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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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Gorgeous specimens 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)

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Trivia:
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:
Don Jackson:There's more to a magazine than circulation!
Dan Healy:Yes, and there's more to your blood than circulation, but try to do without it.
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Stars and Stripes ForeverSee more »

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35 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Gorgeous specimens, 28 June 2005
Author: F Gwynplaine MacIntyre from Minffordd, North Wales

What a great idea for a movie! 'Search for Beauty' assembles some dazzling young specimens of physical perfection (both female and male) and places them in a smart-aleck comedy that's downright hilarious! Real-life Olympic swimming champion Buster Crabbe plays an Olympic swimming champion (but gets almost no swimming footage), and Ida Lupino plays an Olympic high-diving champion ... who emerges from the pool with her lipstick intact. I'm pleased to see Crabbe exhibiting real acting ability in a role that doesn't involve rayguns or loincloths.

This movie parodies the career of Bernarr MacFadden, a crackpot who made a fortune publishing 'health' magazines that were full of fad diets, copper bracelets and plenty of photographs of scantily-clad women and men.

Robert Armstrong plays a confidence trickster, partnered by Gertrude Michael as his Jean Dixon-ish wise-cracking moll. By the way, I really dislike the movie cliché of the female companion who is constantly insulting her male partner. If she really has so little respect for him, why does she stick with him? James Gleason is on hand here too, as another swindler. Surprisingly, Gleason's character is completely subordinate to Armstrong's. Gleason nearly always played the brains of the outfit, but here his character is largely Armstrong's yes-man. Still, Gleason gets off some splendid wise-cracking dialogue, including the word 'gazype' ... whatever that means.

There's an excellent montage sequence featuring actual footage from the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, and there are a couple of production numbers with lissome female athletes clambering on top of beefcake specimens. The comely Gwenllian Gill shows great appeal in her brief role. Silent-film comedian Leo White does one very funny slapstick bit, and Gleason's performance is more physical than usual. For one long sequence, we see the runty Gleason stripped down to a pair of gym trunks. Gleason gets the last gag in the picture, a cheeky joke that seems more typical of Lou Costello. 'Search for Beauty' is hilarious from start to finish (except for Toby Wing), and this film is definitely a pleasure to look at. I'll rate it a perfect 10 out of 10.

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