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The 9th Guest (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 31 January 1934 (USA)
Eight strangers are invited to spend the night in a penthouse apartment. After being wined and dined, a voice on the radio informs them that they will be murdered unless they manage to outwit the ninth guest: Death.

Director:

Roy William Neill (as R. William Neill)

Writers:

Owen Davis (from a play by), Gwen Bristow (based on book by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Donald Cook ... Jim Daley
Genevieve Tobin ... Jean Trent
Hardie Albright ... Henry Abbott
Edward Ellis ... Tim Cronin
Edwin Maxwell ... Jason Osgood
Vince Barnett ... William Jones (as Vincent Barnett)
Helen Flint ... Sylvia Inglesby
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Murray Reid (as Samuel Hinds)
Nella Walker ... Margaret Chisholm
Sidney Bracey ... Hawkins, the Butler (as Sidney Bracy)
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Storyline

Eight strangers are invited by a mysterious unknown host to spend the night in a penthouse apartment. The eight (5 men, 3 women) are wined, dined, then greeted by their host's voice via a radio broadcast. The voice announces that before the night is over each one will be systematically murdered unless they manage to outwit their ninth guest Death. Based on the mystery novel The Invisible Host (1930) by Gwen Bristow & Bruce Manning. Written by Sirron-3

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Weird! Baffling! Thrilling ROMANCE! See more »

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ninth Guest See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At first glance, mystery aficionados might assume that Owen Davis borrowed heavily from Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians" in the plotting of The Ninth Guest. But the stage play on which this film was based was produced in 1930, nine years before Christie's novel was published, which suggests it was Christie who based the framework of her groundbreaking tale on The Ninth Guest. See more »

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Referenced in The Man They Could Not Hang (1939) See more »

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Pretty good in its genre
15 July 2012 | by jonfrum2000See all my reviews

This movie just became available on YouTube. This is an adaptation of the book The Invisible Guest, and follows a similar plot to Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians, while predating it by almost ten years. The plot is simple - people have been invited to a party by an unknown host, and are being killed off for their 'crimes.' In an interesting twist on the genre, this story is set in a modern penthouse apartment rather than a dark old house. And while the 'second butler' is introduced for laughs, he is on the screen for a mercifully short time.

Don't expect a lot here - I gave it a '6', thinking it's just above neutral. I did watch it to the end, but I wasn't always engaged, and the clunky romance element didn't help it much. Also in its favor, in a negative sense, there was no bumbling police to spoil what there is of drama. Worth a watch for those who like the genre, but not something you'll watch a second time.


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