The Trouble with Girls

Synopsis: A traveling Chautauqua show. an educational and entertainment troupe, pitch their tents in a small American town with an ensemble of speakers, lecturers, teachers, musicians, and actors as manager Walter Hale must deal with a myriad of problems, including small town prejudice and politics, nepotism, union problems, and a murder.
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Director(s): Peter Tewksbury
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
97 min

I can see it! Here it comes!


Will Coolidge choose to run again?

Will Dempsey beat Sharkey?

Is Babe Ruth going to hit

60 homers this year?

Lucky Lindy had just flown the Atlantic.

Janet Gaynor won the first Oscar.

Al Capone was scaring Chicago.

But the really big event of the year... thousands of towns

like Radford Center, Iowa...

...was the traveling Chautauqua troupe

that was coming to town...

...with its silver-tongued orators

and exciting entertainers.

There was one man who held

the dizzy troupe together.

He was the manager.

He wore a white suit.

And when he stepped down off

that big train on a hot summer's day...

...a town looked different.

It somehow came alive!

- How you doing, kiddo?

- White folks still ahead.

I'll tell you what.

- What's this for?

- You wear this button...'s like advertising space

for us, right?

- Well, that's the fee, baby.

- Got something for her?

- Have you got your tickets for the season?

- No, because it's so much money.

- Anyone can afford Chautauqua.

- Not us.

- Well, I don't have the time.

- She says it's all baloney.

Chautauqua's not baloney, ma'am.

It's a way of life.

Enjoy the week, ma'am,

as a guest of the Chautauqua.

Boy! And you didn't even wanna come!

- Where's Walter?

- I don't know.

- Would you find him?

- Right, right.

- Where's Hale?

- I don't know where he is now.

- But an hour ago...

- Yeah, yeah, yeah. Come on, come on.

Good question. That is a very

interesting question.

I am glad that you asked

that question.

That's the kind of a question

that should be asked.

Hey, boss! Boss!

Now that you're the boss, give me

the chance to do something. Watch this.

- A manic-depressive duck.

- Hey, Walt!

Isn't she cute, Hale?

Can't you just see this adorable

little child as the lead in the pageant?

Yeah, she's something.

- Do we move it, boss?

- Right, roll it. Sure.

And thank you too.

Mr. Hale, now, I don't wanna

seem pushy or anything, Mr. Hale.

But wouldn't it be nice

if Lily-Jeanne could play...

...the lead

in the little children's pageant?

- Mr. Hale, that would be very nice...

- I don't think it'll be a problem.

- Still got it?

- Yeah.

Come on, kids.

I think it must be over here.

Make a mental note to yourself.

Make sure the college boys

know where the drugstore is.

- The old man says...

- Glad you're here, ma'am.

You gotta always check

the electrical equipment.

Last year, somebody pulled

the wrong switch...

...and the whole damn town

was dark for 11 hours.

- Now, what...

- Excuse me.

Could I get to both the French cooking

and the cannibalism lecture this afternoon?

You see, I'm interested

in all kinds of cooking.

French cooking is right back there and

cannibalism's going on in the main tent.

Nice to see you.

Stay away from the locals, kiddo.

You're the boss now.

Don't forget that.

This is very important. When it rains,

be sure you get a lot of old blankets.

And put them over the leaky parts...

Oh, for heaven's sake.

You're doing it wrong.

Let me show you.

Now, the boss says to be sure

to remember that the timetables...

...are not written in daylight-savings time.

You make an awful mistake...

Remember to push everything back

an hour or you'll get all mixed up.

Johnny! Get Hale.

And tell him I have to see him.

- Hale, Charlene wants to see you.

- I'll be there in a minute.

There, that was wonderful.

Okay, now, you can sit down.

It's out back. Next, please!

You made life cheery.

Get down. Get down.

Thank you, darling.

That was very good.

Will you stop fighting?

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