Beauty for the Asking

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According to RKO Radio's publicity folks, 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. Among the screenwriters was Paul Jarrico, later blacklisted for his allegedly Communistic sentiments; the only thing remotely radical in Beauty for the Asking, however, is the notion that 28-year-old Lucille Ball could play a cosmetic tycoon.

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Cast

Lucille Ball
as Jean Russell
Patric Knowles
as Denny Williams
Donald Woods
as Jeffrey
Inez Courtney
as Gwen Morrison
Leona Maricle
as Eva Harrington
Frances Mercer
as Patricia Wharton
Whitney Bourne
as Peggy Ponsby
Ann Evers
as Lois Peabody
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