The Thirteenth Chair (1929)

71 mins | Melodrama, Mystery | 19 October 1929

Director:

Tod Browning

Cinematographer:

Merritt Gerstad

Editor:

Harry Reynolds

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

For information on other adaptations of Bayard Veiller's play, please consult the entry below for the 1937 M-G-M film The Thirteenth Chair, directed by George B. Seitz and starring Dame May Whitty and Madge Evans. ...

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For information on other adaptations of Bayard Veiller's play, please consult the entry below for the 1937 M-G-M film The Thirteenth Chair, directed by George B. Seitz and starring Dame May Whitty and Madge Evans.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Variety
22 Jan 1930
p. 30
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Elliott Clawson
Scen
Elliott Clawson
Dial
Joe Farnham
Titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Merritt B. Gerstad
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
SOUND
Rec eng
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Thirteenth Chair by Bayard Veiller (New York, 20 Nov 1916).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 October 1929
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
28 October 1929
LP794
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 5,543 ft.
Duration(in mins):
71
Length(in feet):
6,571
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

The mysterious killing of writer Spencer Lee in Calcutta prompts authorities to consult Madame Rosalie La Grange, a reputedly successful medium. At a seance, Wales, Lee's best friend, is killed at the very moment he is about to reveal the murderer's identity; but through a reconstruction of the seance, the killer is frightened into a confession. Ample use is made of sounds emerging from a blackened screen to provide the proper ...

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The mysterious killing of writer Spencer Lee in Calcutta prompts authorities to consult Madame Rosalie La Grange, a reputedly successful medium. At a seance, Wales, Lee's best friend, is killed at the very moment he is about to reveal the murderer's identity; but through a reconstruction of the seance, the killer is frightened into a confession. Ample use is made of sounds emerging from a blackened screen to provide the proper effects.

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Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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