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The Great American Beauty Contest (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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Robert Day
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eleanor Parker ... Peggy Lowery
Robert Cummings ... Dan Carson (as Bob Cummings)
Louis Jourdan ... Ralph Dupree
JoAnna Cameron ... Gloria Rockwell
Farrah Fawcett ... T.L. Dawson
Tracy Reed ... Pamela Parker
Kathrine Baumann ... Melinda Wilson (as Kathy Baumann)
Susan Damante ... Angelique
Christopher Norris ... Miss Utah
Patricia Barry ... Kay Earnshaw
Brett Somers ... Miss Texas Chaperone
Ryan MacDonald Ryan MacDonald ... Elliot
Larry Wilcox ... Joe Bunch
Carol Veazie Carol Veazie ... Miss Ohio Chaperone
Myrna Fahey ... Miss Utah Chaperone
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Concorso per Miss America See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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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 moonspinner55See 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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