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40 Pounds of Trouble (1962)

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Hilarity ensues when a casino manager spends a day at Disneyland with a cute but troublesome little girl.

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Norman Jewison

Writer:

Marion Hargrove
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Steve McCluskey
Suzanne Pleshette ... Chris Lockwood
Larry Storch ... Floyd
Howard Morris ... Julius
Edward Andrews ... Herman
Stubby Kaye ... Cranston
Warren Stevens ... Swing
Mary Murphy ... Liz McCluskey
Kevin McCarthy ... Louie Blanchard
Karen Steele ... Bambi
Tom Reese ... Bassett / Uncle Norman
Steve Gravers ... Daytime
Paul Comi ... Deputy Sheriff Cavanaugh
Ford Rainey ... Judge
Gregg Palmer ... Howard Piper
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Hilarity ensues when a casino manager spends a day at Disneyland with a cute but troublesome little girl.

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Taglines:

Tony's Got Women Trouble!

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forty Pounds of Trouble See more »

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Curtis Enterprises See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The actor who plays the mob boss Bernie had a real life gambling addiction, and lost at least $50,000 while filming. See more »

Goofs

Steve makes a phone call from a booth located on the path between Tomorrowland and Main Street. In the scene where the detective chases Steve through the same area, the phone booth is not there. See more »

Quotes

Steve McCluskey: [calls to the bathroom] What are you doing in there?
Penny Piper: Taking a bath.
Steve McCluskey: What's taking so long?
Penny Piper: I'm a girl.
Steve McCluskey: Oh!
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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) See more »

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Lyrics by Sydney Shaw
Music by Mort Lindsey
Sung by David Allen (uncredited)
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A pleasant remake.
28 August 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is the third version of Damon Runyon's story and was previously made as "Little Miss Marker" (with Shirley Temple), "Sorrowful Jones" (with Bob Hope) and now with this film. All three are enjoyable, though if I were to recommend one (and I am) it would be the original "Little Miss Marker". Still, you could do a lot worse than watching this nice Tony Curtis/Suzanne Pleshette film.

When the film begins, Steve (Curtis) is evading process servers from California once again and just beats them across the state line to the casino he manages in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He seems like a reasonably happy man...or at least successful. But when a loser leaves his cute little girl behind in his hotel room, Steve has got a problem. Oddly, instead of calling the police he and the staff grow to like the kid and keep her!! Later, the girl wants to go on an outing to Disneyland but this will mean Steve once again risking be served a summons to pay back alimony. Along for the ride is a night club singer with a heart of gold, Chris (Pleshette).

The plot is very familiar but has been rather de-Runyonized. In other words the lovable seedy characters you've seen in other Runyon productions as well as earlier versions of this story are mostly gone---cleaned up a bit and with dialog that clearly is more normal! I didn't mind this at all and everyone did fine in the film. I particularly liked seeing the footage of Disneyland circa 1962, as things have certainly changed a lot...and you do see a lot of Disney in the film. Not everything about Disney is perfect, however, as the chase scene did become a bit tedious. Still, it's a nice film that has aged well and is worth your time.


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