The Thirteenth Guest

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The Thirteenth Guest
Directed by Albert Ray
Produced by M.H. Hoffman
Written by Arthur Hoerl (screenplay)
Frances Hyland (screenplay)
Armitage Trail (additional dialogue)
Starring Ginger Rogers
Lyle Talbot
J. Farrell MacDonald
Paul Hurst
Erville Alderson
Ethel Wales
Crauford Kent
Eddie Phillips
Frances Rich
Cinematography Tom Galligan
Harry Neumann
Edited by Leete Renick Brown
Distributed by Monogram Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • August 9, 1932 (1932-08-09)
Running time
69 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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 by crime fiction writer Armitage Trail[1] best known for writing the novel Scarface,[2] on which the 1932 movie was based. The novel was again brought to the silver in screen in 1943 as Mystery of the 13th Guest.[3]

Plot summary[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  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,; accessed August 3, 2015.

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