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Beauty for the Asking (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 24 February 1939 (USA)
Denny drops fiancée Jean and marries Flora who is worth ten million dollars. When Jean is fired from her job she decides to market the face cream she invented. She goes to Jeffrey and he ... See full summary »

Director:

Glenn Tryon

Writers:

Doris Anderson (screen play), Paul Jarrico (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lucille Ball ... Jean Russell
Patric Knowles ... Denny Williams
Donald Woods ... Jeffrey Martin
Frieda Inescort ... Flora Barton-Williams
Inez Courtney ... Gwen Morrison
Leona Maricle ... Eve Harrington
Frances Mercer ... Patricia Wharton
Whitney Bourne ... Peggy Ponsby
George Beranger ... Cyril (as George Andre Beranger)
Kay Sutton ... Miss Whitman
Ann Evers ... Lois Peabody
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Storyline

Denny drops fiancée Jean and marries Flora who is worth ten million dollars. When Jean is fired from her job she decides to market the face cream she invented. She goes to Jeffrey and he sends a sample of the product to 12 selected rich women. Only one woman invests in the business and Jean is happy until she learns that it is Flora - but she takes the money. As Denny has no job, the girls give him an office at the factory. The business takes off, but Jean finds that she is still in love with Denny and Denny seems to forget he is married to Flora. So Jean and Flora send him to California for six weeks to open the West Coast branch of Jeanne Varelle. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Taglines:

"FOR LOVE"S SAKE - MAKE ME BEAUTIFUL! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beauté sur commande See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Loosely based on the career of cosmetics giant Helena Rubenstein, founder of a company bearing her name that made her one of the richest women in the world. After her death, the company was sold to Colgate-Palmolive in 1973 for $142.3M and was subsequently acquired by L'Oreal in 1988, which as of 2019 still maintains the brand. See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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B-movie worked on by five writers...each had one good joke a-piece
12 May 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Thin production courtesy RKO Pictures has a plot-line that Lucille Ball's Lucy Ricardo would positively envy. Ball plays the inventor behind a pricey face cream for high society customers; she makes a fortune with it and draws a former flame back into her life. Relatively low-keyed comedy from the era of the screwball farce, relying on cynical jabs at the beauty business rather than sight-gags. Script was worked on at different times by five writers (Grace Norton, Adele S. Buffington, Edmund L. Hartmann, Doris Anderson, and Paul Jarrico), none of whom provides that much-needed hilarious set-piece. Some leisurely laughs along the way, mostly forgettable. Lucy-addicts will raise the rating a notch. ** from ****


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