40 Pounds of Trouble
40 Pounds of Trouble is a 1962 comedy film directed by Norman Jewison and starring Tony Curtis, Suzanne Pleshette, and Larry Storch. It marks Jewison's directorial debut. The film was shot on location at Disneyland and Lake Tahoe. It is a retelling of Damon Runyon's story Little Miss Marker.
|40 Pounds of Trouble|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Norman Jewison|
|Produced by||Stan Margulies|
|Screenplay by||Marion Hargrove|
|Based on||Little Miss Marker|
by Damon Runyon
|Music by||Mort Lindsey|
|Edited by||Marjorie Fowler|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|31 December 1962 (US)|
|Box office||$2,750,000 (US/ Canada)|
A casino manager played by Tony Curtis and his club singer played by Suzanne Pleshette find their hands full when they agree to take in a troublesome young girl named Penny Piper played by Claire Wilcox, left behind in the casino by her gambling father. The little girl hinders the manager's plans to keep his gaming licence. Penny thinks that Steve needs to get married and settle down, so she starts trying to match make, trying to set him up with Chris Lockwood. Steve is still reeling from his failed first marriage and is apprehensive about another trip to the altar. The movie's culmination involves a slapstick pursuit through Disneyland.
|Tony Curtis||Steve McCluskey|
|Suzanne Pleshette||Chris Lockwood|
|Kevin McCarthy||Louie Blanchard|
|Phil Silvers||Bernie "the Butcher" Friedman|
|Claire Wilcox||Penelope "Penny" Piper|
|“||40 Pounds of Trouble is witless remake of a Runyon Story... Blunt promotion, thin humor fill script... The trouble with 40 Pounds of Trouble is that it is just too hackneyed and dull.||”|
Wilcox has been especially praised in her scene in the courthouse.
- "Top Rental Features of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 71. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
- Gettell, Oliver (May 23, 2015). "'Tomorrowland' and 5 more Disneyland movies to mark the park's 60th". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
- BOSLEY CROWTHER Special to The New York Times. (1963-01-24). "Movie Review - Sodoma e Gomorra - Screen: '40 Pounds of Trouble':Film Is Witless Remake of a Runyon Story Blunt Promotion, Thin Humor Fill Script 'Sodom and Gomorrah' - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
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