Female Trouble

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Glamour has never been more grotesque than in Female Trouble, which injects the Hollywood melodrama with anarchic decadence. Divine, director John Waters’ larger-than-life muse, engulfs the screen with charisma as Dawn Davenport, the living embodiment... read more
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Glamour has never been more grotesque than in Female Trouble, which injects the Hollywood melodrama with anarchic decadence. Divine, director John Waters’ larger-than-life muse, engulfs the screen with charisma as Dawn Davenport, the living embodiment of the film’s lurid mantra, “Crime is beauty,” who progresses from a teenage nightmare hell-bent on getting cha-cha heels for Christmas to a fame monster whose egomaniacal impulses land her in the electric chair. Shot in Waters’ native Baltimore on 16 mm, with a cast drawn from his beloved troupe of regulars, the Dreamlanders (including Mink Stole, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Edith Massey, and Cookie Mueller), this film­—the director’s favorite of his work with Divine—comes to life through the tinsel-toned vision of production designer Vincent Peranio and costume designer/makeup artist Van Smith. An endlessly quotable fan favorite, Female Trouble offers up perverse pleasures that never fail to satisfy.

Original Release

10/04/1974

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Cast

Divine Earl Peterson
Mink Stole Taffy Davenport
Edith Massey Aunt Ida
Mary Vivian Pearce Donna Dasher
David Lochary Donald Dasher
Cookie Mueller Concetta
Susan Walsh Chicklette
Michael Potter Gater
Ed Peranio Wink
Paul Swift Butterfly
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

John Waters

Writers

John Waters

Cast

Divine Earl Peterson
Mink Stole Taffy Davenport
Edith Massey Aunt Ida
Mary Vivian Pearce Donna Dasher
David Lochary Donald Dasher
Cookie Mueller Concetta
Susan Walsh Chicklette
Michael Potter Gater
Ed Peranio Wink
Paul Swift Butterfly
George Figgs Dribbles
Susan Lowe Vikki
George Hulse Teacher
Margie Skidmore School Snitch
Berenica Cipcus Mean Girl
Betty Woods Dawn's Mother
Roland Hertz Dawn's Father
Ramsey McClean Baby
Henry Bederski Drunk (as Henry Berderski)
Hilary Taylor Taffy as a Child

Producers

Editors

Charles Roggero, John Waters

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