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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
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Mrs. Archibald Henderson-James
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Adolph Knockler
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Caretaker (as '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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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. It was released on DVD 7 April 2009 as part of the Universal Backlot Series: Pre-Code Hollywood Collection. See more »

Quotes

Dan Healy: [to Larry] Do me a favor, will you? Go out and find a chiropodist and have your head examined.
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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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Stars and Stripes Forever
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Music by John Philip Sousa (as John Phillip Sousa)
Played during the climactic callisthenics show
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Cheesecake…Beefcake...Spicy Dialog
8 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the Last Pre-Code Movies to Exploit Film Freedom with Cheesecake in the Busby Berkeley Fashion and Beefcake (rarely seen) with Verbal Gags and Innuendos. It is a Film Version of the Real Life Girlie Magazines that were Popular at the Time, some Using a Come On that it was All About Health and Fitness (wink wink).

It is Full of Eye Candy for Both Sexes and is Really Nothing but an Excuse for Bawdy Pageantry. Unlike the Berkeley Movies that were Infinitely Better, this Uses the Male as well as the Female Form to get a 1930's Audience Aroused. Couples who went to the Theatre in 1934 to See this "Musical-Comedy" Spoof, Probably couldn't wait to Indulge in a bit of Post Movie Petting.

Ida Lupino (a role against type) is Unrecognizable as a Platinum Blonde Eye Filler and Buster Crabbe at the Beginning of a Tarzan, Flash Gordon-Buck Rogers, Cowboy Career that would Span Decades and Give Him a Substantial Place in B-Movie and Television History is in this Bit of Fluff.

Also On Hand is Robert Armstrong (a year after King Kong) and James Gleason. They are the Non-Pretty Actors here and Provide the Comedy Relief with Some Racy Dialog. Overall, if You are an Oggler of the Female or Male Physique, and Find this Type of Spicy Stuff Fun, Enjoy.


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