Search for Beauty
Search for Beauty is a 1934 pre-Code dramedy film, with some musical Busby Berkeley-esque athletic sequences, directed by Erle C. Kenton and starring Buster Crabbe and Ida Lupino. They play a pair of lovers and aquatic champion Olympians (he a swimmer, she a diver) who become the face of a health magazine, which over their objections is turned into a "skin" rag. Armstrong and Michael portray ex-cons with the 'scheme' (and both have designs to break up the loving couple for themselves), and Gleason is their cohort. In his first few scenes Crabbe promotes exercise: "Get off your (pause) 'feet' and get on them!"
|Search for Beauty|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Erle C. Kenton|
|Produced by||E. Lloyd Sheldon|
|Screenplay by||Claude Binyon|
Maurine Dallas Watkins
|Music by||John Leipold|
|Edited by||James Smith|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
- Buster Crabbe as Don Jackson
- Ida Lupino as Barbara Hilton
- Robert Armstrong as Larry Williams
- James Gleason as Dan Healy, the 'publisher'
- Toby Wing as Sally Palmer, Barbara's cousin
- Gertrude Michael as Jean Strange
- Bradley Page as Joe Garrett
- Frank McGlynn, Sr. as Rev. Rankin
- Nora Cecil as Miss Pettigrew
- Virginia Hammond as Mrs. Archibald Henderson-James
- Eddie Gribbon as Adolph Knockler
- James B. 'Pop' Kenton as Caretaker
- Lynn Bari as Beauty Contest Entrant (uncredited)
- Maurice Costello as Health Acres Guest (uncredited)
- Joyzelle Joyner as Beauty Contest Entrant (uncredited)
- Ann Sheridan as Texas Beauty Winner (uncredited)
The magazine publishing company shown in the film has been interpreted as a parody of the publishing enterprises owned by Bernarr Macfadden at the time.
- Search for Beauty, tcm.com, accessed October 12, 2010.
- Doherty, Thomas Patrick. Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema 1930-1934. New York: Columbia University Press 1999. ISBN 0-231-11094-4