Search for Beauty

Search for Beauty

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Erle C. Kenton
Produced by E. Lloyd Sheldon
Screenplay by Claude Binyon
David Boehm
Frank Butler
Sam Hellman
Maurine Dallas Watkins
Starring Buster Crabbe
Ida Lupino
Robert Armstorng
James Gleason
Toby Wing
Gertrude Michael
Bradley Page
Music by John Leipold
Cinematography Harry Fischbeck
Edited by James Smith
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • February 2, 1934 (1934-02-02)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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!"



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.


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