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The Trouble With Girls

4 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

These girls found out too late that they are in for big trouble.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Elvis Presley, Marlyn Mason, Nicole Jaffe, Sheree North, Edward Andrews
  • Directors: Peter Tewksbury
  • Writers: Arnold Peyser, Day Keene, Dwight V. Babcock, Lois Peyser, Mauri Grashin
  • Producers: Lester Welch, Wilson McCarthy
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00027JYBM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,027 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Trouble With Girls" on IMDb

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The Trouble With Girls was a pleasant change of pace for Elvis, who had long grown weary of the typical formula flicks, regardless of how well they did at the box office.
The light comedy had a good story to it, and the 1927 setting was great. Elvis is the manager of the traveling Chautauqua, and he blends in well with the rest of the performers, highlighted by Vincent Price, Dabney Coleman and John Carradine.
It was nice to see the movie not centered totally around Elvis' singing, although his rendition of "Swing Down Sweet Chariot" was really motivating. "Clean up Your Own Back Yard" was a great song as well, especially when compared to some stinkers he had done in recent movies.
I read where they were originally going to call the movie "The Chautauqua." They should have done so. I agree with another reviewer who said "The Trouble With Girls," is a deceiving title, making people think it's an "Elvis" movie. This has indeed made it one of his more forgotten and underappreciated efforts. Elvis was in the best physical shape of his life, having come off of the filming of his comeback special, he obviously enjoyed making a different type of movie, and he put more effort into it knowing that his comeback to the stage was just over the horizon once he finished filming "Change of Habit."
And we even see Elvis smoking a cigar. To my knowledge, that is the only time Elvis was seen smoking on screen. Definitely a change from his squeaky clean image from the "Blue Hawaii" days.
See this movie. It won't win any awards, but it lets Elvis fans see him in a different light as his movie career came to an end.
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Forget the stupid title (which has nothing to do with the story) and enjoy one of Elvis Presley's best movies. A recent Los Angeles Times review ranked this 1969 effort as a "turkey" along the lines of "Harum Scarum" and "Spinout." The reviewer obviously did not see this charming 1920s period piece, which is remarkably different from most Elvis films. Highly recommended.
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"The Trouble With Girls" brings on a big change of pace for Elvis as he plays the manager of a tent show who has a lot of trouble coming his way. Mainly when the local pharmacist played by Dabney Coleman is murdered, and efforts are made to track the killer down. Sounds like a mystery. Elvis finally solves the mystery and has caught the crook who definetly needed to sober up. You want to see something pecaueful in this picture is, where Marlyn Mason finds Elvis in a close-up shot playing the piano and singing "Almost", as the tent show Chautauqua is about to pull out of town. This is not a cheap film. There were over 400 extras used, lots of special effects, and lots of costumes. By the way, what the heck is Marlyn Mason saying to Elvis when the firecrackers go off? It didn't sound pleasent. In a unique film, due to Elvis only showing up in only half the picture, Elvis looks good in the sleek white suit. I'm going to get me one of those.
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Released in September 1969 after the culmination of his artistic resurrection, "The Trouble With Girls" is a hidden gem in the Elvis filmography. This charming, offbeat comedy-drama about a traveling medicine show remains among Presley's finest efforts. The 1920s setting is beautifully evoked, complemented by an excellent supporting cast (including Sheree North, Edward Andrews, Vincent Price, John Carradine). For once, Elvis is part of an acting ensemble and delivers a refreshingly mature performance. He also sings a standout rendition of "Swing Down Sweet Chariot" — one of the few gospel numbers Elvis performed on film. Because of its misleading title, "The Trouble With Girls" continues to be sadly overlooked.
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OK, we all know that Elvis starred in some pretty bad movies. However, every one of them MADE money. What other actor can say that about their movies? Not very many. This is one of his better roles. The great thing about this DVD is the print that was used. The picture is VERY clear and crisp. The audio is mono (but you can play around with it if you have a surround sound system) but also very clear. Elvis sings a few very good songs ("Clean up your own back yard" is one of my favorites). Elvis in good form - some laughs - some good acting. An all-around good time to be had by all. Again, the picture is the story of this DVD - such a BIG difference from the VHS. Warner is to be complemented on this and the "Double Trouble" DVD. I hope the boxed set with 6 movies (a re-re-re-re-re-release of "Jailhouse Rock" and "Viva Las Vegas") along with 4 others to be released later this month have the quality of picture and sound as these two have.
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This is a great Elvis movie set in the roaring 1920's.I'm glad to see that it will finally be released on DVD along with his other great movies!!
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A fun musical comedy, THE TROUBLE WITH GIRLS isn't the usual Elvis Presley film but it's completely charming with it's faithful period recreation and fine supporting cast.

Presley plays Walter Hale, manager of the traveling "Chautauqua" tent-show, circa. 1927, who gets mixed up in the lives of the residents of the latest town to host the show. Hale finds himself falling in love with Charlene (Marlyn Mason), organiser of the children's activities; whilst trying to help local single mother Nita Bix (Sheree North) when she murders her nasty married boyfriend (Dabney Coleman). Presley's numbers include "Swing Down Sweet Chariot" and "Clean Up Your Own Backyard".

It's certainly a lot better than some of the other Elvis films from the same period; and seeing Elvis in a more traditional musical is a great treat. Marlyn Mason, probably one of Presley's most formidable leading-ladies, is stunning (and her rendition of "Sign of the Zodiac" is a knockout). Nicole Jaffe (as the amorous hotel clerk), Vincent Price (eccentric speaker "Mr Morality"), John Carradine (as a colourful Shakespearian actor), Joyce van Patten (disgruntled former channel swimmer Maude) and Edward Andrews (as Hale's beleaguered assistant) are also fine. Fans of classic TV shows should keep an eye out for Anissa Jones ("Family Affair") and Susan Olsen ("The Brady Bunch").
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