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The Trouble with Angels (1966)

Two high-spirited young students at St. Francis Academy For Girls keep things hopping for the challenged Mother Superior and her staff of bewildered Sisters.

Director:

Ida Lupino

Writers:

Blanche Hanalis (screenplay), Jane Trahey (based on a novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosalind Russell ... Mother Superior
Binnie Barnes ... Sister Celestine
Camilla Sparv ... Sister Constance
Mary Wickes ... Sister Clarissa
Marge Redmond ... Sister Liguori
Dolores Sutton ... Sister Rose Marie
Margalo Gillmore ... Sister Barbara
Portia Nelson ... Sister Elizabeth
Marjorie Eaton ... Sister Ursula
Barbara Bell Wright ... Sister Margaret
Judith Lowry ... Sister Prudence
Hayley Mills ... Mary Clancy
June Harding ... Rachel / Rachel Devery
Barbara Hunter ... Marvel-Ann
Bernadette Withers ... Valerie
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Storyline

Coming of age story for two girls, Mary Clancy and Rachel Devery, who find themselves as students at the St. Francis Academy, a Catholic boarding school for girls. The story spans three years and follows the girls and their many pranks including setting off fire alarms, smoking cigars in the basement and putting bubble baths in the nuns' sugar bowls. As the girls mature, they gain a greater respect for their teachers and the commitment and devotion required to be a nun, leading one of them to make a life changing decision. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life with Mother Superior See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Upon arriving at St. Francis', Mary uses the alias "Kim Novak". Rosalind Russell, who plays Mother Superior, starred with Kim Novak in Picnic (1956). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, when the bus is shown en route to the train station, the hubs of the wheels are dirty silver but in the next shot, when the buss is pulling in to the train station, the hubs are black. Not only that but it is not the same train station in the second shot as in the first shot. See more »

Quotes

Mother Superior: As for the social graces, I'm convinced that your school encourages barbarism and concerns itself only with free thinking, free wheeling and finger-painting.
Mr. Petrie: The finest educational minds in the country happen to be on our side!
Mother Superior: God is on ours!
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Crazy Credits

A halo appears over the A when the Columbia name appears on the torch lady logo. Then, Hayley Mills' "Angel" cartoon appears from behind the A, flies around the screen a bit, then blows out the Columbia torch. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pocket Dragon Adventures: The Trouble with Scribbles (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Angels We Have Heard on High
(uncredited)
Traditional French carol, English lyrics by James Chadwick.
Sung by the nuns at the Christmas service
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A surprisingly moving film
13 December 2006 | by tjw-9See all my reviews

"The Trouble With Angels" starts out as a fairly standard Hayley Mills teen comedy. She and June Harding play the roles of two reluctant students at St. Francis, a Catholic school run by nuns. Rosalind Russell is excellent in the role of Mother Superior as is the rest of the cast.

The story is fairly simple so there isn't much to say about it. The girls are rebellious and play many pranks on the sisters, but gradually, as the movie progresses and the girls reach their final year at St. Francis it transitions gently and believably into a very touching and poignantly bittersweet ending. It never fails to get to me emotionally.

I'm a sucker for a good tear-jerker and in terms of sheer lachrymosity this one rates right up there with "My Dog Skip", "The Return of the King", "The Bishop's Wife", "It's a Wonderful Life", "Born Free" and "The Family Way" and the final episode of "The Flame Trees of Thika" (the last two also starring Hayley Mills). Something about kids and animals and saying goodbye - it always starts the waterworks going for me.

The secret, as always, is to create characters that you really get to know and care about. It also helps to have good music and Jerry Goldsmith wrote a very memorable score for this film.

I highly recommended this movie for kids who haven't yet been jaded by the rubbish that Hollywood produces these days.


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