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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 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 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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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chautauqua See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Elvis Presley and Vincent Price never met. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Swing Down Sweet Chariot
(uncredited)
Written by Wallis Willis
Performed by Elvis Presley
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River City Has Itself a Chautauqua show
18 December 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

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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