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Search for Beauty (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 2 February 1934 (USA)
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.

Director:

Erle C. Kenton

Writers:

David Boehm (story), Maurine Dallas Watkins (story) (as Maurine Watkins) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
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 James B. 'Pop' Kenton ... Caretaker (as 'Pop' Kenton)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roscoe Karns ... Newspaper Reporter (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Three shady characters - Larry, Jean, and Dan - want to make money legally by resuscitating a fitness magazine with cheesecake and beefcake photos and salacious stories with tacked-on morals. They hire two recent Olympic champions as editors to give legitimacy: Barbara Hilton, an English diver, and Don Jackson, a U.S. swimmer. When Jackson and Hilton object to the magazine's contents, they send him on a worldwide search for beauty, for youthful paragons of fitness. When Barbara and Don want out of the partnership to start their own fitness farm, the trio hatches a plan to bilk the kids. Can Barbara and Don avoid being conned or will a femme fatale undo their partnership? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Conquista da Beleza See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ida Lupino's first American role See more »

Quotes

Dan Healy: [about Don] That guy could fall down a sewer and come up with a bottle of perfume in both hands!
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Crazy Credits

With the 30 winners in the International Beauty Contest

chosen from England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the United States. See more »

Connections

References Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

Stars and Stripes Forever
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Music by John Philip Sousa (as John Phillip Sousa)
Played during the climactic callisthenics show
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Not so racy pre-code
7 April 2012 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Not nearly as racy as many pre-codes this is an innocuous trifle starring a virtually unrecognizable Ida Lupino. New to Hollywood they were trying to make her over into an English Jean Harlow fortunately it didn't work and the ultra blonde thin eyebrowed look she is saddled with here disappeared within a short period.

Still buried beneath all the gunk she gives a nicely flinty performance foreshadowing the tough broad persona to come. The same can not be said for Buster Crabbe, an extremely fit and handsome man but an actor of little ability. James Gleason is the only other actor to offer up any kind of distinctive work, he's not remarkable but does his standard hot tempered wiseguy part well. Ann Sheridan makes her screen debut here, unbilled and without lines, as the Texas winner of the Search for Beauty contest but unless you knew it was her the two tiny bits she is in sail right by.

The story is paper thin and aside from a few references to drugs and a couple of bare male bottoms in a locker room scene nothing you wouldn't see after the code went into place. The big production number, to Sousa music yet, is a clunky mess designed solely to show off the fine physical attributes of the winners. As such it works but it is eye rollingly awful in every other way.


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