The Veil – The Crystal Ball (1958)

vcrystalball05Frenchies Edmond Valier and Marie are have a tête-à-tête, french for sucking face big time.  Valier says, “What would I do without you?” and Marie tells him he’ll have to figure that out because she is getting married.  If that isn’t bad enough, she is marring his publisher / employer Charles Montcour because he is rich. This couldn’t have come up a little earlier?


She insists they can still be friends, however — just what every guy wants to hear.  In fact, she was nice enough to buy him a going away present.  She opens a case and hands him a crystal ball.  If it’s blue, then he will have a set of three.  She says, “It is a symbol of the future, and to commemorate our past.”

After Marie leaves, he looks for an appropriate place for the ball.  Fortunately, just outside his door there is a stand that seems to have been designed specifically for a crystal ball. As he gazes at the ball, his uncle Andre (Boris Karloff) arrives.  Andre proclaims the crystal ball to be like Marie, “Lovely, but quite useless.”


We are 7-10 splitsville.

Andre suggests that Valier get right back on the whores again and that he has just the little black book to help him. In fact Uncle Andre has a date that night, which I really don’t want to even think about.  Shudder.

Somehow, Valier ends up in the humiliating position of having tea with his former girlfriend and her fiancee (i.e. his publisher) who is pressing him to produce a new book.  Valier says, “If it doesn’t come, it doesn’t come” possibly explaining Marie’s switch to team-Montcour.  After Montcour goes on and on about how lucky he was to take Marie from Valier, he says that he is going to London and Amsterdam for two weeks and that he would like Valier to keep Marie company.

Valier has writer’s block despite having been handed several cuck-porn scenarios, so goes out into the garden to gaze into the crystal ball.  In the ball, he sees Montcour kissing Marie goodbye.  He is so distracted that he is soon surrounded by crumpled up paper. This seems to be set before typewriters, so his hand must be very sore from the writing.  Or maybe his hand is sore because it is tissue paper. [1]

vcrystalball22Andre comes again to visit Valier who is exhausted and unshaven.  He has brought the crystal ball into the house. He is concerned that he is going insane because he can see Marie in the crystal ball.  He is so busy that he never gets around to visiting Marie before Montcour returns to town.

Montcour, the man Marie dumped Valier for, now accuses Valier of shacking up with Marie while he was out of town.  Valier admits that Marie has been having an affair, but with yet another man in Paris.  Every day while Montcour was gone, she went to see him.


Charles does not believe him, but Valier says that he witnessed it.  As proof, he shows Charles the crystal ball.  Valier sees Marie kissing the other man, but Montcour can’t see anything.  They go to Paris and find Marie with the other man.

vcrystalball37That night, Valier smashes the crystal ball.  The end.


  • [1] See, I mean he was masturbating.  Masturbating because his girlfriend left him. Just masturbating and masturbating and masturbating all day into tissues.
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