Thirteen Women (1932)

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In this drama, a woman of Javanese and Indian heritage was ejected from a college sorority because she wasn't white. Later, the embittered woman hires an astrologer to create terrifying horoscopes for each of the twelve woman who wronged her. These grim predictions terrify the victims into doing dreadful things.
Rating:
G
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
RKO

Cast

Irene Dunne
as Laura Stanhope
Myrna Loy
as Ursula Georgi
Ricardo Cortez
as Police Sergeant Barry Clive
Florence Eldridge
as Grace Coombs
Jill Esmond
as Jo Turner
Kay Johnson
as Helen Dawson
Harriet Hagman
as May Raskob
Mary Duncan
as June Raskob
Wally Albright
as Bobby Stanhope
C. Henry Gordon
as Swami Yogadachi
Blanche Frederici
as Miss Kirsten
Phyllis Fraser
as 12th Woman
Betty Furness
as 13th Woman
Audrey Scott
as Equestrienne
Aloha Porter
as Equestrienne
Clayton Behee
as Trapeze Act
Eddie Viera
as Trapeze Act
Eddie DeComa
as Trapeze Act
Buster Bartell
as Trapeze Act
Teddy Mangean
as Wire Walker
Cliff Herbert
as Circus Act
Lee Phelps
as Conductor
Edward J. Le Saint
as Police Chief
Lloyd Ingraham
as Inspector
Mitchell Harris
as Detective
Ken Thomson
as Undetermined Role
Louis Natheaux
as Police Chemist
Oscar Smith
as Porter
Allen Pomeroy
as Bit Part
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Critic Reviews for Thirteen Women

All Critics (2)

A rarely seen, undervalued and racially provocative semi-horror film that anticipates the 'body count' movies of future decades, this is a doozy and a knockout, with Myrna Loy at her sexiest and most exotic.

Full Review… | March 20, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

It's hysterical and bigoted and just plain ruthless, almost unbelievable, and perversely fun for all that.

Full Review… | March 11, 2012
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Full Review… | March 6, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Thirteen Women

Silly junk, wildly dated that was one of Myrna's final villainess Eurasian roles. She looks great but is far better than the part deserves.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Thirteen former sorority sisters start to receive, one by one, a horoscope prophesizing their doom from a renowned swami. When the prophecies begin to play out, the remaining few gather to fight their destiny. It turns out Myrna Loy attended their college but wasn't accepted into the sorority because she was a half-caste Hindu. It's Loy who is behind the letters, having influenced the swami with her mind powers, and she's out for bloody revenge on the girls who shunned her. Sounds like the plot of an eighties slasher like "House On Sorority Row" right? Wrong, this was made in 1932, taking advantage of that small window before the Hays Code shut the party down. I can't say if the makers of the "Final Destination" series were influenced by this but the theme of trying to escape your fate is very similar. The opening scene involving a trapeze act feels like a thirties precursor to the set pieces of that franchise. There's an effective scene on a subway platform, Archainbaud ratcheting up the tension by exaggerating the sound of the station turnstiles. Hollywood wasn't known for raising the issue of racism in the early thirties so the motives of Loy are quite a curiosity. Tellingly though she isn't portrayed with any of the sympathy such a character would evoke in a contemporary movie. Likewise the mention of a miscarriage feels pretty heavy compared to the general frothiness of thirties cinema. One of the women implies a promiscuous nature which will be a bit of a shock if you're not familiar with pre-code cinema. Irene Dunne plays a single mother, trying to stop Loy from claiming the life of her son. How often do we see a single mother as the heroine of a movie now let alone back then? Male audiences may have found this early feminism uncomfortable. In his review at the time, New York Times critic Mordaunt Hall noted "an uncomfortable absence of hearty male chatter in this demoniacal intrigue". Several characters meet their fate through suicide, a topic that immediately became taboo once the code was introduced. In possibly the first creepy offscreen coincidence surrounding the production of a horror movie, star Peg Entwistle ended her life on the day of the film's release. Dramatically, she threw herself from atop the letter H on the famous Hollywood sign. It may be creaky even for it's era but it's a nice little curiosity piece and an interesting foreshadowing of the slashers that would appear almost half a century later.

The Movie Waffler
The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer

If you're someone who enjoys movies where women sit around and gossip and get divorces from their husbands, you'll like this movie, but if you're like me and want more from a movie look elsewhere. Overall, this movie is okay, but it's long and it gets annoying listening to the women gossip for scene after scene.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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