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Arnold Peyser (screenplay) &
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3 September 1969 (USA) See more »
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Elvis crosses the country...into trouble! trouble! trouble! See more »
Plot:
Chautauqua manager Walter Hale and his loyal business manager struggle to keep their traveling troupe together in small town America. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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River City Has Itself a Chautauqua show See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elvis Presley ... Walter Hale

Marlyn Mason ... Charlene
Nicole Jaffe ... Betty

Sheree North ... Nita Bix

Edward Andrews ... Johnny

John Carradine ... Mr. Drewcolt

Anissa Jones ... Carol

Vincent Price ... Mr. Morality

Joyce Van Patten ... Maude
Pepe Brown ... Willy

Dabney Coleman ... Harrison Wilby
Bill Zuckert ... Mayor Gilchrist
Pitt Herbert ... Mr. Perper
Anthony 'Scooter' Teague ... Clarence (as Anthony Teague)
Med Flory ... Constable
Robert Nichols ... Smith
Helene Winston ... Olga Prchlik
Kevin O'Neal ... Yale

Frank Welker ... Rutgers

John Rubinstein ... Princeton
Charles Briles ... Amherst (as Chuck Briles)
Patsy Garrett ... Mrs. Gilchrist
Linda Sue Risk ... Lily-Jeanne
Charles P. Thompson ... Cabbie
Leonard Rumery ... First Farmhand
William M. Paris ... Second Farmhand
Kathleen Rainey ... Third Farmhand
Hal Pederson ... Soda Jerk (as Hal James Pederson)
Mike Wagner ... Chowderhead
Brett Parker ... Iceman
Duke Snider ... The Cranker
Pacific Palisades High School Madrigals ... Choral Group
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Esposito ... Gambler (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Hotel Lobby Extra (uncredited)

Susan Olsen ... Auditioning Singer (uncredited)
Jerry Schilling ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Tewksbury 
 
Writing credits
Arnold Peyser (screenplay) &
Lois Peyser (screenplay)

Day Keene (novel "Chautauqua") and
Dwight V. Babcock (novel "Chautauqua") (as Dwight Babcock)

Mauri Grashin (story)

Produced by
Wilson McCarthy .... associate producer
Lester Welch .... producer
 
Original Music by
Billy Strange 
 
Cinematography by
Jacques R. Marquette (director of photography) (as Jacques Marquette)
 
Film Editing by
George W. Brooks 
 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
George W. Davis 
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Jack Mills 
Robert R. Benton (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
 
Makeup Department
Mary Keats .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert Vreeland .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... assistant production manager: MGM (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Clarke Bowman .... assistant director (as John Clark Bowman)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
 
Other crew
Jonathan Lucas .... choreographer
 
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97 min
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Factual errors: The opening narration summarizes some of the events of the movie's 1927 setting, including, "Janet Gaynor won the first Oscar." Her Academy Award was not awarded until May, 1929.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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Clean Up Your Own Back YardSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
River City Has Itself a Chautauqua show, 18 December 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Except for a couple of westerns all of Elvis Presley's films were modern day movies. Only in this next to last film, The Trouble With Girls was Elvis in a period piece. In it he plays the manager in training of a Chautauqua show who gets involved in the business of a small town his show was playing in when one of his barkers Anthony Teague was accused of murder.

The film takes place in 1927 and imagine Meredith Willson's small Iowa town from The Music Man as the location just a decade later and him deep in the Roaring Twenties. Presley is being trained by Edward Andrews to take over the show because Andrews wants to retire. Andrews and Presley clash over a difference in management styles probably due to a generational difference.

There's only one girl that Elvis problems with, Marlyn Mason who wants to be involved with Elvis but not just romantically, she's organizing the Chautauqua performers for Actors Equity so we're talking labor/management issues as well.

Into this Music Man setting a murder is committed, the deceased is Dabney Coleman without his familiar mustache. This was at the beginning of Coleman's career, but he's starting his very fine line of really smarmy human beings he's taken a patent out on in performing. He owns the local drugstore/ice cream parlor and he's not above taking advantage of people in all kinds of ways.

Sheree North gives a nice performance as a single mom with a talented little daughter in Anissa Jones. And John Carradine as a ham actor and Vincent Price as a Chautauqua lecturer on morality make some great cameo appearances.

Elvis does not do much in the way of singing in The Trouble With Girls. I really liked his number Preach In Your Own Backyard, but it really didn't fit in a Twenties setting. A decade earlier Presley revived the Al Jolson classic Are You Lonesome Tonight and Colonel Parker should have worked that one in for the King.

Presley was coming to the end of his run as a film star and that's a pity because more people should have seen and appreciated The Trouble With Girls.

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