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.[2][3] It is a retelling of Damon Runyon's story Little Miss Marker.[4]

40 Pounds of Trouble
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byNorman Jewison
Produced byStan Margulies
Screenplay byMarion Hargrove
Based onLittle Miss Marker
by Damon Runyon
StarringTony Curtis
Suzanne Pleshette
Larry Storch
Music byMort Lindsey
CinematographyJoseph MacDonald
Edited byMarjorie Fowler
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
31 December 1962 (US)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,750,000 (US/ Canada)[1]


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.[5][6][7][8]

Principal castEdit

Actor Role
Tony Curtis Steve McCluskey
Suzanne Pleshette Chris Lockwood
Larry Storch Floyd
Howard Morris Julius
Edward Andrews Herman
Stubby Kaye Cranston
Warren Stevens Swing
Kevin McCarthy Louie Blanchard
Phil Silvers Bernie "the Butcher" Friedman
Claire Wilcox Penelope "Penny" Piper

Critical receptionEdit

Bosley Crowther of The New York Times summed up the film:

Wilcox has been especially praised in her scene in the courthouse.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Top Rental Features of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 71. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
  2. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057069/locations
  3. ^ Gettell, Oliver (May 23, 2015). "'Tomorrowland' and 5 more Disneyland movies to mark the park's 60th". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b 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.
  5. ^ 40 Pounds of Trouble, retrieved 2019-12-17
  6. ^ 40 Pounds of Trouble (1963), retrieved 2019-12-17
  7. ^ "The Secret Story Behind 40 Pounds of Trouble Part One". www.mouseplanet.com. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  8. ^ Noble, Barnes &. "40 Pounds of Trouble". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  9. ^ 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962), retrieved 2019-12-17

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