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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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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


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


Toni Gerard: It's, uh... it's almost like fate, isn't it?
Madame Zenobia: Hmm. Fate's fine as long as you take it by its own two horns and make it come your way.
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Opening credits are shown over a crystal ball & astrology diagram background. See more »


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Written by Don Swander (music) and June Hershey (lyrics)
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Cast in high spirits, though the absence of funny lines makes itself felt...
12 April 2015 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Shapely Paulette Goddard (dressed to the nines, but with only thirty-eight cents to her name) takes a job as decoy in a shooting gallery, but when the phony fortune teller she's bunking with throws her back out, Goddard subs for her at a fancy affair. Flimsy romantic fluff from Paramount studios (but acquired and released by United Artists). Though set mainly in 'ritzy' surroundings--with gowns by both Edith Head AND Adrian!--the picture appears to be a second-biller, though one given a pinch of star-power from Goddard and Ray Milland (even if the colorful supporting players tend to upstage them both). Elliott Nugent's direction has little feeling for slapstick pratfalls and comedic misunderstandings; coupled with the silly script, it isn't any wonder why the film builds no momentum. Two quirky highlights: the eccentric singing ladies on the tandem bicycle; also, Milland's sports car (a Crosley) that rocks back and forth like a toy auto. ** from ****

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