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The Trouble with Girls

The Trouble with Girls(1969)

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  • The Trouble with Elvis ....

    • John Jones
    • 8/18/16

    Of course not all the trouble that had befallen Elvis' film career in 1969 should be attributed to the star himself. Early on Elvis had proven that given the script and a solid director he could do comedy ( Blue Hawaii, Follow that Dream and Stayaway Joe) and possessed a latent, if limited and untutored skill for dramatic acting. This talent is evident in Jailhouse Rock, King Creole, Flaming Star, Wild in the Country, Kid Galahad and slightly less evidently in Roustabout. In a string of musical comedies varying from solid and professional to competent but uninspiring Elvis displayed his charisma and flair for humour, essentially playing the same charismatic,fast talking Southern version of his own personality. All the while the movies became devoted to having Elvis sing.. something .. anything and the songs again varied from solid (1960-1964) to competent but formulaic and designed for movie scenes not the music charts. By 1968 Elvis movies were making only a little money and his songs, notwithstanding the quality of some of the material dating from his gospel recordings in 1966 onward failed to top the charts. Following a strict formula had definitely diminished the Presley movies and did not allow him to progress as an actor as he often stated he wanted to. To The Trouble with Girls then. A change of pace at least, the film has genuinely funny scenes featuring stalwarts like Edward Andrews and Sheree North. The film attempts and achieves a sense of the 1920's period in which it is set and evokes a sense of small town USA. As for Elvis himself , he appears to have little to do except fill out a white suit and sing a couple of songs. A couple of good songs though that he sings well. Apart from the singing Elvis is charming and handles the comedy deftly, mostly as a straight man as he is not a comedian like Jerry Lewis or Bob Hope. He is particularly at ease, natural and able onscreen in the final scenes where he comperes the show that will unmask a murderer.

  • Unusual Elvis movie

    • Mike Ord
    • 8/5/14

    Despite its title (unfortunately altered from "Chautauqua" which would have been much more intriguing and was originally proposed as the title) - this Elvis movie, one of his last scripted films, is far from the mid-60s formula style that you might expect.Filmed in 1968 when Elvis was looking great and singing effective songs in his movies again, this movie is a far more sophisticated vehicle for the King, with a small but stylish repertoire of songs for him to get his teeth into, a mature role for him to relish...(his character's motives in the movie aren't always 100% ethical one could argue)- a subtle and ironic script and some great support from the likes of Vincent Price...this lesser known Elvis movie could just convert some doubters and deserves to be more widely acknowledged.

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