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The Great American Beauty Contest (1973)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  13 February 1973 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Lowery
Dan Carson (as Bob Cummings)
Ralph Dupree
JoAnna Cameron ...
Gloria Rockwell
T.L. Dawson
Tracy Reed ...
Pamela Parker
Melinda Wilson (as Kathy Baumann)
Christopher Norris ...
Miss Utah
Kay Earnshaw
Brett Somers ...
Miss Texas Chaperone
Ryan MacDonald ...
Joe Bunch
Carol Veazie ...
Miss Ohio Chaperone
Myrna Fahey ...
Miss Utah Chaperone


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)  »

Also Known As:

Concorso per Miss America  »

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1.33 : 1
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Pre-"Smile" Made-for-TV Beauty Pageant Movie Teases Then Disappoints
15 June 2005 | by (New Haven, CT) – See all my reviews

This movie has a lot going on, and discusses briefly many issues on the exploitative nature of the beauty pageant world. However, any time one of the character threatens to have something interesting to say, or is plotting something political, unethical, or illegal, we quickly switch to the next typical made-for-TV subplot.

The underrated Eleanor Parker puts in a well-rounded performance as a former queen who had been robbed of many of her illusions and ideals, but still puts forth a stiff upper lip and tries to play it straight, because at the end of the day, she really has nowhere else to go.

Robert Cummings, on the other hand, brings none of the glib humor that characterizes so many of his performances. Instead, he plays this so unbearably stiff and mechanically, he makes Bob Barker seem like Richard Pryor. Plenty of eye candy abounds, but none of it is risqué by the standards of its day, let alone by today's standards. And, just to top it off, the cop-out dramatic ending will leave an extremely sour taste in your mouth.

If you are a folklore major or a sociologist, this may be an interesting time capsule. Otherwise, don't waste your time.

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