Girl loses beauty contest, becomes a fortune teller.

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Toni Gerard
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Madame Zenobia
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Jo Ainsley
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Pop Tibbets
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Biff Carter
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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 <mvg@whidbey.com>

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

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22 January 1943 (USA)  »

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A Bola de Cristal  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

Near the start of the film, Paulette Goddard whistles the tune "I've Got Spurs That Jingle, Jangle, Jingle" - a hit introduced in her movie The Forest Rangers. See more »

Goofs

When the waiter carrying the cake slips and falls, he supposedly does so because Toni Gerard dropped her lipstick on the floor; however, the waiter does not actually step on the lipstick prior to falling. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Smythe: I'm a phobophobe.
Toni Gerard: You're a what?
Mrs. Smythe: A phobophobe. That means I'm afraid of being afraid.
Toni Gerard: I see.
Mrs. Smythe: Well, I don't understand it either, but according to psychoanalysts, it's all because I was a child.
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Opening credits are shown over a crystal ball & astrology diagram background. See more »

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Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Written by Don Swander (music) and June Hershey (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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