The Clairvoyant

  • 1934
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Top-drawer suspense film has Rains as a shady mindreader who suddenly and inexplicably develops actual powers to see into the future, a frightening mental transformation in that he is powerless to alter his predictions. His soothsaying is disaster-oriented which he discovers while riding on a train; Rains is seized with the image of the train heading for...read more

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Top-drawer suspense film has Rains as a shady mindreader who suddenly and inexplicably develops actual powers to see into the future, a frightening mental transformation in that he is powerless to alter his predictions. His soothsaying is disaster-oriented which he discovers while riding

on a train; Rains is seized with the image of the train heading for doom and bolts for the exit at a train stop, yelling for other passengers to get off. No one heeds his warning and the train is derailed and plunges off a cliff. While Rains tests his new power, he finds time to cheat on his wife,

Wray, with Baxter. To satisfy the materialistic whims of his mistress, he picks a derby winner and becomes rich. But events catch up with him. After predicting a tunnel explosion, Rains is put on trial for murder, charged with causing the accident. He is freed when he predicts the miners will

escape and they do. The courtroom scenes are wonderfully bizarre. This film followed Rains' box office hit THE INVISIBLE MAN, and Fox, the U.S. distributor of the British export, touted the film with ad lines like "The Invisible Man makes the future visible." The film's plot was used in THE NIGHT

HAS A THOUSAND EYES in 1948, starring Edward G. Robinson.

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