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Friday the 13th
     

Friday the 13th

Director: Victor Saville

Cast: Sonnie Hale, Jessie Matthews, Edmund Gwenn

 
Definitely no relation to the horror-film series of the same name, the British Friday the 13th is a variation of the "Bridge on the San Luis Rey" theme, set in motion by a London bus accident. Two passengers are killed and two injured in the crash, but the screenplay (co-written by Hitchcock-contributor Sidney Gilliat) keeps the audience in suspense as to the

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Definitely no relation to the horror-film series of the same name, the British Friday the 13th is a variation of the "Bridge on the San Luis Rey" theme, set in motion by a London bus accident. Two passengers are killed and two injured in the crash, but the screenplay (co-written by Hitchcock-contributor Sidney Gilliat) keeps the audience in suspense as to the identities of the victims. In a series of flashbacks, the viewer is introduced to the passengers and the various trials and tribulations they were dealing with before the accident. The characters include a chorus girl en route to a date with a man she doesn't love; a henpecked husband whose wife was cheating on him; a blackmailer who'd been bleeding an unfortunate young man dry; a wise-guy crook who was about to be caught by a nasty detective; and so on. Extraordinarily well cast for a mid-1930s British film, Friday the 13th affords excellent acting opportunities for the likes of Jessie Mathews, Ursula Jeans, Frank Lawton, Ralph Richardson, Max Miller, O.B. Clarence and Emlyn Williams, among many many others. While American critics were impressed by the film, British reviewers were less kind, commenting that the constant switch from one character to another only results in confusion (PS: It doesn't).

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0089859882821
Original Release:
1933
Source:
Vci Video
Sales rank:
62,729

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Performance Credits
Sonnie Hale Alf
Jessie Matthews Millie
Edmund Gwenn Norman Wakefield
Ursula Jeans Eileen Jackson
Frank Lawton Frank Parsons
Max Miller Joe
Emlyn Williams Blake
Gordon Harker Hamilton Briggs
Ralph Richardson Horace Dawes
Cyril Smith Fred
Muriel Aked Miss Twigg
Belle Chrystal Mary
O.B. Clarence Clerk
Robertson Hare Mr. Lightfoot
Martita Hunt Agnes Lightfoot
Leonora Corbett Dolly
Eliot Makeham Jackson
D.A. Clarke-Smith Max
Gibb McLaughlin Florist
Donald Calthrop Hugh Nichols
Ivor McLaren Dickie
John Clifford Actor
Alfred Drayton Detective
Mary Jerrold Flora Wakefield
Clive Morton Actor
Percy Parsons Actor
Wally Patch Bookie
Hartley Power American
Harold Warrender Actor

Technical Credits
Victor Saville Director
Michael Balcon Producer
Sidney Gilliat Screenwriter
G.H. Moresby-White Screenwriter
Charles Van Enger Cinematographer
Emlyn Williams Screenwriter

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