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Little Bob
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Titos Vandis ...
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It's time again for California's "Young American Miss" beauty pageant, the biggest event of the year for Big Bob Freelander and Brenda DiCarlo, who give their all to put on a successful pageant. But Brenda is having marital difficulties and Bob's son is up to some mischief. Could this year's pageant be in jeopardy? Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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Raised on hamburgers and soda pop, She's got a winning smile that's hard to top. A credit to her family, the ideal teen, She's America's daughter, she's a beauty queen. See more »

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This is Annette O'Toole's first theatrical feature film. See more »

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One of the audience members seen prominently during opening scene in Imperial Valley pageant later shows up again in closeup as Santa Rosa businessmen attending Bears Club luncheon. See more »

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Wilson Shears: I... I realize that you and I have gotten off to a rather shaky start. But things don't have to stay that way. What do you say?
Tommy French: Let's keep it shaky.
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Because Mara Finerty's most noticeable scene in the movie shows her saying, "Rotting maggots of death, crawling out of the skull of war," she is listed in the closing credits as "Maggots Girl." See more »

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References All in the Family (1971) See more »

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Yes Sir! That's My Baby
(1925)
Music by Walter Donaldson (as Donaldson)
Lyrics by Gus Kahn (as Kahn)
Sung by Michael Chain
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Fantastic film!
22 October 1999 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

One of the most under-appreciated gems of the 70's, this dark comedy about a small town beauty pageant brilliantly depicts the emptiness and shallowness of living the "American dream" as it satires life in small town America, giving an especially humorous wink to civic organizations that culminates in grown men in white sheets forcing members of their "clan" who have recently turned 35 to kiss a dead chicken's ass filled with some kind of weird white cream that has haunted me for years! With rich writing, brilliant direction by Michael Ritchie, and dead-on performances by Bruce Dern, Barbara Feldon,Michael Kidd, Joan Prather, Annette O'Toole, Maria O'Brien, Nicholas Pryor, and Eric Shea. this film is a true unsung classic!


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