Directed by Peter Tewksbury 
Produced by Lester Welch 
Screenplay by Arnold Peyser and Lois Peyser
Based on Chautauqua by Day Keene and Dwight V. Babcock 
Music by Billy Strange 
Cinematography Jacques R. Marquette 
Editing by Al Clark 
Studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 
Release date September 3, 1969
Running time 99 minutes 
Country United States 
Language English


In a small Iowa town in 1927, a traveling Chautauqua company arrives, with internal squabbles dividing the troupe. The new manager, Walter Hale, is trying to prevent Charlene, the troupe’s “Story Lady”, from recruiting the performers to form a union.

Meanwhile, the town has a scandal following the murder of the local pharmacist Wilby. Although a shady gambler is arrested, Walter realizes that the real killer is Nita, one of Wilby’s employees.

Walter successfully gets Nita to confess during a Chautauqua performance, where she makes public the sexual harassment that Wilby directed at her. Nita’s self-defense plea frees the wrongly jailed man, but Charlene is outraged that Walter used the crime to financially enrich the Chautauqua, and attempts to quit.

Walter attempts to reason with Charlene, but when she refuses to give in, he deceives her and uses the local police force to be sure that she must leave on the train with the rest of the troupe.


Elvis Presley as Walter Hale
Marlyn Mason as Charlene
Nicole Jaffe as Betty Smith
Sheree North as Nita Bix
Edward Andrews as Johnny
John Carradine as Mr. Drewcolt
Vincent Price as Mr. Morality
Dabney Coleman as Harrison Wilby
Duke Snider as The Cranker
Anissa Jones as Carol Bix
John Rubinstein as Princeton/College Kid
Frank Welker as Rutger/College Kid
Joyce Van Patten as The Swimmer
Susan Olsen as Auditioning Singer


Written by Buddy Kaye
Performed by Elvis Presley

Clean Up Your Own Back Yard
Written by Mac Davis, Billy Strange
Performed by Elvis Presley

Swing Down Sweet Chariot
By Wallis Willis
Performed by Elvis Presley

Violet (Flower of NYU)
Written by Steven Dueker, Peter Norton Lohstroh
Performed by Elvis Presley

Signs of the Zodiac
Written by Buddy Kaye, Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley & Marlyn Mason

Doodle Doo Doo
Words and Music by Art Kassel and Mel Stitzel, 1924
Performed by Linda Sue Risk

The Whiffenpoof Song
Written by Ted Galloway, Meade Minnigerode and George Pomeroy
Sung by Elvis Presley
(not used in film)

The Trouble with Girls (full title: The Trouble with Girls (and How to Get Into It)) is a 1969 film starring Elvis Presley. It was one of his final acting roles, along with the same year's Change of Habit.

The only Elvis movie to have a subtitle in its name, it is an odd mixture of music, comedy, and melodrama. The Trouble with Girls is also unique because Elvis is on screen for less than half the film.

It is based on the 1960 novel Chautauqua by Day Keene (1904–1969) and Dwight Vincent Babcock (1909–1979), which was published by Putnam.