THE CLAIRVOYANT (1934)
(a.k.a. THE EVIL MIND)
Article #38 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 4-23-2001
Posting date: 9-5-2001
Claude Rains plays a stage mentalist who discovers that in the presence of a specific woman (Jane Baxter) he can make accurate predictions. Despite the friction this causes with his wife (Fay Wray), he manages to make a fortune on this talent, only to find himself on trial when he foresees a mining accident which he attempts to prevent, but his efforts end up actually contributing to the accident.
There are some fascinating themes in this little fantasy drama, with very good performances all around, especially from Rains. And, believe it or not, this is the full extent of the commentary I gave on this movie when it was MOTD; I must have been real lazy that day. Either that, or I really couldn’t think of much to say beyond that, and I don’t find that much has changed several months later.
Anyway, when I was looking up some information for this movie, I ran across the tagline for the film.
“Ruled by a female Svengali, he tortured women with his world prophecies!” This tagline is unbelievably lurid for what is actually a quite serious and sober film.