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The Girl Who Came Gift-Wrapped (1974)

A small-town beauty queen is hired, as a joke, as a "birthday present" for a magazine publisher.

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Bruce Bilson

Writer:

Susan Silver
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Valentine ... Sandy Brown / Sandy Benson
Richard Long ... Michael Green
Tom Bosley ... Harold
Farrah Fawcett ... Patti
Dave Madden ... Stanley
Reta Shaw ... Miss Markin
Louise Sorel ... Sylvia
Michael Haynes Michael Haynes ... Larry
Patti Cubbison Patti Cubbison ... Cindy
Shelley Morrison ... Louise
Carol Veazie Carol Veazie ... Martha
Monty Margetts Monty Margetts ... Second Matron
Maurice Sherbanee Maurice Sherbanee ... Waiter
Dave Morick Dave Morick ... Barber
William E. Sands William E. Sands ... Barney
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Storyline

So how can a swinging bachelor learn a lesson about love? As magazine publisher Michael Green celebrates his big 4-0, he finds a bikini-clad Sandy Benson wrapped in a big bow as a birthday present supposedly courtesy of his drinking buddies. After trading barbs with the former beauty pageant winner, they find they have an attraction of sorts and she sticks around. Romance abounds as this country girl goes looking for romance in the big city in a typical television romantic comedy fashion. Written by laird-3

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What does a man who has everything he thinks he wants get for his fortieth birthday?

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La chica que llego en un paquete de regalo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film's conclusion is set in Kenosha, Wisconsin, but mountains are clearly seen in the distant background. See more »

Quotes

Michael Green: I have this phobia about getting to be 40. I don't know. When you're in your twenties, everybody says "boy genius!" And then when you're in your thirties, "Ah, yes! Young man on the way up!" You get to be forty... zip. Nothin'. No more adjectives. Just a man.
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Aaron Spelling Classic!
18 March 2002 | by dgordon-1See all my reviews

I faintly remembered this movie, but figured since it had Karen Valentine in it, it cannot be that bad. It is actually a very cute movie, and reminds me of "Love American Style" Karen Valentine plays a girl that is hired by a friend of a big-time Magazine publisher. She shows up at his door with nothing on but a bikini and wrapping bow for his birthday. They just don't make made-for-tv movies like this anymore! The VHS print that I viewed was awful! Time has not been kind to the print the distributor used. The film was in rough shape during changeovers, and the colour was bad-people looked flaming pink or morbid grey. The only good thing was that it was recorded in SP. It would be nice if the older TV movies were treated with a little more respect, for this movie it would have been better to be out-of-print, than the crusty version that's available on the market.


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