The Clairvoyant (1935) - Drama, Mystery, Romance

Hohum Score

10

Engaging

A fake music-hall clairvoyant meets a woman, and suddenly his predictions seem to come true ...

IMDB: 6.7
Director: Maurice Elvey
Stars: Claude Rains, Fay Wray
Length: 81 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 1 out of 38 found boring (2.63%)

One-line Reviews (26)

His newfound gift makes him behave like an imbecile, inebriated by success he gives sonorous, empty speeches about caring for humanity, and is lured by a woman.

It's enthralling and very entertaining.

"The Clairvoyant" will definitely appeal to any fan of Rains, and it is a short, fast-moving picture that should also provide good light entertainment to who anyone who enjoys vintage cinema.

You're bored.

In "The Clairvoyant", his character must struggle both to understand the nature of the unexpected ability that he has discovered, and also to handle the complications that it produces in his life and marriage, since the woman whose presence grants him real extra-sensory ability is not his wife.

This is an old-fashioned, entertaining melodrama starring two people who had just become big stars, Rains (Invisible Man) and Wray (King Kong).

The main problem is that the screenplay, having set up the compelling premise of genuine clairvoyance, is unsure where to go with it.

Rains is, as ever, compelling in the title role; interestingly, the first scene has him rehearsing the mind-reading act with wife/assistant Wray – suggesting that his 'power' is merely a pretense.

It's a compelling combination, often found in Canadian women, I've noticed.

Kidding aside, 'The Evil Mind', though execrably played, and tributary to those obsolete tendencies towards the occult and the murky paranormal, is lively and exciting.

His transition from professional trickster to derided dunce to man possessed is riveting, especially as echoed in the gamut of audience reactions.

Slow-moving and deliberately moody, this British drama would have been half a rating down had Rains not been cast in the leading role.

Two Broads Make This Flick Worth Watching .

They let you know this is a Claude Rains movie; yeah, but they'll better mention it's a Fay Wray movie—which is way more exciting.

The first half of the film (through the horse race) and the tacked-on ending are going for humor and are quite enjoyable.

Both are excellent, with Wray looking especially stunning.

While slightly flawed it's still extremely entertaining, and Rains and the beautiful Wray make a great team.

Riveting also is Christine's (Baxter) trance-like stare, which oddly becomes Maximus's pathway to the future.

There is a train wreck, a horse race and many more fascinating events he predicts.

The main thing is that this supernatural drama is very enjoyable, genuinely exciting and lively —though disappointingly played by its ever—sour lead, and you'll see his eyeballs glowing as if he were the hound of Baskerville; the two broads, on the contrary, give reasonably good acting.

Lord Southwood signs Maximus to a contract for his newspapers, although the mind-reader can't explain his power, except to say the power is unexpected when it turns up.

Another typically solid production from Britain's Gainsborough Pictures, this adaptation of Ernest Lothar's novel has a terribly dated third act set in the British Royal Court but is otherwise quite entertaining.

For some odd reason, everyone in the film behaves stupidly from time to time, because it seemed to take way too long for them to recognize the symbiotic realize the relationship between the two.

Instead, he's given us a fast-moving streamliner that deserves to be more well-known, both in the fantasy genre and in the body of Claude Rains' film accomplishments.

This movie, whether you find its insisting on supernatural powers crazy or not, is in ANY case worth watching for every fan of classic cinema: first of all, it gives Claude Rains the possibility to show as 'the Great Maximus' ALL nuances of his huge acting talent, from the cocksure swindler to the genuinely frightened man - frightened by himself and his 'powers'.

He is riveting to watch, and his eyes intensely express his horror of having to deliver such awful predictions.