The Clairvoyant is a forgotten gem of 1930’s cinema. While it’s not as well known as Dracula (1931) or Frankenstein (1931), The Clairvoyant has two marvelous performances from Claude Rains [The Invisible Fan] and Fay Wray [King Kong]. I’ve always been a huge fan of The Invisible Man so it was delightful to actually SEE Claude Rains in the flesh. His physical presence in this role shows what a powerful and versatile actor he was. Fay Wray was a cinematic beauty of great grace and charm. She does not disappoint in this film.
The Clairvoyant is the story of Maximus, a fake clairvoyant who suddenly gains real psychic powers. It’s a great premise that develops quite nicely as we see Maximus struggle with this newfound gift. The Clairvoyant also boasts a train wreck scene, a mine disaster, and a big horse race. That’s pretty good for 1935 and it takes the viewer on quite an adventure.
The copies of The Clairvoyant that are available to view and download for free are not the greatest quality. However, this film is well worth your time even if the picture is less than perfect. You can find this film on archive.org under the title The Evil Mind and on YouTube under both names. Netflix also streams it and has the best quality of all the sources I looked at.
Don’t miss it! It’s short, sweet and showcases the talents of both Rains and Wray.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.