The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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The Trouble with Girls (and how to get into it) co-starred Marlyn Mason, Sheree North, Vincent Price, John Carradine, Joyce Van Patten, and Dabney Coleman, and was directed by Peter Tewksbury. The film chronicles a traveling show embroiled in the drama of a local murder as well as its own internal goings-on. Elvis’ 30th movie and one of his final film roles, The Trouble with Girls was released in 1969 and was based on the 1960 novel by Day Keene and Dwight Vincent Babcock entitled Chautauqua. Elvis plays the role of Walter Hale, the Chautauqua manager struggling to keep his traveling troupe together amidst a multitude of problems, including murder. The role is not the typical Elvis film formula and Elvis develops his character in such a way that the viewer is able to see his acting skill and enjoyment in the role itself. Also unusual for Elvis movies, he sings only three songs and a couple of duets, including a rendition of “Swing Down Sweet Chariot” when his character stands in for an absent gospel singer. By this stage of his acting career, Elvis exuded a confidence that translated into his role as Walter in this detailed glimpse into 1920s America. The film marked Elvis’ penultimate acting performance, with only Change of Habit yet to come later that year. Even the review by the New York Times, a publication that had not always been positive towards the star, stated that “Elvis Presley performs too, with a reasonably developed characterization as the Chautauqua company manager, and he sings very well.”

Offered is a custom black three-piece tuxedo made for Elvis’ role in the film, and while Elvis wears a similar suit on the big screen in this movie, the offered suit was created for, but not worn by, Elvis during the shooting. This three-piece tuxedo contains a white and green MGM Studio label on the interior with the handwritten name “E Presley” and the production number “1875.” The suit comes with a letter from “EP Archives” of Las Vegas, Nevada that states, in part:

This three-piece dark blue tuxedo with black trim was designed for Elvis Presley to be worn in his film, The Trouble with Girls. This custom tuxedo was not worn by Elvis Presley in the actual MGM film. This outfit was made at MGM wardrobe with Elvis Presley’s name and the production #1875. This is the correct production number for this film as verified by the promo photos issued by MGM which have the production number handwritten in the corners. The movie piece worn by Elvis Presley was purchased in 1981 at West Coast Movie Memorabilia Auction II held at the Ebell Women’s Club in coordination with The Berry Auction company in Los Angeles, CA. This wardrobe was misidentified as being from the 1967 Elvis Presley film Double Trouble, but was actually from the 1969 Elvis Presley film, Trouble with Girls.

The letter goes on to indicate that the suit was purchased along with many other items from the Mike Moon collection. Mike Moon once owned the Stamps Quartet and was friends with J.D. Sumner who had introduced Mike to Elvis backstage at a show in Vegas. Elvis literally gave Mike Moon the belt he was wearing when Mike complimented him on it, and it was this gesture that made such an impression on Mike that he started collecting Elvis artifacts with a passion, even opening a museum dedicated to Elvis in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 1979. The tuxedo had been on display for such a long period that fading occurred, giving the appearance of a dark blue color. Also included with the tuxedo are photocopies of the title page and interior page showing the suit in the 1981 “West Coast Movie Memorabilia Auction II” and studio-issued promotional photos (2) of Elvis wearing a similar suit in the film. The tuxedo is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The suit presents with minimal wear and no significant defects. Excellent to Mint condition overall.
Elvis Presley Owned Custom Black Three-Piece Tuxedo Made for His 1969 Film <em>The Trouble with Girls</em> - Former Mike Moon Collection
This lot has a Reserve Price that has not been met.
Current Bidding (Reserve Not Met)
Minimum Bid: $15,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.:
Estimate: $25,000 - $30,000
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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