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    Trouble Along The Way (1953)

    TROUBLE ALONG THE WAY

    DIRECTED BY MICHAEL CURTIZ
    PRODUCED BY MELVILLE SHAVELSON
    MUSIC BY MAX STEINER
    WARNER BROS

    ....

    INFORMATION FROM IMDb

    Plot Summary
    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 bring back to football respectability.

    Full Cast
    John Wayne ... Stephen 'Steve' Aloysius 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 aka Ed
    Douglas Spencer ... Father Procurator aka George
    Lester Matthews ... Cardinal William Patrick O'Shea
    Chuck Connors ... Stan Schwegler
    Murray Alper ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
    Phil Chambers ... Bishop (uncredited)
    James Dean ... Football Spectator (uncredited)
    Frank Ferguson ... Mike Edwards (store proprietor) (uncredited)
    James Flavin ... Buck Holman (coach) (uncredited)
    Fritz Ford ... Football Player (uncredited)
    Jack Gargan ... Court Bailiff (uncredited)
    Richard Garrick ... Judge (uncredited)
    Ned Glass ... Pool player (uncredited)
    Fred Graham ... Bill Sackheim - Santa Clara team manager (uncredited)
    Merv Griffin ... Football Broadcaster (voice) (uncredited)
    Harry Hines ... Character (uncredited)
    Robert Keys ... Joe - assistant Santa Clara team manager (uncredited)
    Paul Kruger ... Court Bailiff (uncredited)
    Lou Marcelle ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
    Frank Marlowe ... Drunk in Bar with Dog (uncredited)
    Larry Merrill ... Jeffrey Marlowe (uncredited)
    Jack Mower ... Domestic Relations Court Staffer (uncredited)
    William H. O'Brien ... Joe - Bartender (uncredited)
    Jack Pepper ... Irish Tenor / Pianist in Saloon (uncredited)
    Howard Petrie ... Marvin Adams, Polo Grounds manager (uncredited)
    Angi O. Poulos ... Saloon Waiter (uncredited)
    Vicki Raaf ... Beanie, Saloon Girl (uncredited)
    Bill Radovich ... Moose McCall (uncredited)
    Olan Soule ... The Cardinal's Secretary (uncredited)
    Anitra Stevens ... Bobo, Saloon Girl (uncredited)
    Arthur Tovey ... Football Spectator (uncredited)
    Renata Vanni ... Maria's Italian Mother (uncredited)
    Ralph Volkie ... Referee (uncredited)
    Charles Watts ... Mr. Wallace, Alumnus (uncredited)
    Guy Way ... Football Player (uncredited)
    Jeri Weil ... Carol, Age 5 (uncredited)
    Gayne Whitman ... Lawyer Grummet (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Robert Hardy Andrews story
    James Edward Grant uncredited
    Douglas Morrow story
    Jack Rose screenplay
    Melville Shavelson screenplay

    Original Music
    Max Steiner

    Cinematography
    Archie Stout

    Trivia
    Several Loyola-Marymount football players played in the football scenes.

    James Dean has an uncredited part as a 'Football Spectator' in this film.

    The external scenes at the college were shot at Pomona College. The building where John Wayne calls to Donna Reed at he end of the film is the Hall of Music at Pomona.

    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.

    Goofs
    * Errors in geography: Although the movie is set at a college in New York, there is a California flag flying near the stadium when Steve first meets the football team.

    * Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Steve says "Watermelon bottom and her daughter." The daughter was the one the kids called Watermelon bottom.

    * Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Father Burke first announces his intention to solve the school's financial crisis, he says that his plan is in "Deuteromony" (rather than Deuteronomy), chapter 32, verse 15, a mispronunciation unlikely for a seasoned cleric. Additionally, when the others look it up, they read a paraphrase of an excerpt only, not the whole verse.

    * Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadow crosses Anne and Harold on couch just before Steve enters room and catches them in clinch.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    California

    Watch the Trailer:-

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    Trouble Along the Way was a 1953 film starring John Wayne and Donna Reed,
    with a supporting cast including Charles Coburn and Marie Windsor.
    The movie was directed by Michael Curtiz, director of Casablanca.
    The black-and-white comedy was released by Warner Bros.

    Another poor effort from the great man, and another one
    he should have walked from.
    Although story of football, one of Duke's passions,
    it develops into a poor romance and a storyline
    that lacks credibility!

    His fans at the time, found it difficult, to accept Duke,
    in anything but a horse opera.
    At the time, television was hitting films hard,
    and as a result, this picture disappeared quickly,
    and became Duke's lowest grossing film

    I don't think many folks knew this,
    and I certainly didn't because I wasn't looking,
    is that James Dean made a movie with Duke!!

    Trouble Along the Way (1953) (uncredited) .... Football Spectator

    We may be able to spot, him, not hardly!

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    surprisingly good little gem
    17 July 2001 | by Robert D. Ruplenas

    I checked this out during a recent John Wayne retrospective on American Movie Classics because it sounded so different from the Duke's usual "w/w" fare (war & westerns). Here he plays Steve Williams, a disgraced professional football coach enlisted to build a revenue-producing team that will save a down-at-the-heels Catholic college from being forced to close. In the process he has to fight for custody of his daughter from a spiteful and vengeful ex-wife.

    Wayne plays this role beautifully; his performance makes us aware of the fine actor he made of himself as he worked his way up over the years from those low-budget westerns, learning all along the way. Donna Reed puts in a turn as a social worker, and Charles Coburn is in his usual fine fettle as Father Burke, rector of the failing college. Wayne/William's daughter is played very well by a young lady named Sherry Jackson, and there are many familiar faces among the character actors in the cast. Chuck Connors makes one of his earliest screen appearances here.

    The pacing is good, and the story keeps us involved. These are all interesting people, and we want to find out what happens to them. The script is intelligent, gritty, and extremely witty in many places. Also notable is a very on-the-money portrayal of the corrupting influence of big-time athletics at the college level, as Wayne/Williams pulls many shady tricks to field a team that can stand up to the ridiculously ambitious schedule that Father Burke manages to finagle. The commentary is even more relevant today, fifty years later, as college athletics have spun almost completely out of control.

    One of the nicest things about the movie is the way in which, surprisingly, it does not opt for the easy-way-out happy ending that we all think we see coming as soon as Donna Reed as the social worker comes on the scene. The film is brave enough to leave things a bit unresolved.

    Altogether an off-beat, intriguing, well-made, well-written, well-acted and thoroughly enjoyable little "sleeper" that is well worth your while.
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    This is one movie in my opinion that has been shoved and forgotten. I really like this movie a lot and see that Duke and Donna Reed work well together. As a down and out football coach with a daughter trying to hustle his way through life, Duke plays the part well and with Sherry Jackson playing his daughter, they have good chemistry.

    You get to see a young Chuck Conners (The Rifleman), with a bit part, but the movie is delightful and a great addition to any collection.

    It is only available on VHS (at this time), so watch out for a DVD release, hopefully very soon.

    Cheers
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    Yes, not one of John's better movies


    Mike

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    Re: Trouble Along The Way (1953)

    This is a must see movie by all Duke fans. I guess I like it because of the way he makes a change in his life for the better at the end of the movie. It is not a high quality movie and it is not a top Duke movie. It is probably a movie that most of you have never seen, but I do recommend this movie for all to see.

    It is not released on DVD, but is on VHS. I don't think I ever seen this movie on TV.

    As for the child in the movie, she is quiet good. Sherry Jackson was so good for a child actor. It is the first time that Duke did a movie from beginning to end with a child under his wing. Donna Reed is good too. I think she has great legs too. And Charles Coburn was great as the priest in this movie. He played his part well.

    If you get the chance, see it. I think you will like it. It will not be a top movie for your list, but you will like it.

    Cheers


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    Re: Trouble Along The Way (1953)

    Hi

    I must admit that I think it is watchable, with a fine performance from Charles Coburn a very good actor.


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    Re: Trouble Along The Way (1953)

    Agree with you about Charles Coburn. He is a fine actor and plays a priest well. I also like the chemistry with Sherry Jackson, the child actress. They play off each other so well. I wish they had more scenes together.

    Cheers


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    Re: Trouble Along The Way (1953)

    You guys have renewed our interest in this movie. Although we own it, and the Mrs. assures me I've seen it, I have to say I honestly can't remember it at all, so will have to watch it again. I'm not particularly interested in the Super Bowl, but I could watch this movie today instead - it's football and John Wayne.

    Chester

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    Re: Trouble Along The Way (1953)

    Think I'd rather watch the Super Bowl!!!
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    We did break out our copy on Superbowl Sunday and watched it, and we enjoyed it very much! We hope you enjoy this poster -
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    Re: Trouble Along The Way (1953)

    I found this one to be a very enjoyable film, and look forward to it being on DVD one day. I'd agree that more scenes with Charles Coburn and Sherry Jackson would have been a treat.

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    Re: Trouble Along The Way (1953)

    Just saw this film for the first time this weekend. What a treat! The whole family enjoyed it. I wish Duke had done more comedy rolls. I understand there were issues with script switches on this film but the Duke seemed to carry his part off very well.

    Great movie!
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    Re: Trouble Along The Way (1953)

    I THINK I have seen at least the tailend of this movie. It was on either TCM or AMC sometime earlier this year. All I cought was them standing in the archway of a Church, and I think John Wayne walks away? IF this is something that happened at the tail end of this movie, please let me know. Otherwise, I would like to see Duke in a different role.

    I'd like to add that i'd like to see this to also see an early appearance of Chuck Connors.
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    Re: Trouble Along The Way (1953)

    Quote Originally Posted by erscolo View Post
    I found this one to be a very enjoyable film, and look forward to it being on DVD one day. I'd agree that more scenes with Charles Coburn and Sherry Jackson would have been a treat.
    I'm not sure when it was released on DVD, but it is very affordable at Deep Discount, for under $10!

    Ringo, in answer to your question, I don't remember the ending clearly enough to say if it is the one you described. Perhaps someone who's seen it more recently can tell us.

    Chester
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    Re: Trouble Along The Way (1953)

    Thanks Jim, my problem is that I only saw the last few minutes of it when played. I have not seen it listed to play again. I do seem to recall that something to do with Football was either mentioned or shown but, at the time it was playing; I was busy doing something and did not notice much.
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