Trouble Along the Way
|Trouble Along the Way|
|Directed by||Michael Curtiz|
|Produced by||Melville Shavelson|
|Written by||Robert Hardy Andrews (story)
Douglas Morrow (story)
James Edward Grant (uncredited)
|Music by||Max Steiner|
|Editing by||Owen Marks|
|Distributed by||Warner Brothers|
|Release dates||April 4, 1953|
|Running time||110 minutes|
|Box office||$2.45 million (US)|
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. with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.
John Wayne portrays a college football coach who has been fired from previous jobs for violating player eligibility rules. He is a divorced father of an eleven-year-old tomboy, Carol (Sherry Jackson). Charles Coburn plays the rector of a financially distressed Catholic college in New York City. He hires Wayne to make the college's football team competitive so that game receipts can supply funds for the college. Donna Reed plays a social worker investigating a complaint against Wayne filed by his ex-wife.
Mel Shavelson's crisp and witty dialogue avoids the usual mawkish pitfalls that usually beset such tales of priests or ministers trying to get along on next to nothing. John Wayne and Charles Coburn play off each other superbly and it's a shame they never had another cinematic encounter. Wayne is a former coach hating the world because his wife cockolded him. Coburn, as usual, is a delight as a priest who lives by faith and not by the dollar. Donna Reed admirably fills Maureen O'Hara's shoes as Wayne's love interest, giving as well as she gets in the clinches with Duke. The beautiful Marie Windsor, often relegated to "the other woman" roles, along with the Tom Helmore as her urbane paramour, is slimy enough to explain Wayne has reason to divorce her. Sherry Jackson is impressive as a bitter tomboy who takes on a sense of protective fatherly possessiveness shared by many young girls whose mothers die or divorce their fathers.
Directed by the ever adroit Michael Curtiz, it's a shame this film is not better known since it has such a richly layered story.
- John Wayne as Steve Aloysius Williams
- Donna Reed as Alice Singleton
- Charles Coburn as Father Burke
- Tom Tully as Father Malone
- Sherry Jackson as Carole Williams
- Marie Windsor as Anne McCormick
- 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
James Dean appears as an uncredited extra in the film, during a scene in the college chapel.
- 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
- Trouble Along the Way at the TCM Movie Database
- Trouble Along the Way at the Internet Movie Database
- Trouble Along the Way at allmovie
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