WriterBayard Veiller, Elliott J. Clawson, Joseph Farnham Release dateOctober 19, 1929 (1929-10-19) CastConrad Nagel (Richard Crosby), Leila Hyams (Helen O'Neill), Margaret Wycherly (Madame Rosalie La Grange), Helene Millard (Mary Eastwood), Holmes Herbert (Sir Roscoe Crosby), Mary Forbes (Lady Crosby) Similar moviesThe Thirteenth Chair, Supernatural, Magic in the Moonlight, The Love Guru, Dangerous Corner, The Phantom Thief
The Thirteenth Chair is a 1929 American Pre-Code mystery film directed by Tod Browning. The picture is based on a 1916 play of the same name by Bayard Veiller. The supporting cast features Bela Lugosi, whom Browning would direct as Dracula two years later.
Inspector Delzante (Bela Lugosi), investigates a series of murders near a British mansion in Calcutta. The murders are pinned on a young runaway named Helen O'Neill (Leila Hyams) who is taken in by a well-intentioned fake Irish medium, Madame LaGrange (Margaret Wycherly).
Conrad Nagel as Richard Crosby
Leila Hyams as Helen "Nellie" O'Neill
Margaret Wycherly as "Madame" Rosalie La Grange
Helene Millard as Mary Eastwood
Holmes Herbert as Sir Roscoe Crosby
Mary Forbes as Lady Alice Crosby
Bela Lugosi as Inspector Delzante
John Davidson as Edward "Ned" Wales
Charles Quatermaine as Dr. Philip Mason (as Charles Quartermaine)
Moon Carroll as Helen Trent
Cyril Chadwick as Brandon Trent
Frank Leigh as Professor Feringeea
Clarence Geldart as Commissioner Grimshaw (as Clarence Geldert)
This film was one of many released in both a sound film and a silent film version. The sound version of this film is known to survive.
Margaret Wycherly, who was at one time was married to the writer of The Thirteenth Chair Bayard Veiller, appeared in the original 1916 play cast as well as in this film.
An earlier version of the film, starring Creighton Hale, was released in 1919 by Pathe Exchange. In 1937, the film was remade by MGM, again entitled The Thirteenth Chair, starring Elissa Landi and Dame May Whitty.