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The Trouble with Girls (1969)

Chautauqua manager Walter Hale and his loyal business manager struggle to keep their traveling troupe together in small town America.

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Cast

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Charlene
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Betty
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Nita Bix
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Johnny
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Mr. Drewcolt
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Carol
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Mr. Morality
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Maude
Pepe Brown ...
Willy
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Harrison Wilby
Bill Zuckert ...
Mayor Gilchrist
Pitt Herbert ...
Mr. Perper
Anthony 'Scooter' Teague ...
Clarence (as Anthony Teague)
Med Flory ...
Constable
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Storyline

A traveling Chautauqua show. an educational and entertainment troupe, pitch their tents in a small American town with an ensemble of speakers, lecturers, teachers, musicians, and actors as manager Walter Hale must deal with a myriad of problems, including small town prejudice and politics, nepotism, union problems, and a murder. Written by duke1029

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ELVIS '69 Elvis crosses the country...into trouble! trouble! trouble! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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G | See all certifications »

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3 September 1969 (USA)  »

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The Chautauqua  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Elvis was paid $850,000 plus 50% of the profits. See more »

Goofs

When Elvis was on the stage singing "Clean Up your Own Backyard". The musician behind him is playing a Yamaha 12 string guitar(Most likely, a Yamaha FG-220), which is a dreadnought. Elvis is playing a six string dreadnought. Both guitars in question are square shouldered dreadnoughts with a 14th fret neck/body join.

Considering the movie itself being set in 1927, both the six string guitar and the twelve string instrument Elvis and his backup musician were playing didn't exist in 1927.

The dreadnought guitar was invented in 1931 by CF Martin & Co. and had round shoulders with a neck/body join at the 12th fret. The square shouldered dreadnought with the 14th fret neck/body join wasn't introduced until 1934. See more »

Quotes

Betty Smith: Do you think Romeo and Juliet had pre-marital relations?
Mr. Drewcolt: Only in the Des Moines company.
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Connections

References The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing Down Sweet Chariot
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Written by Wallis Willis
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Elvis' best overlooked film
8 September 2003 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Although Elvis' fans may be disappointed at his lack of screen time here, he's actually in a role that is suitable to his persona -- a free-wheeling carnival organizer in turn of the century middle America. The festival he is promoting is no ordinary carnival, though -- it also features theater and philosophical dissertations (delivered by none other than then king of horror Vincent Price) and a kiddie talent show that motivates part of the plot. The rest of the plot is motivated by sleazy merchant Dabney Coleman, and his relations to the mother of a girl in the talent show.

The children in the talent roles are really excellent performers, and this whole production has a quality and a care taken with it that no other post 1966 Elvis movies can boast of. The title is really a turn off, but this is a movie that not only would have stood on its own without Elvis, but which actually benefits by his performance. Solid quirky directing in all but the musical numbers, somewhat interesting movie.


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