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The Crystal Ball (1943)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 22 January 1943 (USA)
Girl loses beauty contest, becomes a fortune teller.

Director:

Elliott Nugent

Writers:

Virginia Van Upp (screenplay), Steven Vas (from a story by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ray Milland ... Brad Cavanaugh
Paulette Goddard ... Toni Gerard
Gladys George ... Madame Zenobia
Virginia Field ... Jo Ainsley
Cecil Kellaway ... Pop Tibbets
William Bendix ... Biff Carter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yvonne De Carlo ... Secretary (scenes deleted)
Maude Eburne ... Apple Annie Character (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

"I've Got a Message for You...YES YOU!"

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bola de Cristal See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

Brad Cavanaugh: Don't be a flirt. You might get hurt.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a crystal ball & astrology diagram background. See more »

Soundtracks

Tangerine
(uncredited)
Written by Victor Schertzinger (music) and Johnny Mercer (lyrics)
Instrumental version
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Looking for Paulette Goddard
17 August 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Wealthy Manhattan widow Virginia Field (as Jo Ainsley) finds it difficult to hold onto attractive attorney Ray Milland (as Bradford "Brad" Cavanaugh) after pretty Paulette Goddard (as Toni Gerard) arrives from a Texas hog town. Both women seek help from fortune telling Gladys George (as Madame Zenobia). "The Crystal Ball" helps Ms. Goddard make the best impression in this light but charming comedy. She does take a bow in one of those 1940s "women's lingerie" scenes. The film should have started with a scene establishing Goddard as the central character, which eventually becomes the case. She receives good support from the aforementioned, plus Cecil Kellaway (as Pop Tibbets) and Peter Jamerson (as Leonard) at the shooting gallery. Playing Mr. Milland's valet, William Bendix (as Biff Carter) is also fun.

****** The Crystal Ball (1/22/43) Elliott Nugent ~ Paulette Goddard, Ray Milland, Gladys George, Virginia Field


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