Two manicurists mingle with the customers of a hotel barbershop.

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Sally Dale
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Joan Perry
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Jeffery Colt
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Two manicurists mingle with the customers of a hotel barbershop.

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15 June 1932 (USA)  »

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Beauty Parlour  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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This movie used to be considered "lost" but a public screening has been scheduled for September 22-24, 2011 at the Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention in Hunt Valley, Maryland. See more »

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A wise-crack for every manicure....
17 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

And what these women need is a cure from men! Three working girls face trouble from, not only their male customers, but the men introduced to them outside of work. One of the girls (Joyce Compton), convinced she will never be able to make ends meet, takes an offer to be an escort for out of town clients of one of her customers, which is actually a prostitution ring. When one of the clients makes an extortion complaint against her, she is arrested and must prove her innocence. Her roommate (Barbara Kent), determined to help her out of this jam, agrees to marry another one of her clients, a jovial older heavyset man who obviously only wants companionship and nothing else. Like Cole Porter's witty lyrics for "I Hate Men" in "Kiss Me Kate", "He'll stay at home at night and make no criticism. Though you may call it love, the doctors call it rheumatism". Will she go through this loveless marriage or turn to the man she really loves (John Harron) who could provide for her and take her out of her miserable existence?

This pre-code drama of the plights of young women in the depression is fast-moving and pretty racy. These young ladies are determined to hang onto their virtue, not willing to become "breakfast guests" for the lecherous men they encounter at their work. The only real sleaze-bag of the men is Wheeler Oakman as the "pimp", while Compton's one "client" is actually a quiet milquetoast who wasn't looking for the sleazy events that Oakman set him up for. Even the portly old man Kent is forced to grovel to in order to help Compton shows a sweetness and heart of gold under his seemingly lecherous persona. Character actor favorites Mischa Auer and Mary Gordon have small roles. Risqué dialog abound, this was also an early director credit for veteran Richard Thorpe who would slowly move from the B's all the way up to MGM.


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