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Contest Girl (1964)

The Beauty Jungle (original title)
On a seaside holiday, pretty Bristol typist Shirley meets Dan Mackenzie from her local paper. He persuades her that she has what it takes in the world of beauty contests, and so it proves. ... See full summary »

Director:

Val Guest

Writers:

Robert Muller (written for the screen by), Val Guest (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Hendry ... Don Mackenzie
Janette Scott ... Shirley Freeman
Ronald Fraser ... Walter Carey
Edmund Purdom ... Rex Carrick
Jean Claudio Jean Claudio ... Armand
Tommy Trinder ... Charlie Dorton
Kay Walsh ... Mrs. Freeman
Norman Bird ... Mr. Freeman
Janina Faye ... Elaine Freeman
David Weston ... Harry
Peter Ashmore Peter Ashmore ... Lucius
Sidney James ... Butlin Judge (as Sydney James)
Jacqueline Jones ... Jean Watson
Jackie White Jackie White ... Barbara Lawton
Jerry Desmonde Jerry Desmonde ... Swimming Pool M.C.
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Storyline

On a seaside holiday, pretty Bristol typist Shirley meets Dan Mackenzie from her local paper. He persuades her that she has what it takes in the world of beauty contests, and so it proves. Ditching her predictable fiancé and having to leave home, Shirley moves to London to continuing success. Increasingly smitten by her, Dan reckons he should be more than just her manager, but this is not at all the way Shirley sees things. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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From the Boardwalk... to Monte Carlo Villas... the inside story of the men behind the beauty racket!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contest Girl See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the book "Butlins in its Prime: Those Golden Years", the holiday camp queen beauty contest was filmed at Butlin's holiday camp at Minehead in Somerset over 3 days at the end of the 1963 season. The girls paraded around the Butlin's outdoor swimming pool wearing sashes bearing the names of the towns they represented, such as "Miss Leeds" and "Miss Blackpool" etc. However in the finished movie this scene clearly shows the sunbathing lawn at Butlin's Bognor Regis camp; there is no pool and the girls do not wear the sashes. For some reason this pivotal scene must have been re-shot before release. See more »

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Nice watching
8 January 2007 | by sandeepjoshi9-1See all my reviews

I saw this film long back and liked it very much. This is an honest depiction about the ugliness behind beauty business. Late Ian Hendry is good and so is Janette Scott. The dark side of beauty business is vividly shown here, the middle class ambitions and its inability to take hard failure ultimately is wonderfully depicted here. Film also points a finger towards brutal journalistic trends which needs scapegoats or people who could be used as stories. It uses them and spits them away (like the case of leading lady of this picture). It is a wonder, why this film is not even heard of these days when so many fashion shows are taking place. This tells behind the scene truths about such beauty events and nothing much has changed.

It also has a shattering end that will move you to tears.

7 out of 10.


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