A genuinely spooky tale from 1935, The Clairvoyant is a cracking film, full of excitement and with an over-riding sinister air, as Maximus (Claude Rains), a phony music hall fortune teller discovers he does indeed possess genuine clairvoyant powers.
The entire cast give very believable performances and I was reminded of Hitchcock's work in British films at about the same period. Mary Clare, as Maximus' mother, is extremely good and her acting in a key scene is quite remarkable. You'll know which scene wnen you watch the film.
This was one of several films made in England at this time by American star Fay Wray, hot on the heels of her success in King Kong. She and Jane Baxter(a now sadly forgotten actress)compliment each other as the women in Maximus' life.
The Clairvoyant is of course now rich in authentic period feel and the music hall scenes are very similar to those in The Thirty-Nine Steps, made the same year. A worthy addition to the Best of British series guaranteed to excite any viewer, the print used is pretty good although not without minor blemishes as would be expected.