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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.

Director:

Peter Tewksbury

Writers:

Arnold Peyser (screenplay), Lois Peyser (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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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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ELVIS '69 Elvis crosses the country...into trouble! trouble! trouble! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chautauqua See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Vincent Price and Elvis didn't meet despite Price's cameo in the movie. See more »

Goofs

In the musical number, "Clean Up Your Own Back Yard", the girl appears to change sides behind Elvis. Although there is a slight change of camera angle when far away from Elvis then close up, her move from behind Elvis's left shoulder to behind his right shoulder looks wrong. See more »

Quotes

Walter Hale: Sit down!
Charlene: Why?
Walter Hale: 'Y' is a crooked letter.
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Featured in Brady Bunch Home Movies (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Signs of the Zodiac
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Written by Buddy Kaye, Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley & Marlyn Mason
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The Trouble with Girls (1969) **1/2
9 January 2009 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

One of the few of Elvis' last movies I'd never seen before, and kind of refreshing. The action takes place in 1927 and that setting looks and feels very much in the spirit of the period as Presely plays the cool manager of a traveling show, or a "Chautauqua". He tries to keep the show going on and the profits coming in, while all sorts of crazy situations present themselves, including a murder. There's quite a cast of characters on hand: Marlyn Mason is the union shop steward and piano player, Sheree North is the local town slut, Dabney Coleman plays a despicable gambling drug store merchant, and even Vincent Price and John Carradine get into the act as members of the troupe (Price is delightful as an energetic Philosopher, but Carradine not so much in a wasted quickie as a Shakespearean actor). Also featuring little Anissa Jones (Buffy from "Family Affair") and a quick singing turn by Susan Olsen (Cindy of "The Brady Bunch").

The direction here is sometimes odd, but some handling of sequences are interesting. Elvis is solid in the film and really looks great if not a true reflection of the times, but the only song of note is his rather nifty rendition of "Clean Up Your Own Back Yard", one of the film's highlights. Someone really made a mistake in coming up with this extremely inappropriate title, though -- this is not one of Presley's typical formula films about girls, girls, and more girls ... it's misleading and doesn't do the movie justice. **1/2 out of ****


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