The Trouble with Girls (1969)

97 mins | Comedy-drama | June 1969

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HISTORY

The Trouble with Girls marked the feature film debut of actor-composer John Rubenstein, the son of famed pianist Arthur Rubenstein.
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The Trouble with Girls marked the feature film debut of actor-composer John Rubenstein, the son of famed pianist Arthur Rubenstein.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
24 Apr 1968
p. 3.
Daily Variety
4 Nov 1968
p. 10.
Daily Variety
7 Nov 1968
p. 2.
Daily Variety
15 Nov 1968
p. 6.
Daily Variety
21 Nov 1968
p. 8.
Daily Variety
29 Nov 1968
p. 4.
Daily Variety
5 Dec 1968
p. 4.
Daily Variety
6 Dec 1968
p. 2.
Daily Variety
18 Dec 1968
p. 10.
Daily Variety
14 May 1969
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
10 Sep 1969
Section G, p. 16.
Los Angeles Times
13 Sep 1969
Section A, p. 7.
New York Times
7 Dec 1969
Section D, p. 17.
New York Times
11 Dec 1969
p. 63.
Variety
30 Oct 1968
p. 24.
Variety
7 May 1969
p. 28.
Variety
21 May 1969
p. 28.
Variety
25 Jun 1969
p. 9.
Variety
24 Dec 1969
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec supv
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Chautauqua by Day Keene, Dwight Babcock (New York, 1960).
SONGS
"Clean Up Your Own Back Yard," words and music by Scott Davis and Billy Strange, sung by Elvis Presley.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Chautauqua
Chautauqua
Release Date:
June 1969
Premiere Information:
Dayton, Ohio, opening: week of 24 June 1969
Los Angeles opening: 10 September 1969
New York opening: 10 December 1969
Production Date:
28 October--18 December 1968
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Copyright Date:
8 May 1969
Copyright Number:
LP36951
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
Metrocolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
97
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In 1927, a chautauqua company comes into Radford Center, Iowa, and its new manager, Walter Hale, is attracted to Charlene, the Story Lady, despite their frequent quarrels over Charlene's attempts to form a union of the performers. Charlene, given the job of choosing a local child for the lead in the pageant, selects Carol Bix, whose mother, Nita, is an employee of the evil druggist Wilby. Local dignitaries are upset over the decision to use the Bix girl because they expected to see one of their own children selected. Wilby's body is found floating in the lake, and gambler Clarence is arrested. Walter realizes that Nita killed Wilby (he had forced her into having an affair with him), and he persuades her to confess publicly as part of the chautauqua performance. As a result of Nita's plea of self-defense against the lecherous Wilby, Clarence is cleared of the charge, and Nita is exonerated and gains enough money to realize her dream of moving to a new town with Carol and starting anew. Although Charlene is outraged at Walter's exploiting a killing for the company's financial advantage and threatens to quit, Walter manages to convince her of his integrity and persuades her to return to the company. Songs include : "Clean Up Your Own Back Yard," "America, the Beautiful," "A Thweet Yellow Tulip," "Toot-Toot-Tootsie," "Mademoiselle From Armantiers," "Rocked in the Cradle of the ... +


In 1927, a chautauqua company comes into Radford Center, Iowa, and its new manager, Walter Hale, is attracted to Charlene, the Story Lady, despite their frequent quarrels over Charlene's attempts to form a union of the performers. Charlene, given the job of choosing a local child for the lead in the pageant, selects Carol Bix, whose mother, Nita, is an employee of the evil druggist Wilby. Local dignitaries are upset over the decision to use the Bix girl because they expected to see one of their own children selected. Wilby's body is found floating in the lake, and gambler Clarence is arrested. Walter realizes that Nita killed Wilby (he had forced her into having an affair with him), and he persuades her to confess publicly as part of the chautauqua performance. As a result of Nita's plea of self-defense against the lecherous Wilby, Clarence is cleared of the charge, and Nita is exonerated and gains enough money to realize her dream of moving to a new town with Carol and starting anew. Although Charlene is outraged at Walter's exploiting a killing for the company's financial advantage and threatens to quit, Walter manages to convince her of his integrity and persuades her to return to the company. Songs include : "Clean Up Your Own Back Yard," "America, the Beautiful," "A Thweet Yellow Tulip," "Toot-Toot-Tootsie," "Mademoiselle From Armantiers," "Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep." +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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