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Contest Girl (1964)

The Beauty Jungle (original title)
On a seaside holiday, pretty Bristol typist Shirley meets Dan Mackenzie from her local paper. He persuades her that she has what it takes in the world of beauty contests, and so it proves. ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Mackenzie
Shirley Freeman
Walter Carey
Rex Carrick
Jean Claudio ...
Roger Armand
Kay Walsh ...
Mr. Edward Freeman
Janina Faye ...
Elaine Freeman
Tommy Trinder ...
Charlie Dorton
Peter Ashmore ...
Sidney James ...
'Butlin' Judge (as Sydney James)
Jacqueline Jones ...
Jean Watson
Jackie White ...
Barbara Lawton
Jerry Desmonde ...
Swimming Pool MC


On a seaside holiday, pretty Bristol typist Shirley meets Dan Mackenzie from her local paper. He persuades her that she has what it takes in the world of beauty contests, and so it proves. Ditching her predictable fiancé and having to leave home, Shirley moves to London to continuing success. Increasingly smitten by her, Dan reckons he should be more than just her manager, but this is not at all the way Shirley sees things. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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From the Boardwalk... to Monte Carlo Villas... the inside story of the men behind the beauty racket!


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May 1966 (USA)  »

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Contest Girl  »

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Great British Drama
13 July 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I viewed this film in the 1990's and have always been interested in films which employ British locations. "The Beauty Jungle" uses it's locations to great effect. In particular, the West of England features prominently; Weston Super Mare and Bristol. Essentially the film is an expose on beauty contests and has excellent performances from the leading actors; Ian Hendry and Jannette Scott whom as Journalist/Promoter and Beauty Queen respectively give the film it's dramatic edge. Charting the rise of beauty contest hopeful Shirley Freeman (Jannette Scott) from pretty typist to glamour girl. The film was produced and directed by industry stalwart Val Guest and similar to his earlier works; "Hell is a City" (1959), "The Day the earth caught fire" (1961) and "80'000 Suspects" (1963) he keeps the tempo of the narrative moving at a rapid pace. Great soundtrack from Laurie Johnson and evocative of it's time the early 1960's. I also think the film still has a contemporary theme that of the transient status of 'Celebrity' which is clearly evident with the role of today's media.

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