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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... See more »

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Big Bob
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Brenda
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Tommy
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Wilson
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Little Bob
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Andy
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Mr. Nachos
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Orren Brooks
William Traylor ...
Ray Brandy
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Logan
Dick McGarvin ...
Ted Farley
Adam Reed ...
Freddy
Brad Thompson ...
Chuck
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Man at Party
George Skaff ...
Dr. Malvert
Helene Nelson ...
Young American Miss
Joy Carlin ...
Janet
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Robin - Young American Miss
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Shirley - Young American Miss
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Karen - Young American Miss
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Doria - Young American Miss
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Maria - Young American Miss
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Connie - Young American Miss
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Helga - Young American Miss
Kate Sarchet ...
Judy - Young American Miss
Maureen Abbott ...
Young American Miss
Leslie Anderson ...
Young American Miss
Janette Butler ...
Young American Miss
Shawn Christianson ...
Young American Miss / The Winner
MaryStella Church ...
Young American Miss
Dana Couey ...
Young American Miss
Deborah Coy ...
Young American Miss
Marie Curry ...
Young American Miss
Teri Duggan ...
Young American Miss
Mary Gannon ...
Young American Miss
Nancy Hess ...
Young American Miss
Owens Hill ...
Young American Miss
Joanna Vogel ...
Young American Miss (as Joanna Marie Jones)
Catherine Klein ...
Young American Miss
Christie Lawrence ...
Young American Miss
Amy Leitman ...
Young American Miss
Barbara McCutchan ...
Young American Miss
Dona Miller ...
Young American Miss
Karen Miller ...
Young American Miss
Sadie Raker ...
Young American Miss
Janis Russell ...
Young American Miss
Frances Sartori ...
Young American Miss
Lisa Scott ...
Young American Miss
Melinda Smith ...
Young American Miss
MaryAnn Stineman ...
Young American Miss
Beth Turner ...
Young American Miss
Andy Backer ...
Judge #1
Beans Morocco ...
At the Party (as Dan Barrows)
James Bates ...
Pianist
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Workman
Robert Breen ...
Tony
Shannon Christie ...
Roberta
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Host Father
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Mrs. Chambers (as Fay De Witt)
Mara Finerty ...
Maggots Girl
Tom Harris ...
Phil Persky
Mark Anger ...
Mr. Crosby (as Irving Israel)
Ted Johnson ...
Marine
Alice Lassiter ...
Mother Hen
Ross Liscum ...
Marine
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Guard (as James Lough)
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Willetta
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Judge #2 (as Terry McGovern)
Betty Macik ...
Sandra Kay
Winifred Mann ...
Shirley's Mother
Don Michaelian ...
Shirley's Father
Thom Alan Phillips ...
Judge #3
Elsie Ritchie ...
Secretary
Jean Robinson ...
Mother
Gregory Smith ...
Policeman
Don Spruance ...
Alan
Richard Talbot ...
Jay
Robert Waite ...
Local Emcee
William Eden Wolf ...
Priest Judge
Gloria McMillan ...
Lady Judge
Doc Scortt ...
Stage Manager
Sally Pavese ...
Mother
Walter O'Banion ...
Bear
Linda Smith ...
Lady Judge
Jack Denton ...
Phil La Barr
Virginia Johnston ...
Organizer
Del Dimmick ...
Nick
Jerry Belson ...
Drummer
Deborah Ghisla ...
Singing Voice (voice)
Scott Tauzer ...
The Voice of Major Weenie (voice)

Directed by

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Michael Ritchie

Written by

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Jerry Belson ... (written by)

Produced by

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Marion Dougherty ... executive producer
David V. Picker ... executive producer
Michael Ritchie ... producer
Tim Zinnemann ... associate producer

Cinematography by

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Conrad L. Hall ... director of photography (as Conrad Hall)

Film Editing by

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Richard A. Harris ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Jack Garsha ... color timer
Bobbie Shapiro ... assistant film editor

Casting By

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Patricia Mock

Costume Design by

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Patricia Norris

Makeup Department

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Gae Clark Butler ... hair stylist (as Gae Clark)
Gary Liddiard ... makeup

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Charles Myers ... second assistant director
Tim Zinnemann ... assistant director

Art Department

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Matty Azzarone ... assistant property (as Matthew Azzarone)
Nino Candido ... assistant property
Alan Levine ... property master (as Allan Levine)
Patrizia von Brandenstein ... associate consultant (as Patrizia Von-Brandenstein)
John Alvin ... poster artist (uncredited)
Ed Wittstein ... visual consultant (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gene S. Cantamessa ... sound mixer (as Gene Cantamessa)
Richard Chew ... sound editor
Don Merritt ... boom operator
Richard Portman ... rerecordist

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Dell Rheaume ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Thomas Del Ruth ... camera operator (as Tom del Ruth)
Edd Hearn ... camera assistant
Daniel R. Jordan ... key grip (as Danny Jordan)
Rick Martens ... gaffer
Robert Moore ... grip (as Bob Moore)
Steve Pellant ... electrician
Georgina Ritchie ... still photographer
Ronald Vidor ... camera assistant (as Ron Vidor)
Douglas Kirkland ... still photographer (uncredited)
Gary Wastak ... electrician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Nancy Martinelli ... wardrobe

Location Management

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Virginia Johnston ... location coordinator

Music Department

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LeRoy Holmes ... additional arrangements (as Leroy Holmes) / additional music (as Leroy Holmes)
Ted Whitfield ... music editor
LeRoy Holmes ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Lillian O. MacNeill ... script supervisor (as Lillian MacNeill)

Transportation Department

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Henry Travers ... transportation

Other crew

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Jim Bates ... choreographer
Judy Bates ... assistant choreographer
Philip DeGuere Jr. ... production assistant (as Phil DeGuere)
Peter Gethers ... courier
Gloria Hoffman ... welfare worker
Tom Kirk ... production assistant
Monica Lauer ... production secretary
Gene Levy ... auditor
Larry Mark ... production assistant
Michael Maslansky ... unit publicist
Jerry Miller ... first aid
Ann Monette ... production secretary
Caryn Picker ... production assistant
David V. Picker ... presenter
Don Record ... titles designer
Nanette Siegert ... production secretary
Jean Gingerich ... disbursing agent: UA (uncredited)

Thanks

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Neil Sedaka ... acknowledgment: is heard through the courtesy of Polydor International/Rocket Records
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • Sonríe (Spain)
  • Uśmiech (Poland)
  • Усмивка! (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Улыбка (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Syvä hymy (Finland)
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  • 113 min
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Trivia To heighten the tension in the final scene, no one except screenwriter Jerry Belson and director Michael Ritchie were privy to the outcome of the pageant. As such, the atmosphere was truly fraught and the actors are visibly on pins and needles in anticipation of the winner's announcement. Even the cinematographer was kept in the dark, which explains why the camerawork is so choppy as he searches for the five finalists among the crowd as each name is called. . See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Robert Wuhl (2010). See more »
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Crazy Credits 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 »
Quotes Big Bob Freelander: "A guy turns 35." That's really what's buggin' you, isn't it? That you're about to turn 35.
Andy DiCarlo: Maybe. Maybe. Or maybe I don't see what's fun about kissing a dead chicken's ass.
Big Bob Freelander: Well that's 'cause you haven't tried it.
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