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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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Complete credited cast:
Lela / Marie Morgan
Phil Winston
Police Capt. Ryan
Detective Grump
Uncle John Adams
Ethel Wales ...
Aunt Jane Thornton
James Eagles ...
Harold 'Bud' Morgan
Dr. Sherwood (as Craufurd Kent)
Eddie Phillips ...
Thor Jensen
Frances Rich ...
Marjorie Thornton
Uncle Dick Thornton


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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Release Date:

9 August 1932 (USA)  »

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A Convidada  »

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(Balsley & Phillips Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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When Uncle John refers to "Nine Yokohama" he is talking about a famous Japanese brothel. See more »


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


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


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Pretty Ginger Rogers In A Haunted House!
4 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Lovely young Ginger Rogers arrives at her long ago abandoned family manor on her twenty-first birthday to meet her lawyer so that she can find out about her inheritance. She finds out about foul play and murder instead! Obviously, someone in her family is trying to do away with her. But just who's trying to do it? Everyone is a suspect, including Rogers herself. Lyle Talbot is the private investigator who rounds up the entire family and tries to sort things out. J. Farrell MacDonald is the police sergeant who is confounded by it all. Paul Hurst is his nitwit sidekick. Everyone has some good lines and often the comebacks are hilarious. There's a part near the end of the film where Hurst's shoes are on the wrong feet, which is an absolute howl if you understand the reason why. Nice, creepy looking house is the perfect setting for pretty Rogers to be menaced in. There's plenty of cobwebs to contrast with Miss Rogers' who looks very cute in her costumes. Low-budget, but doesn't really seem to be because one gets involved in the puzzling mystery. You may have to see "The Thirteenth Guest" twice to fully understand it. It is a very intricate murder mystery which ultimately does make sense.

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