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Trouble Along the Way (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 4 April 1953 (USA)
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Struggling to retain custody of his daughter following his divorce, football coach Steve Williams finds himself embroiled in a recruiting scandal at the tiny Catholic college he is trying ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Melville Shavelson (screenplay), Jack Rose (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Stephen Aloysius 'Steve' Williams
Donna Reed ... Alice Singleton
Charles Coburn ... Father Matthew William Burke
Tom Tully ... Father Malone
Sherry Jackson ... Carol Williams
Marie Windsor ... Anne Williams McCormick
Tom Helmore ... Harold McCormick
Dabbs Greer ... Father Peterson
Leif Erickson ... Father Provincial - Ed
Douglas Spencer ... Father Procurator - George
Lester Matthews ... Cardinal William Patrick O'Shea
Chuck Connors ... Stan Schwegler - Assistant Coach
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Storyline

Struggling to retain custody of his daughter following his divorce, football coach Steve Williams finds himself embroiled in a recruiting scandal at the tiny Catholic college he is trying to save from closure with a winning program. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

Wild, Wayne and Wonderful All The Way! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

4 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alma Mater See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The football game scenes were filmed at the Polo Grounds in New York, which at the time was the home field of the NFL's New York Giants. See more »

Goofs

Buck Holman (James Flavin) tells Father Burke (Charles Coburn) that Steve Williams was "kicked out of the game" a few years previously. However, he clearly says, "kicked out of the LEAGUE", and the change in audio is recognizable. Apparently, someone didn't want the Ivy League to have ever been associated with a coach of questionable character. See more »

Quotes

Alice Singleton: Is winning so important?
Carol Williams: Listen - like Steve says: Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing!
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Connections

Referenced in Remember the Titans (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
(uncredited)
Music by James Kendis, James Brockman and Nat Vincent
Played when Father Burke is asking the children about Steve
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very nice, heart-warming little film
2 February 2002 | by coop-16See all my reviews

One of the unknown minor masterpieces of Curtiz, and a very fine, well modulated performance by John Wayne.Its probably the best-and the frankest-film about college football ever put on the screen.Its rich in human interest and well acted by all the principals.


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