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The Clairvoyant

  • 1934
  • Maurice Elvey
  • 80 mins
  • A

Summary

Drama starring Claude Rains and Fay Wray. Bogus mind-reader Maximus is shocked when he unaccountably develops the ability to predict events, particularly disastrous ones.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Claude Rains was the unsung villain or patient victim of many a Hollywood melodrama. This underused British actor gets a crack at the lead in this creaky drama from director Maurice Elvey, in which he peddles fake predictions at a music hall until he suddenly starts hitting nails on the head. When his warnings about an impending tunnel disaster go unheeded, he finds himself the scapegoat for the hysteria that precipitated the tragedy. Rains is impressive throughout, whether faking on the stage, pleading to be taken seriously or explaining his friendship with Jane Baxter to jealous wife Fay Wray.

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Credits

Cast

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MaximusClaude Rains
ReneFay Wray
ChristineJane Baxter
MotherMary Clare
SimonBen Field
Lord SouthwoodAthole Stewart
CounselFelix Aylmer
DerelictDonald Calthrop
Customs officerJack Raine
Lodging housekeeperMargaret Davidge

Crew

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DirectorMaurice Elvey

Details

Theatrical distributor
Gaumont British Dist
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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