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Director:
Writers:
David Boehm (story) and
Maurine Dallas Watkins (story) ...
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Release Date:
2 February 1934 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
Fast, witty, unsophisticated entertainment that doesn't rise up very far, but it's fun See more (16 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)
Edmund Mortimer ... Health Acres Guest (uncredited)
Gwen Munro ... Australia Beauty Winner (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
David Boehm (story) and
Maurine Dallas Watkins (story) (as Maurine Watkins)

Frank Butler (screen play) and
Claude Binyon (screen play)

Sam Hellman (dialogue)

Schuyler E. Grey (play "Love Your Body") and
Paul Milton (play "Love Your Body") (as Paul R. Milton)

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)
Certification:
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Ida Lupino's first American roleSee more »
Quotes:
Dan Healy:I got nothin' against sex. Either you got it, or you go lookin' for it.See more »
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Soundtrack:
ReveilleSee more »

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Fast, witty, unsophisticated entertainment that doesn't rise up very far, but it's fun, 28 February 2015
Author: secondtake from United States

Search for Beauty (1934)

You won't mistake this for a great movie, but it's fast and just perky enough to be fun. And it has Ida Lupino in an early American role.

The premise is a diluted sex hook—dozens of great beauties, male and female, are gathered together for a contest and a weekend of health and exercise. So naturally there is, eventually, a lot of skin and buff bodies. Unlike most movies like this, however, it's pretty evenly split between men and women. There is even a massive dance number at the end rather like a Busby Berkeley number. (His first famous dance extravaganza was the previous year.)

If the plot is a bit canned, it isn't quite obvious so will keep you guessing. The dialog is so fast it's frantic, and you'll never hear so much word play so relentlessly spoken. It's fun and funny—you can tell they had a blast writing the screenplay.

The leading man opposite Lupino is Buster Crabbe, a hunk of a pretty man who just didn't have the acting ability to turn it into stardom. A former Olympic gold medal swimmer, he has a short swimming role here, which is fun. He stuck to athletic roles most of his life—like a serialized version of Tarzan—and is stretched a bit thin for this part.

Not that this is a demanding movie. The two sidekick males are both character actors who you'll either enjoy or find irritating (because they push their schtick in well worn ways). Lupino is the highlight overall, still with some of her British accent. As the backstabbing and conniving builds, and the big last third of the movie takes off at a resort camp for fitness and beauty, the scenes get wilder and more chaotic.

Love will have its final say, however, and its satisfying enough—more so than that silly last shot as "the end" appears, with a small amount of relief.

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