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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Lowery
Dan Carson (as Bob Cummings)
Ralph Dupree
Gloria Rockwell
T.L. Dawson
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
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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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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