MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 25,264 this week

Mystery of the 13th Guest (1943)

5.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.2/10 from 222 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 2 critic

A woman of twenty-one opens her grandfather's will left to her thirteen years earlier, per his instructions. Murder soon follows.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 74 titles
created 21 Jan 2012
 
a list of 81 titles
created 05 Feb 2012
 
a list of 1710 titles
created 02 Apr 2012
 
a list of 109 titles
created 13 Jan 2013
 
a list of 349 titles
created 11 Apr 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mystery of the 13th Guest (1943)

Mystery of the 13th Guest (1943) on IMDb 5.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mystery of the 13th Guest.

Videos

1 video »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An elderly couple move into an old, supposedly haunted abandoned house. A young girl comes to live with the pair as a companion for the wife. However, soon the girl is possessed by the ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Knowles
Stars: Margaret Lockwood, James Mason, Barbara Mullen
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two titled aristocrats support themselves by being professional house guests in the homes of star-struck American nouveau riche.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Norma Shearer, Melvyn Douglas, Gail Patrick
Dodge City (1939)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A Texas cattle agent witnesses first hand, the brutal lawlessness of Dodge City and takes the job of sheriff to clean the town up.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sheridan
The Hucksters (1947)
Drama | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A World War II veteran wants to return to advertising on his own terms, but finds it difficult to be successful and maintain his integrity.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, Sydney Greenstreet
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A man hires a killer to avenge an innocent girl's death.

Director: Burt Balaban
Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Ann Sears, Anton Diffring
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Arnold Boult is determined to make his son a success at all costs. He commits arson, causes two suicides, and bribes people. His wife, unable to leave him, becomes alcoholic and dies. His ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Deborah Kerr, Ian Hunter
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A prince must woo the now wealthy dancer he once abandoned in order to keep her money in the country in order to keep it from crashing economically.

Director: Erich von Stroheim
Stars: Mae Murray, John Gilbert, Roy D'Arcy
Mara Maru (1952)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An American salvage diver plunges into dangerous intrigue around a sunken treasure in the Philippines.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Errol Flynn, Ruth Roman, Raymond Burr
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

June Evans, clothing model, and Tommy Bradford, travel agent, both dream of being rich. When they meet at millionaire, J. Westley Piermont's daughter's wedding, they both assume each other ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Maureen O'Sullivan, Dennis O'Keefe, Mickey Rooney
The Chief (1933)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A timid man (Ed Wynn) is thrust into the spotlight when his father is honored as a hero. He blunders into a series of adventures because of a woman (Dorothy Mackaill) and becomes a hero ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Reisner
Stars: Ed Wynn, Charles 'Chic' Sale, Dorothy Mackaill
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Roy Rowland
Stars: Van Johnson, Thomas Mitchell, Janet Leigh
Bullet Scars (1942)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Dr. Steven Bishop is taken to the hideout of Frank Dillon and his gang to treat the wounded Joe Madison. Joe's nurse sister Nora Madison is also taken. Dillon tells Bishop that if Joe dies,... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman
Stars: Regis Toomey, Adele Longmire, Howard Da Silva
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Dick Purcell ...
Johnny Smith
Helen Parrish ...
Marie Morgan
Tim Ryan ...
Police Lt. Burke
...
Speed Dugan
Johnny Duncan ...
Harold Morgan (as John Duncan)
John Dawson ...
Tom Jackson (as Jon Dawson)
Addison Richards ...
Jim, District Attorney
Jacqueline Dalya ...
Marjory Morgan
Cyril Ring ...
Barksdale
Paul McVey ...
Adam Morgan
Lloyd Ingraham ...
Grandfather Morgan
Edit

Storyline

The Morgan family's patriarch is soon to die. He hosts a dinner party for the family to tell them all he's setting aside his last will to be opened by his nearly 8-year-old granddaughter thirteen years in the future when she turns twenty-one. Thirteen years later, she returns to the abandoned family house to open the will, per his instructions. Murder follows shortly thereafter. Police Lt. Burke and Private Investigator Johnny Smith are soon on hand to investigate when guests of the old dinner party thirteen years earlier seem to be bumped off according to the past seating arrangement. Written by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

IT'S TERRORIFIC! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 November 1943 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

Some character names in the credits don't match up with names spoken in the movie. Speed McGuiness is listed as Speed Dugan, and Marjory Thornton is listed as Marjory Morgan. Adam Thornton's last name is also listed as Morgan. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Lucille: Marjory! If you say that word again, I'll disown you.
Marjory Morgan: What a loss.
See more »

Connections

Version of The Thirteenth Guest (1932) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Very very very silly and contrived--lots of campy gloom!
24 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mystery of the 13th Guest (1943)

I have to admit, I started this with too high expectations--it had great mood, great B-movie sets, and a plot that sounded great in an Agatha Christie way. But then the corny style of acting kicked in--it's a kind of pre-TV flippant entertainment, purposely aiming for a slight, silly humor at the expense of real drama. Too bad.

So I watched the rest with half an eye, which was enough. The plot is highly contrived and highly important--it's a whodunnit, for sure, with a series of growing clues and new characters. The detective is just too absurd to work--he doesn't even serve as a parody of the newly crystallizing Bogart kind of hardboiled detective. And there a too many scenes with a lot of people standing around a room (a living room or a detective's office), with not a lot of clear tension of development, just exaggerated chitchat.

So, why watch it at all? I'm not sure! But I did, from the side, and there are some great stereotypes (call them clichés) at work--dark shadows of men in fedoras, a haunted old house, a murder and the threat of more murder, even a terrific (haha) trap door. It verges on Three Stooges kind of humor now and then but lacks the true slapstick genius (at times) of those guys (who began in the 1930s and were really big by the 1943), but you can sense an echo of them (one of the detectives even makes little Curly and Moe noises). This version of the movies is actually a remake of a better if not brilliant 1932 film, starring a young Ginger Rogers (and available to see free and legal at this site: www.archive.org/details/The_Thirteenth_Guest).

If you are really feeling frivolous, this might be fun. But your are forewarned.


9 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Mystery of the 13th Guest (1943) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?