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Beauty For Sale (1933)
- James Higgins
Solid little melodrama from the early 1930's, with a great cast. Madge Evans and una Merkel are particularly good. It's a story about an attractive woman who works at an exclusive salon that deals with the wives of the elite. Of course that leads to various dramatic situations.
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It's funny how time goes by,yet nothing ever really changes,the themes dealt with in the movie,unwed pregnancy,dating a married man,dating an older man for security,still exists today,as it did in 1933! We may call it something else,but it exists and always will.This movie is a gem! and all the performances ring so true! The fact that this movie isn't available on dvd is a crime! When this film plays again,don't miss it! You will not be disappointed!!
This movie is super cute! I wish it were on DVD!!!
Another who'd love it on DVD!
This is an all around excellent film--story, acting, aesthetics, balance of humour to drama. Una Merkel is one of my absolute favourite actresses, and she is showcased in Beauty for Sale to full advantage. As is often the case, she plays a sidekick, but is so funny and gorgeous that she (perhaps inadvertently) manages to steal each scene in which she appears. Madge Evans is pretty and likeable--I'd be pleased to see more of her work. Magnificently and maddeningly annoying is Eddie Nugent's character (what he's supposed to be, of course!). I'm also keen to see Hedda in most any film (she was so good at being horrible), and Otto Kruger is grand as well, quite the distinguished gent. Icing on the cake: Isobel Jewell--I adore her. She's extremely talented and plays any role with great naturalness. In Beauty for Sale, she glides from High Hat to whipsnap raillery with an ease that makes me laugh so loud that I'm sure I knocked a few neighbours out of bed the night I watched it. She's a cute little sugar crystal at that, too. Phillips Holmes always strikes me as a bit sinister (I could feel no sympathy for him in Penthouse, also from 1933), but I suppose that aided him in his role in Beauty for Sale. Lest I forget Alice Brady, at her dotty best! All in all, this is a perfect film, especially of this genre. In my opinion, the only reason it has (at the time of this review) only 45 votes for transfer to DVD is that not enough people have been introduced to film from this era, and, it contains no megastars (e.g. Clark Gable, Jean Harlow). I wish there were a DVD club for fans of early Hollywood! Anyway, next time this airs, watch (and record) it!
I have to have a copy of this movie!!!
I was so wowed by this film and the subject matters. It just floored me that all of this was going on back then. I had no idea!! I was mesmerised by the film and how it could have been made today. I loved it as much as "The Women'I have to have a copy!!!I was a hairdresser for 27 years and not much has changed!! Amazing. I am suprised the film wasnt banned for being to risque!! What a gem!!I was going to go to bed and happened on it, and I am sop glad I watched it!!Play it again !!
Desperate for a home copy!
I turned on TCM as I was preparing for bed the other night after yet another grueling time in the library studying for law school finals... I watched the opening credits while I was brushing my teeth and sat on the edge of my bed until the movie had finished. The picture is gorgeous, the lighting is fantastic, and the scenes are intriguing. The development of the three prominant female characters is waht made the movie for me. I am a H 5A8 UGE fan of 1939's "The Women," and this film is a more dramatic rendition of that hilarious comedy (no doubt because of it's 'pre-code' time frame). If there is any way to find this film on some home recording (either DVD or VHS), I hope I am able to find it! I am definitely on a quest.
I was really in awe of the circumstances of every single character, I wasn't aware that themes such as infedelity and unplanned pregnancy (unmarried) were near the big screen in that era. I guess i am a little new to the old movies but i was truly suprised and totally intrigued!