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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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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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A Bola de Cristal  »

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Ginger Rogers and Charles Boyer were originally considered for the leads before Paulette Goddard and Ray Milland were cast. See more »

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When the waiter slips and falls while carrying the cake, he supposedly does so because Paulette Goddard dropped her lipstick on the floor. However, the waiter does not actually step on the lipstick prior to falling. See more »

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Toni Gerard: It's almost like fate, isn't it?
Madame Zenobia: Fate's fine. As long as you take it by its own two horns and make it come your way.
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38 cents to her name
21 December 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Paulette Goddard and Ray Milland did several films during the Forties enough they should qualify as a screen team. The Crystal Ball has them as a former beauty contest winner who is down to 38 cents to her name as she arrives in New York. She's befriended by Gladys George who is a fortune teller and also by Cecil Kellaway who runs a shooting gallery and she works for both at times.

Enter Ray Milland lawyer whose main client is Virginia Field, oil heiress and believer in the occult and various folks who make their living off the same. Goddard takes one look at Milland and decides he's the one.

Getting him away from Field will be a problem though. So in a series of Lucy like stunts she does everything she can to win Milland including accidentally giving him some inside information concerning his client's estate. And Field who has her hooks into Milland ain't giving up without a fight.

Always amusing and around is William Bendix playing Milland's chauffeur, butler, and general all around factotum. There isn't a movie or television show that he was in that something special wasn't added.

I think The Crystal Ball might have been a classic if someone like Mitchell Leisen or George Marshall had directed it. It's amusing enough, but lacks that classic spark.


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