LUCY'S MOVIE GUIDE
Beauty for the Asking (1939)
(featuring Lucille Ball as Jean Russell)
Beauty for the Asking was supposed to have been an expose of the lucrative beauty-parlor "racket". What emerged on screen, however, was a pedestrian romantic triangle involving socialite Denny Williams (Patric Knowles), his wealthy wife Flora (Frieda Inescort), and pretty beautician Jean Russell (Lucille Ball).
Spurned by Williams, Jean finds consolation by developing a revolutionary facial cream that makes her a millionairess. Ironically, her financial backer in this endeavor is none other than her romantic rival Flora.
Special Notes: Modern sources note that this film was loosely based on the career of Helena Rubenstein.