. See more »

Goofs

After the swami falls in the subway, a passenger train passes by. The bell on top is ringing, but it makes no sound. Perhaps the bell was turned off, like a telephone ringer, because that person does not want to be disturbed. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Myrna Loy (1961) See more »

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See it for the cast
15 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Spiritualism was a craze at the time this was made and hypnosis not really understood by the public at large something of which the scriptwriters took advantage. They concocted this wildly dated, at times preposterous and overwrought meller that if nothing else spotlights a couple of soon to be top stars.

This silly junk was one of Myrna's final Eurasian villainess roles. It's interesting after years of exposure to her as the perfect wife or the level headed, spunky All-American woman to see her in a role that was typical of her pre-stardom days, that of the foreign mantrap. She looks great but is far better than the part deserves. She is noticeably understated while most of the other performers over emote.

Made when sound was in its relative infancy many of the performers are still reliant on over-sized, distracting stage gestures. Irene Dunne starts the picture in subdued fashion but ends up as over the top as everyone else, she's been much better elsewhere. Same goes for Florence Eldridge, a very fine actress usually though she's overblown in this.

Full of actresses of note for one reason or another. Besides Myrna and Irene there is Jill Esmond, first wife of Laurence Olivier, Kay Johnson, a DeMille favorite and the mother of respected character actor James Cromwell and Peg Entwistle, the infamous and tragic actress who threw herself from the Hollywood sign in despair a few days after this film premiered, it's her only film credit. Except for the two leading ladies each only get a scene or two to make an impression.

Fun in a ludicrous way but aside from the cast this is a routine, if outlandish, programmer that were it not for them would be utter forgotten.


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