Isn’t this fun to watch old movies with tarot cards as the central part of the plot !
An old friend of Lily’s arrives in town. When he uses his tarot cards to read the fortunes of her friends, all the fortunes start to come true but one of them is fated to die.
A extract from the script:
Lily: Did you bring the tarot cards, Joe?
Joe Wyatt ( Lily’s friend who has just arrived in town): Ever see me without them? (gets tarot cards out of a large cigarette case)
Johnny (the Lawman’s deputy): What kind of cards are they, Mr. Wyatt?
Joe Wyatt: Fortune telling cards. The gypsies had them when they wandered the ruins of Rome. These were old when the pyramids went up on the banks of the Nile. Or so they say. Nobody knows who made up the first tarot deck. Some say the Devil himself.
Lily: Tell my fortune, Joe. For old time’s sake.
Joe Wyatt: If you remember old times, Lily, you know I never tell individual fortunes. Makes for disappointment and unnecessary worry.
Lily: Please, Joe.
Joe Wyatt: Well, I suppose I could lay out the tarot deck for all of us, a kind of general fortune that might apply to any one of us here. Will the fair queen cut?(He lays out the cards in a six card cross, the first card, crossed under the Wheel of Fortune, is face down and is never turned up.)
5 of Cups – Somebody’s going to get some money.
The Juggler standing upright – Somebody’s going to take a trip.
The Wheel of Fortune beside the dark of the Moon – That’s kind of hard to figure, unless somebody’s going to sit up all night with a pot of gold.
Lily (looking at the final card): The Hanged Man.
Johnny: Well, what does that one mean?
Joe Wyatt: Oh, it’s not exactly the best card in the deck. Stay out of bad weather, bad company, something like that.
Johnny: Oh, I see.
Lily: You better tell him what it really means, Joe.
Joe Wyatt: If there were anything to this nonsense, it’d mean that somebody at this table is going to die.
(Much later after two of the four predictions come true . . . )
Joe Wyatt: If you keep looking you’ll find everything in the tarot cards, one way or another. It’s a carnival act from a circus.
(At the end, as Joe lays dying and all the predictions have come to pass, he gives the tarot to Lily):
Joe Wyatt: Might even make a man think there was something to all those cards. But don’t you pay any attention to them, Lily. They only tell you what you want them to tell you.