The Trouble with Girls (full title: The Trouble with Girls (and How to Get Into It)) is a 1969 comedy film

The Trouble With Girls
Directed by Peter Tewksbury

George Templeton (Ass't)

Produced by Lester Welch
Written by Dwight V. Babcock

Day Keene (novel) Mauri Grashin (story)

Starring Elvis Presley,

Marlyn Mason, Nicole Jaffe, Sheree North, Edward Andrews, John Carradine, Vincent Price, Dabney Coleman, Duke Snider, Anissa Jones, Frank Welker, Joyce Van Patten, Susan Olsen

Music by Billy Strange
Editing by Al Clark
Distributed by MGM
Release date(s) September 3, 1969
Running time 99 minutes
Language English
Preceded by Charro!
Followed by Change of Habit

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starring Elvis Presley. It was the only Elvis movie to have a subtitle in its name and is an odd mixture of music, comedy, and melodrama. The Trouble with Girls is unique for an Elvis Presley picture because Elvis is on screen for less than half the film. It is based on the 1960 novel Chautauqua by Day Keene (1904–1969) and Dwight Vincent Babcock (1909–1979), which was published by Putnam.


The film takes place in a small Iowa town in 1927. A traveling Chautauqua company arrives in the town, but internal squabbles create friction amidst the troupe. The new manager, Walter Hale (Elvis Presley), is trying to prevent Charlene, the troupe’s “Story Lady” (Marlyn Mason), from recruiting the performers to form a union.

Meanwhile, the town has a scandal following the murder of the local pharmacist Wilby (Dabney Coleman). Although a shady gambler is arrested, Walter realizes that the real killer is Nita (Sheree North), one of Wilby’s employees. Walter successfully gets Nita to confess during a Chautauqua performance, where she makes public the sexual harassment that Wilby directed at her. Nita’s self-defense plea frees the wrongly jailed man, but Charlene is outraged that Walter used the crime to financially enrich the Chautauqua, and attempts to quit.

Walter attempts to reason with Charlene, but when she refuses to give in, he deceives her and uses the local police force to be sure that she must leave on the train with the rest of the troupe.


Actor/Actress Character
Elvis Presley Walter Hale
Marlyn Mason Charlene
Nicole Jaffe Betty Smith
Sheree North Nita Bix
Edward Andrews Johnny
John Carradine Mr. Drewcolt
Vincent Price Mr. Morality
Dabney Coleman Harrison Wilby
Duke Snider The Cranker
Anissa Jones Carol Bix
Frank Welker Rutger/College Kid
Joyce Van Patten The Swimmer
Susan Olsen Auditioning Singer