colonel snow wrote:Some history about the script:
The script Chautauqua was shelved for many years. The original screenplay was written in 1959 with Glen Ford in mind for a leading role. Then another screenplay was written in one of the next years. Finally MGM sold the rights in 1964 to Columbia Pictures and a new screenplay Chautaqua was written but nothing happened. In 1967 MGM bought back the rights again with a new screenplay titled Chautaqua and now songs has to be included.
Thanks, Colonel Snow, for that background info.
Here's what I found:
In June 1959 it was announced that Don Mankiewicz would write a screenplay of an unpublished story by Mauri Grashin, Day Keene, and Dwight Babcock. As early as December 1960, Glenn Ford was set to star in the film. By February 1961, Elvis was to join as Ford's co-star along with Hope Lange and Arthur O'Connell. By July 1961, Glenn Ford was out and Elvis was in as the star. In August 1964, Elvis was out and Dick Van Dyke was chosen to star (in a new, re-written screenplay). After more screenwriter changes MGM sold its rights to Columbia Pictures. In April 1968 MGM bought back the rights to the film and Elvis was back in as the star. Production finally began in October 1968 and was finished by December 18, 1968. Filming took place at the MGM studios. Among the film's working titles had been 'Big America' (during the Columbia possession) and 'Chautauqa' (including the time of production with Elvis). Ultimately, it was released as 'The Trouble with Girls (And How to Get Into It)'.https://movies.elvispresley.com.au/the- ... irls.shtml