Friday the 13th (1933)





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Definitely no relation to the horror-film series of the same name, the British Friday the 13th is a variation of the "Bridge on the San Luis Rey" theme, set in motion by a London bus accident. Two passengers are killed and two injured in the crash, but the screenplay (co-written by Hitchcock-contributor Sidney Gilliat) keeps the audience in suspense as to the identities of the victims. In a series of flashbacks, the viewer is introduced to the passengers and the various trials and tribulations they were dealing with before the accident. The characters include a chorus girl en route to a date with a man she doesn't love; a henpecked husband whose wife was cheating on him; a blackmailer who'd been bleeding an unfortunate young man dry; a wise-guy crook who was about to be caught by a nasty detective; and so on. Extraordinarily well cast for a mid-1930s British film, Friday the 13th affords excellent acting opportunities for the likes of Jessie Mathews, Ursula Jeans, Frank Lawton, Ralph Richardson, Max Miller, O.B. Clarence and Emlyn Williams, among many many others. While American critics were impressed by the film, British reviewers were less kind, commenting that the constant switch from one character to another only results in confusion (PS: It doesn't). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Edmund Gwenn
as Norman Wakefield
Ursula Jeans
as Eileen Jackson
Frank Lawton
as Frank Parsons
Ralph Richardson
as Horace Dawes
Muriel Aked
as Miss Twigg
Robertson Hare
as Mr. Lightfoot
Martita Hunt
as Agnes Lightfoot
Eliot Makeham
as Jackson
Gordon Harker
as Hamilton Briggs
Donald Calthrop
as Hugh Nichols
Ivor McLaren
as Dickie
Alfred Drayton
as Detective
Mary Jerrold
as Flora Wakefield
Wally Patch
as Bookie
Hartley Power
as American
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Yeah, some short reviews, been way too busy as of late Cold Mountain- A well-filmed epic, though the Edting was terrible during the battle scene in the beginning. Renee Zellweeger steals the show, in a good, but rather familiar performance. Friday the 13th- Though the concept is interesting, this film really doesn't bring anything new to the genre. Most of the elements here were taken from Italian slashers from the 70's, like Suspiria. The only real scare coming at the end of the fllm.

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