Where Angels Go...Trouble Follows! (1968)

95 mins | Comedy | 10 April 1968

Director:

James Neilson

Writer:

Blanche Hanalis

Producer:

William Frye

Cinematographer:

Sam Leavitt

Editor:

Adrienne Fazan

Production Designer:

Lyle Wheeler

Production Company:

William Frye Productions
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HISTORY

Where Angels Go…Trouble Follows! is a sequel to the 1966 film, The Trouble with Angels (see entry), which had been “enormously successful,” as stated in a 16 Jun 1967 LAT article. Actresses Rosalind Russell, Binnie Barnes, Mary Wickes, Dolores Sutton, and Barbara Hunter signed on to reprise their roles, and the 17 May 1967 DV noted that, as with the first film, William Frye would produce for Columbia Pictures. The following week, a 23 May 1967 LAT brief reported that James Neilson would direct from a script written by Blanche Hanalis, who had written the script for The Trouble with Angels, based on Jane Trahey’s 1962 novel, Life with Mother Superior.
       According to a 3 Jul 1967 DV brief, Binnie Barnes and Mary Wickes traveled with filmmakers to seven different cities to audition school girls for the film.
       A production chart in the 21 Jul 1967 DV stated that principal photography had begun earlier that week, on 17 Jul 1967. Shooting was done in Philadelphia, PA, then moved to Santa Fe, NM, by early Aug, according to the 11 Aug 1967 LAT. The 16 Jun 1967 LAT had previously stated that production would also take place in Arizona.
       On 22 Jan 1968, DV noted that a recent sneak preview of the film at the UA Inglewood Theatre in Inglewood, CA, had been well-received. A 3 Apr 1968 world premiere was scheduled to take place in Houston, TX, where Mayor Louis Welch declared the week surrounding the event “Angels Week in Houston,” according to ... More Less

Where Angels Go…Trouble Follows! is a sequel to the 1966 film, The Trouble with Angels (see entry), which had been “enormously successful,” as stated in a 16 Jun 1967 LAT article. Actresses Rosalind Russell, Binnie Barnes, Mary Wickes, Dolores Sutton, and Barbara Hunter signed on to reprise their roles, and the 17 May 1967 DV noted that, as with the first film, William Frye would produce for Columbia Pictures. The following week, a 23 May 1967 LAT brief reported that James Neilson would direct from a script written by Blanche Hanalis, who had written the script for The Trouble with Angels, based on Jane Trahey’s 1962 novel, Life with Mother Superior.
       According to a 3 Jul 1967 DV brief, Binnie Barnes and Mary Wickes traveled with filmmakers to seven different cities to audition school girls for the film.
       A production chart in the 21 Jul 1967 DV stated that principal photography had begun earlier that week, on 17 Jul 1967. Shooting was done in Philadelphia, PA, then moved to Santa Fe, NM, by early Aug, according to the 11 Aug 1967 LAT. The 16 Jun 1967 LAT had previously stated that production would also take place in Arizona.
       On 22 Jan 1968, DV noted that a recent sneak preview of the film at the UA Inglewood Theatre in Inglewood, CA, had been well-received. A 3 Apr 1968 world premiere was scheduled to take place in Houston, TX, where Mayor Louis Welch declared the week surrounding the event “Angels Week in Houston,” according to the 29 Mar 1968 DV. The premiere served as a benefit for Houston’s Holy Name Retreat House. Where Angels Go…Trouble Follows! went on to open in New York City and Los Angeles, CA, on 10 Apr 1968. It received mixed reviews. By early 1969, it had grossed $1.4 million in film rentals, the 8 Jan 1969 Var noted.
       Monty Whitney was expected to make his feature film acting debut in the picture, as announced in the 12 Jul 1967 LAT. Alexandra Hay and Wayne Sutherlin were also named as cast members in the 18 Jul 1967 and 25 Jul 1967 issues of DV. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
17 May 1967
p. 2.
Daily Variety
22 May 1967
p. 1.
Daily Variety
3 Jul 1967
p. 2.
Daily Variety
11 Jul 1967
p. 8.
Daily Variety
14 Jul 1967
p. 15.
Daily Variety
18 Jul 1967
p. 4.
Daily Variety
21 Jul 1967
p. 6.
Daily Variety
25 Jul 1967
p. 4.
Daily Variety
9 Aug 1967
p. 5.
Daily Variety
22 Jan 1968
p. 2.
Daily Variety
29 Mar 1968
p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
23 May 1967
Section D, p. 9.
Los Angeles Times
16 Jun 1967
Section C, p. 1, 4.
Los Angeles Times
12 Jul 1967
Section D, p. 16.
Los Angeles Times
2 Aug 1967
Section D, p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
11 Aug 1967
Section D, p. 18.
Los Angeles Times
4 Apr 1968
Section E, p. 21.
Los Angeles Times
12 Apr 1968
Section C, p. 13.
New York Times
7 Apr 1968
Section D, p. 1, 18.
New York Times
11 Apr 1968
p. 51.
Variety
2 Aug 1967
p. 13.
Variety
3 Apr 1968
p. 22.
Variety
8 Jan 1969
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd supv
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod cons
Asst to the prod
Scr supv
Main titles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Jane Trahey.
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Where Angels Go...Trouble Follows!" words and music Lalo Schifrin, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows
Release Date:
10 April 1968
Premiere Information:
Houston premiere: 3 April 1968
Los Angeles and New York openings: 10 April 1968
Production Date:
began 17 July 1967
Copyright Claimant:
William Frye Productions
Copyright Date:
31 December 1967
Copyright Number:
LP35871
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Pathé
Duration(in mins):
95
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Despite misgivings, conservative Mother Superior Simplicia accompanies progressive Sister George and the girls of St. Francis Academy in Pennsylvania to an ecumenical rally in California. En route they encounter a gang of motorcyclists, intent on rape; spend a night at a Catholic boys' school administered by Father Chase, during which the girls demonstrate bomb manufacture and attend a rock dance; are hosted in New Mexico by Mr. Farriday and his six sons; and are attacked in Arizona by Indian extras enraged at the film director employing them. During the California rally, the nuns, inspired by the spirit of Christian fellowship, resolve their differences, changing their former habits for short skirts and ebony ... +


Despite misgivings, conservative Mother Superior Simplicia accompanies progressive Sister George and the girls of St. Francis Academy in Pennsylvania to an ecumenical rally in California. En route they encounter a gang of motorcyclists, intent on rape; spend a night at a Catholic boys' school administered by Father Chase, during which the girls demonstrate bomb manufacture and attend a rock dance; are hosted in New Mexico by Mr. Farriday and his six sons; and are attacked in Arizona by Indian extras enraged at the film director employing them. During the California rally, the nuns, inspired by the spirit of Christian fellowship, resolve their differences, changing their former habits for short skirts and ebony hose. +

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