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The Astrologer

Tired of scamming tourists on the fairground circuit, a California fortune-teller (Craig Denney, who also directed) takes off in search of adventure and wealth; his travels take him to Kenya (where he gets involved in diamond smuggling), to Tahiti, and eventually back to the U.S., where he becomes a movie star and business titan. This 1975 adventure yarn plays like a dozen episodes of a 1930s serial condensed into a single feature, with some pulpy, preposterous twist every few minutes. It might have been fun, but Denney's narcissism is fatally distracting—he presents the protagonist as a genius and a hero while heaping contempt on anyone who disagrees with him (not least the women, who tend to be whores, shrews, or helpless waifs).

Credits

Director:

  • Craig Denney

Cast:

  • Craig Denney
  • Darrien Earle
  • Florence Marley
  • Rocky Barbanica
  • Arthyr Chadbourne
  • Harvey Hunter

Producers:

  • John Abbott
  • Ernest Helm

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