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The Crystal Ball1943

The Crystal Ball (1943)





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Overloaded with unreleased films in 1942 and 1943, Paramount Pictures cleaned house by diverting several pictures to United Artists. One such effort was The Crystal Ball, wherein beauty contest loser Toni Gerard (Paulette Goddard) takes a job as a sideshow fortune teller. Subbing for the ailing head (Gladys George) of a fake medium racket, Toni whimsically advises attorney Brad Cavanaugh (Ray Milland) to purchase some property that is coveted by the government. Cavanaugh follows her advice, nearly ruining himself in the process. All turns out okay in the end, but there's a last-minute entanglement when several of Toni's disgruntled clients converge upon her all at once. Strictly second-rate, The Crystal Ball is salvaged by the work of such surehanded supporting players as William Bendix, Cecil Kellaway, Mary Field, Ernest Truex, Iris Adrian, Nestor Paiva and Mabel Paige (in her film debut). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Paulette Goddard
as Toni Gerard
Ray Milland
as Brad Cavanaugh
Virginia Field
as Jo Ainsley
Gladys George
as Madame Zenobia
Cecil Kellaway
as Pop Tibbets
William Bendix
as Biff Carter
Mary Field
as Foster
Ernest Truex
as Mr. Martin
Mabel Paige
as Lady with pekinese
Regina Wallace
as Mrs. Smythe
Peter Jamieson
as Brad's Secretary
Don Douglas
as Mr. Bowman
Sig Arno
as Waiter at Stukov's
Hillary Brooke
as Friend of Jo's
Tom Dugan
as Plumber
Iris Adrian
as Mrs. Martin
Babe London
as Tandem rider
June Evans
as Tandem Rider
Donald Gallagher
as Ambulance Driver
Reginald Sheffield
as Dad in shooting gallery
Maude Eburne
as `Apple Annie' Character
Yvonne De Carlo
as Secretary
Maxine Ardell
as Secretary
Christopher King
as Garter Girls--Bazaar Sequence
Alice Kirby
as Garter Girls--Bazaar Sequence
Marcella Phillips
as Garter Girls--Bazaar Sequence
Lorraine Miller
as Garter Girls--Bazaar Sequence
Lynda Grey
as Garter Girls--Bazaar Sequence
Donivee Lee
as Garter Girls--Bazaar Sequence
Eric Alden
as Ambulance Driver
Donald Gallaher
as Ambulance Driver
Marjorie Deanne
as Cigarette Girl
May Beatty
as Dowager
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Critic Reviews for The Crystal Ball

All Critics (1)

As for the effect of the film's incidental -- it is surely incidental -- content, it is the same as that of a shiny bauble from the leftover counter of Woolworth's.

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Audience Reviews for The Crystal Ball

No more than brief side trip to whimsical, this romance teams Ray Milland and Paulette Goddard. There are the machinations typical of this genre present and accounted for, but at the end of the day does it really matter? When the opening credits roll you already know how everything will turn out and there are no surprises to allay your suspicions. Still the cast bring all their powers of charismatic persuasion to the table and thereby make this palatable pablum.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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