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The Crystal Ball (1943)

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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One of several Paramount Pictures productions purchased by United Artists for theatrical release in 1942-1943. 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

Toni Gerard: How men can be so simple. Good night. Trueboy knows more about women than you do.
Brad Cavanaugh: And who is Trueboy?
Toni Gerard: One of Grandpa's hogs.
Brad Cavanaugh: Hogs?
Toni Gerard: Well, hogs are very nice people, thank you. You wouldn't catch one of them going around telling somebody they loved them when they're going to "eventually" somebody else.
Brad Cavanaugh: [angered] And who did I go around telling them I loved them?
Toni Gerard: I suppose you weren't whooping for your dead Indian right out on that dance floor.
Brad Cavanaugh: When and where I whoop for my dead Indian is my affair...
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Opening credits are shown over a crystal ball & astrology diagram background. See more »

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I Don't Want to Walk Without You
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Written by Jule Styne (music adapted from "Song Without Words" by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy) and Frank Loesser (lyrics)
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14 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Toni (Paulette Goddard) and Jo (Virginia Field) are both keen to pursue Brad (Ray Milland). While Brad and Jo are already acquainted, Toni sees her opportunity for an introduction with Brad by impersonating a fortune-teller Madame Zenobia (Gladys George) and telling him his fortune lies with someone else who he is about to meet who has red hair and is eating an apple (ie, herself out of her disguise). At the same time, she gives readings to Jo, encouraging her to go away! Its very funny in parts and the film follows Toni's attempts to wrestle Brad away from Jo. There is a good supporting cast including Pops (Cecil Kellaway) and Biff (William Bendix) as Brad's chauffeur. Its a comedy in which the women, in particular, are very funny.

My particular copy is taped from the TV and is too bright - I'm not sure if this is just how the film looks these days or if its something to do with the individual that I purchased it from. However, the quality of the film is a minor negative point. Its enjoyable, the cast are all likable and I'll be watching it again at a future date.


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