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Where Angels Go Trouble Follows! (1968)

An old-line Mother Superior is challenged by a modern young nun when they take the girls of St. Francis Academy on a bus trip across the U.S.A.

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James Neilson

Writers:

Blanche Hanalis, Jane Trahey (characters)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosalind Russell ... Mother Superior
Stella Stevens ... Sister George
Binnie Barnes ... Sister Celestine
Mary Wickes ... Sister Clarissa
Dolores Sutton ... Sister Rose Marie
Milton Berle ... The Movie Director: The 'In' Group
Arthur Godfrey ... The Bishop: The 'In' Group
Van Johnson ... Father Chase: The 'In' Group
Robert Taylor ... Mr. Farriday: The 'In' Group
Susan Saint James ... Rosabelle
Barbara Hunter ... Marvel Ann
Alice Rawlings Alice Rawlings ... Patty
Hilarie Thompson ... Hilarie
Devon Douglas Devon Douglas ... Devon
Ellen Moss Ellen Moss ... Tanya
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Storyline

In this follow-up to "The Trouble with Angels", the wry but wise Mother Superior of St. Francis Academy For Girls accompanies a group of nuns including modern, progressive Sister George, with their high-spirited students on a bus trip across America to a California peace rally. Along the way, they encounter a series of adventures that include multiple bus problems, an overnight stay at a Catholic school for boys run by Father Chase, a Western dude ranch owned by millionaire Mr. Farriday, a flamboyant movie director shooting a Western on location, and a bunch of menacing biker toughs. Written by alfiehitchie

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...and so do the boys! See more »

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Comedy

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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1968 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Les gamines explosives See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While Sister Celestine enters the "Pirates Cove" ride at Dorney Park to separate the boys and girls, two goats are led across the screen with blankets that have "Where Angels Go" and "Trouble Follows" written on them. See more »

Goofs

When school bus gets stuck on railroad tracks, they are still Pennsylvania. The train that passes on the tracks is a Santa Fe passenger train. Santa Fe passenger trains would not have run in Pennsylvania. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sister George: [carrying a sign, returning from a protest] Not a single arrest today, Mother!
Mother Superior: [sarcastically] Don't get discouraged, I'm sure you'll do better next time.
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Crazy Credits

The final credits end with "And The State Contest Winners" listing eight girls from eight states where portions of the film were shot (New Mexico, Oklahoma, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, Missouri, Indiana and Pennsylvania.) Presumably each girl won a brief screen appearance that was shot when the filmmakers came to her state. See more »


Soundtracks

Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows
Written by Lalo Schifrin, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
Recorded by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
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Seriously weird
16 March 2006 | by film_hoSee all my reviews

Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows, the sequel to The Trouble with Angels, is in sad need of a skilled director like Ida Lupino at the helm. This is a seriously weird movie. It looked as if halfway through the making of the sequel, someone decided the film needed "relevant" elements. "Relevant" always turns out to look hopelessly dated a generation later. It begins with hip Sister George (I wonder if this was an in joke about The Killing of Sister George, a contemporary play about lesbians) picketing a large institution. You never get to see what she opposes, only that she is for Peace and Involvement. Nowadays, she'd be blocking abortion clinics, but in the 1960's nuns were hip and anti-war. Think Mary Tyler Moore and Sister Sourire.

Anyway, George really is a pain, constantly complaining about anything and everything that doesn't pass her standards for Contemporary Meaning. Clothes are a big problem. The sisters wear antiquated habits, while the girls' gym outfits are designed for use in the 1940's, which means they have to be tossed into the dustbin of history. By the end of the film, the girls are frugging in miniskirts, and the nuns are wearing knee length midis that enable them to stride about with a sense of purpose.

A moment of high camp is achieved on a desert highway similar to the one Captain America and Billy were to roar up and down the following year. The bus breaks down, and the first passersby turn out to be Hell's Angels. They seem to have been on every Interstate between California and the Mississippi in those days. One of the bikers insults Sister George by calling her a penguin, then threatens her with a switchblade. Later, the leader of the pack asks if she was frightened. "Let's just say I never feared for my immortal soul." To which the biker replies, "Crazy," and moved by her spiritual depth, fixes the bus for her. Presumably we are all seeking the same higher truths, only some do it on Harleys. When asked how she pulled the bikers over to her side, George smirks, "We communicated."

The strangest part is that the object of the nuns' cross-country trip, a "youth rally" in Santa Barbara, is never actually shown. The girls do turn on in a psychedelically lit gymnasium at an all boys' school, and perform this weird tribal dance with the boys that looked group frottage. The producers may have worried that the rally would require too many extras, but the zillions of Indians in the Milton Berle sequence could have easily been converted to Catholic hippies. Anyway, the film ends with the bus roaring down the highway, and a cut to the sisters' "Change of Habit," those knee length skirts which they show off crossing a campus that now looks like The Harrad Experiment. What a disappointment.


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