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


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 »


Brad Cavanaugh: Toni, I met your old aunt.
Toni Gerard: You... you met my old aunt?
Brad Cavanaugh: Mmm-hmm. And next time, tell her she needs a shave.
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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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cute wartime comedy
15 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ray Milland and Paulette Goddard star in "The Crystal Ball," a 1943 comedy. Goddard plays Toni Gerard, a Texas beauty contestant who comes to New York with no money and consults Madame Zenobia (Gladys George) about her future. Madame Zenobia is a big fake who relies on maids and social registers for her info. She doesn't know Toni's future, but since Toni's a crack shot, she sends her to her friend who runs a shooting gallery (Cecil Kellaway) who can use Toni's shooting to attract customers. She also offers Toni a room to stay in.

Toni spots attorney Brad Cavenaugh (Ray Milland) when he escorts Jo Ainsley (Virgina Field), his client, to Madame Zenobia to ask for help finding her ring (which the maid put down the drain and then tipped off Zenobia). Toni is instantly attracted to him and pursues him in her own way. Meanwhile, the widow Ainsley is doing the same thing.

This is a silly, somewhat convoluted comedy bolstered by some delightful performances from Milland, the beautiful and effervescent Goddard, William Bendix as Cavanaugh's chauffeur, Gladys George, Cecil Kellaway, and Sig Arno, who is plagued everywhere he works by problems, thanks to Toni.

See it for the performances and for Goddard's beautiful gown toward the end of the film. What a wonderful screen presence she had.

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