The Crystal Ball (film)

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The Crystal Ball
The Crystal Ball - film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Elliott Nugent
Produced by Buddy G. DeSylva
Written by Steven Vas
Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp
Starring Ray Milland
Paulette Goddard
Gladys George
Music by Victor Young
Cinematography Leo Tover
Edited by Doane Harrison
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • January 22, 1943 (1943-01-22)
Running time
81 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1 million (US rentals)[1]

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


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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