Director: George Archainbaud
A woman, Ursula Georgi (Myrna Loy), seeks revenge for being excluded from a school club for being half Asian by killing off her previous schoolmates one by one. How does she do it? She uses her psychotic powers and manipulates a fortune teller called Swami Yogadashi (C. Henry Gordon) to send them letters were he predicts their bloodfilled destinies.
Some of the thirteen women. Jill Esmond, Mary Duncan, Kay Johnson, Irene Dunne, Florence Eldridge, Peg Entwistle, Harriet Hagman and Julie Haydon.
This is a quite bad movie. I'm surprised to say that about a pre-code film with Irene Dunne and Myrna Loy, but it is. The acting is in that state of melodrama that it feels like the films is from 1902 rather than 1932. But you can always laugh at it.
Also - there are too many characters. It is of course quite amusing to watch a lot of women with bobbed hairdoes die in different ways, but it slices up the picture too much. And they all look the same!
But I feel that I have to praise Loy for her performance. It is nice to have seen her in one of the evil-Asian-type-casted characters she played before her break-through with Manhattan Melodrama (1934), and she is very creepy.
This film is probably best remembered for being the only surviving footage of legend Peg Entwistle, "The Hollywood Sign Girl". Two days after the premiere of the film she climbed up on the "H" of the Hollywood sign (then reading "Hollywoodland") and jumped to her death. I include mentioned footage in the film clip below, which also shows the evil Ursula Georgi.
This film was supposed to have been 73 minutes long, but was cut to 59 minutes for two reasons. The first reason being that the film was everything but a box-office hit, the other reason being that Irene Dunne had just made success at another studio, and by cutting some scenes the film would focus more on her character.
Funny trivia: Myrna Loy was chosen for the half-Asian character before real Asian Anna May Wong...