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

The Beauty Jungle

1964 British comedy film about beauty contests. Stars Ian Hendry, Janette Scott, Ronald Fraser, Edmund Purdom, Jean Claudio and others.

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

The Beauty Jungle

Comedy drama following a young woman who falls into the world of beauty contests

Genre
Film
Released
1964
Starring
Ian Hendry, Janette Scott, Ronald Fraser, Edmund Purdom, Jean Claudio, Kay Walsh, Norman Bird, Janina Faye and others
Writers
Robert Muller and Val Guest
Director
Val Guest
Producers
Val Guest and Earl St. John

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?

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