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The Thirteenth Guest (1932)

Murder of a woman sparks a search for a killer.

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Albert Ray

Writers:

Armitage Trail (book), Frances Hyland (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Lela / Marie Morgan
Lyle Talbot ... Phil Winston
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Police Capt. Ryan
Paul Hurst ... Detective Grump
Erville Alderson ... Uncle John Adams
Ethel Wales ... Aunt Jane Thornton
James Eagles James Eagles ... Harold 'Bud' Morgan
Crauford Kent ... Dr. Sherwood (as Crawford Kent/Craufurd Kent)
Eddie Phillips ... Thor Jensen
Frances Rich Frances Rich ... Marjorie Thornton
Phillips Smalley ... Uncle Dick Thornton
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13 years before the movie opens, there was a dinner party, at which the 13th guest failed to show up. The master of the manner has died, and left the bulk of his estate to this 13th guest, but nobody knows who that is. Now someone is murdering the remaining guests, and placing their dead bodies at the table, in the same seat they had occupied 13 years before. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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BAFFLING! BREATHTAKING! CHILLS-THRILLS! (original poster)

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Mystery | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1932 (USA) See more »

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M.H. Hoffman Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Balsley & Phillips Recording System) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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When the villain is in his secret room peeking at his victims, he wears a glossy dark robe and full hood, hiding his face and body. There is no need for the disguise as no one even knows the room exists, he does not leave the room to kill and no one will see him. See more »

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A haunted house, an unlucky number
30 May 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

A very young Ginger Rogers stars in "The Thirteenth Guest," a 1932 film also starring Lyle Talbot. Thirteen years earlier, a dinner party took place in an old house, but the 13th guest never appeared. Now the owner of the house is dead and left his estate to this 13th guest. Someone is murdering the original party guests and putting each dead body in his or her original seat at the table.

Rogers plays Marie Morgan, whom we think has been murdered early on. It turns out that it was someone else whose face was altered to look like hers. Detective Phil Winston (Talbot) investigates the situation.

This is a good haunted house mystery, but unfortunately suffers from a terrible print and bad sound. Nevertheless it's fun to see Ginger and Talbot, both of whom are very good. If you can tolerate the print, you'll enjoy it.


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