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Search for Beauty (1934)

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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
Robert Armstrong ...
Larry Williams
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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 ...
Caretaker (as 'Pop' Kenton)
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Newspaper Reporter (scenes deleted)
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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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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Quotes

Beauty Shop Manager: [Looking at the photographs of scantily-clad men Jean has given her] Well, look who's fallen among us! Mmmm-mmm!
Jean Strange: We're using these boys in an idea we're working on, outdoor sports with indoor trimmings.
Beauty Shop Manager: [Laciviously] As far as I'm concerned... outdoors, indoors, or behind doors!
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References Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) See more »

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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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