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Trouble Along the Way (1953)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Alice Singleton
Father Burke
Tom Tully ...
Father Malone
Carol Williams
Anne Williams McCormick
Harold McCormick
Father Peterson
Father Provincial aka Ed
Douglas Spencer ...
Father Procurator aka George
Lester Matthews ...
Cardinal William Patrick O'Shea
Stan Schwegler


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. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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4 April 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alma Mater  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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. See more »


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. See more »


Carol Williams: Steve says winning isn't everything; it's the only thing.
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Referenced in Remember the Titans (2000) See more »


I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
Music by James Kendis, James Brockman and Nat Vincent
Played when Father Burke is asking the children about Steve
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Winning Isn't Everything, It's the only thing - John Wayne, Not Vince Lombardi
21 January 2005 | by (Fayetteville, GA) – See all my reviews

The quote "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing" was actually a quote made by John Wayne in this 1953 film, "Trouble Along The Way". John Wayne does a fine job playing a college football coach, Steve Williams, who get's incorrectly caught up in a recruiting scandal. Sherry Jackson plays his daughter who idolizes him and demonstrates her excellent acting ability. I'm not a big football fan, but really enjoyed this film. Not only for the nostalgic look at the days when college football was fun and not the principal business of the university, but for the ethics that were around during that period of time.

Wayne makes the statement in the film many years before Vince Lombardi is credited with it.

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