Owner of salon catering to fat society dames must deal with a dull fiance, a romantic stranger, the jealous blond who loves him, and the lecherous husband of a client.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Fenton
Ruth De Milo
Dr. Herbert Stallings
Mazie Mason
William Newell ...
Terry Kent
Dorothy Vaughan ...
Mrs. Horton
Edward Keane ...
George Horton
Vivien Oakland ...
Mrs. Conway
Mme. Renault
Mrs. Willis
Bonita Weber ...
Mrs. Richards
Blanche Payson ...
Mary Field ...
Bessie, an attendant
Louise Squire ...


Madame Helene Smith operates a swanky salon for renovations of women's faces and bodies, with her partner Mazie Mason who grew up with Helene on New York's not-so-swank Tenth Avenue. Mazie is in love with newspaper columnist Terry Kent, who frequents the place for juicy items as the salon is a gathering place for the town's rich and near-rich ladies. Terry calls it a "scandal house" and, if he had known the title would be changed to "Slander House" before release, would have deemed it as such. Upper-crust Doctor Herbert Stallings, with mandatory pencil mustache, is in love with Helene, who isn't all that taken with him. Enter Ruth DeMilo, statuesque showgirl and gold-digger de luxe, quickly followed by Pat Fenton, dashing young man-about-town, who sees and quickly falls in love with Helene, despite the fact she uses Madame as a title. He takes her to a cabaret where she is insulted by Fenton's attorney, George Horton, who tells her that Fenton, the cad, has hired him to check her ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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4 October 1938 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Monday 2 July 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

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Beautiful Adrienne Ames
6 May 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Gee, Adrienne Ames was beautiful and how, she could polish up any movie she was in and this one needed some elbow grease!! A role she was born to play, Mme Helene, the proprietor of a Park Avenue rejuvenation salon

  • very easy for her to persuade older, often desperate women to sign up

for her basic beauty program. With wise cracking Pert Kelton as her receptionist ("I'd like to marry a man like you as long as he wasn't too much like you"!!) and lovely Esther Ralston as a trouble making client, the men are just an after thought!! I thought this was going

to be an expose of the beauty business but the salacious title was just a ruse for some romantic shenanigans!!

Helen is all set to marry solid, dependable Dr. Stallings (George Meeker could almost play the role in his sleep) - she doesn't love him but, according to him, that will come. Enter playboy Pat Felton (Craig Reynolds) who gives her life the excitement it is lacking. It is a case of love at first sight for him and the rest of the movie is spent trying to patch up obstacles thrown in his path by Ralston who plays a jealous ex-girlfriend. Helene has her share of admirers as well - George Horton (Edward Keene) whose wife is a client of Helene's - he feels she is a back number (that old 30s phrase!) and needs to spruce herself up!! This must have been Dorothy Vaughan's movie moment as it is the film's highlight. She is satisfied with Helen's explanation about accidentally running into her husband (the beauty shop gossips try to make something lewd out of it) but the snide remarks and cruel laughter of the cats prompt her to take drastic action which also helps Helen make up her mind about her own future.

Nothing earth shattering or memorable.

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