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The Crystal Ball (1943)

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


Elliott Nugent


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




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)


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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Near the start of the film, Paulette Goddard whistles the tune "I've Got Spurs That Jingle, Jangle, Jingle" - a hit introduced in her movie The Forest Rangers. See more »


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


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, I ...
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Crazy Credits

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


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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Release Date:

22 January 1943 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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