Beauty Parlor (1932)

  |  Drama, Romance


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Two manicurists mingle with the customers of a hotel barbershop.


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25 February 2021 | MartinHafer
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| It's tough to be a single girl.
If you look at the poster for "Beauty Parlor" on IMDB or the DVD cover from Alpha Videos, you'd sure think it was some sort of sleazy exploitation movie..which it isn't. It is a bit adult...but not in a bad way as it addresses important stereotypes and expectations for men and, especially women, that you just won't see in other films. And, considering the film was made on the cheap by Chesterfield Productions, it's a very good film.

The story begins at a fancy almost spa-like barber shop for more well to do clients at a hotel. The story centers around several of the employees there...ladies who want good lives but go about trying to get them in different ways. What is a constant are men in the shop making passes at them...and many of these passes would today be considered sexual harassment. How the women deal with all this as well as furthering their careers is what makes this a VERY interesting adult story. Kids would be bored by all this, but the film really talks how hard it was to be a woman back in the 1930s because of sexism and the old double-standard!

All in all despite the film looking a bit cheap here and there, it's really a very nice film.

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