quick question

Imagine you’re reading a novel and you run across a reference to an old movie called The Trouble with Angels.

Hayley Mills as Mary Clancy, June Harding as Rachel Devery, Rosalind Russell as Mother Superior, 1966. Hayley Mills is the trouble maker (“I’ve got a scathingly brilliant idea”).

Does this mean anything to you, or would you be totally in the dark? I may not be a practicing Catholic, but I still love this movie and I’m wondering if anybody else remembers it, at all.

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  1. I love this movie, and I’ve never been Catholic at all. I just have a soft spot for Hayley Mills and that era. Also, “The Trouble with Angels” has the rare honor of having an ending that fully and completely surprised me the first time I saw it.

    I think I read a book (or maybe it was another blog?) that referenced it too, but I can’t remember what it was… what were you reading?

  2. I remember that watching that movie so I don’t think it’s too obscure. I also loved her in The Parent Trap.

  3. TwA is one of my favourite movies – I have loved it since I was a young girl. My 14 year old son watched it in August and he thought it was hilarious. He loved the “I’ve got a scathingly brilliant idea” part. I hadn’t seen the movie for about 15 years, and watched it last year, and for years I had always thought the Hayley Mills character had become a nun just out of the blue. But when I saw it again, there was tons of foreshadowing in the movie! It’s a great film and Rosalind Russell was one of the best actresses. And Hayley Mills was a role model for me when I was growing up. The Parent Trap is still one of my best loved movies. And I used to have the biggest crush on the late actor Jim Hutton (father of Timothy Hutton) who played the instructor from the progressive school. He was in the series Ellery Queen, and another delightful movie, Walk Don’t Run, which was Cary Grant’s last film. Great movies from the 60’s. Anyway, I’m not sure if TwA is an obscure film – maybe for today’s 20’s set – but I just love it!

  4. I don’t know about today’s 20’s set, but I’m in my early 30’s and maybe it’s just because I’ve worked with kids, but I know and love this movie! I think it’s a classic that will continue to stand the test of time.

    T

  5. As part of the mid-20’s set, I have never heard of this movie. I have seen other Hayley Mills movies and loved them so I’ll be sure to check this one out.

  6. Hi! I’m also part of the 20s set, and I’ve never heard of it either, but I have heard of Hayley Mills!

  7. Hey, Im 19 years old, and this movie is a classic in my Household. Of course I think I am a rare breed- my mother raised myself and my 8 other siblings on classic movies Like singing in the Rain, The Parent Trap, White Christmas, The Bells of St. Marys…the list goes on and on! As a devout(if I may) Catholic and a product of Private Catholic education run by nuns, I find this movie absolutley hilarious. As I recall the entire school was invited to watch it one night after school…Im sure Sr. Clement was fit to be tied. Anywho, Its heartbreaking that this generations has lost its love for film. It seems we are more interested in filth. I for one wanted to give the older generations a little bit of hope and let you all know that theres still a few of us with a “scathingly brillian idea” of what life is like beyond the holllywood we have all grown accustomed to!

  8. Hey, Im 19 years old, and this movie is a classic in my Household. Of course I think I am a rare breed- my mother raised myself and my 8 other siblings on classic movies Like singing in the Rain, The Parent Trap, White Christmas, The Bells of St. Marys…the list goes on and on! As a devout(if I may) Catholic and a product of Private Catholic education run by nuns, I find this movie absolutley hilarious. As I recall the entire school was invited to watch it one night after school…Im sure Sr. Clement was fit to be tied. Anywho, Its heartbreaking that this generations has lost its love for film. It seems we are more interested in filth. I for one wanted to give the older generations a little bit of hope and let you all know that theres still a few of us with a “scathingly brilliant idea” of what life is like beyond the holllywood we have all grown accustomed to!

  9. does anyone out there know what ever happened to June Harding? If you do please let me know thanks

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