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Friday the Thirteenth (1933)

It is pouring with rain at one minute to midnight on Friday the thirteenth, and the driver of a London bus is peering through his blurred windshield as his vehicle sails down an empty road.... See full summary »

Director:

Victor Saville

Writers:

Sidney Gilliat (story), G.H. Moresby-White (story and scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessie Matthews ... Millie the Non-Stop Variety Girl
Sonnie Hale ... Alf the Conductor
Muriel Aked ... Miss Twigg
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Fred the Driver
Richard Hulton Richard Hulton ... Johnny
Max Miller Max Miller ... Joe
Alfred Drayton ... The Detective
Hartley Power Hartley Power ... An American Tourist
Percy Parsons Percy Parsons ... An American Tourist
Ursula Jeans ... Eileen Jackson
Eliot Makeham ... Henry Jackson
D.A. Clarke-Smith D.A. Clarke-Smith ... Max
Gibb McLaughlin ... Florist
Edmund Gwenn ... Mr Wakefield
Mary Jerrold Mary Jerrold ... Flora Wakefield
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Storyline

It is pouring with rain at one minute to midnight on Friday the thirteenth, and the driver of a London bus is peering through his blurred windshield as his vehicle sails down an empty road. Suddenly, lightning strikes, and a vast crane above topples into the path of the oncoming bus. Then Big Ben begins to wind backwards. Time recedes, and we discover the lives of all of the passengers and the events that brought them to that late-night bus journey, from the con man with a hundred pound cheque to the businessman's distraught and elderly wife. Time flows on, inevitably, to the crash, and past it, as some live and some die. Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

Towards the beginning of the movie Jessie Matthews (Millie) asks the bus conductor (Sonnie Hale) "You won't forget to put me off at Linden Gardens, will you?" Sonnie's prompt reply is "No fear!", as there was very little chance of his forgetting that particular address, since his own flat in Linden Gardens had seen the beginning of their relationship only a few years earlier. See more »

Soundtracks

Sweep
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Music by Vivian Ellis
Lyrics by Douglas Furber
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My brief review of the film
3 April 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

An early connecting lives film, much like a 1930s 'Pulp Fiction' without all the vulgar language and violence, it is very well done in most aspects, and considering when it was made, it is well ahead of its time. The film editing and the acting - especially from Gordon Harker and Robertson Hare - are particularly strong points of the film, and the overall product is engaging the whole time through. Arguably there are at least one too many characters, which complexes the film much more than is necessary, however this hardly subtracts from this very unique and highly interesting, but too often forgotten, early British film.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1934 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Friday the 13th See more »

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Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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B.A.F. Sound System

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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