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Thirteen Women (1932)

Ursula plots to murder 12 women with her supernatural powers.


George Archainbaud


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Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Laura Stanhope
Ricardo Cortez ... Police Sergeant Barry Clive
Jill Esmond ... Jo Turner
Myrna Loy ... Ursula Georgi
Mary Duncan ... June Raskob
Kay Johnson ... Helen Dawson Frye
Florence Eldridge ... Grace Coombs
C. Henry Gordon ... Swami Yogadachi
Peg Entwistle ... Hazel Clay Cousins
Harriet Hagman Harriet Hagman ... May Raskob
Edward Pawley ... Chauffeur Burns
Blanche Friderici ... Miss Kirsten
Wally Albright ... Bobby Stanhope
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leon Ames ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
Phyllis Fraser Phyllis Fraser ... Twelfth Woman (scenes deleted)


Thirteen women who were schoolmates send to a swami for their horoscopes. Little do they realize that Ursula, a half-breed Asian, is using her hypnotic powers over the swami and them to lead them or their families to their deaths. It seems that she too went to their school, but was forced to leave by their bigotry, and is exacting revenge. Will she be stopped in time to save Laura's son, Bobby? Written by Robert Tonsing <rob_tonsing@msn.com>

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Release Date:

16 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trece mujeres See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peg Entwistle, who played Hazel Clay Cousins, committed suicide, two days after the film's American date of release, Friday, September 16th, 1932. She jumped off the "H" of the Hollywood sign, then "Hollywoodland.", on Sunday, September 18th, 1932. See more »


After the swami falls in the subway, a passenger train passes by. The bell on top is ringing, but it makes no sound. Perhaps the bell was turned off, like a telephone ringer, because that person does not want to be disturbed. See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Myrna Loy (1961) See more »

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Interesting little museum piece from 1932...
3 October 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

What struck me first about THIRTEEN WOMEN (just shown on TCM this evening), is the fact that it has a musical score by Max Steiner at a time when early thirties movies seldom used much music on the soundtrack for atmospheric purposes. But here, at least, Max does let loose with some sinuous exotic strains for a few scenes.

The second thing was how beautiful MYRNA LOY photographed, playing a half-caste who is determined to avenge what snobbish sorority sisters did to her in finishing school where she was exiled because she wasn't white. Loy at this stage was still playing these exotic roles, complete with slanting eye make-up--but as a woman with an hypnotic gaze she was quite convincing. C. HENRY GORDON as Yogadachi, the fake Swami, was rather hammy here--whereas five years later he was very effective as a turban-wearing Indian in CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE.


IRENE DUNNE is the last of the sorority girls to survive and the last one to be punished by Loy. However, as suspense builds to a climax aboard a speeding train, Loy's plan fails with the police hot on her trail.

The 59 minute running time means that some fifteen minutes were cut from the original release and it shows. The ending is much too abrupt and before you know it "The End" is flashed on the screen. Someone was busy with the scissors on this one, particularly during those final moments.

Would love to see the complete film some day, but I suppose that's not going to happen if the footage hasn't been restored by now. All the performances are rather standard, including RICARDO CORTEZ as the detective who's able to solve the case. FLORENCE ELDRIDGE is almost unrecognizable as one of the women and KAY JOHNSON is a bit over the top as one of the victims who shoots herself.

Summing up: Not bad and certainly worth a watch.

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