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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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(as R. William Neill)

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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)  »

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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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Referenced in The Man They Could Not Hang (1939) See more »

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Pretty good in its genre
15 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie just became available on YouTube. This is an adaptation of the book The Invisible Guest, and follows a similar plot to Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians, while predating it by almost ten years. The plot is simple - people have been invited to a party by an unknown host, and are being killed off for their 'crimes.' In an interesting twist on the genre, this story is set in a modern penthouse apartment rather than a dark old house. And while the 'second butler' is introduced for laughs, he is on the screen for a mercifully short time.

Don't expect a lot here - I gave it a '6', thinking it's just above neutral. I did watch it to the end, but I wasn't always engaged, and the clunky romance element didn't help it much. Also in its favor, in a negative sense, there was no bumbling police to spoil what there is of drama. Worth a watch for those who like the genre, but not something you'll watch a second time.


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