The Thirteenth Guest

The Thirteenth Guest is a 1932 American pre-Code mystery comedy thriller film, released on August 9, 1932. The film is also known as Lady Beware in the United Kingdom. It is based on the 1929 novel The Thirteenth Guest written by crime fiction author Armitage Trail[1], best known for the novel Scarface[2] on which the 1932 movie of the same name was based. The novel was filmed again in 1943 as Mystery of the 13th Guest.[3]

The Thirteenth Guest
Directed byAlbert Ray
Produced byM.H. Hoffman
Written byArthur Hoerl (screenplay)
Frances Hyland (screenplay)
Armitage Trail (additional dialogue)
StarringGinger Rogers
Lyle Talbot
J. Farrell MacDonald
Paul Hurst
Erville Alderson
Ethel Wales
Crauford Kent
Eddie Phillips
Frances Rich
CinematographyTom Galligan
Harry Neumann
Edited byLeete Renick Brown
Production
company
Monogram Pictures Corporation
Distributed byMonogram Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • August 9, 1932 (1932-08-09)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Plot summary

Marie Morgan (Ginger Rogers) has been lured to an old abandoned house by a false note from a friend, and is in jeopardy although she doesn't yet realize it. As she sits at the table inside, she thinks back to the banquet held there 13 years earlier, when she was a little girl. Only 12 of 13 guests had attended, and the manor's owner, the Morgan family patriarch, who was then dying, has since passed on. The chance to claim the bulk of the estate fortune has resulted in an ongoing campaign of murder by someone targeting the original 12 guests, whose dead bodies are being left at the table in the same seats they had occupied originally.

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See also

References

  1. Trail, Armitage (1929). The Thirteenth Guest (First ed.). Whitman. ASIN B000KD7C8U.
  2. Trail, Armitage (1930). Scarface (1ST ed.). D.J. Clode. ASIN B00085TELI.
  3. The Thirteenth Guest Archived 2013-11-13 at the Wayback Machine, msnbc.com; accessed August 3, 2015.
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