The Thirteenth Hour (1927)

Article 2799 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 1-5-2009
Posting Date: 4-12-2009
Directed by Chester M. Franklin
Featuring Lionel Barrymore, Jacqueline Gadsden, Charles Delaney
Country: USA

A murderer / burglar is on the loose who always commits his crimes in the hour after midnight. A detective is on his trail, and has the help of his trusty dog Rex.

What we have here is a basic “old dark house” setup (the house has secret passages, and the criminal has a device that can see through walls and control the doors of the house) with a heroic animal thrown into the mix. It’s pretty silly stuff, but then, most “old dark house” movies were fairly silly, and that doesn’t mean they weren’t fun. If you like Lionel Barrymore or heroic dogs, you’ll like this one just fine. It has more clutching hands than I’ve ever seen in a movie, it has a curtain that kidnaps people, and it ends with an exciting battle on a rooftop. All in all, it’s a fairly fun bit of nonsense.

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