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Beauty for Sale (1933)

A beautiful woman lands a job at an exclusive salon that deals with the wives of wealthy businessmen. Her contact with these men leads to a series of affairs.

Director:

Richard Boleslawski (as Richard Boleslavsky)

Writers:

Faith Baldwin (novel), Eve Greene | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Madge Evans ... Letty Lawson
Alice Brady ... Mrs. Henrietta Sherwood
Otto Kruger ... Mr. Sherwood
Una Merkel ... Carol Merrick
May Robson ... Mrs. Merrick
Phillips Holmes ... Burt Barton
Edward J. Nugent ... Bill Merrick (as Eddie Nugent)
Hedda Hopper ... Madame Sonia Barton
Florine McKinney ... Jane
Isabel Jewell ... Hortense (as Isobel Jewell)
Louise Carter ... Mrs. Lawson
John Roche ... Robert Abbott
Charley Grapewin ... Freddy Gordon (as Charles Grapewin)
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A beautiful woman lands a job at an exclusive salon that deals with the wives of wealthy businessmen. Her contact with these men leads to a series of affairs.

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Glorifying three beauty experts...working girls by day...working men by night...who chose three different paths to romance! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bondage of Fear See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The $22.50 Sherwood pays for the hat would equate to $435 in 2018. See more »

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When Sherwood is talking to his wife, about a half hour into the picture, he picks up the cocktail shaker twice between shots. See more »

Quotes

Facial Client: And there he was, waving a pistol and threatening to shoot us both! Well, naturally, I *swore* that I loved him.
Shampoo Client: At the point of a pistol, I'd go further than that!
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Sophisticated comedy-drama with bite...
21 January 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Another delectable sweet-and-sour pre-Code entry of the early 1930s, nimbly skirting the edges of that era's morality with prodding grown-up material, satirizing the comedic and dramatic possibilities therein. Story concerns three gals who work in a New York City beauty parlor: one is dating a married man, another is pregnant by a no-goodnik, and the third spends her nights with a rich sugar daddy. Society cattiness at its most cynical; colorful performances by Madge Evans, Una Merkel and Alice Brady adds to the fun. Director Richard Boleslawski allows the bracing narrative to degenerate once or twice into slapstick, but if you can overlook that there's a great deal of sharp, salty wit here. Fine supporting turns by Otto Kruger, Hedda Hopper and May Robson. **1/2 from ****


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