The story had a long road
to production as a movie. As early as December
1960, Glenn Ford was set to star in the film. By
February 1961, Elvis was to join as Ford's
co-star along with Hope Lang
and Arthur O'Connell. Screenwriters changed over
and over and, by July 1961, Glenn Ford was out
and Elvis was in as the star. In August 1964,
Elvis was out and Dick Van Dyke was chosen to
star. After more screenwriter changes MGM sold
its rights to Columbia Pictures. In April 1968
MGM bought back the rights to the film and Elvis
was back in as the star. Production finally
began in October 1968 and was finished by
December 18, 1968.
Filming took place at the
MGM studios. Among the film's working titles had
been 'Big America' (during the Columbia
possession) and 'Chautauqa' (including the time
of production with Elvis). Ultimately, it was
released as 'The Trouble with Girls (And How to
Get Into It)'.
played Charlene, the performers' union
representative. Ms. Mason has worked in such
films as 'Brigadoon' and
'Carousel' as well as
in TV shows such as 'Charles In Charge'.
Sheree North played
Nita Bix. Ms. North has had roles in such films
as 'Madigan', 'Charley Varrick' and 'The
Shootist' and has guest performed on such TV
series as 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' and 'The
Golden Girls'. She is also be remembered for
playing Kramer's mother on the 'Seinfeld' TV
series, a character who reveals to the other
characters that Kramer's first name is Cosmo.
She was nominated twice for an Emmy Award, one
for her role on 'Archie Bunker's Place' and one
for 'Marcus Welby, M.D.'.
daughter Betty was played by Nicole Jaffe, who
also worked in the Disney movie 'The Love Bug'.
She might be best known for her voice. From 1969
to 1973, she was the voice of Velma in the
'Scooby-Doo' cartoon series. Since 1974, she has
been an agent for the William Morris Agency.
John Carradine played
Mr. Drewcolt and is well known for his deep
Vincent Price was Mr.
Morality in the 'Trouble With Girls'. He played
many types of roles in movies, including playing
Baka in 'The Ten Commandments'. Eventually,
Price became best known for his work in the
horror genre - his character Dr. Phibes being
one of the most memorable. His inimitable voice
can be heard as the macabre narrator in Michael
Jackson's music video 'Thriller'. Shortly before
his death in 1993, he said that one of his
favorite roles was the voice of Professor
Ratigan in the Disney cartoon 'The Great Mouse
Detective'. A gourmet cook, Price concentrated a
big part the 1970's on cooking programs for
television and he and his wife, the actress
Coral Brown, wrote a cookbook. His last film
role was in the 1990 film 'Edward Scissorhands'.
Dabney Coleman played
the villain Harrison Wilby in 'The Trouble with
Girls'. Over the years, Mr. Coleman has became
known for his roles as a smarmy, selfish type.
You might remember him for his role as the
oppressive boss in the movie 'Nine To Five'. He
also played memorable roles of a similar nature
on the comedic television series 'Mary Hartman,
Mary Hartman', 'Buffalo Bill' and 'The Slap
Maxwell Story'. Today, he can be seen weekly in
the TV drama series 'The Guardian'. He has been
nominated three times for a Golden Globe Award,
winning one in 1988 for 'The Slap Maxwell
Story'. He received a 1991 Emmy nomination for a
guest role on 'Columbo'.
Child actress Anissa
Jones had the role of Carol Bix. She was also
Buffy in the TV series 'Family Affair'.
If you look closely,
you can catch Susan Olsen trying out for the
children's program at the Chautauqua. The next
year she became known for her role as Cindy on
the television series 'The Brady Bunch'.
'The Trouble With
Girls' was directed by Peter Tewksbury, who also
directed the Elvis film 'Stay Away Joe'. Mr.
Tewksbury received three Emmy Award nominations
for his work in television, winning one in 1959
for directing an episode of 'Father Knows Best'.
Upon his retirement from show busines he
relocated to Vermont. There he became known as
'Henry The Cheeseman', having become the manager
of the cheese department at the Brattleboro,
Vermont Food Co-Op and writing a book called
'The Cheeses of Vermont'.
Unique camera angles
were used by cinematographer Jacques R.
Marquette, who also worked on the Elvis movie
Frankie and Johnny. Mr. Marquette began his career in newsreel
photography and served in World War II as an Air
Force photographer. He has worked on numerous
movie and television projects.