Thirteenth Guest

The Thirteenth Guest

Director: Albert Ray

Cast: Albert Ray, Ginger Rogers, Lyle Talbot, John Farrell MacDonald

     
 

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Thirteen years after a dinner party where the wealthy host dropped, the thirteen guests are invited to reassemble at the dinner table. First to arrive is Ginger Rogers--who is promptly killed. It turns out that the dead woman was an impostor, hired to impersonate a real guest (Ginger Rogers again). Playboy detective Lyle Talbot is called in to investigate. It seems

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Thirteen years after a dinner party where the wealthy host dropped, the thirteen guests are invited to reassemble at the dinner table. First to arrive is Ginger Rogers--who is promptly killed. It turns out that the dead woman was an impostor, hired to impersonate a real guest (Ginger Rogers again). Playboy detective Lyle Talbot is called in to investigate. It seems that the man who died 13 years ago was just about to announce the heir to his fortune, thus all the guests fall under suspicion. The culprit's true identity is hidden by a hood; the culprit's method of murder is a complex electrocution device. In an excitingly staged finale, Ginger is kidnapped by the hooded killer, but is rescued by Lyle Talbot. Made on a shoestring by Monogram Pictures, Thirteenth Guest is a marvelous "old house" mystery, with Ginger Rogers giving her all as the damsel in distress.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Ginger Rogers' later popularity kept this low-budget comedy-thriller circulating much longer than most Monogram releases. Luckily, it was (and remains) one of the best written and acted of its kind, virtually bursting with bright dialogue and tongue-in-cheek performances. The mystery elements are standard -- down to a hooded killer, whose identity comes as a surprise to no one -- but everyone involved seems to be having a good time, and as a result, so does the audience. Even the inevitable dumb cops (J. Farrell McDonald and Paul Hurst) are truly funny this time around. The mask used to disguise the killer, incidentally, turned up again in the less well-apportioned, but still fairly good The Wayne Murder Case (1932), and Rogers, leading man Lyle Talbot, and director Albert Ray were reunited by producer M.H. Hoffman for A Shriek in the Night (1933), yet another success for the team. The Thirteenth Guest itself, meanwhile, was remade by Monogram in 1943 as The Mystery of the Thirteenth Guest, but lightning did not strike twice.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2015
UPC:
0644827163021
Original Release:
1932
Source:
Nostalgia Family
Sales rank:
19,273

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ginger Rogers Marie Morgan,Lela
Lyle Talbot Winston
John Farrell MacDonald Captain Ryan
James C. Eagles Harold Morgan
Eddie Phillips Thor Jensen
Erville Alderson Adams
Robert Klein Barksdale
Crauford Kent Dr. Sherwood
Frances Rich Marjorie
Ethel Wales Mrs Thornton
Paul Hurst Grump
William B. Davidson Capt. Brown
Lynton Brent Prisoner
Adrienne Dore Winston's Date
Isabelle La Mal Marie's Mother
Bobby Burns Photographer
Al Bridge Policeman
Kit Guard Prisoner
Henry Hall Sergeant
Tom London Detective Carter
Phillips Smalley Uncle Dick Thornton
Harry Tenbrook Cabby
Allan Cavan Uncle Wayne Seymour
John Ince John Morgan
Stanley "Tiny" Sandford Mike-Jailer

Technical Credits
Albert Ray Director
L.R. Brown Editor
Tom Galligan Cinematographer
Arthur Hoerl Screenwriter
M.H. Hoffman Producer
Gene Hornbostel Art Director
Frances Hyland Screenwriter
Harry Neumann Cinematographer

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