Forty Pounds of Trouble


1h 46m 1963

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
Miami, Florida, opening: 18 Jan 1963
Production Company
Curtis Enterprises
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Little Miss Marker" by Damon Runyon in Collier's (26 Mar 1932).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Steve McCluskey, manager of a Lake Tahoe gambling casino owned by Bernie Friedman, is constantly pursued by private detectives because of his refusal to pay alimony to his ex-wife, Liz. Bernie's niece, Chris Lockwood, arrives for a singing engagement, and Steve comes to believe that she is Bernie's mistress. Then Steve is placed in charge of 6-year-old Penny Piper, whose father has left the casino to find the money to pay his gambling losses, and Steve becomes very fond of the child. A few days later, he learns that her father has died in an automobile accident. Before he breaks the news to Penny, he takes her to see Disneyland, and, so as to evade the detectives, he has Chris accompany them, giving the group a family appearance. He is spotted, however, and after a chase through the park he is caught and brought before a judge. The judge is sympathetic to Steve's story, but the juvenile authorities threaten to take Penny away from him. Steve and Chris decide to marry, adopt Penny, and spend their honeymoon at Disneyland.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
Miami, Florida, opening: 18 Jan 1963
Production Company
Curtis Enterprises
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Little Miss Marker" by Damon Runyon in Collier's (26 Mar 1932).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Filmed on location at Hurrah's Club at Lake Tahoe and at Disneyland. The Damon Runyon short story was filmed twice previously by Paramount Pictures as Little Miss Marker (1934) and Sorrowful Jones (1949).

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter February 1963

Released in United States on Video October 26, 1994

Norman Jewison makes his feature directorial debut.

Released in United States Winter February 1963

Released in United States on Video October 26, 1994