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).