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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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Johnny Smith
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Marie Morgan
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Harold Morgan (as John Duncan)
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Tom Jackson (as Jon Dawson)
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Jim - District Attorney
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Marjory Morgan
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Adam Morgan
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Grandfather Morgan
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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 MURDER! An Unseen terror holds an entire family in fear! (original poster) See more »

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Crime | Mystery

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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 »

Quotes

Johnny Smith: Burke, you ought to have that mind of yours dry cleaned.
Police Lt. Burke: And while I'm at it, I'll have your conscience pressed.
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Version of The Thirteenth Guest (1932) See more »

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A Fantastic, Unknown Murder Mystery
26 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A young woman's grandfather hosts a dinner party for thirteen guests, and he mysteriously dies. Thirteen years later, the woman believes that someone connected to the fatal party is trying to kill her.

I had never heard of this film before, and I doubt very many people have. Which is a shame. It has a good pace, a good story, and wraps up in around an hour. This is the kind of film anyone could enjoy.

In some ways, it has the feel of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None", but it is its own story and should not be written off as a derivative narrative. Well, unless you consider it derivative of the previous incarnation, "The Thirteenth Guest" (1932). As I have not seen that version, I cannot comment.


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