The Ninth Guest

The Ninth Guest, sometimes listed as The 9th Guest, is a 1934 American pre-Code murder mystery film directed by Roy William Neill and starring Donald Cook and Genevieve Tobin.

The Ninth Guest
Poster for the film at an Australian theater
Directed byRoy William Neill
Written byGarnet Weston
Based onThe Invisible Host, a novel by Bruce Manning and Gwen Bristow, and the Owen Davis play of the same name based on the novel
StarringDonald Cook
Genevieve Tobin
CinematographyBenjamin H. Kline
Edited byGene Milford
Production
company
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • January 31, 1934 (1934-01-31)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The film is an adaptation of the 1930 Broadway play The Ninth Guest by Owen Davis, which in turn is based on the 1930 novel, The Invisible Host, by Bruce Manning and Gwen Bristow. The book, play and film all predate Agatha Christie's extremely successful 1939 novel And Then There Were None, which has a similar plot.

Plot

Eight guests at a deadly party are informed by the voice of their unknown host from the radio that they are his enemies, and will all meet his ninth guest: Death.

Cast


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