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Search for Beauty (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 2 February 1934 (USA)
Three con artists dupe two Olympians into serving as editors of a new health and beauty magazine which is only a front for salacious stories and pictures.

Director:

Erle C. Kenton

Writers:

David Boehm (story by), Maurine Dallas Watkins (story by) (as Maurine Watkins) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Buster Crabbe ... Don Jackson (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
Ida Lupino ... Barbara Hilton
Robert Armstrong ... Larry Williams
James Gleason ... Dan Healy
Toby Wing ... Sally Palmer
Gertrude Michael ... Jean Strange
Bradley Page ... Joe Garrett
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Rev. Rankin
Nora Cecil ... Miss Pettigrew
Virginia Hammond ... Mrs. Archibald Henderson-James
Eddie Gribbon ... Adolph Knockler
James B. 'Pop' Kenton James B. 'Pop' Kenton ... Caretaker (as 'Pop' Kenton)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roscoe Karns ... Newspaper Reporter (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Three shady characters - Larry, Jean, and Dan - want to make money legally by resuscitating a fitness magazine with cheesecake and beefcake photos and salacious stories with tacked-on morals. They hire two recent Olympic champions as editors to give legitimacy: Barbara Hilton, an English diver, and Don Jackson, a U.S. swimmer. When Jackson and Hilton object to the magazine's contents, they send him on a worldwide search for beauty, for youthful paragons of fitness. When Barbara and Don want out of the partnership to start their own fitness farm, the trio hatches a plan to bilk the kids. Can Barbara and Don avoid being conned or will a femme fatale undo their partnership? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Conquista da Beleza See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Arguably the most suggestive of all pre-Code films, as it actually depicts nudity. See more »

Quotes

Larry Williams: Well, well, well, if it isn't the belle of the big house? You haven't changed a bit, Jean. Still the same swell number.
Jean Strange: Lay off that number stuff. You'll never make a number out of me again.
Larry Williams: Still the same quick comeback.
Jean Strange: Yeah, and the same slick come-on. And speaking of come-on, about that oil deal...
Larry Williams: Oh, forget it. That's last week's wash.
Jean Strange: Maybe, but it hasn't been ironed out yet. Why didn't you tell me there was no oil in those oil wells?
Larry Williams: I didn't know there was no oil in those oil wells.
Jean Strange: ...
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Crazy Credits

With the 30 winners in the International Beauty Contest

chosen from England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the United States. See more »


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Reveille
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Traditional military bugle call
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Cheesecake…Beefcake...Spicy Dialog
8 September 2014 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

One of the Last Pre-Code Movies to Exploit Film Freedom with Cheesecake in the Busby Berkeley Fashion and Beefcake (rarely seen) with Verbal Gags and Innuendos. It is a Film Version of the Real Life Girlie Magazines that were Popular at the Time, some Using a Come On that it was All About Health and Fitness (wink wink).

It is Full of Eye Candy for Both Sexes and is Really Nothing but an Excuse for Bawdy Pageantry. Unlike the Berkeley Movies that were Infinitely Better, this Uses the Male as well as the Female Form to get a 1930's Audience Aroused. Couples who went to the Theatre in 1934 to See this "Musical-Comedy" Spoof, Probably couldn't wait to Indulge in a bit of Post Movie Petting.

Ida Lupino (a role against type) is Unrecognizable as a Platinum Blonde Eye Filler and Buster Crabbe at the Beginning of a Tarzan, Flash Gordon-Buck Rogers, Cowboy Career that would Span Decades and Give Him a Substantial Place in B-Movie and Television History is in this Bit of Fluff.

Also On Hand is Robert Armstrong (a year after King Kong) and James Gleason. They are the Non-Pretty Actors here and Provide the Comedy Relief with Some Racy Dialog. Overall, if You are an Oggler of the Female or Male Physique, and Find this Type of Spicy Stuff Fun, Enjoy.


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