The Thirteenth Chair

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The Thirteenth Chair
The Thirteenth Chair FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed by Tod Browning
Produced by Tod Browning
Written by Elliott J. Clawson
Joseph Farnham
Based on The Thirteenth Chair
1916 play
by Bayard Veiller
Starring Conrad Nagel
Leila Hyams
Bela Lugosi
Cinematography Merritt B. Gerstad
Edited by Harry Reynolds
Distributed by MGM
Release date
  • October 19, 1929 (1929-10-19)
Running time
72 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Thirteenth Chair is a 1929 American Pre-Code mystery film directed by Tod Browning. The picture is based on a 1916 play of the same name by Bayard Veiller. The supporting cast features Bela Lugosi, whom Browning would direct as Dracula two years later.


Inspector Delzante (Bela Lugosi), investigates a series of murders near a British mansion in Calcutta. The murders are pinned on a young runaway named Helen O'Neill (Leila Hyams) who is taken in by a well-intentioned fake Irish medium, Madame LaGrange (Margaret Wycherly).[1]



Advertisement for the 1919 silent version.

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