“Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows” is the continuing story of the trials and tribulations between the nuns and the high school girls of St. Francis Girls Academy.

This time, the story depicts the rivalry between the conservative Mother Superior (Rosalind Russell) and the glamorous, progressive young Sister George (Stella Stevens) as they shepherd a busload of girls across America to an interfaith youth rally being held in Santa Barbara, California. As they debate expressions of faith and the 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-Ann Clancy (Barbara Hunter).

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Rosalind Russell reprises her role as Mother Superior with the same gusto as she did with “The Trouble With Angels” two years before. Her love of the girls of St. Francis is unwavering as she deals with their antics and mischief across country, this time adding to the mix a progressive and rebellious novice nun.

Stella Stevens portrays Sister George well, acting as the indignant, suffering person of the sixties right down to the rallies for peace and stopping war. The role of Sister George was originally written for Hayley Mills to reprise her role as the rebellious teen, Mary Clancy, who found her calling at the end of the original film, and stayed at St. Francis to become a nun. Mills, however, chose not to return to the youth oriented film, seeking to do more mature roles in features.

Susan Saint James is great as the energetic Rosabelle. Being her first feature film, Saint James was a relative unknown, as was June Harding, her predecessor before her. Almost every major character in the cast had been on the previous ‘Angels’ film, but Susan held strong and carried her own, outshining in most all scenes with Barbara Hunter.

Hunter reprised her role as the whining Marvel-Ann, cousin to Mary Clancy in the original. While her role was small in “The Trouble With Angels”, she became the semi-focus in “Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows” following in her cousins mischievous footsteps. However, whereas Mary Clancy, in all her rebellious ways, was a likable teen intent on causing mayhem, Marvel-Ann failed to become likable. She never really wins you over and makes you love her at the end, as did Mills.

The main focus of the story is really the relationship between Mother Superior and Sister George. I think, had Hayley Mills reprised her role as Mary Clancy, (aka Sister George) the movie would have fared better. The chemistry between Rosalind Russell and Hayley Mills was there from the beginning. And you really grew to love them both, and were delighted when Mary decided to stay at St. Francis. I didn’t feel the chemistry was there between Russell and Stevens. Unfortunately, it seemed to me, that Stella seemed to be reciting her lines, intent on the emotion already memorized instead of actually listening and reacting to what Russell had to say. She approached the role with such anger towards the ‘establishment’ and for the Sister’s ‘old ways’ that you never really ended up liking her. Humor, yes: likable, no.

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. The rest of the supporting cast is a huge cache of stars: Milton Berle, Arthur Godfrey, Van Johnson and in his final film, Robert Taylor.

The film didn’t fare as well as “The Trouble With Angels”, however it did produce a great theme song from the songwriting duo of Boyce and Hart. Boyce met Hart in 1959 and the following year they teamed up and began writing songs for the likes of Chubby Checker, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Fats Domino. In 1965 they wrote, produced and performed the theme song to the hit television show “The Monkees”. With the success of The Monkees, they began recording their own material and by 1968 received their first gold disc for I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight. By the mid-sixties, they began producing songs for Columbia Pictures, including Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows.
While this sequel is not as good as it’s predecessor (as most sequels aren’t), it is still entertaining for many reasons: the music of Boyce and Hart and the styles of the sixties, from the culture to the clothes. The dance scene with the boys from the St. Francis Boys Academy is a hoot to remember the dance styles also. For fun, mind numbing entertainment, this is a must see, ...but only after you’ve seen the first.



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