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The Thirteenth Guest (1932)

13 years before the movie opens, there was a dinner party, at which the 13th guest failed to show up. The master of the manner has died, and left the bulk of his estate to this 13th guest, ... See full summary »

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Uncle John Adams
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13 years before the movie opens, there was a dinner party, at which the 13th guest failed to show up. The master of the manner has died, and left the bulk of his estate to this 13th guest, but nobody knows who that is. Now someone is murdering the remaining guests, and placing their dead bodies at the table, in the same seat they had occupied 13 years before. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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BAFFLING! BREATHTAKING! CHILLS-THRILLS! (original poster)

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9 August 1932 (USA)  »

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During the impressive film career of Ginger Rogers - her Hollywood era totaling 73 feature appearances between 1930 and 1965 - only five of her movies failed to be rewarded with contemporary New York Times reviews: this picture, Rafter Romance (1933), the British-made Twist of Fate (1954), The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) and Quick, Let's Get Married (1964). See more »

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While the bodies of that type of telephone were metal, the handset was of Bakelite, and would not have conducted electricity, See more »

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A hand on a disembodied arm grasps the center of each title card and pulls it down to reveal the next card. See more »

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Version of Mystery of the 13th Guest (1943) See more »

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If it weren't for Ginger Rigers this would have been long lost to the ages
13 April 2008 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

A Ginger Rogers movie from 1932 that played well into the 1940's on her name alone.

The story concerns the deaths thirteen years after a dinner party where the host died and the 13th guest never showed up. The mystery concerns attempts of persons to unlock the mystery of the will read at that fateful dinner party.

The movie is old time and not bad. The dialog is mostly well done and the acting and direction is more realistic then one would expect from an independent production. Interestingly two of the characters are all but named as gay lovers, something that I find incredible simply because I've never seen this listed in a gay friendly histories of Hollywood and Hollywood films.(Then Again I haven't really looked) I liked it I didn't love it. Its not a bad time passer but its not something you want to search out, but its not something to turn off if you see it late at night.

Frankly even though its an average thriller I have no doubt that it would have disappeared had Ginger not been it.


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