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The Trouble with Angels

The trouble with The Trouble with Angels is hard to pinpoint. An appealing story idea - hip Mother Superior nun who outfoxes and matures two rebellious students in a Catholic girls' school - has lost impact via repetitious plotting and pacing, plus routine direction.

With:
Rosalind Russell Hayley Mills Binnie Barnes Gypsy Rose Lee Camilla Sparv June Harding

The trouble with The Trouble with Angels is hard to pinpoint. An appealing story idea – hip Mother Superior nun who outfoxes and matures two rebellious students in a Catholic girls’ school – has lost impact via repetitious plotting and pacing, plus routine direction.

Jane Trahey’s book, Life with Mother Superior, was adapted by Blanche Hanalis into an episodic screenplay.

Story takes the extrovert Hayley Mills and pal, sensitive, introverted June Harding, through three full years of school under the watchful eye of Rosalind Russell. Graduation finds Mills in character switcheroo to which Catholic audiences will long since be alerted.

Russell gives appropriate spiritual depth to her part, although eventually is shot down by excess chatter and exposition. Latter also affects two younger femme principals in achieving character development.

The large supporting cast fares far better, simply from less exposure.

The Trouble with Angels

Production: Columbia. Director Ida Lupino; Producer William Frye; Screenplay Blanche Hanalis; Camera Lionel Lindon; Editor Robert C. Jones; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director John Beckman

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1966. Running time: 111 MIN.

With: Rosalind Russell Hayley Mills Binnie Barnes Gypsy Rose Lee Camilla Sparv June Harding

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