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

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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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Written by Victor Schertzinger (music) and Johnny Mercer (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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