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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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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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30 March 1966 (USA)  »

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Life with Mother Superior  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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The movie was based on the book "Life with Mother Superior", written by Jane Trahey. It was based on her high school studies at a Catholic girls day school in Chicago (where she met Mary, who later became Sr. John Eudes) as well as incidents from her studies at Mundelein College in Chicago. Ms. Trahey has since passed away. See more »

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When Rachel knocks over the bust in the art room, there is already debris on the floor from something else (probably another bust used in a take) and when Rachel goes to pick up the pieces of the newly broken bust, she picks up the stuff that was already there. See more »

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[last lines]
Mary Clancy: Who knows, Reverend Mother, Maybe someday Rachel will come back and join the order.
Mother Superior: If she does, I quit!
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A halo appears over the A when the Columbia name appears on the torch lady logo. Then, Hayley Mills' "Angel" cartoon appears from behind the A, flies around the screen a bit, then blows out the Columbia torch. See more »

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Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Ernie Sheldon
Arranged and Orchestrated by Harry Betts
Vocals by The Devils
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"Scathingly brilliant"
31 August 1999 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

A tour de force for Hayley Mills, the most gifted juvenile actress of her generation. She makes the contrived material about adolescent escapades in a Catholic girls' boarding school look believable. It's a rarity for a Hollywood comedy to show a teenage girl who is intelligent and sensitive, and director Ida Lupino should be applauded for it.

The movie is also notable for the best latter-career work of high-strung movie star Rosalind Russell, who gives a restrained performance for a change as the Mother Superior. She has quite a few arched eyebrows, however.

Watch for a rare cameo by the great Burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee, who is hilarious as a risqué instructor of dance and ladylike comportment.


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