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The Ninth Guest (1934)

Passed  -  Horror | Mystery  -  31 January 1934 (USA)
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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 »

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(based on novel by: The invisible Host), (based on novel by: The invisible Host), 2 more credits »
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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 radio broadcast. The voice announces that before the night is over each one will be systematically murdered unless they manage to outwit their ninth guest Death. Based on the mystery novel The Invisible Host (1930) by Gwen Bristow & Bruce Manning. Written by Sirron-3

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Weird! Baffling! Thrilling ROMANCE!

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Horror | Mystery

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31 January 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The 9th Guest  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Though the screen credits list the source material at the novel by Owen Davis, "The Ninth Guest" was also a play written by Davis. The play first opened at the Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre in New York on August 25, 1930, and ran for 72 performances. The opening night cast included Berton Churchill, William Courtleigh, Alan Dinehart Grace Kern, Frank Shannon and Robert Vivian. See more »

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Nice Gem
29 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Ninth Guest, The (1934)

*** (out of 4)

Forgotten horror/mystery from director Roy William Neill turned out to be a real gem. Eight people are gathered at a house for a party, none of them knowing who invited them. Then a radio turns on and the host announces that before morning all but one will be dead. The film only runs 65-minutes but there's some nice suspense in the film as we never know who's doing the killing and why he has such an interest in these eight people and their dirty secrets. The great twist ending was ruined because I read a review over at the IMDb but I still had a good time getting there.


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