Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Mindreader (1933) Picspam!

Warren William plays a sideshow mystic who falls in love, hits the big time and then loses it all. Good lordy, I love this movie. This is probably my favorite Warren William film so far. I could gush about William's powerful combination of roguish charm and villainous behavior, his surprisingly solid acting which leaves me feeling simultaneously attracted and repulsed. But I'll let the pictures do the talking. Just click on the pics to see the larger versions, people.


Five words to make any fan of pre-code movies swoon: Warren William in a turban.


"I've got a headache this big!"


Mick LaSalle finally realizes his dream of being on screen with Warren William.


Who's afraid of the big bad Warren?


When The Great Chandra puts his hand on his heart to show sincerity, run for cover.


Constance Cummings gives in to Chandra's charms.


Married life is the pits.


Chandra goes legit selling backscrubbers.


A fancy address, a nicer turban and our hero is ready to relieve rich patrons of their spare cash.


A blackmail scheme gone wrong ends in gunplay and Chandra flees the country, leaving the missus holding the bag. Here, he is performing in Mexico while drunk-out-of-his-mind. I think I saw this guy on a cruise ship once.


Thanks to this project, I've created a new shortcut filter for Photoshop: Warren William Scruff-- the balance of contrast and gray required to show him at his disheveled best.


Chandra begs forgiveness from his wife before turning himself in to the cops.


Like many of the best movies of this era, The Mindreader walks a thin line between farce and tragedy. Something about the times makes this combination work well.


I love this kiss. She's totally giving him crows feet.


Chandra says goodbye to his old pal Mick before heading off to jail.

11 comments:

paularubia said...

Yes! Thanks for all the great pics! I recorded this several weeks ago, but for some reason I haven't watched it yet. I shall remedy that this weekend.

SteveQ said...

I know you're a Warren William fan and so are a lot of your readers - but I have yet to make it through this movie. Woof!

Jennythenipper said...

Paula: I held back on watching it for a long time because I wanted to save it. It didn't disappoint. It's campy good fun with William at the top of his game.

Steve: I know you are a fan of b-movies so I think you should make a study of WW's post WB career. There are some gems in there--Strange Illusion and the Wolf Man being two that I can think of off the top of my head.

Nora said...

Time for Bel Ami with WW vs GS.

Too bad it isn't pre-code. But then the outcome would have been very different in the suave villain vs suave villain department.

PS: I'm glad your computer survived the plaid jacket incident.

Arnie Perlstein said...

Jenny,

I fear you are under a strange illusion................

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Cliff Aliperti said...

It's good to know if I ever fall upon hard times there's always the back scrubber biz. What do you think those went for back in the day?

Love this movie, definitely in my Warren William top 5.

SteveQ said...

I just discovered Bess Flowers, who was in 23 films in 1935. For fun, guess how many films IMDB lists for her, for John Carradine and for Yakima Canutt.

Jennythenipper said...

Wow, I have no idea. Since Bess Flowers alone has almost 800 entries, it must be a big number.

I've only seen three of her films from that year and of course, I don't remember seeing her. It would be fun to start a game to spot her, though.