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Trouble Along the Way
     

Trouble Along the Way

Director: Michael Curtiz,

Cast: John Wayne, Donna Reed, Charles Coburn

 
"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

Overview

"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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
"Heart warming" is not an adjective usually applied to John Wayne films, but it fits Trouble Along the Way. For that matter, so does "manipulative" and "predictable," and maybe even "mawkish," but Trouble manages to be a good film in spite of this. A big part of the credit goes to the screenplay, the writers of which seem to have been aware of how treacly and annoying this basic story could be and so have made great pains to leaven the script with fine dialogue throughout (and quite more than "fine" in many instances), as well as some nicely observed characters moments. Trouble also benefits from Michael Curtiz's assured direction, which knows how to sidestep the pitfalls in the stock situations. But the film's biggest asset is its cast. John Wayne, still tough but facing a personal crisis rather than having to face warriors of one kind or another, turns in a solid, appealing performance. Donna Reed is dynamite as his social worker-cum-love-interest, and the chemistry between the two is perfect. There's also considerable chemistry (of a different sort) between Wayne and little Sherry Jackson, even if the young actress occasionally gets a bit too cute. And Charles Coburn, of course, is his reliably soft-but-crusty self. Trouble has its problems, but it's an engaging way to pass the afternoon.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
UPC:
0085391145363
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
11,426

Special Features

Vintage Joe McDoakes comedy short: So You Think You Can't Sleep; Classic cartoon: Muscle Tussle; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Steve Aloysius Williams
Donna Reed Alice Singleton
Charles Coburn Father Burke
Tom Tully Father Malone
Sherry Jackson Carole Williams
Marie Windsor Anne McCormick
Tom Helmore Harold McCormick
Dabbs Greer Father Mahoney
Leif Erickson Father Provincial
Douglas Spencer Procurator
Lester Matthews Cardinal O'Shea
Chuck Connors Stan Schwegler
Bill Radovich Moose McCall
James Dean Actor
Ned Glass Pool player
Richard Garrick Judge
Murray Alper Bus driver
James Flavin Buck Holman, coach
Phil Chambers Bishop
Frank Ferguson Mike Edwards, Store Proprietor
Howard Petrie Polo Grounds manager
Renata Vanni Italian mother
Tim Graham Bill, Team Manager
Robert Keys Joe, Team Manager

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Leo K. Kuter Art Director
Owen Marks Editor
Douglas Morrow Original Story
Jack Rose Screenwriter
Melville Shavelson Producer,Screenwriter
Max Steiner Score Composer
Louis Clyde Stoumen Cinematographer
Archie J. Stout Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Trouble Along the Way
1. Credits [1:41]
2. St. Anthony's Fate [5:31]
3. Father Burke's Plan [4:57]
4. Poolroom Recruiter [3:55]
5. Alice Singleton [7:58]
6. Ex With a Grudge [2:39]
7. Mutual Last Resorts [2:14]
8. Settling In [3:37]
9. Bells at Bedtime [2:06]
10. Practice [1:46]
11. What Love Is [2:49]
12. Five Years Ago [3:34]
13. Longfellow [4:13]
14. Cardinal O'Shea [2:33]
15. Flipping Their Lids [4:37]
16. Sporting Goods [4:44]
17. Polo Grounds; the Films [2:56]
18. Summer School Students [3:15]
19. Squeeze Play [4:18]
20. Bonneted and Brokenhearted [4:23]
21. Not Their Type [3:49]
22. Victory [8:20]
23. Falling Out [3:18]
24. Confronting Alice [3:22]
25. Day in Court [7:03]
26. Didn't Make the World [4:28]
27. Stepping Down [2:49]
28. Nice Legs, Fine Print [2:48]

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