Search for Beauty 06/13/23

KL Studio Classics

We like to defend pre-Code movies at CineSavant, but this one is almost pure Smut — or at least what passed for smut in 1934. It concerns a sleazy Health magazine with a sleazy ‘perfect body’ contest promotion . . . and Paramount’s publicity people used a similar contest to promote the movie. Robert Armstrong and James Gleason handle the raunchy comedy while virtuous Olympian Buster Crabbe and imported London starlet Ida Lupino stand up for good morals. Get ready for a 78-minute flesh & jiggle display, from (gasp) 89 years in the past. On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.