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Beauty for the Asking (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 24 February 1939 (USA)
Denny drops fiancée Jean and marries Flora who is worth ten million dollars. When Jean is fired from her job she decides to market the face cream she invented. She goes to Jeffrey and he ... See full summary »

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Denny drops fiancée Jean and marries Flora who is worth ten million dollars. When Jean is fired from her job she decides to market the face cream she invented. She goes to Jeffrey and he sends a sample of the product to 12 selected rich women. Only one woman invests in the business and Jean is happy until she learns that it is Flora - but she takes the money. As Denny has no job, the girls give him an office at the factory. The business takes off, but Jean finds that she is still in love with Denny and Denny seems to forget he is married to Flora. So Jean and Flora send him to California for six weeks to open the West Coast branch of Jeanne Varelle. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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TO the HIGHEST BIDDER! - the charm secrets that land that man (original print ad) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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24 February 1939 (USA)  »

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Beauté sur commande  »

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Loosely based on the career of cosmetics giant Helena Rubenstein. See more »

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Wedding March
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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B-movie worked on by five writers...each had one good joke a-piece
12 May 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Thin production courtesy RKO Pictures has a plot-line that Lucille Ball's Lucy Ricardo would positively envy. Ball plays the inventor behind a pricey face cream for high society customers; she makes a fortune with it and draws a former flame back into her life. Relatively low-keyed comedy from the era of the screwball farce, relying on cynical jabs at the beauty business rather than sight-gags. Script was worked on at different times by five writers (Grace Norton, Adele S. Buffington, Edmund L. Hartmann, Doris Anderson, and Paul Jarrico), none of whom provides that much-needed hilarious set-piece. Some leisurely laughs along the way, mostly forgettable. Lucy-addicts will raise the rating a notch. ** from ****


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