Presley Pictures: The Trouble With Girls

 

Originally called “Chautauqua”, it was thought in 1969 that most people wouldn’t remember the 1920s word – so it was renamed “The Trouble With Girls.” It is based on the 1960 novel Chautauqua by Day Keene and Dwight Vincent Babcock.

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Set in the 1920s, Elvis plays Col Parker as the manager of a traveling show; which could also been thought of as Roustabout 2 – the carny takes over.

Most of Elvis movies were set in an Elvis world bubble and not far off Elvis’ own life, but there were a few period pieces

“Love Me Tender”  “Flaming Star” and Charro being late 1800s, while “Frankie and Johnny” being the riverboat era and “Trouble with Girls” being the early 1990s into roaring 1920s.  I have no idea why there’s Tommy Guns in the backstage and promo shots, there were none in the movie.

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When Elvis made his first movie, he showed up having memorized the entire script, by the late 1960s it is unlikely that he bothered to read the few pages he wasn’t involved in – and is one of the more obviously stoned and phoned in movies.

In a way, that worked for the movie, since the social commentary being stuck in and around Elvis – especially in his final films about social justice, poverty and crime and shifting social values.

Elvis’s movies were mainly scenery, pretty girls and lots of songs with fights and racing vehicles to appease Elvis and the male fans dragged to his movies by the girl fans who wanted to see Elvis sing.

His early 1960s movies were mostly him in matrimony plots, simple stories – while the final films the romances became the b plot to more active characters, even as Elvis had checked out.

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The Trouble with Girls
1969 ‧ Comedy music/Drama ‧ 1h 39m
In the 1920s, Walter (Elvis Presley) pitches the tents of his chautauqua in a small Iowa town, while trying to prevent the various entertainers and lecturers from unionizing by Charlene (Marlyn Mason). While many of the townies attempt to audition to run away with the travelling show – the murder of a local business man pits the outsiders vs the townies, leaving Walter to delay the union, solve the murder and get out of town with a contract to play there again.
Initial release: September 3, 1969 (USA)
Initial DVD release: August 3, 2004

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Sheree North and many other fave tv actors and soon to be actors appear in this movie – as well as Vincent Price a horror movie fave!

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Two child tv era actors appeared in the movie:

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Her only film appearance for Actress Anissa Jones, who portrayed Family Affair’s Buffy. She died of a drug overdose at age 18 in 1976.

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While the Brady Bunch’s Susan Olsen appeared in the movie and was later cast in the tv show.

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Recently Susan has gotten into trouble in her radio era with LGBTQ community issues; which given the givens…

Brady Bunch Star Susan Olsen Fired After an Anti-Gay Rant

‘Cindy Brady’ Susan Olsen apologizes for antigay slur,

circa 1972:  The Brady family, from the television series, 'The Brady Bunch'. Top row (left to right) Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Barry Williams, Christopher Knight; bottom row: Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland, Robert Reed and Susan Olsen.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

circa 1972: The Brady family, from the television series, ‘The Brady Bunch’. Top row (left to right) Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Barry Williams, Christopher Knight; bottom row: Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland, Robert Reed and Susan Olsen. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

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The film production for The Trouble with Girls: Oct – Dec 18, 1968

The recording session took place at United Artists Recorders in Hollywood, on October 23, 1968

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related links

The Trouble With Girls … A Review of Elvis Presley’s Thirtieth Movie

Is The Trouble With Girls Elvis’ most underrated movie? : Elvis Articles

The Trouble With Girls (And How To Get Into It) : MGM 1969

The Trouble with Girls (film) – Wikipedia

The Trouble with Girls (1969) – IMDb

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