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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 »

Director:

Glenn Tryon

Writers:

Doris Anderson (screen play), Paul Jarrico (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lucille Ball ... Jean Russell
Patric Knowles ... Denny Williams
Donald Woods ... Jeffrey Martin
Frieda Inescort ... Flora Barton-Williams
Inez Courtney ... Gwen Morrison
Leona Maricle ... Eve Harrington
Frances Mercer ... Patricia Wharton
Whitney Bourne ... Peggy Ponsby
George Beranger ... Cyril (as George Andre Beranger)
Kay Sutton ... Miss Whitman
Ann Evers ... Lois Peabody
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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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"FOR LOVE"S SAKE - MAKE ME BEAUTIFUL! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beauté sur commande See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Loosely based on the career of cosmetics giant Helena Rubenstein, founder of a company bearing her name that made her one of the richest women in the world. After her death, the company was sold to Colgate-Palmolive in 1973 for $142.3M and was subsequently acquired by L'Oreal in 1988, which as of 2019 still maintains the brand. See more »

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Wedding March
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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needs more desperation
3 July 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Beautician Jean Russell (Lucille Ball) gets dumped by Denny Williams who marries wealthy Flora instead. On top of that, she loses her job. She tries to launch her face cream with the help of ad man Jeffrey Martin. They get backing from Flora who doesn't know Jean's previous relationship with Denny. Denny has since become a kept man. Jean wants him to work again and puts him in charge.

This could work if Jean is more obsessive in her love for Denny. Lucille Ball may not have the range. She needs more desperation. She needs to be pathetic in loving such a jerk. She is too self assured to play that. If she has the desperation, she could break down and get saved by Jeffrey. That's the romantic move. That's the melodrama. As it stands, it couldn't reach quite that level. Also Lucille Ball is not using her funny bone. It's nice to see her do something else but this doesn't have much juice.


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