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40 Pounds of Trouble Details

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Damon Runyon's story "Little Miss Marker" gets a mid-'60s update in this comedy. Steve McCluskey (Tony Curtis) is the manager of a nightspot in Lake Tahoe owned by Bernie Friedman (Phil Silvers). Steve is the kind of guy who has heard every sob story in the book and is not easily impressed, but his hard heart begins to soften a bit when he meets Penny Piper (Claire Wilcox), a young orphan girl with no one to turn to and nowhere to go. Steve grudgingly takes her in and soon grows fond of the tyke. Penny thinks that Steve needs to get married and settle down, so she starts playing Cupid, trying to set him up with pretty Chris Lockwood (Suzanne Pleshette). However, Steve is still reeling from his failed first marriage and isn't so sure that another trip to the altar would be good for him. The film's finale sends Steve on a wild chase through Disneyland. Forty Pounds of Trouble marked the feature directorial debut of Norman Jewison, who would go on to make In the Heat of the Night, Norman Jewison, and Norman Jewison. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Tony Curtis
as Steve McCluskey
Phil Silvers
as Bernie
Suzanne Pleshette
as Chris
Claire Wilcox
as Penny Piper
Larry Storch
as Floyd
Howard Morris
as Julius
Stubby Kaye
as Cranston
Edward Andrews
as Herman
Jim Bannon
as The Westerner
Nicky Blair
as Desk Clerk
Paul Comi
as Cavanaugh
Sharon Farrell
as Dolores
Steve Gravers
as Daytime
Hallene Hill
as Slot-Machine Player
Charles Horvath
as Stooge
Syl Lamont
as Bellboy
Jack LaRue
as Nick the Greek
Kevin McCarthy
as Blanchard
Mary Murphy
as Liz McCluskey
Gregg Palmer
as Piper
Ford Rainey
as Judge
Tom Reese
as Bassett
Ruth Robinson
as Little Old Lady
Karen Steele
as Bambi
Warren Stevens
as Swing
Charles Victor
as Madison Avenue Type
Eduardo Ciannelli
Charles Victor
as Madison Avenue Type
Hallene Hill
as Slot-Machine Player
Gregg Palmer
as Piper
Jim Bannon
as The Westerner
Warren Stevens
as Swing
Tom Reese
as Bassett
Syl Lamont
as Bellboy
Steve Gravers
as Daytime
Jack LaRue
as Nick the Greek
Nicky Blair
as Desk Clerk
Sharon Farrell
as Dolores
Paul Comi
as Cavanaugh
Karen Steele
as Bambi
Ruth Robinson
as Little Old Lady
Charles Horvath
as Stooge
Ford Rainey
as Judge
Edward Andrews
as Herman
Mary Murphy
as Liz McCluskey
Kevin McCarthy
as Blanchard

Crew

Norman Jewison
Director
Stan Margulies
Producer
Marion Hargrove
Screenwriter
Joe MacDonald
Cinematographer
Mort Lindsey
Composer (Music Score)
Mort Lindsey
Songwriter
Sydney Shaw
Songwriter
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director
Robert Clatworthy
Art Director
Rosemary Odell
Costume Designer
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