Peg Entwistle, who played Hazel Clay Cousins, committed suicide, two days after the film's American date of release, Friday, September 16th, 1932. She jumped off the "H" of the Hollywood sign, then "Hollywoodland.", on Sunday, September 18th, 1932.
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There were only eleven actresses in the movie, not thirteen. Scenes involving the remaining two, Phyllis Fraser and Betty Furness ended up on the cutting room floor. Several of the other roles were also telescoped in the editing process when the film was shortened from its original 73 minutes to 59 minutes for theatrical release.
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Betty Furness's first film role. According to the autobiography "Being and Becoming" by Myrna Loy, Furness also doubled her as a hand model in some close-up scenes. Betty Furness' scenes (as the thirteenth woman) were cut.
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Zita Johann strongly disliked what she considered some of the more tawdry aspects of the script, (especially death or illegal sex) and asked and received a release from her RKO contract, as she requested.
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According to film historian William K. Everson, composer Max Steiner previewed a bit of his 1933 musical score for King Kong (1933) in Thirteen Women (1932): "[t]he unique, tense combination of notes that accompanies the shot of the train in one sequence is identical with the theme that he used just prior to Kong's attack on the NY elevated train."
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Only theatrical film appearance of Peg Entwistle. Her character role name in this film, is Hazel Clay Cousins.
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People presume that the slasher trend started with Psycho or Halloween. But actually the slasher trend has a much longer and starts actually with this movie; THirteen Woman; which is considered the original slasher movie.
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People talk about Halloween being the daddy of all slashers, and Psycho being the Grandaddy. There's actually a much longer history of slashers in film, going almost all the way back to the the slient era! There's three eras of old school film slashers; the golden age, movies like Fritz Lang's M, and Myrna Loy's 13 Women; and And Then There Were None, which were the original slasher type movies. Then there would be Classic Age Slashers, films from the 1950s and 1960s, like Psycho (1960) and Diabolqiue (1955). which would help create the protype for slashers as well. And then there would be modern slashers, which would start in the late 1960s in Italy with Dario Argento, Mario Bava and the Gallo movies; which would push the envelope for gore in the modern era with movies like Bay of Blood and Last Twitch of the Death Nerve. THe next group of slashers, after Gallo in the 1960s; would Be the American Moden Slashers; starting with Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Black Christmas in 1974; both followed by the seminal classic slasher JOhn Carpenter's Halloween in 1970; and finally Sean Cunningham's Friday the 13th in 1980. The period after that would be the post modern slashers, starting with Scream in 1996.
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