Starring Ginger Rogers, Lyle Talbot, Erville Alderson, Eddie Phillips, J. Farrell MacDonald
Standard. Slight. Satisfying.
I’m a sucker for a good murder mystery. Some of my earliest reading experiences were with the old one-page mystery series of books, and that’s what The Thirteenth Guest most reminds me of. Thirteen years after a family dinner where the wealthy patriarch, set to present his will, died under suspicious circumstances, his daughter Marie Morgan (Rogers) returns to the scene of the crime and is killed in the same way. A womanizing detective takes over the case and sets out to solve the head-scratcher. The mystery is slight but satisfying, and the obligatory romance is welcome as the lone supplier of personality in the film.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-