The Beauty Jungle

The Beauty Jungle

Val Guest (1964)

PG Certificate


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.


A woman pursues a successful career in beauty pageants, unaware that her manager is in love with her. Comedy drama, starring Janette Scott and Ian Hendry.

Cast & Crew

Don Mackenzie Ian Hendry
Shirley Freeman Janette Scott
Walter Carey Ronald Fraser
Director Val Guest

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists Ltd
Drama Comedy