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The Trouble with Girls -- Elvis Presley is the manager of a traveling medicine show who gets involved in a small-town murder case. Musical mystery co-starring Vincent Price, John Carradine, and Dabney Coleman.


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Release Date:
3 September 1969 (USA) See more »
Elvis crosses the country...into trouble! trouble! trouble! See more »
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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  (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
Crew believed to be complete

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97 min
Black and White | Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Betty Smith:Do you think Romeo and Juliet had pre-marital relations?
Mr. Drewcolt:Only in the Des Moines company.
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A change of pace for Presley, 30 March 1999

Although this film is ultimately a dreary, draggy bore, it is not an embarrassment, providing as it does a distinct change of pace from the swivel-hipped singer's wretched films of the mid-60s. Set in the 1920s, the only bikini in sight is a one-piece worn by "guest star" Joyce Van Patten, and the few songs are performed in an appropriate setting--a stage (a rarity in the later Presley movies). Elvis is the manager of a travelling tent show rocked by mini-crises and a murder. It's all very lightweight and lethargic, but it does mark a significant change from the godawfal tripe to which Presley lent his name and talent in previous years. M-G-M, however, apprehensive that an Elvis movie called "Chataqua" was too drastic a change for his fans, re-christened the film "The Trouble with Girls" (and added a subtitle--"and how to get into it"--that does not appear on screen), which has nothing to do with the movie and makes it sound like another Presley potboiler. It's a little better than that, though it now ranks as nothing more than a memento, as significant to his accomplishments as one of those scarves he doled out to the adoring females who populated his Las Vegas performances. It's a souvenir that says nothing of the man's talent or his revolutionary achievements.

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