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The 9th Guest (1934)

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
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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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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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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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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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An amazing low-budget thriller!
10 June 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

A group of folks arrive at a mansion for a party. Each has received an unsigned invitation and are expecting an exciting night...and boy are they in for a surprise! It turns out some maniac has worked incredibly hard to create the setting and plans on killing off the guests...one by one. The guy communicates to everyone using a record player and no one is sure who the unknown host is...or if, perhaps, he's among the guests. Regardless, folks begin dying in the most diabolical manner...including poisonings and electrocutions! All, according to the machine, because these people are evil and deserve to be punished!

While the cast are mostly unknown actors and it's a B-movie from Columbia, don't think that it's just another schlocky B-film. No, instead it's very intelligently written and exciting...more so than many of the A-pictures. Well worth your time and amazingly good.


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