The 13th Chair (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1929)

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The first of three films Bela Lugosi made under the direction of TodBrowning. The 13th Chair was followed by Dracula in 1931 and Mark of the Vampire in 1935. In this second of three adaptations of Bayard Veiller’s 1916 play of the same name, Bela Lugosi plays an Inspector trying to solve a series of murders in a mansion. Margaret Wycherly, the former wife of Bayard Veiller, had starred in the original play.

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Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Producer: Tod Browning

Director: Tod Browning

Assistant Director: William Ryan

Screenplay & Dialogue: Elliot Clawson

Based on Bayard Veiller’s 1916 play The Thirteenth Chair

Cinematographer: Merritt B. Gerstad 

Editor: Harry Reynolds

Settings: Cedric Gibbons and Captain Richard Day

Title music: William Axt 

Titles: Joseph W. Farnham

Gowns: Adrian

Recordin Engineers: Paul Neal and Douglas Shearer

Running Time: 71 minutes

Copyright number LP794, October 28 1929

Cast:

Conrad Nagel: Richard Crosby

Leila Hyams: Helen O’Neill

Margaret Wycherly: Madame Rosalie La Grange

Helen Millard: Mary Eastwood

Holmes Herbert: Sir Roscoe Crosby

Mary Forbes: Lady Crosby

Bela Lugosi: Inspector Delzante

John Davidson: Edward Wales

Charles Quartermaine: Dr. Philip Mason

Moon Carroll: Helen Trent

Cyril Chadwick: Brandon Trent

Bertram Johns: Howard Standish

Gretchen Holland: Grace Standish

Frank Leigh: Professor Feringea,

Clarence Geldere: Commissioner Grimshaw

Lal Chand Mehra: Chotee

Henry Daniel

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Reading Eagle, October 26, 1929

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Leila Hyams and director Tod Browning