The Thirteenth Guest

This is a pre-code mystery comedy film from 1932, and is what is known as a Poverty Row film, a new term for me.

And it’s B-gradiness shows as the production, writing, and actors were bargain basement stuff. Ginger Rogers is one of the main characters, but at the time was still relatively unknown. Also starring, was Lyle Talbot, who would go onto Plan 9 From Outer Space fame.

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Ginger and Lyle Talbot

It is kind of entertaining though, and as it is pre-code there are some rather risqué jokes. The mystery part of the story is quite fun and keeps you guessing as to what is going on. The murderer’s method of bumping victims off is original, an all steel phone that is hooked up to the mains and triggered with a switch hidden in a secret room. One actor’s acting when electrified by the phone was quaint.

Even though talkies had been around for only six years when this came out, the sound was surprisingly good, you could hear everything on the set, although there was an electric hum in the background.

So, this was interesting, mostly because of it’s age, and also to see how budget films were made in the 1930’s.

Date watched: January 22nd
Score: 6/10
Film count 2017: 17

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