|THE MIND READER (director: Roy Del Ruth; screenwriters: Robert Lord/Wilson Mizner/based on a play by Vivian Crosby; cinematographer: Sol Polito; editor: James Gibbon; music: Bernhard Kaun/Felix Mills; cast: Warren William (Chandra the Great), Constance Cummings (Sylvia Roberts), Allen Jenkins (Frank), Clarence Muse (Sam), Natalie Moorhead (Mrs. Austin), Mayo Methot (Jenny); Runtime: 69; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Hal B. Wallis; Warner Home Video; 1933)|
|"The star performance by
Williams and the mordant comical lines
throughout, raise the film's value to
watchable programmer fare."
by Dennis Schwartz
romantic comedy about con artists helmed by Roy Del
Ruth ("Happy Landing"/"Red Light"/"The
West Point Story"). It's based on the play by Vivian
Crosby. It's written by Robert
Lord and Wilson Mizner.
William is the failed carnival barker,
who turns to being a traveling fake clairvoyant. He
takes the name Chandra
the Great. Chandra's helper is Allen
Jenkins. After getting into trouble over a suicide
because of his bad advice, Williams tries to go
straight to adhere to the sound advice of his loyal
wife helper Sylvia (Constance
Cummings). Nevertheless he winds up in jail
after failing at a legit job of going door-to-door
as a salesman and returning to do mind reading scams
The star performance by Williams and the mordant comical lines throughout, raise the film's value to watchable programmer fare.
REVIEWED ON 9/29/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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