Trouble Along the Way

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Trouble Along the Way
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Produced by Melville Shavelson
Written by Robert Hardy Andrews (story)
Douglas Morrow (story)
Jack Rose
Melvill Shavelson
James Edward Grant (uncredited)
Starring John Wayne
Donna Reed
Charles Coburn
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Archie Stout
Edited by Owen Marks
Distributed by Warner Brothers
Release dates
  • April 4, 1953 (1953-04-04)
Running time 110 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.45 million (US)[1]

Trouble Along the Way is 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 1.37:1.


John Wayne portrays college football coach Steve Williams, who has been fired from previous jobs for violating player eligibility rules. He is a divorced and is angry because his wife cuckolded him. He is the 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.[2]


James Dean appears as an uncredited extra in the film, during a scene in the college chapel.


Portions of the film were shot at Pomona College, and various Los Angeles high schools, including Loyola. Max Steiner provided the music.[3]


The New York Times gave it a favorable review, citing "spirited and contemporary" dialogue.[4]

Saying that Wayne was "completely at home" in the role, Variety also found the lines, "a principal factor" in carrying the film.[3] Craig Butler found the film predictable yet heart warming.[5]

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