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The Great American Beauty Contest (1973)

Unrated | | Drama | TV Movie 13 February 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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Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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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Well made but not the edgy film some might hope for....
8 March 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This "ABC Movie of the Week" installment is about a beauty pageant. However, if you are looking for a comedy such as "Smile" or "Drop Dead Gorgeous", you need to look further. And, if you want a film critical of pageants, you should also look further. Instead, it's a bit like a soap opera--with the lives and concerns of several of the contestants and contest officials played out for the folks at home. It's reasonably watchable but also easy to skip. Much of this is because there really is no edgy quality about the film...and you have all the usual caricatures (such as the girl with daddy issues, the activist, the angry black contestant, etc.). The only really interesting moment for me was Eleanor Parker's talk with the black lady who was ready to quit the pageant because she was sure the Miss American Beauty pageant would never allow a black lady to win. This little moment was lovely and had depth...just wish the rest of the film had these qualities as well.


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