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The Mystery of the 13th Guest (1943)

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

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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

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

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5 November 1943 (USA)  »

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El huésped número 13  »

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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 »

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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 »

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Marjory Morgan: Family reunion? We'd all cut each other's throats for a dime.
Harold Morgan: Why a dime? I'd cut yours for fun.
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Version of The Thirteenth Guest (1932) See more »

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What a great movie. Monogram at it's best!!
31 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

The Mystery of the 13th Guest is a not a typical example of the 40's Monogram pictures productions. This one outshines most of the typical "B" trappings they produced in the early 40's. 13th Guest made the most out of the typical wartime budget's and dimly lighted set versions that Monogram made famous. The female lead, Helen Parrish made it special because she was very uder-rated to say the least. She carries the film and adds some really good action to an otherwise typical haunted house movie. She reprises the Ginger Rogers role of 1932 and adds flare and style to the character. Dick Purcel is great as the wisecracking reporter. He died soon after the film was released and it was ashame as they really sparked together. I have not seen the film on tv since the late 40's and won't either. Most of the Monograms features were struck on celuloid so they aren't around anymore. My print is on Kodak safty film so it will never die!


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