Cinema: The New Pictures: May 17, 1937

The Thirteenth Chair (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). Like all stories which depend upon contrivance rather than on character, murder mysteries age fast. What is remarkable about The Thirteenth Chair is not that it is antiquated but that it should have withstood at all the fierce corrosion of two theatrical decades. Pathé made it as a silent in 1919, Metro as a talkie with Leila Hyams and Conrad Nagel in 1929.

In the present version Dame May Whitty is the psychic—a term which is itself a hallowed souvenir—who tries to solve a murder by making the twelve possible...

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