The Trouble With Girls
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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.
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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So even if it is Disney-ish slop, it's fun to watch, in the first half. Elvis's name is bigger than the title. WAY bigger. Forget him. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AlchemystAZ
This movie was only half a movie! It went black after about 30 min into movie!Published 2 months ago by B. Wyatt
DO NOT BUY!! This the 3rd!!! Disc of the movie I received and ALL have been defective. The movie stops playing on the same scene on all 3 discs. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anthony Paola
The title and trailer don't do this movie justice...it's really one of my favorite movies starring Elvis Presley and all the songs really fit nicely into the interesting proper... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gina
..I bought this because I've been a devout fan of Anissa Jones (who played Buffy on "Family Affair") since I was in diapers. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. Diaz
The reason that I wanted to buy this movie is that this was the very first movie that I saw in a theater. It had just came out back then. Almost 50 years later it's still good.Published 7 months ago by Carl G.
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