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The Veil - The Crystal Ball

episode 5

USA/UK 1958
produced by
Frank P. Bibas, Hal Roach jr (executive) for Hal Roach Studios
directed by Herbert L. Strock
starring Booth Colman, Roxane Berard, Leo Penn, Boris Karloff, Albert Carrier
written by Robert Joseph, music by Leo Klatzkin

TV-series
The Veil

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Edmond (Booth Colman) is left by his girlfriend Marie (Roxane Berard), who is going to marry, of all people, his publisher Montcour (Leo Penn) - but as a good-bye present, she gives him a crystal ball, a crystal ball that surprisingly (and without her knowledge, lets him watch each and every of her moves.

Eventually, Montcour goes on a trip and, believing they are still good friends, places Marie in Edmond's care. She however rather pays visits to her new lover Philippe (Albert Carrier) - and when Montcour comes back from his trip early and doesn't find his wife at home where she's supposed to be, he comes to the (very correct) conclusion that she's cheating on him, but believes her affair to be Edmond. Edmond however leads Montcour to the place where Marie is having fun with her lover and ... nothing end, the story ends here and we are only informed that Marie and Montcour later got a divorce on the basis of what was revealed by the crystal ball.

Boris Karloff has an extended but rather unnecessary guest role as Edmond's playboy uncle.

 

An interesting plot spoiled by a flawed screenplay that is really building up suspense - to in the end let the audience down with a rather non-existent finale. Bad dialogue by the way doesn't help much either.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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