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The Mind Reader (1933)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  1 April 1933 (USA)
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Chandler, a con-man, and his helper Frank decide to create a clairvoyant act for the carny circuit, as a little research reveals Ameicans spent $125 million on mind-readers and astrology. ... See full summary »

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Natalie Moorhead ...
Mrs. Austin
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Jenny
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Earle Foxe ...
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Chandler, a con-man, and his helper Frank decide to create a clairvoyant act for the carny circuit, as a little research reveals Ameicans spent $125 million on mind-readers and astrology. The carny, renamed Chandra, falls for one of his marks, Sylvia, but their love is tested when he brings tragedy to other peoples' lives and she asks him to go straight. Written by Jon C. Hopwood

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1 April 1933 (USA)  »

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El adivino  »

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Stephen Sondheim picked this movie as the initial film on his special night as the Turner Classic Movies programmer, March 22, 2005. The cable network TCM was honoring him on his 75th birthday. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
F.R. Franklin aka Frank: [to Chandra Chandler as he's being led away to prison to serve a 2-10 year sentence] It sure is tough to be going away just when beer is coming back.
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Soundtracks

Humoresque in G
(1894) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played during the telephone montage after Mrs. Austin's session with Dr. Munro
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The great charlatan
23 March 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This early film is rarely seen these days. Thanks to TCM, we had the opportunity to watch it. As directed by Roy Del Ruth, the film tackles the problem of the itinerant con men running wild all over the country peddling home remedies and even serving as dentists to a naive public that were easily swindled.

At the center of the story, we see a man that discovers how to make a fast buck by giving readings to unsuspecting folks for a dollar. It's the cruelest of the scams because unsuspecting people put faith in the predictions these charlatans have to offer. We get to know the fate of one woman who comes back to tell Chandra how his reading turned to be a tragedy for her.

Warren William plays the great Chandra with charm. He is totally convincing as the person who has the solution for every problem, for a price. Constance Cummings is Sylvia, the young girl whose life is changed by Chandra. Allen Jenkins plays Chandra's assistant in one of his best roles. We get to see briefly Mayo Methot in the pivotal role of Jenny.


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