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

The Crystal Ball is a 1943 film directed by Elliott Nugent[2] and starring 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.

Madame Zenobia 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.



  1. ^ "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
  2. ^ "The Crystal Ball". FilmAffinity. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
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