The Crystal Ball

The Crystal Ball (United Artists) is an undressing contest between blonde, seductive Virginia Field and redheaded (for this film) Paulette Goddard. Miss Goddard does not take off quite as much as Miss Field, but she does it twice as often and eventually wins the prize (Ray Milland).

An uninhibited, involved comedy directed in the Preston Sturges manner by playful Elliott Nugent, the film casts Paulette as a shapely Texan who loses a beauty contest and somehow becomes a crystal gazer. This puts her in a practically perfect position to confuse her rival (Virginia)...

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