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The Trouble with Angels (1966)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  30 March 1966 (USA)
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Two high-spirited young students at St. Francis Academy For Girls keep things hopping for the challenged Mother Superior and her staff of bewildered Sisters.

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Mother Superior
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Sister Constance
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Marge Redmond ...
Sister Liguori
Dolores Sutton ...
Margalo Gillmore ...
Sister Barbara
Portia Nelson ...
Sister Elizabeth
Marjorie Eaton ...
Sister Ursula
Barbara Bell Wright ...
Sister Margaret
Judith Lowry ...
Sister Prudence
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Mary Clancy
June Harding ...
Rachel / Rachel Devery
Barbara Hunter ...
Marvel-Ann
Bernadette Withers ...
Valerie
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Coming of age story for two girls, Mary Clancy and Rachel Devery, who find themselves as students at the St. Francis Academy, a catholic boarding school for girls. The story spans three years and follows the girls and their many pranks including setting off fire alarms, smoking cigars in the basement and putting bubble baths in the nuns' sugar bowls. As the girls mature, they gain a greater respect for their teachers and the commitment and devotion required to be a nun, leading one of them to make a life changing decision. Written by garykmcd

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It's the habit forming comedy the whole family can enjoy!

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In an interview with Robert Osbourne, author Jane Trahey said the part, that was in the book, that also made it in the film, where the snow comes in the window was the only part that was direct from her life. Jane said that one night, when the bedroom window was open, it started snowing. She asked her sister for something to stuff the window with. Her sister handed her a magazine that had then-Pope Pius VII on the cover. She said to her sister: "I can't stuff His Holiness in the window." Her sister said: "I am not giving you Max Reinhardt." Jane said her sister had a major crush on the Austrian actor when she was a teenager. Jane said that the studio wanted her to update the actor, to attract the audience of the time. Unlike in the novel and film, where the window gets ignored, however, Jane said in real life she just woke up their father and he came in to force the window shut. See more »

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Mother Superior: As for the social graces, I'm convinced that your school encourages barbarism and concerns itself only with free thinking, free wheeling and finger-painting.
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Angels We Have Heard on High
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"The Devil's Agents"
5 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

"The Trouble With Angels" is truly a gem. Ostensibly a comedy about the efforts of two slightly disgruntled, high spirited teenage girls (Hayley Mills and June Harding) to turn a convent school upside down, it combines lighthearted pranks with dry humor, most of the latter supplied by the splendid Rosalind Russell. As the worldly and wise Mother Superior, Rosalind is both amused and unsettled at the stunts her two incorrigible charges pull. The supporting cast is well chosen, with Mary Wickes ("Sister Act") and Marge Redmond ("The Flying Nun") standing out among the faculty nuns. Despite the unexpected appearance of legendary stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, cast as (what else?) a teacher of interpretive dance, both nuns and students are believable. Mills sparkles in her role as devilish Mary Clancy, as does June Harding as Rachel Devery, her neophyte partner in crime. Aided tremendously by a truly beautiful score by the great Jerry Goldsmith, (which has the remarkable ability to blend in with the film AND stand alone as a pleasurable listening experience) and directed with a sure hand by actress/director Ida Lupino, "The Trouble With Angels" is both funny and moving, one of the best family films ever made. Strangely enough, reviews were decidedly mixed (when not downright negative) back when the movie was released in 1966. But it was a sizable hit, and spawned an agreeable sequel ("Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows") two years later. Today, it remains as fresh as ever, and head and shoulders above most of the contemporary family films which followed it.


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