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
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 26 June 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Tuesday 5 July 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more
It's never said who raises young Marie. Surrounded by aunts, uncles, cousins, a brother, a grandfather and the grandfather's lawyer, she and her brother are supposedly orphans, although this is never said. Why the grandfather favors his granddaughter over his grandson is also a mystery. In that he's soon to die, it's curious who becomes her guardian over the next thirteen years (since it's a good guess her grandfather has been watching out for her and won't be around to protect her). See more
Police Lt. Burke
And there was Barksdale, stiff as a board, sittin' in the same chair that he sat at that Morgan dinner thirteen years ago. Now, what do you make of it?
Maybe he came back for his dessert.
Version of The Thirteenth Guest