"I've never slept away from home before." .. "Sooner or later it happens to us all."
50 single girls show up in Los Angeles for the annual Miss American Beauty contest, overseen by a former winner (the implacable Eleanor Parker) and her version of a Bob Barker (Bob Cummings), both desperate to keep the proceedings honest. Aaron Spelling-Leonard Goldberg TV-movie portends to have some modern relevance amongst the standard fluff: Miss Oklahoma is really a feminist--planning to use her acceptance speech to shame the archaic institution of beauty pageants--while Miss New Jersey is "a Negro" with a race-chip on her shoulder. Unfortunately, the teleplay is more soap opera than incisive document, and the finale appears to be making a quasi-point when really it's just a cop-out. Farrah Fawcett is a giggling, high-spirited Miss Texas, Louis Jourdan is a shady movie producer and substitute judge, however Brett Somers gives the film's best performance as Fawcett's seen-it-all chaperone. Not much style, wit or humor here, just a run-of-the-mill movie of the week.
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