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A beautiful woman lands a job at an exclusive salon that deals with the wives of wealthy businessmen. Her contact with these men leads to a series of affairs.

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Letty Lawson
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Mrs. Henrietta Sherwood
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Carol Merrick
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Mrs. Merrick
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Burt Barton
Edward J. Nugent ...
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Madame Sonia Barton
Florine McKinney ...
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Hortense (as Isobel Jewell)
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Mrs. Lawson
John Roche ...
Robert Abbott
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Freddy Gordon (as Charles Grapewin)
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A beautiful woman lands a job at an exclusive salon that deals with the wives of wealthy businessmen. Her contact with these men leads to a series of affairs.

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1 September 1933 (USA)  »

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Bondage of Fear  »

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[Overheard talking to one another while walking through the salon]
Client of Madame Sonia's Salon: She said it was appendicitis...
Second Client of Madame Sonia's Salon: [Incredulous] Appendicitis? Ha! I'd like to see the scar!
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Solid pre-Code drama
13 December 2003 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Beauty For Sale stars a radiant Madge Evans as a good girl trying to make it as a beautician in Manhattan. The film is a little more than a multiplot soap opera but benefits from Evans, the unlikely romantic lead (Otto Kruger), solid direction by Richard Boleslawski, and most of all, superb photography by James Wong Howe (here credited simply as James Howe). The film is sublime when Howe's camera is most active, with superb lighting and set-ups and some scenes that look like they could be from films shot 20 or 30 years in the future. His sense of depth is particularly impressive, especially in a brilliant scene involving a slowly swinging bathroom door! The film feels like a classic at about the two thirds mark, but sadly cycles down to merely enjoyable by the final reel, as comedy and romance take over from tragedy and drama. Nonetheless, this is strongly recommended.


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