The Thirteenth Guest (aka Lady Beware)
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 8 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: August 23, 2005
- Originally Released: 1935
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- (unspecified) - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Lyle Talbot, J. Farrell MacDonald & Ginger Rogers|
|Performer:||Erville Alderson, Crauford Kent, Lynton Brent, Eddie Phillips & Robert Klein|
|Directed by||Albert Ray|
|Edited by||L. R. Brown|
|Written by||Arthur Hoerl & Frances Hyland|
|Cinematography by||Tom Galligan|
|Art Direction by||Gene Hornbostel|
|Produced by||M. H. Hoffman|
|Director of Photography:||Harry Neumann|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Winston discovers that Lela had facial reconstruction so she would look identical to heiress Marie Morgan. Deducing that Marie was the intended victim, Winston gathers the Morgan family to the decrepit mansion in an attempt to trap the killer. The murders continue. Greed for the family's vast fortune makes everyone a suspect.
In one of her first films, Ginger Rogers radiates star quality in the dual roles of Lela and Marie. With sleek direction by Albert Ray, The Thirteenth Guest (aka, Lady Beware) is a riveting murder mystery that is based on a novel by Armitage Trail, best known for writing the novel that became the source material for Scarface (1932).
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 919 ratings.
Ginger Rogers in a suspense murder mystery before she danced her way to fame with Fred Astaire! That in itself is enough to see this film. Lyle Talbot's a little stiff and stuffy but he always played that kind of part. It's a good low budget mystery complete with haunted house, electronic murder, hooded villian, and a good comic scene near the very end of the film. As pointed out by another reviewer there are some holes in the plot but it's far superiod to many movies of its kind and age. And Ginger is cute!
I enjoyed this antique thriller very much. It was real a pleasure to see pretty, young Ginger Rogers in a haunted house before her Fred Astaire days. The story is somewhat complicated and you have to fill in the blanks sometimes which is normal in these low-budget films (Example: It's never really revealed who the man is that gets murdered while the family is in jail. I'd have to say that it was the missing Uncle, for sure). The haunted house, itself, is very satisfactory and atmospheric. The supporting cast all play well. I laughed outloud when I realized why the character Grump's shoes were on the wrong feet near the end of the film! As far as "oldies" go, I'd have to say that "The Thirteenth Guest" is an agreeable little mystery and that it was a nice surprise to see it's star when she was that young.