Smile is a hilarious but ultimately shallow putdown of teenage beauty contests. Jerry Belson's original script depicts the climactic days of a statewide beauty competition, where a group of adolescent girls get caught up in the melange of mercantilism, boosterism and backstage politics attendant to such tribal rites.

Smile is a hilarious but ultimately shallow putdown of teenage beauty contests. Jerry Belson’s original script depicts the climactic days of a statewide beauty competition, where a group of adolescent girls get caught up in the melange of mercantilism, boosterism and backstage politics attendant to such tribal rites.

The uniformly excellent performances come from Bruce Dern, a compulsively upbeat smalltown mobile home dealer and chief judge of the contest; Barbara Feldon, perfect as an ‘active’ woman whose marriage to Nicholas Pryor is in a shambles; Geoffrey Lewis, very effective as pageant president; and Michael Kidd, imported bigtime choreographer whose career is in a slump.

Titles employ Nat ‘King’ Cole’s old hit record of ‘Smile’.

Smile

Production

United Artists. Director Michael Ritchie; Producer Ritchie; Screenplay Jerry Belson; Camera Conrad Hall; Editor Richard Harris; Music Daniel Osborn, Leroy Holmes, Charles Chaplin

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1975. Running time: 113 MIN.

With

Bruce Dern Barbara Feldon Michael Kidd Geoffrey Lewis Nicholas Pryor Colleen Camp
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