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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 »


Victor Saville


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 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


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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Release Date:

14 December 1934 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Friday the 13th See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

B.A.F. Sound System

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Written by William Haines, Harry Leon and Leo Towers
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slices of peoples lives before a bus crash.
9 November 2006 | by kidbootsSee all my reviews

Why Jessie Matthews, one of Britains top musical stars, was in this movie in between her sparkling "The Good Companions" and the classic "Evergreen" is a good question? When I first saw it I was really disappointed. I wanted to see her sing and dance - she was billed as "Millie - the non - stop variety girl" but there was more stop than variety.

Now I see it as a good little drama.

It is about a bus crash and the stories, leading up to it, of the people on the bus.

Apart from Jessie Matthews, who is great as Millie - Sir Ralph Richardson plays her fiancée ( yes, that's right).

Edmund Gwenn - who went to Hollywood to co-star in Lassie movies and also with Natalie Wood in "Miracle on 34th Street", plays a grumpy businessman. Gordon Harker is his very annoying partner.

Emlyn Williams - who wrote "Night Must Fall" was the black - mailing villain and Frank Lawton, who went to Hollywood and appeared in "David Copperfield" and "The Devil Doll" is the young man in trouble. Sonnie Hale who was married to Jessie Matthews at the time played the bus conductor.

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