The Morgan family's patriarch is soon to die. He hosts a dinner party for the family to tell them all he's setting aside his last will to be opened by his nearly 8-year-old granddaughter thirteen years in the future when she turns twenty-one. Thirteen years later, she returns to the abandoned family house to open the will, per his instructions. Murder follows shortly thereafter. Police Lt. Burke and Private Investigator Johnny Smith are soon on hand to investigate when guests of the old dinner party thirteen years earlier seem to be bumped off according to the past seating arrangement.
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This film was first telecast in Cincinnati Friday 3 June 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), in Los Angeles Sunday 26 June 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Tuesday 5 July 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more
Some character names in the credits don't match up with names spoken in the movie. Speed McGuiness is listed as Speed Dugan, and Marjory Thornton is listed as Marjory Morgan. Adam Thornton's last name is also listed as Morgan. See more
Burke, you ought to have that mind of yours dry cleaned.
Police Lt. Burke
And while I'm at it, I'll have your conscience pressed.
Version of The Thirteenth Guest