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The Trouble with Girls (1969)

G  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  3 September 1969 (USA)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Walter Hale
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Charlene
Nicole Jaffe ...
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 Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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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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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 Presley and Vincent Price never met. 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

Walter Hale: Sit down!
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Elvis Is Back in Trouble
23 October 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

In 1927, a "Chautauqua" (traveling troupe of entertainers and speakers) led by Elvis Presley (as Walter Hale) livens up an Iowa town. "The Trouble with Girls" ("...and How to Get Into It" for promotional lure) seems like the usual Elvis film for most of the running - flirty romances, cute kids, and plenty of songs in a carnival-type setting. A murder involving Dabney Coleman occurs later on, which doesn't mix well with the attempted comedy. Vincent Price turns up in a small "guest star" role. John Carradine gets to deliver the film's best line - about "pre-marital relations" in the Des Moines company...

After a couple of promising films, Mr. Presley appears to have given up on acting. Looking great in tailored suits and smoking brown cigarettes, he shows zero evidence of having any idea about the film's setting and plot; he simply walks on set and says his lines. There are enough songs to fill a double soundtrack album, but few of them are sung by Presley. The first solo number is delivered by "Brady Kid" Susan Olsen. Elvis' hit from the film is the musically anachronistic "Clean Up Your Own Back Yard". Little Anissa Jones, her likewise cute pal Pepe Brown, and the folksy songs head up a limited appeal.

*** The Trouble with Girls (9/3/69) Peter Tewksbury ~ Elvis Presley, Marlyn Mason, Sheree North, Edward Andrews


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