40 Pounds of Trouble (1962) Poster

40 Pounds of Trouble (1962)

  • Rate: 6.4/10 total 353 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 31 December 1962 (USA)
  • Runtime: 106 min
Our Score
38 user reviews.

User Score (vote now)
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars

You're here : » » 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962)...

Part 1 Part 2 Disneyland Monorail in  Forty Pounds of Trouble.mp4 Suzanne Pleshette in 40 Pounds Of Trouble 1962 Movie Review 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962) 

40 Pounds of Trouble (1962)


40 Pounds of Trouble 1962tt0057069.jpg poster

  • IMDb page: 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962)
  • Rate: 6.4/10 total 353 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 31 December 1962 (USA)
  • Runtime: 106 min
  • Filming Location: Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort – 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, California, USA
  • Director: Norman Jewison
  • Stars: Tony Curtis, Phil Silvers, Suzanne Pleshette | See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Mort Lindsey   
  • Soundtrack: What's the Scene
  • Sound Mix: Mono (Westrex Recording System)
  • Plot Keyword: Disneyland | Casino | Parenthood | Screwball | Family Abandonment

Writing Credits By:

  • Marion Hargrove (written by)
  • Damon Runyon  story "Little Miss Marker" (uncredited)

Known Trivia

  • First film allowed to shoot inside Disneyland.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When Steve makes the phone call from the booth near Tomorrowland, the whistle from the steamboat can be heard loudly. However, the steamboat is in Frontierland and cannot normally be heard from this location.

Plot: Hilarity ensues when a casino manager spends a day at Disneyland with a cute but troublesome little girl. |  »

Story: Hilarity ensues when a casino manager spends a day at Disneyland with a cute but troublesome little girl.

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Stan Margulies known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Tony Curtis known as Steve McCluskey
  • Suzanne Pleshette known as Chris Lockwood
  • Larry Storch known as Floyd
  • Howard Morris known as Julius
  • Edward Andrews known as Herman
  • Stubby Kaye known as Cranston
  • Warren Stevens known as Swing
  • Mary Murphy known as Liz McCluskey
  • Kevin McCarthy known as Louie Blanchard
  • Karen Steele known as Bambi
  • Tom Reese known as Bassett / Uncle Norman
  • Steve Gravers known as Daytime
  • Paul Comi known as Deputy Sheriff Cavanaugh
  • Ford Rainey known as Judge
  • Gregg Palmer known as Howard Piper
  • Sharon Farrell known as Dolores
  • David Allen
  • Claire Wilcox known as Penelope 'Penny' Piper
  • Phil Silvers known as Bernie Friedman
  • Richard Alden known as Minor Role (uncredited)
  • Jim Bannon known as Western Gambler (uncredited)
  • Nicky Blair known as Desk Clerk (uncredited)
  • Croftt Brook known as Lawyer (uncredited)
  • George Bruggeman known as Minor Role (uncredited)
  • Bess Flowers known as Kibitzer at Craps Table (uncredited)
  • Gerald Gordon known as District Attorney Parker (uncredited)
  • Joe Gray known as Gambler (uncredited)
  • Hallene Hill known as Slot-Machine Player (uncredited)
  • Charles Horvath known as Stooge (uncredited)
  • Kenner G. Kemp known as Hotel Guest at Desk (uncredited)
  • Helen Kleeb known as Child Welfare Worker (uncredited)
  • Jack La Rue known as Nick the Greek (uncredited)
  • Diane Ladd known as Young bride on honeymoon (uncredited)
  • Syl Lamont known as Bellboy (uncredited)
  • Ramon Martinez known as Indian Chief (uncredited)
  • John McKee known as Casino Doorman (uncredited)
  • Allyn Ann McLerie known as Blanchard's secretary (uncredited)
  • Tito Memminger known as Room Clerk (uncredited)
  • Richard Mulligan known as Bellhop (uncredited)
  • Ruth Robinson known as Little Old Lady (uncredited)
  • Charles Victor known as Madison Avenue Type (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Joan St. Oegger known as hair stylist
  • Daniel C. Striepeke known as makeup artist (as Danny Striepeke)
  • Emile LaVigne known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Jean Mollner known as makeup artist (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Curtis Enterprises


  • Universal Pictures (1962) (USA) (theatrical)
  • MCA/Universal Home Video (????) (USA) (VHS) (pan/scan)
  • National Broadcasting Company (NBC) (1966) (USA) (TV)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Universal Vault Series)



Other Stuff

Release Date:

  • USA 31 December 1962
  • Finland 12 April 1963
  • Mexico 18 April 1963
  • France 19 June 1963
  • Denmark 21 June 1963
  • Sweden 30 September 1963
  • Turkey 5 January 1965



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

40 Pounds of Trouble (1962) Related Movie & DVD Releases

High School High (1996) Movie Poster
Ice Station Zebra (1968) Movie Poster
Vénus beauté (institut) (1999) Movie Poster
Vale Abraão (1993) Movie Poster
Hollow Point (1996) Movie Poster

Posted on February 22, 2013 by Movies DVD New Releases Blu-ray in Movies | Tags: , .


  1. moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv
    22 Feb 2013, 12:07 am

    Tony Curtis finally scores a bull's-eye! I've lost count of all thepoor movies (comedic or otherwise) that Curtis made in the 1960s, butthis one and the later "The Great Race" are his winners. Here, Tony(happily animated throughout) plays a swinging casino manager who comesto love a cute little orphaned girl left in his care. He also has hishands full of Suzanne Pleshette (groomed to look like an old-fashionedmovie star, but still with her deep, husky voice–as if it were beingchanneled from beyond). This unofficial remake of 1934's "Little MissMarker" has an exceptional supporting cast including Phil Silvers,Kevin McCarthy, Howard Morris and Edward Andrews, slick production, afunny slapstick chase through Disneyland. A good family movie and ahappy surprise for Curtis buffs. *** from ****

  2. MsMossie
    22 Feb 2013, 12:07 am

    Here I was, clicking away on the remote control, looking for somethingvaguely interesting, when I come across a movie called 40 Pounds ofTrouble.The title sounded cute so I watched it. It made my day. They just don’tmake movies like that anymore. The end of the movie at Disneyland wasjusthilarious and I was laughing the whole waythrough. Such an enjoyable movie on such a boring day.

  3. jantoniou from California
    22 Feb 2013, 12:07 am

    Nothing of earth-shattering significance here, but Tony Curtis is an aceinhis role as McCluskey (do you buy him as a chip off the old BlarneyStone?Not I), a workaholic, alimony-dodging, anal-retentive manager of a casinowho seems to be frenetically sleepwalking through his life — until theblase munchkin of a destitute gambler is left to his care. The beautifulPleshette, who plays convincingly (albeit not as a singer) as a slummingsinger and the casino owner’s niece, slides conveniently into place asthemother figure of this atypical family unit.

    The little girl is mildly funny and already a little world-weary in amanneronly a screenwriter might make a child, thanks to her old man saddled bygambling debts and a life bouncing from one casino hotel room to thenext.She seems to handle herself a little too expertly no matter what lifethrowsher, but has a tender side that tenderizes Curtis’ heart and sets up afewtoo many close-ups of Curtis smiling sweetly at the wee bairn. Still,shedoesn’t wisecrack too hard and manages a few good and funny moments oncamera.

    When the trio lights off to Disneyland – and to California, the epicenterofearthquakes and his mounting legal troubles – this sets up a fun seriesofscrambles around Uncle Walt’s dreamscape to avoid arrest from a bumblingcopwho strangely seems to be at the beck-and-call of McCluskey’s vindictiveex-wife and her attorney.

    The ending is no surprise, but, then again, that’s what we all tend tolikein light-hearted movies of this type and era. A nice, fun movie to rentandspend a lazy afternoon watching.

  4. CKCSWHFFAN from home
    22 Feb 2013, 12:07 am

    I remember watching this film on TV when I was a kid.

    In the 1990's I grabbed it the minute it was released on video tape.

    Where the heck is the DVD of this for Disney/Disneyland fans? The firstfilm at Disneyland.

    Story a simple 1960's film. I liked Suzanne?s character.

    Interesting to see old casinos.

    Disneyland fan I am seeing the park in color early 1960's is great.Monorail & Matterhorn. Incorrect shots-getting off the Monorail & theyare looking at Sleeping Beauty Castle? Apparently Walt moved it for thefilm? Ha ha.

    The use of the park I thought was great.

    Whether you are a Disney fan or not and just looking for a simple, nocurse words, no nudity comedy then you can enjoy this film. Films areNOT made like this today, clean cut film.

    Disney/Disneyland fans will truly enjoy seeing the park when it wasless than 10 years old & see the differences between now & then.

  5. Psalm 52 from United States
    22 Feb 2013, 12:07 am

    With the recent passing of Tony Curtis, I'm revisiting this review ofthis simple and sweet film. I agree w/ other favorable reviews for thismovie. I didn't expect much from a 'Curtis Productions' film, but foundthe story enjoyable and watchable. My first impression is that anyscreenplay that revolves around a precocious, lil orphaned girl has toreflect Christian values, and the film didn't disappoint. The kid isfunny. However, some of the characters, while humorous, are on theperiphery of the Christian-American community.Gambling is a way ofpracticing dishonesty. It is a form of taking what does not rightfullybelong to a person. This story did not have to be set in thatenvironment.

    Equally important, and on a lighter note, the movie is a great timecapsule of an era (Camelot) gone by. My fav scene is when the threeleads are in the park having lunch and wearing the masks of Kennedy,Krushchev, and Castro! The one over-the-top performance is Phil Silverswho shouts and sucks the air out of the room. Overall, Lake Tahoe andDisneyland film beautifully and the supporting players are fine. Tothink Ms. Pleshette went from this saccharine to the subversive 'HotStuff' a decade later is amusing.

  6. JohnRaso from sydney, australia
    22 Feb 2013, 12:07 am

    This is pretty much a redo of little miss marker, it’s better than thewalter matthau version although it may not beat the shirley temple one ;)Movies always seem to look better in technicolour. A good excuse for TonyCurtis to take the crew to disneyland.

Leave a Reply