The Crystal Ball (1943)

 |  Comedy  |  22 January 1943 (USA)
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Girl loses beauty contest, becomes a fortune teller.



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Credited cast:
Toni Gerard
Madame Zenobia
Virginia Field ...
Jo Ainsley
Pop Tibbets
Biff Carter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Secretary (scenes deleted)
Maude Eburne ...
Apple Annie Character (scenes deleted)


Toni Gerard lands in New York with 38 cents to her name and is befriended by fortune teller Madame Zenobia and a neighboring shooting gallery owner. Toni is smitten with Brad, a lawyer/suitor to Jo, one of Zenobia's "clients." When Zenobia is slightly injured, Toni takes her place and uses her newly found influence to meet Brad and break up the budding romance between him and Jo. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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"I've Got a Message for You...YES YOU!"




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Release Date:

22 January 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Bola de Cristal  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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A rat runs across the mantle of the fancy restaurant where the note is given to Ray Milland. See more »


Mic shadow visible in upper left of frame as Milland and Goddard step into elevator. See more »


Jo Ainsley: I'm none the least intelligent, thank heavens. I don't believe in women being intelligent. That's a man's job. Women shouldn't think, they should just feel.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a crystal ball & astrology diagram background. See more »


I Don't Want to Walk Without You
Written by Jule Styne (music adapted from Felix Mendelssohn's 'Song Without Words') and Frank Loesser (lyrics)
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Looking for Paulette Goddard
17 August 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Wealthy Manhattan widow Virginia Field (as Jo Ainsley) finds it difficult to hold onto attractive attorney Ray Milland (as Bradford "Brad" Cavanaugh) after pretty Paulette Goddard (as Toni Gerard) arrives from a Texas hog town. Both women seek help from fortune telling Gladys George (as Madame Zenobia). "The Crystal Ball" helps Ms. Goddard make the best impression in this light but charming comedy. She does take a bow in one of those 1940s "women's lingerie" scenes. The film should have started with a scene establishing Goddard as the central character, which eventually becomes the case. She receives good support from the aforementioned, plus Cecil Kellaway (as Pop Tibbets) and Peter Jamerson (as Leonard) at the shooting gallery. Playing Mr. Milland's valet, William Bendix (as Biff Carter) is also fun.

****** The Crystal Ball (1/22/43) Elliott Nugent ~ Paulette Goddard, Ray Milland, Gladys George, Virginia Field

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