Release dateApril 10, 1968 (1968-04-10) (USA) WriterBlanche Hanalis, Jane Trahey (characters) Film seriesThe Trouble with Angels Film Series CastRosalind Russell (Mother Simplicia), Stella Stevens (Sister George), Binnie Barnes (Sister Celestine), Mary Wickes (Sister Clarissa), Dolores Sutton (Sister Rose Marie), Milton Berle (The Movie Director: The 'In' Group) Similar moviesThe Countess Died of Laughter, Salt, The Iron Mask, The Exorcist, The Mighty Macs, Oldboy
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Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows is a 1968 American comedy film directed by James Neilson and starring Rosalind Russell, Stella Stevens, and Binnie Barnes. Written by Blanche Hanalis, (who would go on to develop Little House on the Prairie five years later), the film is based on a story by Jane Trahey about an old-line Mother Superior who is challenged by a modern young nun when they take the girls of St. Francis Academy on a bus trip across the United States.
Released on April 10, 1968, Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows is a sequel to The Trouble with Angels (1966). Russell, Mary Wickes, Binnie Barnes and Dolores Sutton all reprise their roles as nuns from the original film. Wickes would later don the habit yet again for her amusing turn in both Sister Act (1992) and the sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993).
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The story depicts the rivalry between the conservative Mother Superior (Russell) and the glamorous, liberal progressive young Sister George (Stevens) as they shepherd a busload of Catholic high school girls across America to an interfaith youth rally being held in Santa Barbara, California. As they debate expressions of faith and role of the Church in the tumultuous America of the sixties, they must also contend with the antics of two rebellious, trouble-prone students, Rosabelle (Susan Saint James) and Marvel Anne (Barbara Hunter).
Rosalind Russell as Mother Superior
Stella Stevens as Sister George
Binnie Barnes as Sister Celestine
Mary Wickes as Sister Clarissa
Dolores Sutton as Sister Rose-Marie
Milton Berle as Film Director
Arthur Godfrey as The Bishop
Van Johnson as Father Chase
Robert Taylor as Mr. Farraday
Susan Saint James as Rosabelle
Barbara Hunter as Marvel Anne
Alice Rawlings as Patty
Hilary Thompson as Hilarie
Devon Douglas as Devon
Ellen Moss as Tanya
Cherie Lamour as Cherie
June Fairchild as June
Along with Russell, the three featured nuns from The Trouble with Angels (Mary Wickes as Sister Clarissa, Binnie Barnes as Sister Celestine and Dolores Sutton as Sister Rose-Marie) returned for this outing. Barbara Hunter also reprised her role as Marvel Anne, the cousin of Hayley Mills' character (despite having been seen in the graduation line-up at the finale of the first film). The supporting cast includes Milton Berle (as a bombastic John Ford style movie director), Arthur Godfrey (as the Bishop of the diocese where the St. Francis Academy is located), Van Johnson (as the head of a Catholic boys high school) and Robert Taylor (as a wealthy rancher in his final film).
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Many of the scenes in the movie's first half were filmed in Philadelphia, including Market Street near 13th Street, a couple of blocks west, right outside City Hall, and a protest scene at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Also, at the northern suburbs of Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley, especially at was St. Mary's Villa, a Catholic home for troubled and at-risk youth on Bethlehem Pike in Ambler, Pennsylvania.
The "boarding school" at which the group stops was actually Germantown Academy, about 2 miles (3.2 km) south of St. Mary's Villa, although the church shown just prior to the boarding school is actually Ft. Washington Baptist Church, which is only about 1 mile (1.6 km) northeast of St. Mary's Villa. A scene prominently displays Dorney Park, an amusement park in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The early bus scenes were filmed in nearby Fort Washington, Pennsylvania and along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, with the exception of the scene where the bus (which bears an appropriate Pennsylvania license plate) stalls at a railroad crossing and is nearly hit by a Santa Fe train (which does not serve the Philadelphia area).
The theme song was written and performed on the soundtrack by pop act and songwriting duo Boyce & Hart. Composer Lalo Schifrin, best known for his work on the television series Mission: Impossible, collaborated with Boyce & Hart on the title song and supplied the incidental score.
"Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows" (Schifrin, Boyce, and Hart) performed by Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart – 1:59
"Goodbye Baby (I Don't Want to See You Cry)" (Schifrin, Boyce, and Hart) performed by Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart – 2:57