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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.

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Don Jackson (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)
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Barbara Hilton
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Larry Williams
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Dan Healy
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Sally Palmer
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Jean Strange
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Joe Garrett
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Rev. Rankin
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Miss Pettigrew
Virginia Hammond ...
Mrs. Archibald Henderson-James
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Adolph Knockler
James B. 'Pop' Kenton ...
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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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2 February 1934 (USA)  »

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A Conquista da Beleza  »

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Ida Lupino's first American role See more »

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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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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
Played at health spa
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Buster Crabbe's Yokumberry tonic
17 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

American swimming champion Buster Crabbe and British diving champion Ida Lupino co-star in Search For Beauty about two Olympic champions who get themselves involved with con artists Robert Armstrong and James Gleason who publish a salacious magazine with their girl Friday Gertrude Michael who gives both of them a reality check every so often.

Crabbe comes off little better than Abner Yokum who's been weaned on that famous Yokumberry tonic since he was an infant. He's got the muscles, but little desire for female companionship. I mean this boy is simply interested in improving the human species of which he and his fellow athletes are the prize specimens. Lupino as his Daisy Mae comes off little better.

I have to say though Armstrong and Gleason are quite a pair. Armstrong is poaching on Pat O'Brien territory and had Searching For Beauty been done at Warner Brothers, O'Brien would have done this without a doubt.

Anticipating Hugh Hefner by a generation the guys always make sure that articles of interest accompany the photographic layouts of the scantily clad males and females. The scene in the editorial room was a highlight of the film for me.

You won't have to look hard in Search For Beauty, it's all over the place to appreciate.


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