Thirteen years after Morgan was murdered, his creepy, deserted mansion
suddenly becomes a beehive of activity. Murder follows murder in quick
succession in the abandoned manor, bringing Police Captain Ryan (J.
Farrel MacDonald) and private eye Winston (Lyle Talbot)
scurrying to the scene. Everybody is on the lookout for the mysterious
13th guest who failed to put in an appearance at the dinner, because it is this
13th guest that stands to inherit Morgan’s enormous wealth. Who will lift the
veil off the mysterious killings? Will it be the debonair wisecracking Winston
or the gritty Captain Ryan?
Running Time: 69
MPAA Ratings: G
"This 1932 mystery has an intriguing plot in which a
long-forgotten murder suddenly becomes the hot topic of discussion. The mystery
deepens when investigators realize that the corpse found in the abandoned
mansion was not that of the dead man’s daughter, but that of an impersonator.
Director Albert Ray continues to enthrall audiences in this fascinating
drama, which has the dashing Lyle Talbot playing a fast talking private
detective on whom the police captain Ryan, (played by the equally accomplished
J. Farrel MacDonald), depends heavily for solving difficult cases. The plot
thickens by the minute, leaving you with very little time to guess whodunit.
Just when you think you have got your man (or woman), the narrative presents you
with a character that seems more likely to be the murderer.
The use of
an electric devise to kill unsuspecting victim is truly a stroke of genius. The
bumbling detective Grump provides some comic relief in an otherwise tense drama,
which ends just as dramatically as it begins. The suspense is terrific
throughout and you are assured of your money’s worth half way through the story.
The lead characters are well supported by the rest of the cast whom the director
has handled with great insight and sensitivity. Witness this delightful drama
that will keep you engrossed like few other mystery movies from the 30s. A2ZCDS
have brought this old Hollywood Classic feature films on DVD."
"You almost expect the ingenious Ms. Marple to appear and tie the case up -
the setting in ‘The Thirteenth Guest’ is that authentic. I set out to watch this
DVD because I’m a chronic fan of Ginger Rogers, but there’s a lot more to it
than that. In this timeless classic movie, Albert Ray has done an immense job
with the then limited resources of cinematography. Rejoice, fellow vintage buffs
- this one is for us..."
Freeman Browning (Corpus Christi,
"With ‘The Thirteenth Guest’ I discovered a strange fact -
the best in films has taken place before my time. Wow, what a yarn. I used to
associate Ginger Rogers with tap-dancing-with-Fred-Astaire, but she holds her
own in an unaccustomed role. Brilliant package of storytelling, direction and
performances. Right on, A2ZCDS!"
Gregor Matthau, (Camden,
CAST & CREW:
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