The Great American Beauty Contest

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The Great American Beauty Contest
The Great American Beauty Contest screenshot.jpeg
GenreDrama
Written byStanford Whitmore
Directed byRobert Day
StarringJoAnna Cameron
Eleanor Parker
Robert Cummings
Louis Jourdan
Farrah Fawcett
Music byKenneth Wannberg
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Leonard Goldberg
Aaron Spelling
Producer(s)Everett Chambers
Robert Monroe (associate producer)
CinematographyJames A. Crabe
Editor(s)James D. Mitchell
Bruce Schoengarth
Frank Capacchione
Running time74 minutes
Production company(s)ABC Circle Films
Spelling-Goldberg Productions
DistributorABC
Budget$410,000[1]
Release
Original networkABC
Original release
  • February 13, 1973 (1973-02-13)

The Great American Beauty Contest is a 1973 American satirical comedy-drama[2] TV film, starring JoAnna Cameron and featuring Eleanor Parker, Robert Cummings, Louis Jourdan and Farrah Fawcett in an early film appearance.[2][3][4]

It was directed by Robert Day and was originally shown on the ABC TV network in the United States on February 13, 1973.

"It's turning out to be great camp," said Aaron Spelling during filming.[5]

Allmovie characterizes the film as "An unsubtle but effective TV-movie satire of the 'Miss America' syndrome", and calls the belly dance performed by Farrah Fawcett "endearingly ridiculous."[2]

The Los Angeles Times called it "witty, perceptive."[6]

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A feminist enters a beauty contest, hoping to win and deliver a speech on exploitation and sexism at the end.

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Notes

  1. ^ Norma, L. B. (1973, Feb 11). A bit of advice from a 'new star': 'forget it!'. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/170362791?accountid=13902
  2. ^ a b c The Great American Beauty Contest at AllMovie
  3. ^ The Great American Beauty Contest at Louisjourdan.net
  4. ^ Trio scheduled in ABC movie. (1972, Dec 26). Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/157097134?accountid=13902
  5. ^ What do you do with a crooked palm tree? (1973, Jan 05). Chicago Tribune (1963-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/170349778?accountid=13902
  6. ^ Thomas, K. (1973, Feb 13). TV MOVIE REVIEW. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/157247357?accountid=13902

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