Trouble Along the Way (1953)





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"Winning isn't everything -- it's the only thing." These words were spoken not by Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi but by Steve Williams, the fictional college athletics instructor played by John Wayne in Trouble Along the Way. Recently divorced, Williams has trouble finding a job due to his inability to get along with his superiors. If he doesn't find work soon, he'll lose custody of his daughter Carole (Sherry Jackson). Meanwhile, St. Anthony's College, heavily in debt, may have to close its doors. Father Burke, rector of St. Anthony's, reasons that the school could get back on its feet if it had a winning football team, thereby securing the support of the alumni. Thus, against his better judgment, Father Burke hires the troublesome Steve Williams, who'll stop at nothing to assemble a winning team. Somehow, Williams has to turn into a regular human being, and that's where social worker Alice Singleton (Donna Reed) comes in. More sentimental than most Wayne vehicles, Trouble Along the Way is well worth the ride. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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John Wayne
as Steve Aloysius Williams
Donna Reed
as Alice Singleton
Charles Coburn
as Father Burke
Marie Windsor
as Anne Williams McCormick
Tom Tully
as Father Malone
Sherry Jackson
as Carole Williams
Tom Helmore
as Harold McCormick
Dabbs Greer
as Father Mahoney
Leif Erickson
as Father Provincial
Douglas Spencer
as Procurator
Lester Matthews
as Cardinal O'Shea
Chuck Connors
as Stan Schwegler
Bill Radovich
as Moose McCall
Murray Alper
as Bus driver
James Flavin
as Buck Holman
Ned Glass
as Pool player
Phil Chambers
as Bishop
Frank Ferguson
as Mike Edwards
Howard Petrie
as Polo Grounds manager
Renata Vanni
as Italian mother
Tim Graham
as Bill, Team Manager
Robert Keys
as Joe, Team Manager
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Critic Reviews for Trouble Along the Way

All Critics (2)

A minor serio comedy in the vast output of director Michael Curtiz and in the distinguished career of John Wayne, who's cast against type.

Full Review… | February 21, 2012

It's the kind of pic you expect Pat O'Brien to be in.

Full Review… | March 7, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Trouble Along the Way

The Duke in perhaps his most tender role, rough in parts but loving chemistry between Wayne and his female counterparts. Highly underrated, a real gem!

Carl Larson
Carl Larson

Very nice heart warming drama sport film with John Wayne. This is my first time I watched the 50s college football ever put on the screen. Wayne and Donna Reed have good chemistry. But Wayne's scenes with little Sherry Jackson are something special.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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A Michael Curtiz-John Wayne comedy. Odd gambling and Catholic school athletics combo. Check out the young Sherry Jackson and the stern, but lovable, Donna Reed.

Bob Brownlee
Bob Brownlee

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