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Search For Beauty (1934)





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The winners of a US-British beauty pageant find themselves pawns in the middle of a power struggle between the idealistic editors of a magazine and their avaricious, decadent publisher.


Ida Lupino
as Barbara Hilton
Robert Armstrong
as Larry Williams
Buster Crabbe
as Don Jackson
James Gleason
as Dan Healy
Toby Wing
as Sally
Gertrude Michael
as Jean Strange
Roscoe Karns
as Newspaper Reporter
Frank McGlynn Sr.
as Rev. Rankin
Ann Sheridan
as Beauty Contestant
Nora Cecil
as Miss Pettigrew
Virginia Hammond
as Mrs. Archibald Henderson
Eddie Gribbon
as Adolph Knockler
Bradley Page
as Joe Garrett
Tammany Young
as Formation Director
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A mildly amusing snappy pre-Code con man Depression-era comedy.

June 23, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Search For Beauty


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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