Contest Girl


1h 54m 1966

Brief Synopsis

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 fiance 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.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Beauty Jungle
Release Date
May 1966
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Val Guest Productions;
Distribution Company
Continental Distributing, Inc.
Country
United Kingdom
Location
Monte Carlo, Monaco; Nice, France; Cannes, France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Shirley Freeman, a typist, is vacationing at the beach when she is approached by newspaper reporter Don Mackenzie and persuaded to enter a beauty contest. Don and his photographer friend, Walter, write a newspaper article on Shirley with pin-up pictures. Shirley's parents and her boyfriend, Harry, express their disapproval of her activities, but Shirley decides to pursue her new career. After winning the "Rose of England" contest, Shirley becomes a professional beauty contestant. Don, her promoter, has fallen in love with Shirley, but she does not return his attentions. When movie actor Rex Carrick also falls in love with her, he tries to persuade Shirley to quit the beauty business. Instead, Shirley becomes more obsessed with fame and goes on to enter the "Miss Globe" contest in southern France and to seduce one of the organizers in hopes of winning. Miss Peru, who also seduced a contest organizer, is declared the winner, however. Greatly disillusioned, Shirley returns to England, where her participation in beauty contests is limited to judging. One day Shirley recognizes her younger sister, Elaine, as one of the contestants and panics as she recalls her own experiences. She flees from her judge's chair, and runs into Don, who seems to understand her reaction.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Beauty Jungle
Release Date
May 1966
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Val Guest Productions;
Distribution Company
Continental Distributing, Inc.
Country
United Kingdom
Location
Monte Carlo, Monaco; Nice, France; Cannes, France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Notes

Location scenes filmed on the Riviera, in Monaco, Nice, Cannes, and Monte Carlo. Opened in London in September 1964 as The Beauty Jungle; running time: 114 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring May 1966

CinemaScope

Released in United States Spring May 1966