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The Mind Reader (1933)

TV-G | | Drama, Romance | 1 April 1933 (USA)
Chandler, a con-man, and his helper Frank decide to create a clairvoyant act for the carny circuit, as a little research reveals Ameicans spent $125 million on mind-readers and astrology. ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Robert Lord (screen play), Wilson Mizner (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warren William ... Chandra
Constance Cummings ... Sylvia
Allen Jenkins ... Frank
Natalie Moorhead ... Mrs. Austin
Mayo Methot ... Jenny
Clarence Muse ... Sam
Earle Foxe ... Don
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Storyline

Chandler, a con-man, and his helper Frank decide to create a clairvoyant act for the carny circuit, as a little research reveals Ameicans spent $125 million on mind-readers and astrology. The carny, renamed Chandra, falls for one of his marks, Sylvia, but their love is tested when he brings tragedy to other peoples' lives and she asks him to go straight. Written by Jon C. Hopwood

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El adivino See more »

Filming Locations:

Danville, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$154,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Stephen Sondheim picked this movie as the initial film on his special night as the Turner Classic Movies programmer, March 22, 2005. The cable network TCM was honoring him on his 75th birthday. The reason for his choice was that the screenplay was by Wilson Mizner. Sondheim had been wanting to write a musical about Wilson and his brother Addison since reading Alva Johnston's biography of them, The Legendary Mizners, in 1953, but he didn't pursue the project fully till 1996. After several revisions under different titles, including WISE GUYS in 1999 and BOUNCE in 2003, the show finally opened off-Broadway in 2008 at the Public Theater in New York, entitled ROAD SHOW. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
F.R. Franklin aka Frank: [to Chandra Chandler as he's being led away to prison to serve a 2-10 year sentence] It sure is tough to be going away just when beer is coming back.
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Connections

Featured in TCM Guest Programmer: Stephen Sondheim (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
(1919) (uncredited)
Music by James Kendis, James Brockman and Nat Vincent
Played after Chandra's first performance
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Serviceable, not great
27 March 2003 | by clemdSee all my reviews

William Warren plays a fraud who must choose between his girl and his fraudulent - but lucrative - profession. Interesting use of crooked camera angles to depict crooked dealings. Warren displays a wider acting range than in other movies.


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