Miss Body Beautiful
Cast & Crew
O. Z. Whitehead
Eve Mason, secretary to noted Hollywood pin-up photographer Adam Roberts, receives a visit from her younger sister Laurie, who is herself an amateur photographer. Laurie secretly takes a compromising photograph of Eve as she emerges from the shower wearing nothing but a towel. Laurie then sends the picture to Adam, who does not realize that the woman in the photograph is his own secretary, as her face is obscured, and he enters it into a contest. The picture wins and becomes popular with the public, but in order to claim the $25,000 prize, Adam must produce the woman featured, who can only be identified by a mole on her right thigh. Although Adam advertises an award for her discovery, Eve does all she can to prevent Adam from finding out that she is the mystery girl. Meanwhile, June, Adam's conniving girl friend, suggests to Eve that they can fake another photo and split the prize money. Eve is incensed and becomes involved in a hair-pulling fight with June, then finally admits to Adam that she is the woman in the photograph. June leaves Adam and, after Adam realizes that he is now in love with Eve, he and Eve marry.
O. Z. Whitehead
Mack V. Wright
This film's working titles were The Body Beautiful and Body Beautiful. One Hollywood Reporter production chart includes Leo Mostovoy in the cast but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. A modern source adds Dolores Fuller and June Smaney to the cast.
According to documents in the MPAA/PCA collection at the AMPAS Library, when the completed film was submitted for approval by its producers in December 1952, it was denied a seal due to "over-all emphasis on girls in scanty costumes, many of which did not sufficiently cover the breasts." In September 1953, after the film had been acquired for distribution by Phoenix Films, Inc. a cut version was resubmitted. The PCA responded that the film required further work and, having learned that the original version had already played some theaters, required Phoenix to withdraw that version in the event that it approved a different version. Phoenix Films agreed to make further changes and indicated that the original version had played in only five theaters. After viewing the latest version in November 1953, the PCA issued a seal. By that time the film, which May have run sixty-eight minutes originally, ran little over sixty. The issue of the seal was important at the time, as many theater circuits would not book a film without a code seal.
News items in Daily Variety and Hollywood Reporter, in mid-November 1952, reveal that photographer Bernard Sommer, known professionally as Bernard of Hollywood, filed a $200,000 plagiarism suit against the producers of The Body Beautiful, alleging that it was based on a screenplay he had submitted to Savoy Road Show Pictures, Inc. In his suit, Sommer charged that he had submitted a script entitled "'The Dream Pin-Up' or 'Pin-Up Queen'" to the company, whose executives kept its existence a secret, then added to it for the screenplay of The Body Beautiful. The disposition of the suit is unknown.