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Thirteen Women (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 16 September 1932 (USA)
Ursula plots to murder 12 women with her supernatural powers.


George Archainbaud


Tiffany Thayer, Bartlett Cormack (screen play) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Laura Stanhope
Ricardo Cortez ... Police Sergeant Barry Clive
Jill Esmond ... Jo Turner
Myrna Loy ... Ursula Georgi
Mary Duncan ... June Raskob
Kay Johnson ... Helen Dawson Frye
Florence Eldridge ... Grace Coombs
C. Henry Gordon ... Swami Yogadachi
Peg Entwistle ... Hazel Clay Cousins
Harriet Hagman Harriet Hagman ... May Raskob
Edward Pawley ... Chauffeur Burns
Blanche Friderici ... Miss Kirsten
Wally Albright ... Bobby Stanhope
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leon Ames ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
Phyllis Fraser Phyllis Fraser ... Twelfth Woman (scenes deleted)


Thirteen women who were schoolmates send to a swami for their horoscopes. Little do they realize that Ursula, a half-breed Asian, is using her hypnotic powers over the swami and them to lead them or their families to their deaths. It seems that she too went to their school, but was forced to leave by their bigotry, and is exacting revenge. Will she be stopped in time to save Laura's son, Bobby? Written by Robert Tonsing <rob_tonsing@msn.com>

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Drama | Horror | Mystery


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Release Date:

16 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trece mujeres See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Betty Furness's first film role. According to the autobiography "Being and Becoming" by Myrna Loy, Furness also doubled her as a hand model in some close-up scenes. Betty Furness' scenes (as the thirteenth woman) were cut. See more »


After the swami falls in the subway, a passenger train passes by. The bell on top is ringing, but it makes no sound. Perhaps the bell was turned off, like a telephone ringer, because that person does not want to be disturbed. See more »


Jo Turner: Darling, I'm sorry to make a liar out of your infallible swami, but I haven't killed myself over a man yet.
Laura Stanhope: Jo.
Jo Turner: He should have known that it's the men that kill themselves over me.
Laura Stanhope: Sit down, Grace, dear, sit down.
Grace Coombs: Oh, Jo, please don't be so flippant. What is written in the stars must come to pass.
Jo Turner: Okay with me. I've had a lot of fun.
Laura Stanhope: You're both fatalists.
Jo Turner: Mm, sure! When the gods are fed up with me, pfft, voila!
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Referenced in Graduation Day (1981) See more »

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See it for the cast
15 June 2014 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Spiritualism was a craze at the time this was made and hypnosis not really understood by the public at large something of which the scriptwriters took advantage. They concocted this wildly dated, at times preposterous and overwrought meller that if nothing else spotlights a couple of soon to be top stars.

This silly junk was one of Myrna's final Eurasian villainess roles. It's interesting after years of exposure to her as the perfect wife or the level headed, spunky All-American woman to see her in a role that was typical of her pre-stardom days, that of the foreign mantrap. She looks great but is far better than the part deserves. She is noticeably understated while most of the other performers over emote.

Made when sound was in its relative infancy many of the performers are still reliant on over-sized, distracting stage gestures. Irene Dunne starts the picture in subdued fashion but ends up as over the top as everyone else, she's been much better elsewhere. Same goes for Florence Eldridge, a very fine actress usually though she's overblown in this.

Full of actresses of note for one reason or another. Besides Myrna and Irene there is Jill Esmond, first wife of Laurence Olivier, Kay Johnson, a DeMille favorite and the mother of respected character actor James Cromwell and Peg Entwistle, the infamous and tragic actress who threw herself from the Hollywood sign in despair a few days after this film premiered, it's her only film credit. Except for the two leading ladies each only get a scene or two to make an impression.

Fun in a ludicrous way but aside from the cast this is a routine, if outlandish, programmer that were it not for them would be utter forgotten.

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