The Beauty Jungle
|The Beauty Jungle|
|Directed by||Val Guest|
|Produced by||Val Guest|
|Written by||Val Guest|
|Music by||Laurie Johnson|
|Edited by||Bill Lenny|
|Distributed by||The Rank Organization (United Kingdom)|
Continental Distributing (United States)
|25 August 1964|
The Beauty Jungle (also known as Contest Girl) is a 1964 British film directed by Val Guest.
While on a seaside holiday a young typist Shirley Freeman (Janette Scott) is persuaded by a local journalist to enter a beauty contest. When she wins, she decides to give up her previous career and life and take up entering the contests full-time.
Shirley goes on to win the "Rose of England" contest. She is then entered in the "Miss Globe" contest but she comes only 6th despite naively sleeping with one of the male judges the night before the contest. Disillusioned with the beauty profession she stops entering beauty contests completely.
Later on, after being asked to judge a beauty contest in the UK, she sees that her younger sister Elaine (Janina Faye) has entered the contest and just immediately walks away completely from the beauty profession and all of its hypocrisy and sordid publicity stunts.
- Ian Hendry as Don Mackenzie
- Janette Scott as Shirley Freeman
- Ronald Fraser as Walter Carey
- Edmund Purdom as Rex Carrick
- Jean Claudio as Armand
- Kay Walsh as Mrs. Freeman
- Tommy Trinder as Charlie Dorton
- Norman Bird as Mr. Freeman
- Janina Faye as Elaine
- Aliza Gur as Miss Perù
- David Weston as Harry
- Peter Ashmore as Lucius
- Sid James as Butlin Judge (as "Sydney James")
- Jacqueline Jones as Jean Watson
- Jackie White as Barbara Lawton
- Jerry Desmonde as Swimming Pool MC
- Alan Taylor as TV Commentator
- Eve Eden as Angela Boynton
- Lionel Blair as Talk of the Town Producer
- Francis Matthews as Taylor
- Nikki Peters as Cora
- Raymond Young as "Miss Globe" host
- Margaret Nolan as Caroline
- Arlette Dobson as Miss America
- Donna Pearson as Miss Sweden
- Sandy Sarjeant as Miss Spain
- Barbara von der Heyde as Miss Germany
- Paul Carpenter as American Tourist
- Donald Hewlett as Advertising Man
- Former Miss World Rosemarie Frankland makes her screen debut in a guest appearance.
- Norman Hartnell, Lydia Russell, Duchess of Bedford, Stirling Moss, Linda Christian, and Joe Brown appear as themselves judging the Rose of England at the Talk of the Town.
Director Guest had planned a movie on beauty contests back in the 1940s (PICTUREGOER magazine;15.10.1949;p6)
- "Official Website of Ian Hendry". Retrieved 6 July 2013.
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