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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, ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2003
  • UPC: 043396016774
  • Original Release: 1966
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD

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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Trailers
      Annie
      Madeline
      Matilda
      Little Secrets
      Daddy Day Care
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Scathingly brilliant

    i have been a fan of Hayley Mills since i was a young girl. i think she nailed another great movie. its is a great movie to sit and watch with your family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Trouble with Angels

    "Where's the fire?" invokes the bass voice of Roz Russell to her least favorite pupil Hayley Mills...as Hayley plummets down a fire escape. There are hijinks galore in this hilarious coming of age story. It should appeal to anyone who remembers their youth, who were taught by nuns, or who came up with "scathingly brilliant ideas". Don't miss it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Trouble with Angels

    "Where's the fire??" invokes the bass voice of Rosalind Russell as she catches prankster Hayley Mills plummeting down a fire escape...Teenaged Mills evokes both laughter and tears as the bane of Mother Superior's existance. It should have special meaning for anyone who remembers their teen years...for anyone who was taught by nuns...or for the ones who had the "scathingly brilliant" ideas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Movie but the Pan and Scan Only Format of the DVD is Dissapointing!!

    This is a very cute movie! I really enjoyed watching it and thought that Rosalind Russell and Hayley Mills were superb My only complaint is that the DVD is pan an scan and they didn't also include a widescreen version! I'm hoping that someday a widescreen DVD will be released!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Growing Up in 1966

    I saw this movie in 1966 when I was 16 with my close friends before moving 3 states away shortly after. It was such a coincidence to had seen that movie at the pinnicle of my own personal turning point. I knew what was happening in Mary's (Hayley) heart was surely happening to me at that time. It was so bittersweet to had left my close friends, but for sure fortunate enough to had left a strong but 'sweet 16' memory for me as I progressed to become a young adult.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Did You go To Catholic School?

    this movie is a classic crack up! one of my very favorites...enjoy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Memories

    I loved seeing this movie for the first time in 1966 in the movie theaters. My sister and I laughed so much. Loved growing up watching Hayley Mills movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHAT MOVIES SHOULD BE

    The first time I saw this movie I was a little girl. Now I'm 23 and still love it! It's full of cute and clean humor that all ages can injoy. Moms, get this movie and watch it with your daughters. I've never seen a movie that diminstrates just how hard growing up is, how much fun trouble can be, and how just a few years makes all the diferance in a young woman's life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2002

    Great adventure

    Trouble with Angels is a great movie--for kids and adults alike. For anyone who has any idea of what growing up in a boarding school is like, this movie takes it to perfection. The two main characters start out on their bus ride to attend the nun-run Catholic school for their first year, and from the beginning you can see they are going to be trouble. Mills's character is definitely the dominant, leading her friend to try out devilish schemes and ideas with her that mischievously add comedy to the lives in the boarding school. This film is great for comedy, and for tears. It's great for the whole family, and I highly recommend it.

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