The Mind Reader

Synopsis: Chandler, a con-man, and his helper Frank decide to create a clairvoyant act for the carny circuit, as a little research reveals Ameicans spent $125 million on mind-readers and astrology. The carny, renamed Chandra, falls for one of his marks, Sylvia, but their love is tested when he brings tragedy to other peoples' lives and she asks him to go straight.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Roy Del Ruth
Production: Warner Home Video
70 min


[Train whistle blowing]

[john Philip sousa's "the stars

and stripes forever" plays]

[Music stops]

And now, my friends,

if there are any among you

suffering from that scourge

of mankind... toothache...

Let him step up here

and be relieved...

Instantly, painlessly,

and without charge!

[Music resumes]

Go on, Hank.

Oh, well.

How do you do, friend?

How do you do?

Come right here.

[Indistinct conversation]

[Music stops]

Now relax, my friend.

It'll all be over

before you know it.

Be careful, doc.

She's awful sore.

You won't even feel it,

my good fellow.

And now, my friends,

you'll notice

how quickly and painlessly

all this is done.

No surgical shock and no

nervous strain on the patient.

All right, my friend,

let's have a look at it.

Open wide, please.



hemorrhoidal laparotomy.


it is one of my specialties.

All right, now,

friend, relax.


Open wide.

[Music resumes]

[Music stops]

Did I or did I not

cause you any pain, my friend?

The gentleman

says he never even felt it.

And now, my friends,

who else

wants a bottle of kink-away,

that magic hair tonic?

The miracle preparation

of the age, my friends.

A great scientific gift

to mankind.

Are we asking a dollar

for this priceless fluid?

We are not.

Half a dollar? No.

For the trifling sum

of 25 cents,

the fourth part

of a silver dollar,

you are privileged

to take home with you

a bottle of this magic lotion.

It gives your head a straight,

strong, glossy hair

that has the ladies

leaping in your lap.

Excuse me, boss, but you sold me

a bottle of that stuff

down in Birmingham

last month.

Well, it worked,

didn't it?

[Train whistle blows]

[calliope music plays]

Here you are, folks!

Here you are!

The eighth wonder of the world!

A monument to human patience,

endurance, and fortitude!

Think of it, my friends...

32 days balanced

on the needle-like point

of a flagpole

on his way

to a new world record!

Well, say, mister,

can I ask you a question?


How does he what?

[Chuckles] Say,

that's a professional secret.

Aw, baloney.

Come on down.

We're a bust.

What's wrong?

Our racket's all wrong.

If the whole population

was lying on its back,

it wouldn't look up at you.


No customers, huh?


Must be the depression

or something.

If all

the penny-pinching yaps

ever gathered together

in one spot,

they wouldn't

give a dime

to see the statue of liberty

do the rumba.


Step right this way, folks!

This is the greatest show

on the lot!

Admission... only 25 cents!

Never make you,

never break you,

never start you

in any legitimate business.

Speculation, folks,

is the life of trade.

Look, folks!

He tells the past,

the present, and the future!

He answers your questions

on money, marriage, and love!

Step right inside...

There's a guy

with a sweet racket.

Admission... only 25 cents.

Don't crowd, don't push.

There's room inside for all.

Look how

he's pulling them in.

Let's go over

and see what he's got.

I know you'll

enjoy this show, folks.

[indian accent]

A Patty wants to know

if the handsome gentleman

from the Oklahoma oil fields

will propose marriage to her.

Is that your question,


It sure is!

He's wonderful!

Hey, that dame's a plant.

She used to shill for me

in an auction in 'frisco.

There's 40 people

in this joint.

At 25 cents a head,

that's 10 bucks of sucker money.

Boy, what a gold mine

this is.

Hey, pipe down,

pipe down.

"The first thing to be done

by the crystal gazer

"is to rub

the palms of the hands


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