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A still from The Thirteenth Chair (1929)

The Thirteenth Chair

1929 | United States | 72 min
aka:
  • The 13th Chair
  • Watched on Monday Aug 17, 2020 via DVD (2018 | Warner Archive)
    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Bela Lugosi’s first talkie. He plays a sharp-dressed police inspector investigating a mysterious murder at a British estate in colonial India. I always assumed a) Lugosi and director Tod Browning first worked together on Dracula and b) Dracula was Lugosi’s first significant talkie. Wrong on both counts. Back to this movie. It’s an atmospheric mystery undone by a convoluted ending that reveals a slew of information the audience couldn’t have intuited. Disappointing, but Lugosi’s performance remains strong. The Warner Archive DVD print is watchable.

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