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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
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
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Mayor Gilchrist
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Mr. Perper
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Clarence (as Anthony Teague)
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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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Comedy | Musical

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3 September 1969 (USA)  »

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The Chautauqua  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Elvis used to sing some of his hit songs on the set, and would often suck helium from balloons to make his voice sound high and strange. See more »

Goofs

Leading into the start of the final chorus of "Swing Down, Sweet Chariot," the back-up singers' audio sings "why don't you . . ." But none of them are shown actually singing this line. See more »

Quotes

Walter Hale: Sit down!
Charlene: Why?
Walter Hale: 'Y' is a crooked letter.
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Connections

Referenced in Elvis (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Clean Up Your Own Back Yard
(uncredited)
Written by Mac Davis, Billy Strange
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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