Mischief (1985)

R | 95 mins | Comedy | 8 February 1985

Director:

Mel Damski

Writer:

Noel Black

Cinematographer:

Donald E. Thorin

Production Designer:

Paul Peters

Production Company:

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The film begins with the title cards “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...” and “...Ohio, 1956.” End credits include the following acknowledgments: “The Producers wish to thank the Ohio Film Bureau and Miss Eve LaPolla for their cooperation in the making of this film.”
       According to the 21 Apr 1984 Screen International, the working title for the $8 million film was Heart and Soul. Principal photography was set to begin 7 May 1984, although the 15 May 1984 HR production chart reported filming began on 8 May 1984. The 11 May 1984 HR announced locations in Ohio, including the town of Nelsonville. The 11 Jul 1984 Var reported filming had been completed.
       According to the 4 Jan 1985 HR, the film was set for national release on 8 Feb 1985.
       The 30 Jan 1985 Var reported an earlier working title, Getting Lucky, and announced a premiere was set for 7 Feb at the University City Theater in Columbus, OH, as filming locations were in nearby Nelsonville and Canal Winchester, OH. However, the premiere was held a day earlier, on 6 Feb 1985, according to the Mar 1985 Focus On Fox. Several hundred locals, who served as background actors on the film, were in ... More Less

The film begins with the title cards “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...” and “...Ohio, 1956.” End credits include the following acknowledgments: “The Producers wish to thank the Ohio Film Bureau and Miss Eve LaPolla for their cooperation in the making of this film.”
       According to the 21 Apr 1984 Screen International, the working title for the $8 million film was Heart and Soul. Principal photography was set to begin 7 May 1984, although the 15 May 1984 HR production chart reported filming began on 8 May 1984. The 11 May 1984 HR announced locations in Ohio, including the town of Nelsonville. The 11 Jul 1984 Var reported filming had been completed.
       According to the 4 Jan 1985 HR, the film was set for national release on 8 Feb 1985.
       The 30 Jan 1985 Var reported an earlier working title, Getting Lucky, and announced a premiere was set for 7 Feb at the University City Theater in Columbus, OH, as filming locations were in nearby Nelsonville and Canal Winchester, OH. However, the premiere was held a day earlier, on 6 Feb 1985, according to the Mar 1985 Focus On Fox. Several hundred locals, who served as background actors on the film, were in attendance. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Focus On Fox
Mar 1985
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
11 May 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
15 May 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
4 Jan 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Feb 1985
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
8 Feb 1985
p. 2.
New York Times
8 Feb 1985
p. 19.
Screen International
21 Apr 1984.
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Variety
11 Jul 1984.
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Variety
30 Jan 1985.
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Variety
6 Feb 1985
p. 19.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Jere Henshaw--Michael Nolin Production
A Mel Damski Film
Produced and Released by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
Addl 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Still photog
Key grip
Gaffer
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Const coord
Prop master
COSTUMES
Cost des
Men's costumer
MUSIC
Mus supv and orig score by
Scoring mixer
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom man
Utility sd
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Sd ed
A.D.R. ed
A.D.R. mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Titles by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Casting
Transportation coord
Loc consultant
Picture car coord
Voice casting
Extra casting
Prod coord
Unit pub
Auditor
Asst auditor
Asst to the prods
Asst to the prods
Asst to Mel Damski
A.F.I. intern
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Blueberry Hill,” words and music by Larry Stock, Al Lewis, and Vincent Rose, performed by Fats Domino, courtesy of EMI America Records
“Young Love,” words and music by Carole Joyner and Ric Cartey, performed by Tab Hunter, courtesy of MCA Records Inc.
“Sweet Little Sixteen,” words and music by Chuck Berry, performed by Chuck Berry, courtesy of Sugar Hill Records
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SONGS
“Blueberry Hill,” words and music by Larry Stock, Al Lewis, and Vincent Rose, performed by Fats Domino, courtesy of EMI America Records
“Young Love,” words and music by Carole Joyner and Ric Cartey, performed by Tab Hunter, courtesy of MCA Records Inc.
“Sweet Little Sixteen,” words and music by Chuck Berry, performed by Chuck Berry, courtesy of Sugar Hill Records
“Maybe Baby,” words and music by Charles Hardin and Norman Petty
“School Days,” words and music by Chuck Berry, performed by Chuck Berry, courtesy of Sugar Hill Records
“I’m In Love Again,” words and music by Antoine Domino and Dave Bartholomew, performed by The Fontane Sisters, courtesy of MCA Records Inc., performed by Fats Domino, courtesy of EMI America Records
“Love Is Strange,” words and music by Mickey Baker, Sylvia Robinson and Ethel Smith, performed by Mickey and Sylvia, courtesy of RCA Records
“Be-Bop-A-Lula,” words and music by Gene Vincent and Tex Davis
“One Summer Night,” words and music by Danny Webb, performed by The Danleers, courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects, a division of PolyGram Records Inc.
“Ain’t That A Shame,” words and music by Antoine Domino and Dave Bartholomew, performed by Fats Domino, courtesy of EMI America Records
“Since I Met You Baby,” words and music by Ivory Joe Hunter, performed by Ivory Joe Hunter, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“It Only Hurts For A Little While,” words and music by Mack David and Fred Spielman, performed by The Ames Brothers, courtesy of RCA Records
“Everyday,” words and music by Charles Hardin and Norman Petty, performed by Buddy Holly and The Crickets, courtesy of MCA Records Inc.
"My Prayer,” words and music by George Boulanger and Jimmy Kennedy, performed by The Platters, courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects, a division of PolyGram Records Inc.
“A Lover’s Question,” words and music by Brook Benton and Jimmy Williams, performed by Clyde McPhatter, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“The Great Pretender,” words and music by Buck Ram, performed by The Platters, courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects, a division of PolyGram Records Inc.
“See You Later Alligator,” words and music by Robert Guidry, performed by Bill Haley and his Comets, courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
“Peggy Sue,” words and music by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison and Norman Petty
“At The Hop,” words and music by Artie Singer, David White, and John Medora
“Since I Don’t Have You,” words and music by James Beaumont, Walter Lester, Lennie Martin, John Taylor, Joseph Verscharen, Janet Vogel, and Joseph Rock, performed by The Skyliners, courtesy of Original Sound Record Co. Inc.
“Don’t Be Cruel,” words and music by Elvis Presley and Otis Blackwell, performed by Elvis Presley, courtesy of RCA Records
“It’s All In The Game,” words and music by Carl Sigman and Gen. Charles G. Dawes, performed by Tommy Edwards, courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects, a division of PolyGram Records Inc.
“Heart And Soul,” words and music by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser, performed by The Cleftones, courtesy of Roulette Records
“Rip It Up,” words and music by Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco, performed by Little Richard, courtesy of Specialty Records
“That’ll Be The Day,” words and music by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison and Norman Petty, performed by Buddy Holly and The Crickets, courtesy of MCA Records Inc.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Getting Lucky
Heart and Soul
Release Date:
8 February 1985
Premiere Information:
Premiere in Columbus, Ohio: 6 February 1985
Los Angeles and New York openings: 8 February 1985
Production Date:
8 May--July 1984
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Copyright Date:
8 March 1985
Copyright Number:
PA241496
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® Cameras by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
95
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27482
SYNOPSIS

In Nelsonville, Ohio, 1956, Eugene “Gene” Harbrough and his father, Claude Harbrough, move into a house on a quiet street. The neighbors are disturbed as high school student Gene rides his loud motorcycle. He darts out in front of an oncoming car driven by Kenny and his passenger Bunny, and falls from his bike. Bunny jumps out to see if Gene is hurt, and the two develop an instant attraction. Neighbor Jonathan Bellah introduces himself to Gene, and learns the newcomer was expelled from his previous Catholic school after having sex with two girls. Jonathan admits to being a virgin, and tells Gene about his crush on Marilyn McCauley. He invites Gene to the town fair, and the boys see Marilyn, Bunny, and classmate Rosalie working at a charity kissing booth. Jonathan spins the wheel to determine which girl he will kiss, and is disappointed when it lands on Rosalie. Gene takes a turn and kisses Marilyn, much to Jonathan’s chagrin. However, Gene plays again and gets to kiss his intended, Bunny, and they share a passionate kiss. Jonathan tells Gene about Bunny’s wealthy boyfriend, Kenny. Gene makes it his mission to help Jonathan have sex with Marilyn, and gives him advice on how to act and what to wear. In school, Kenny bullies Jonathan, and Gene chides him for not standing up for himself. After school, Jonathan crashes his bicycle in front of Marilyn. As she tends to his bloody lip, he touches her breast. Gene sees Bunny at a soda shop, and she tells him that Kenny is not her boyfriend. ... +


In Nelsonville, Ohio, 1956, Eugene “Gene” Harbrough and his father, Claude Harbrough, move into a house on a quiet street. The neighbors are disturbed as high school student Gene rides his loud motorcycle. He darts out in front of an oncoming car driven by Kenny and his passenger Bunny, and falls from his bike. Bunny jumps out to see if Gene is hurt, and the two develop an instant attraction. Neighbor Jonathan Bellah introduces himself to Gene, and learns the newcomer was expelled from his previous Catholic school after having sex with two girls. Jonathan admits to being a virgin, and tells Gene about his crush on Marilyn McCauley. He invites Gene to the town fair, and the boys see Marilyn, Bunny, and classmate Rosalie working at a charity kissing booth. Jonathan spins the wheel to determine which girl he will kiss, and is disappointed when it lands on Rosalie. Gene takes a turn and kisses Marilyn, much to Jonathan’s chagrin. However, Gene plays again and gets to kiss his intended, Bunny, and they share a passionate kiss. Jonathan tells Gene about Bunny’s wealthy boyfriend, Kenny. Gene makes it his mission to help Jonathan have sex with Marilyn, and gives him advice on how to act and what to wear. In school, Kenny bullies Jonathan, and Gene chides him for not standing up for himself. After school, Jonathan crashes his bicycle in front of Marilyn. As she tends to his bloody lip, he touches her breast. Gene sees Bunny at a soda shop, and she tells him that Kenny is not her boyfriend. Marilyn joins Jonathan and Gene in their booth, and asks Gene on a date to a drive-in movie. He accepts, and Jonathan is furious, but Gene tells Jonathan to invite Bunny, with the plan of swapping dates. The foursome goes on a double date, but when Kenny sees Jonathan with Bunny, he picks a fight. Gene steps in and takes the blame, and Kenny challenges Gene to a chicken race. The boys drive head on toward each other, and neither veers away until the last moment. They sideswipe each other, and afterward Kenny starts a fistfight, but they break it up when they hear police sirens. Gene’s father’s car is towed home, and his friends watch while Gene is beaten by his father. Sometime later, Gene laments his father’s actions, and tells Jonathan his father’s violence began after his mother died. Back at school, Bunny and Gene make a date, and Gene takes a job at a gas station to pay for his father’s car repair. He encourages Jonathan to ask Marilyn on a date, and much to Jonathan’s surprise, she accepts. At the end of the date, Jonathan kisses Marilyn. Elsewhere, Bunny sneaks out to meet Gene. Both couples begin dating steadily. At the soda shop, nerdy classmate Rosalie watches Jonathan with longing. In time, Marilyn invites Jonathan to her house while her parents are out of town, and they have sex. Marilyn’s parents return home early, and her mother sees Jonathan sneaking out of the house. Gene surprises Bunny at home and is devastated to see Kenny arrive for a date with her. Later, Bunny apologizes to him and explains that her parents invited Kenny to dinner. Gene is upset that Bunny hides their relationship from her disapproving parents. Meanwhile, Marilyn asks Jonathan to go to the prom. Gene and Kenny engage in another fistfight at a drive-in restaurant. Jonathan joins in the fight and suffers a broken arm. When the restaurant owner holds Gene solely responsible for the resulting damages, Gene’s father kicks him out of the house. Gene disappears, and Bunny blames herself. Sometime later, Marilyn asks Jonathan’s permission to go to the prom with a former boyfriend who is coming into town, and Jonathan curses at her and ends their relationship. Gene returns and surprises Jonathan at the soda shop, and Jonathan takes him to see Bunny at the prom. At the dance, Jonathan notices how pretty Rosalie has become, and Gene sees Bunny dancing with Kenny. A school administrator orders the boys to leave, as Gene is no longer a student. Bunny sees Gene leaving and chases after him, but is too late. Jonathan and Gene go to a park where Gene shares that he has been in Kentucky and found a good job at a horse stable. He has returned to ask Bunny to move there with him, but now doubts her feelings for him. When Gene falls asleep on the grass, Jonathan finds Bunny and brings her to Gene. The couple works out their misunderstandings, and Bunny agrees to leave with Gene. Before they run away, she asks Jonathan to tell her father where she has gone. Sometime later, Jonathan goes to the soda shop, and Kenny continues to harass him. Jonathan retaliates by crashing into Kenny’s parked car several times. Their classmates watch in amusement as Kenny tries to drive out of harm’s way, but Jonathan chases after and repeatedly crashes into his vehicle. Jonathan returns to the soda shop and asks Rosalie out on a date. She happily accepts. +

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