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The Beauty Jungle

The Beauty Jungle

Val Guest (1964)

114min
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Our Score
The seedier side of beauty contests in the early 1960s, this is a bustling but wholly predictable rise and fall story, in which Janette Scott discovers that fame sometimes doesn't even last 15 minutes. Charting her progress to the Miss Globe title, producer/director Val Guest's film unerringly descends upon the tawdry and the fake, whether exposing the cattiness behind the catwalk or the emptiness behind celebrity. Scott is suitably naive, while Ian Hendry and Edmund Purdom reek of insincerity as the men promising her stardom. There's excellent work, too, from Ronald Fraser, Kay Walsh and Tommy Trinder, and celebrity spotters should keep an eye out for the likes of Stirling Moss, Norman Hartnell, Linda Christian, and the Duchess of Bedford. It's just a pity the requisite sleazy atmosphere is frittered away on a plot short on twists and real insight. The film was released in the US as Contest Girl, shortened for exploitation double bills.

Cast & Crew

Don Mackenzie Ian Hendry
Shirley Janette Scott
Walter Ronald Fraser
Carrick Edmund Purdom
Armand Jean Claudio
Mrs Freeman Kay Walsh
Freeman Norman Bird
Elaine Janina Faye
Charlie Dorton Tommy Trinder
Harry David Weston
Butlin's judge Sidney James
Swimming pool MC Jerry Desmonde
Rose of England judge Joe Brown
Rose of England judge Linda Christian
Rose of England judge Norman Hartnell
Rose of England judge Stirling Moss
Director Val Guest
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists Ltd

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