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The Thirteenth Guest (1932)

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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, ... See full summary »

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Lela / Marie Morgan
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Phil Winston
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Police Capt. Ryan
Paul Hurst ...
Detective Grump
Erville Alderson ...
Uncle John Adams
Ethel Wales ...
Aunt Jane Thornton
James Eagles ...
Harold 'Bud' Morgan
Crauford Kent ...
Dr. Sherwood (as Craufurd Kent)
Eddie Phillips ...
Thor Jensen
Frances Rich ...
Marjorie Thornton
Phillips Smalley ...
Uncle Dick Thornton
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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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When the prison sergeant says "Take a look at the 400 and see that they're all there", the reference is the 'Four Hundred', a term used to describe the social elite of New York, especially in the last half of the 19th Century. See more »

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When Winston and Bud arrive at the house to look for Marie, they almost trip over an unconscious policeman as if they do not see him until the very last moment, despite the fact that it is broad daylight and that he is lying in full view in the path outside the house directly in their path. See more »

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"At the sound of the gong, the time will be......"
20 January 2005 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

A millionaire Morgan invited 12 of his family members to his house for a dinner party (but only 11 showed up), but the host died in the middle of the event. Thirteen years later the house remains boarded up when Morgan's daughter Mary arrives, but is killed by a mysterious person walking in the house. Captain Ryan calls in investigator Phil Winston to help solve the case. Winston and Ryan suspect the family lawyer Barksdale, but later he is found murdered in the house. The two believe that one of the people invited to the party is the killer and question all the family members, but later Mary Morgan reappears and Winston finds out someone hired a woman to impersonate her in order to get her inheritance. Winston has to make sure all of the family members are watched, in order to make sure the real Mary Morgan doesn't become a victim. I was slightly disappointed by the movie considering it struggled to flow smoothly in terms of direction and script. Talbot was playing the role as if to get some scout from MGM to notice him. The rest of the cast (including Rogers) played their roles to the typical Old Dark House mystery movie stereotype. The film seemed to appear to be the first of a series with Talbot's character. It should have been better. Rating, 5.


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