The Crystal Ball (film)

The Crystal Ball is a 1943 film directed by Elliott Nugent.[2] It stars Ray Milland and Paulette Goddard.[3]

The Crystal Ball
Theatrical release poster
Directed byElliott Nugent
Produced byBuddy G. DeSylva
Written bySteven Vas
Screenplay byVirginia Van Upp
StarringRay Milland
Paulette Goddard
Gladys George
Music byVictor Young
CinematographyLeo Tover
Edited byDoane Harrison
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • January 22, 1943 (1943-01-22)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1 million (US rentals)[1]


A maid, in cahoots with Madame Zenobia (Gladys George), a fake psychic, fools Jo Ainsly (Virginia Field) into believing Zenobia to be a gifted fortune teller.

Jo helps a young beauty queen, Toni Gerard (Paulette Goddard), find a job with Pop Tibbots (Cecil Kellaway) in an arcade. Toni ends up conspiring with Madame Zenobia to fool Jo's handsome attorney, Brad Cavanaugh (Ray Milland), into buying a piece of land.

The plan backfires when the land purchase gets Brad in trouble with the government. Toni, who has fallen for Brad, tries to persuade Zenobia to reveal her deceit, but Zenobia locks her in a closet and flees. Toni has to convince Brad that her love for him is real.



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