Beauty for the Asking


Beauty for the Asking (1939)

(featuring Lucille Ball as Jean Russell)

Lucille Ball Movies

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.

Movie #43
Film Date: 1939

Release Date: February 24, 1939
Film Type: comedy/drama
Film Color: black/white
Studio: RKO-Radio
Film Length: 68 minutes

Glenn Tryon (Director)
B.F. Fineman (Producer/Director)

Character Role:
Lucille Ball (Jean Russell)

Supporting Cast:
Patric Knowles (Denny Williams)
Donald Woods (Jeffrey Martin)
Frieda Inescort (Flora Barton-Williams)
Inez Courtney (Gwen Morrison)
Leona Maricle (Eva Harrington)
Frances Mercer (Patricia Wharton)
Whitney Bourne (Peggy Ponsby)
Ann Evers (Lois Peabody)
George Andre Beranger (Cyril)
Kay Sutton