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.[1] 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 byErle C. Kenton
Produced byE. Lloyd Sheldon
Screenplay byClaude Binyon
David Boehm
Frank Butler
Sam Hellman
Maurine Dallas Watkins
StarringBuster Crabbe
Ida Lupino
Robert Armstrong
James Gleason
Toby Wing
Gertrude Michael
Bradley Page
Music byJohn Leipold
CinematographyHarry Fischbeck
Edited byJames Smith
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • February 2, 1934 (1934-02-02)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States



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.

  1. Search for Beauty,, 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

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