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The Great American Beauty Contest (1973)

Unrated | | Drama | TV Movie 13 February 1973
The integrity of a beauty contest is threatened by a scandal involving a judge, a former winner and one of the finalists.

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Peggy Lowery
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Dan Carson (as Bob Cummings)
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Ralph Dupree
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Gloria Rockwell
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T.L. Dawson
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Pamela Parker
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Melinda Wilson (as Kathy Baumann)
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Angelique
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Miss Utah
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Kay Earnshaw
Brett Somers ...
Miss Texas Chaperone
Ryan MacDonald ...
Elliot
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Joe Bunch
Carol Veazie ...
Miss Ohio Chaperone
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Miss Utah Chaperone
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The integrity of a beauty contest is threatened by a scandal involving a judge, a former winner and one of the finalists.

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13 February 1973 (USA)  »

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Concorso per Miss America  »

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1.33 : 1
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Final acting role of Myrna Fahey, who passed away due to cancer about 3 months after the air date. See more »

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Well made but not the edgy film some might hope for....
8 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

This "ABC Movie of the Week" installment is about a beauty pageant. However, if you are looking for a comedy such as "Smile" or "Drop Dead Gorgeous", you need to look further. And, if you want a film critical of pageants, you should also look further. Instead, it's a bit like a soap opera--with the lives and concerns of several of the contestants and contest officials played out for the folks at home. It's reasonably watchable but also easy to skip. Much of this is because there really is no edgy quality about the film...and you have all the usual caricatures (such as the girl with daddy issues, the activist, the angry black contestant, etc.). The only really interesting moment for me was Eleanor Parker's talk with the black lady who was ready to quit the pageant because she was sure the Miss American Beauty pageant would never allow a black lady to win. This little moment was lovely and had depth...just wish the rest of the film had these qualities as well.


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