The Beauty Jungle. Copyright: Rank Organisation / ITV Studios
The Beauty Jungle

The Beauty Jungle

  • 1964 film

Comedy drama following a young woman who falls into the world of beauty contests. Stars Ian Hendry, Janette Scott, Ronald Fraser, Edmund Purdom, Jean Claudio and more.

The Beauty Jungle. Image shows from L to R: Don Mackenzie (Ian Hendry), Shirley Freeman (Janette Scott). Copyright: Rank Organisation

Key details

Ian Hendry, Janette Scott, Ronald Fraser, Edmund Purdom, Jean Claudio, Kay Walsh, Norman Bird, Janina Faye and more
Robert Muller and Val Guest
Val Guest
Val Guest, Earl St. John and Frank Sherwin Green

Enjoying a summer holiday in Weston-super-Mare, 20-year old beauty Shirley Freeman is spotted by a newspaper reporter, Don Mackenzie, who encourages her to enter a beauty contest.

When she wins Shirley finds herself intrigued by this new world but returns to her regular secretarial work. Don, however, is convinced he's found a winner: a great story that could run and run of a local girl and natural beauty. Gradually he convinces her to enter a bigger competition, which she ranks tantalisingly highly in, and learns a lot more about the possibilities of professional beauty contestants from some of the other girls.

Having an eye for just the right kind of publicity and a knack for swaying the public mood, Don steers his new charge - in the guise of her professional manager - through a series of bigger contests until she is crowned Rose of England, and with it secures entry to the top-rating international competition, Miss Globe.

However, Don is falling in love with Shirley, and fast; meanwhile, she's got a taste of success and the high life. With lucrative national contracts secured and global fame within grasp, the stakes keep on raising - increasingly, she'll do anything to win! Can the story end happily for both parties - or indeed, either of them?

Additional details

UK certificate
114 minutes
UK release
Tuesday 25th August 1964

The Rank Organisation

Also known as
  • Contest Girl
  • 36-22-36 (Working title)
Camera set-up
Single camera

Website links

Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Saturday 18th December 2021 at 11:05pm on TPTV
  • Sunday 22nd November 2020 at 11:45pm on TPTV
  • Thursday 16th July 2020 at 8:00pm on TPTV

Recording details

  • Pinewood Studios
  • Weston-super-Mare and Monaco - Locations

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