Eight strangers are invited by a mysterious unknown host to spend the night in a penthouse apartment. The eight (5 men, 3 women) are wined, dined, then greeted by their host's voice via a ... See full summary »
Roy William Neill
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 »
J. Farrell MacDonald
An eccentric millionaire, unable to locate his only granddaughter, decides to divide his estate among a group of people less close to him: his niece and nephew, his attorney, his doctor, ... See full summary »
The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Wednesday 4 February 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »
What's up, Mr. Drake?
You of course know this 'Black Ace.'
Oh, sure. We *just* missed catching him about 6 months ago.
Sure, we trapped one of his earwiggers. It was like this: I'm wise this guy blatts out for stoolin'. So I'm crowdin' him wit' the heater but he don't belch. I know he's an alky stiff so I start feedin' him the dynamite when Clancy walks in wit' this guy's twist. She's all full o' happy dust and leapin'. He calls for a blizzard so we let 'er have it, figgerin' on the beef, see? ...
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There's a murderer loose in the spooky Louisiana estate that serves as the setting of this mystery. Is it the mansion owner's lawyer's zoftig daughter? Or either one of the two characters who turn up claiming to be the coroner. Or maybe it's mystery writer Chester Morris who could be researching the plot of his next blood-curdling thriller. As unlikely as it seems, perhaps it's one of the two buffoons tossed in for slapstick relief, Frank McHugh and Allan Jenkins. Don't expect any clues from the screenwriter who seemed to be making up the story as it went along and had no idea of the culprit until it was time to turn in a script and he had to pin the slaying on somebody.
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