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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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"I've never slept away from home before." .. "Sooner or later it happens to us all."
26 September 2015 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

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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