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The Trouble with Angels (30-Mar-1966)

Director: Ida Lupino

Writer: Blanche Hanalis

From novel: Life with Mother Superior by Jane Trahey

Music: Jerry Goldsmith

Producer: William Frye

Keywords: Comedy

Two teenage girls become friends at the very catholic St. Francis Academy For Girls, and spend four years scheming, pranking, and otherwise making life difficult for the Mother Superior. Gypsy Rose Lee teaches interpretive dance. Delightful comedy with a tinge of bittersweet; followed by the less successful Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows (1968).

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Binnie Barnes
25-May-1903 27-Jul-1998 The Private Life of Henry VIII
June Harding
7-Sep-1940   The Trouble with Angels
Gypsy Rose Lee
9-Feb-1911 26-Apr-1970 Terpsichorean ecdysiast
Hayley Mills
18-Apr-1946   The Parent Trap
Marge Redmond
14-Dec-1930   Sister Jacqueline on The Flying Nun
Rosalind Russell
4-Jun-1907 28-Nov-1976 Auntie Mame
Kent Smith
19-Mar-1907 23-Apr-1985 Cat People
Mary Wickes
13-Jun-1910 22-Oct-1995 Sister Act


Rosalind Russell   ...   Mother Superior
Hayley Mills   ...   Mary Clancy
Binnie Barnes   ...   Sister Celestine
Gypsy Rose Lee   ...   Mrs. Phipps
Camilla Sparv   ...   Sister Constance
And Introducing
June Harding   ...   Rachel Devery
The Nuns
Mary Wickes   ...   Sister Clarissa
Marge Redmond   ...   Sister Liguori
Dolores Sutton   ...   Sister Rose Marie
Margalo Gillmore   ...   Sister Barbara
Portia Nelson   ...   Sister Elizabeth
Marjorie Eaton   ...   Sister Ursula
Barbara Bell Wright   ...   Sister Margaret
Judith Lowry   ...   Sister Prudence
The Girls
Barbara Hunter   ...   Marvel-Ann
Bernadette Withers   ...   Valerie
Vicky Albright   ...   Charlotte
Patty Gerrity   ...   Sheila
Vicki Draves   ...   Kate
Wendy Winkelman   ...   Sandy
Jewel Jaffe   ...   Ginnie-Lou
Gail Liddle   ...   Priscilla
Michael-Marie   ...   Ruth
Betty Jane Royale   ...   Gladys
Ronne Troup   ...   Helen
Catherine Wyles   ...   Brigette
The Outsiders
Jim Boles   ...   Mr. Gottschalk
Kent Smith   ...   Uncle George
Pat McCaffrie   ...   Mr. Devery
Harry Harvey, Sr.   ...   Mr. Grisson
Mary Young   ...   Mrs. Eldridge


Review by Anthony Ciconte (posted on 7-May-2007)

This movie is a delightful spoof on life in a all-girls Catholic high school of the 1960's. Hayley Mills is delightful as the girl that drives the Mother Superior crazy at the school. It takes you through four delightful years where the good sisters are challenged to say the least to deal with the students who are experienceing a new phase of their lives. Rosalind Russell is a scream as the Mother Superior she has practical and firm, but fair attiutude as the principal. Marge Redmond you remember her from the cool whip commericals as Sr. Ligourie who uses the daily racing form to teach math. She keeps "Mother" from expelling the two main atagonist of the film. Mary Wickes is her drool self as the gym teacher of the school. You will enjoy her jumping into the pool in full-habit to save Hayley and June who can't swim as the try to pass swiming for graduation. There are some touching scenes also the Christmas scene in paricular comes to mind, Mother Superior is shown comforting and older women whose children have failed to visit and Miss Mills is a witness to this. I believe this begins the search that Hayley has through the movie. Gypsy Rose Lee is a parody of herself as the outsider who is brought in to teach "style" to the girls, relax she doesn't play a nun! Jim Hutton is also in the film as the neighboring shcool's band leader. He doesn't have much of a role just a good looking guy for the girls to ogle at. As I said in the begining of this review it a four year trip for the girls and it concludes with Hayley Mill's character joining the convent. If you like a film that doesn't have sex and you just want something to watch with your family I recomend this film.

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