The Beauty Jungle

The Beauty Jungle (also known as Contest Girl) is a 1964 British film directed by Val Guest.

The Beauty Jungle
Film Poster
Directed byVal Guest
Produced byVal Guest
Written byVal Guest
Robert Muller
StarringIan Hendry
Janette Scott
Edmund Purdom
Music byLaurie Johnson
CinematographyArthur Grant
Edited byBill Lenny
Distributed byThe Rank Organization (United Kingdom)
Continental Distributing (United States)
Release date
25 August 1964 (1964-08-25)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


While on a seaside holiday a young typist Shirley Freeman (Janette Scott) is persuaded by a local journalist to enter a beauty contest. When she wins, she decides to give up her previous career and life and take up entering the contests full-time.

Shirley goes on to win the "Rose of England" contest. She is then entered in the "Miss Globe" contest but she comes only 6th despite naively sleeping with one of the male judges the night before the contest. Disillusioned with the beauty profession she stops entering beauty contests completely.

Later on, after being asked to judge a beauty contest in the UK, she sees that her younger sister Elaine (Janina Faye) has entered the contest and just immediately walks away completely from the beauty profession and all of its hypocrisy and sordid publicity stunts.



Much of the early footage in the film was shot at Weston-super-Mare (including the now-demolished lido), Butlins Bognor Regis[2] and the Redcliffe area of Bristol.[3]


Director Guest had planned a movie on beauty contests back in the 1940s (PICTUREGOER magazine;15.10.1949;p6)
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