Mini-Review: The Clairvoyant (1935)

Written by Charles Bennett & Bryan Edgar Wallace
Based on the novel by Ernest Lothar
Directed by Maurice Elvey
Starring Claude Rains, Fay Wray, Jane Baxter
US Release July 15, 1935
RT 81 min.
Home Video Synergy Ent.
Classic Horrors rating = 7 (out of 10)

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Faux mind-reader Maximus (Claude Rains) discovers he can really see the future whenever love Christine (Jane Baxter) is in close proximity. This, of course, doesn’t sit well with his wife, Rene (Fay Wray). Predicting the future is a blessing and a curse, ultimately putting him on trial for causing the accidents he foresaw.

aka The Evil Mind, it’s an interesting movie with a lot packed into it, but not really horror at all. I liked the performances and direction by Maurice Elvey. Overall, I think it has more layers and depth than most mystery-thrillers of the time. At the very least, it’s more original.

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