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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 by), Maurine Dallas Watkins (story by) (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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Arguably the most suggestive of all pre-Code films, as it actually depicts nudity. 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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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 »


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Reveille
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Nudie Revue
17 December 2012 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

Goofy film about two Olympic athletes (Ida Lupino and Buster Crabbe) who are hired to bring some respectability to a fitness magazine that is using sex as its major selling point.

People who want to see an example of some pre-Code raciness will find much to like about this movie. Its overt treatment of sex as something people actually like instead of something covert that must never be mentioned is by itself enough to make this movie stand apart from the more sanitized films of the succeeding decade. But beyond that, it revels in images of the barely dressed human body, male and female, and includes a shot of bare butts in a men's locker room, and a jaw dropper of a production number in which all of the women are wearing sheer athletic tops with their breasts and nipples clearly visible.

Funny enough, for all of its reputation now as being representative of a certain kind of moral looseness in early 30s films, the movie's attitude about sex is as pure as freshly fallen snow.

Grade: B


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