The Ninth Guest (1934)

USA, 1934
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American borderline horror film directed by Roy William Neill.

Plot Summary

Eight strangers are called to a penthouse apartment by an unknown and unseen host. There they hear a radio broadcast telling them ‘the ninth guest' is a murderer who will slaughter them one-by-one unless they can work out his or her identity.


Director: Roy William Neill
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Script: Owen Davis, Garnett Weston
Novel: Gwen Bristow, Bruce Manning
Director of Photography: Benjamin H. Kline
Editor: Gene Milford
Music: Louis Silvers

Donald Cook (Jim Daley)
Genevieve Tobin (Jean Trent)
Hardie Albright (Henry Abbott)
Edward Ellis (Tim Cronin)
Edwin Maxwell (Jason Osgood)
Vince Barnett (William Jones)
Helen Flint (Sylvia Inglesby)
Samuel S. Hinds (Dr Murray Reid)
Nella Walker (Margaret Chisholm)
Sidney Bracey (butler)



  • The Cinema – Film Booking and Ready Reference Guide 3rd Quarter 1934 p.7 – credits, review
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.1410 (26 April 1934)
  • The Picturegoer vol.4 no.177 (13 October 1934) p.28


  • The Columbia Checklist: The Feature Films, Cartoons, Serials and Short Subjects of Columbia Pictures, 1922-1988 by Len D. Martin p.238 – credits
  • Columbia Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1982 by Michael R. Pitts pp.180-181 – credits
  • Golden Horrors: An Illustrated Critical Filmography, 1931-1939 by Bryan Senn p.469 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.338 – credits – credits
  • Sound Films, 1927-1939: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.462