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Release Date:
2 February 1934 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Ida Lupino in her American Debut See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Buster Crabbe ... Don Jackson (as Larry 'Buster' Crabbe)

Ida Lupino ... Barbara Hilton
Robert Armstrong ... Larry Williams

James Gleason ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Roscoe Karns ... Newspaper Reporter (scenes deleted)
Monya Andre ... Second Author (uncredited)
Stella Bailey ... New York Beauty Winner (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Cement Foreman (uncredited)
Malcolm Ball ... Georgia Talent Contestant (uncredited)
Lynn Bari ... Beauty Contestant Entrant (uncredited)
Gil Berry ... Illinois Beauty Contestant (uncredited)
Maurice Costello ... Health Acres Guest (uncredited)
Agnes Craney ... Illinois Beauty Winner (uncredited)
Alfred Delcambre ... Texas Talent Contestant (uncredited)
Lucille Du Toit ... South Africa Beauty Winner (uncredited)
Phil Dunham ... Heinie - Photographer (uncredited)
Gunna Freese ... Canada Beauty Winner (uncredited)
Gwenllian Gill ... Scotland Beauty Winner (uncredited)
Donald Gray ... South Africa Talent Contestant (uncredited)
Helen Gray ... Alberta Canada Beauty Winner (uncredited)
Geneva Hall ... Kansas Beauty Winner (uncredited)
Nita Harvey ... England Beauty Winner (uncredited)
Ara Haswell ... Older Blonde in Bed (uncredited)
Dell Henderson ... Mac (uncredited)
Verna Hillie ... Susie (uncredited)
Anne Insinik ... Pennsylvania Beauty Winner (uncredited)
Joyzelle Joyner ... Beauty Contestant Entrant (uncredited)
Bruce Lane ... Talent Contestant (uncredited)
Lauren Lower ... Alabama Beauty Winner (uncredited)
Julian Madison ... Minnesota Talent Contestant (uncredited)
Leo McCabe ... Ireland Beauty Winner (uncredited)
Opel McCue ... Minnesota Beauty Winner (uncredited)
Gwen Monroe ... Australia Beauty Winner (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Health Acres Guest (uncredited)
Joyce Neilson ... New Zealand Beauty Winner (uncredited)
Brian Norman ... Australian Talent Contestant (uncredited)
Dave O'Brien ... Talent Contestant (uncredited)
William Odell ... Pennsylvania Beauty Winner (uncredited)
Earl Pingree ... Prison Clerk (uncredited)
Arthur Rankin ... Third Author (uncredited)
Bert Roach ... Health Acres Guest at Bar (uncredited)

Ann Sheridan ... Dallas Beauty Winner (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Health Acres Guest (uncredited)
William Stelling ... New Jersey Talent Contestant (uncredited)
Harry Stubbs ... Fat Man in Bed (uncredited)
Frederick Sullivan ... Health Acres Guest (uncredited)
Colin Tapley ... New Zealand Talent Contestant (uncredited)
Sidney Towlson ... New Zealand Talent Contestant (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Beauty Shop Manager (uncredited)
Vigne ... First Author (uncredited)
Loretta Walker ... Ireland Beauty Winner (uncredited)
Leo White ... Health Acres Guest (uncredited)
Gladys Willar ... Worcester Massachusetts Beauty Winner (uncredited)

Directed by
Erle C. Kenton 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claude Binyon 
David Boehm  story
Frank Butler 
Schuyler E. Grey  play "Love Your Body"
Sam Hellman  dialogue
Paul Milton  play "Love Your Body" (as Paul R. Milton)
Maurine Dallas Watkins  story (as Maurine Watkins)

Produced by
Emanuel Cohen .... executive producer (uncredited)
E. Lloyd Sheldon .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Leipold (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harry Fischbeck 
 
Film Editing by
James Smith (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
John B. Goodman (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Travis Banton .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ralph Rainger .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
LeRoy Prinz .... choreographer (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
78 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Buster Crabbe plays an Olympic swimmer in the film. Before entering acting, Crabbe was a two-time Olympian, a bronze medalist in 1928 and a gold medal winner in 1932.See more »
Quotes:
Dan Healy:[to Larry] Do me a favor, will you? Go out and find a chiropodist and have your head examined.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Stars and Stripes ForeverSee more »

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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Ida Lupino in her American Debut, 29 April 2009
Author: drednm from United States

Part of the recent Paramount box set of pre-Code films, this is a fascinating film that's about the sexiest film I can remember seeing. The whole film is about sex disguised as a health and exercise magazine that hucksters Robert Armstrong and Gertrude Michael put over by duping Olympic athletes Buster Crabbe and Ida Lupino into lending their names to it.

Amazingly frank attitude toward sex actually shows several naked men (butts) in a locker room, women showing their crotches (in underwear and bathing suits), etc. Dozens of men and women run around in skimpy, tight bathing suits throughout the film, including a massive production number. There are many scenes of men ogling the scantily clad women, and a jaw-dropping scene where Gertrude Michael zeroes in with binoculars no less on Crabbe's crotch while he's competing in the Olympics.

Crabbe is surprisingly good here; 20-year-old Lupino, in her American film debut, is totally unrecognizable with curly blonde hair and Dietrich eyebrows. Armstrong and Michael (always underrated) are solid. We also get James Gleason, Toby Wing (in her best film role, dancing in skivvies on a tabletop), Bradley Page, Nora Cecil, Bert Roach, etc. Ann Sheridan and Lynn Bari are among the beauties, who include Gladys Willar from Worcester, Massachusetts.

There's a hilarious sequence where they decide to build the perfect woman for advertising (think *Page Miss Glory*) by gathering models who are famed for their specific parts.... one for lips, one for hair, etc... and then there's Fanny....

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