The Crystal Ball (1943)

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Girl loses beauty contest, becomes a fortune teller.

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  • Paulette Goddard in The Crystal Ball (1943)
  • Ray Milland and Paulette Goddard in The Crystal Ball (1943)
  • Ray Milland and Paulette Goddard in The Crystal Ball (1943)
  • Paulette Goddard in The Crystal Ball (1943)
  • Paulette Goddard in The Crystal Ball (1943)
  • Ray Milland, Paulette Goddard, and Chuck Hamilton in The Crystal Ball (1943)

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14 June 2009 | AAdaSC
| Good
Toni (Paulette Goddard) and Jo (Virginia Field) are both keen to pursue Brad (Ray Milland). While Brad and Jo are already acquainted, Toni sees her opportunity for an introduction with Brad by impersonating a fortune-teller Madame Zenobia (Gladys George) and telling him his fortune lies with someone else who he is about to meet who has red hair and is eating an apple (ie, herself out of her disguise). At the same time, she gives readings to Jo, encouraging her to go away! Its very funny in parts and the film follows Toni's attempts to wrestle Brad away from Jo. There is a good supporting cast including Pops (Cecil Kellaway) and Biff (William Bendix) as Brad's chauffeur. Its a comedy in which the women, in particular, are very funny.

My particular copy is taped from the TV and is too bright - I'm not sure if this is just how the film looks these days or if its something to do with the individual that I purchased it from. However, the quality of the film is a minor negative point. Its enjoyable, the cast are all likable and I'll be watching it again at a future date.

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Did You Know?


This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger/Harry Sherman/Cinema Guild films, originally released by United Artists, re-released theatrically in 1948 by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for USA television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 19 March 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Philadelphia Sunday 16 April 1950 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Chicago Monday 8 May 1950 on WENR (Channel 7), in Albuquerque Tuesday 23 May 1950 on KOB (Channel 4), in Atlanta Wednesday 7 June 1950 on WSB (Channel 8), in Phoenix Wednesday 21 June 1950 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Cincinnati Saturday 24 June 1950 on WKRC (Channel 11), in Detroit 2 July 1950 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Cleveland Sunday 16 July 1950 on WXEL (Channel 9), in Pittsburgh Thursday 17 August 1950 on WDTV (Channel 3), in both New York City on WCBS (Channel 2) and in San Francisco on KGO (Channel 7) Saturday 9 September 1950, and, finally, in Boston Sunday 10 December 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7).


Madame Zenobia: Men are men. They're all got the same talk.


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.

Crazy Credits

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


I Don't Want to Walk Without You
Written by
Jule Styne (music adapted from "Song Without Words" by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy) and Frank Loesser (lyrics)


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