Lady Godiva Rides Again, released in the United States as Bikini Baby, is a 1951 British comedy film starring Pauline Stroud, about a small-town English girl who wins a beauty contest and heads for greater fame after appearing as Lady Godiva in a pageant.
The film is most notable for the presence of actresses who were later to become famous. Diana Dors, who appears as a beauty queen, was later marketed as the film's star. It also features Joan Collins in her film debut as an uncredited beauty contestant. Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed in England, also appears as an uncredited beauty queen. Ruth, who was four months pregnant at the time, had dyed her hair black and had styled it into a bob.
Other young starlets in the film included Diana Russell, Dana Wynter, Yvonne Brooks, Simone Silva, and Pat Marlowe. It also featured Sid James in one of his first film roles.
The film was inspired by the Miss Kent 1950 beauty competition held at Leas Cliff Hall in Kent. Frank Launder, joint producer of the film with Leslie Gilliatt, was one of the judges in the competition.
Dennis Price as Simon Abott
John McCallum as Larry Burns
Stanley Holloway as Mr. Clark
Pauline Stroud as Marjorie Clark
Gladys Henson as Mrs. Clark
Bernadette O'Farrell as Janie
George Cole as Johnny
Diana Dors as Dolores August
Eddie Byrne as Eddie Mooney
Kay Kendall as Sylvia
Renée Houston as Beattie
Dora Bryan as Lady in charge of publicity
Sid James as Lew Beeson
Tommy Duggan as Compere
Felix Felton as Councillor
Alastair Sim as Hawtrey Mewington
The production filmed on location in Folkestone, Kent. The Leas Cliff Hall was used as the location for the beauty competition and The Metropole, was the setting for the seaside hotel hosting the Fascination Soap Pageant. Folkestone West station features in the film for the railway scenes where Marjorie Clark (Pauline Stroud), arrives and meets Dolores August (Diana Dors). The now closed Rotunda Amusement Park was also used for the scenes where Larry (John McCallum) and Marjorie visit and go on rides.