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The 9th Guest (1934)

Passed | | 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.

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... Jim Daley
... Jean Trent
... Henry Abbott
... Tim Cronin
... Jason Osgood
... William Jones (as Vincent Barnett)
... Sylvia Inglesby
... Dr. Murray Reid (as Samuel Hinds)
... Margaret Chisholm
... Hawkins, the Butler
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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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EIGHT were invited...but death came unasked! See more »

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One of over a hundred Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, who marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »

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

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Nice Gem
29 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Ninth Guest, The (1934)

*** (out of 4)

Forgotten horror/mystery from director Roy William Neill turned out to be a real gem. Eight people are gathered at a house for a party, none of them knowing who invited them. Then a radio turns on and the host announces that before morning all but one will be dead. The film only runs 65-minutes but there's some nice suspense in the film as we never know who's doing the killing and why he has such an interest in these eight people and their dirty secrets. The great twist ending was ruined because I read a review over at the IMDb but I still had a good time getting there.


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