Trouble with Angels
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Trouble with Angels

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Director: Ida Lupino

Cast: Ida Lupino, Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills, Binnie Barnes

     
 

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American popular culture has never known what to do with nuns. Well, almost never -- there were Lilies of the Field and The Bells of St. Mary's, but the latter was produced and directed by Leo McCarey, a devout, true-believing Catholic. The The Trouble With Angels has a split personality about nuns. Oh, in the end Mary Clancy (Hayley Mills) makesSee more details below

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American popular culture has never known what to do with nuns. Well, almost never -- there were Lilies of the Field and The Bells of St. Mary's, but the latter was produced and directed by Leo McCarey, a devout, true-believing Catholic. The The Trouble With Angels has a split personality about nuns. Oh, in the end Mary Clancy (Hayley Mills) makes a decision to join them, and Mary and her comrade-in-arms Rachel Devery (June Harding) both seem hopelessly ignorant for mid-'60s teenagers (with Rachel, in particular, an ignoramus of the highest order); but from a commercial standpoint, the audience at which it was really aimed identified with the hijinks that make the lives of the nuns at St. Francis Academy such a challenge, if not downright miserable. Director Ida Lupino and the script obviously sympathized with the sisters, but the very fact that there was a rather less serious sequel shows that the producers recognized that one miscalculation in the first movie. The defining scene in the movie is the one in which one of the girls remarks, "The only difference between this place and a girl's reformatory is the tuition." The movie comes to us from Columbia-TriStar Home Video in a full-screen transfer, which is not the way to see it. (The film was shot in a non-anamorphic 1.85:1 aspect ratio, and the image seems cramped at the edges in many of the scenes, especially in any shots with more than two or three actors.) Otherwise, the transfer is bright and clean, with lots of detail even in the mostly unlit night shots. The best looking shots of all are also the most dramatic, involving Rosalind Russell, many of them with Marge Redmond. There is a minimal supplement that includes the trailers for a brace of more recent movies for younger audiences -- oddly enough, the sequel to this one, Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows, is not among them. The 111-minute movie gets a very generous 28 chapters.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Trouble With Angels is in the tradition of such Catholic-themed Hollywood films as Going My Way, but its take is slightly different. Here, the emphasis is as much (or more) on the students than on the adults, and while these students are deep down as good-hearted as their cinematic forebears, these adults have much less tolerance for them. The story is episodic and essentially silly, but director Ida Lupino handles it with loving care. She takes the time to create small moments and telling details, fleshing out the characters beyond their stereotypical roles. As a result, the audience genuinely cares and roots for everyone involved. The cast is very good, with Hayley Mills playing effectively against type as a spoiled-and-looking-for-attention rich girl and June Harding believable as the shyer, more reluctant partner who exults in being drawn into Mills' plots. Rosalind Russell is her usual dependable self, bringing a heft and authority to the role which works well against Mills. She also knows when to let the Mother Superior's softer side show through. And, as always, Russell is an expert at sending a line home. The rest of the cast, including Marge Redmond, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Mary Wickes, is solid and reliable. Not a great film, The Trouble With Angels is surprisingly entertaining and affecting.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2003
UPC:
0043396016774
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
G
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:51:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Trialers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rosalind Russell Mother Superior
Hayley Mills Mary Clancy
Binnie Barnes Sister Celestine
Gypsy Rose Lee Mrs. Phipps
Camilla Sparv Sister Constance
June Harding Rachel Devery
Mary Wickes Sister Clarissa
Marge Redmond Sister Liguori
Dolores Sutton Sister Rose Marie
Margalo Gillmore Sister Barbara
Marjorie Eaton Sister Ursula
Barbara Bell Wright Sister Margaret
Judith Lowry Sister Prudence
Barbara Hunter Marvel-Ann
Patty Ann Gerrity Sheila
Ronne Troup Helen
Jim Boles Mr. Gottschalk
Kent Smith Uncle George
Pat McCaffrie Mr. Devery
Mary Young Mrs. Eldridge
Jim Hutton Mr. Petrie
Portia Nelson Sister Elizabeth
Harry Harvey Mr. Grissom

Technical Credits
Ida Lupino Director
John Beckman Art Director
Helen Colvig Costumes/Costume Designer
William Frye Producer
Victor A. Gangelin Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Blanche Hanalis Screenwriter
Robert Jones Editor
Ben Lane Makeup
Lionel Lindon Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [4:22]
2. A Scathingly Brilliant Idea [2:53]
3. The Dragon of St. Francis [2:47]
4. Midgets With Bad Habits [1:54]
5. Orientation [4:19]
6. Cloisters Grand Tour [6:44]
7. Napoleon's Retreat From Moscow [1:47]
8. Dear Mr. Petrie [3:15]
9. A Scathingly Brilliant Idea II [5:31]
10. A Scathingly Brilliant Idea III [7:23]
11. Mrs. Phipps, Interpretive Dancer [2:20]
12. Two Dozen Binders [1:37]
13. Respect for Sister Ursula [4:15]
14. Sister Rose Marie's Eclairs [2:06]
15. The County Home for the Aged [4:44]
16. "Must Be a Fire Someplace" [1:46]
17. Band Practice [12:09]
18. A Scathingly Brilliant Idea IV [2:50]
19. Nonsectarian Band Uniforms [4:01]
20. Victory! [2:40]
21. Christmas Services [3:19]
22. Rachel's Cocktail Dress [2:01]
23. The House of Madeline Roche [3:25]
24. Victims & Rescuer [2:55]
25. Called to the Philippines [2:23]
26. A Death Among the Sisters [5:13]
27. Graduation Day [3:48]
28. A Difficult and Courageous Decision [2:59]

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