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Trouble Along the Way (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 4 April 1953 (USA)
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An ex-football coach is hired by a small Catholic college to train its football team in the hopes of winning games and making money to save the school from bankruptcy.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Melville Shavelson (screenplay), Jack Rose (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Stephen Aloysius 'Steve' 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 - Ed
Douglas Spencer ... Father Procurator - George
Lester Matthews ... Cardinal William Patrick O'Shea
Chuck Connors ... Stan Schwegler - Assistant Coach
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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 to save from closure with a winning program. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Trivia

James Dean has an uncredited part as a football spectator in the film. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the first game, the PA announcer says that Santa Carla will defend the south goal. The Polo Grounds was an East-West stadium for football. See more »

Quotes

Steve Williams: I hope you can sleep without those bells.
Carol Williams: I can always bang my head against the wall.
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Yankee Doodle
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very nice, heart-warming little film
2 February 2002 | by coop-16See all my reviews

One of the unknown minor masterpieces of Curtiz, and a very fine, well modulated performance by John Wayne.Its probably the best-and the frankest-film about college football ever put on the screen.Its rich in human interest and well acted by all the principals.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

4 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alma Mater See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,450,000
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Company Credits

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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