The Thirteenth Chair

  • 1930
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Mystery

The second filmed version of this popular Broadway play (a silent version was made in 1919) is notable as the first collaboration between director Tod Browning and Bela Lugosi, the team that would achieve such success with DRACULA in just two years. Margaret Wycherly recreates her Broadway role for this version, playing a medium who's really just a kindhearted...read more

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The second filmed version of this popular Broadway play (a silent version was made in 1919) is notable as the first collaboration between director Tod Browning and Bela Lugosi, the team that would achieve such success with DRACULA in just two years. Margaret Wycherly recreates her Broadway

role for this version, playing a medium who's really just a kindhearted fake. She takes in Leila Hyams, a young runaway. A murderer is on the loose and Hyams is blamed for the killings. Wycherly stages a seance and exposes the killer, freeing Hyams from guilt. Lugosi is the inspector investigating

the crime. The players read their lines in overblown English accents (the story takes place in India), which must have sounded bad in 1930 and have not aged well.

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