Thirteen Women (1932)

Article #313 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 1-22-2002
Posting date: 6-8-2002

Members of a school sorority find themselves dying in strange ways as a result of predictions by a mystic.

Though they never once use the word in the movie, hypnotism is the plot device here, as Myrna Loy plays another one of her evil Orientals (remember MASK OF FU MANCHU?) who is using hypnotism to bring about the deaths of those who shamed her in school because of her status as a half-breed. It’s all kind of silly, and the movie itself lets the premise slide a little when she employs much more conventional means to try to murder the son of one of the sorority members (Irene Dunne, who rarely dabbled in horror). At sixty minutes or so, it holds the attention, but I’m not sure it all really works, though it does have an interesting ending.

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