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Trouble Along the Way

Released Apr 4, 1953 1h 50m Comedy Drama List
Reviews 62% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Once a famous football coach, Steve Williams (John Wayne) is now a bookie in a pool hall. To earn enough money to keep custody of his tomboy daughter, Carole (Sherry Jackson), Steve accepts an offer to take over the football program of impoverished St. Anthony's College in New York City. Disgusted with the team, Steve brings in new players. After his first game nets the school $31,000, an investigation into his shady recruiting methods threatens both his job and custody battle. Read More Read Less
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Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine ...much of the dialogue is clever, and old Charles Coburn is delightful as a priest. Oct 31, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com A minor serio comedy in the vast output of director Michael Curtiz and in the distinguished career of John Wayne, who's cast against type. Rated: C+ Feb 21, 2012 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It's the kind of pic you expect Pat O'Brien to be in. Rated: C Mar 7, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member One of my favorite films Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member A film to show ignorant people who claim the Duke couldn't act, up against a talented child actress Sherry Jackson, Oscar winner Donna Reed and the charming Charles Coburn. The story revolves around a fathers fight to keep his child and save a college. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Sentimental John Wayne vehicle about him as a divorced father and disgraced football coach trying to keep custody of his young daughter from his snooty ex-wife, Marie Windsor, by getting a job coaching football at a small Catholic High School. Donna Reed plays the caseworker/love interest. The great Michael Curtiz directed this lightweight, but entertaining comedy/drama. Wayne is likable as a father trying to raise his daughter and Reed is winning as the caseworker worried about the girl's upbringing by macho Wayne. Marie Windsor is delicious as the evil high society ex-wife. I'd never heard of this film before, but it's a John Wayne vehicle that's well worth watching and shows that The Duke actually had some acting range beyond playing the same cowboy/war hero over and over again. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Great movie. It dealt with subject matters not often discussed in 1953. You had divorce, a custody battle, pay for college athletes, and cheating. Loved the chemistry between John Wayne and his on screen daughter Sherry Jackson. Donna Reed was great as a social worker and her scene with Miss Jackson at the party was touching. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member The Duke in perhaps his most tender role, rough in parts but loving chemistry between Wayne and his female counterparts. Highly underrated, a real gem! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member pairing number 2 of reed/wayne they have good chemistry maybe 'cos they're both from iowa. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Once a famous football coach, Steve Williams (John Wayne) is now a bookie in a pool hall. To earn enough money to keep custody of his tomboy daughter, Carole (Sherry Jackson), Steve accepts an offer to take over the football program of impoverished St. Anthony's College in New York City. Disgusted with the team, Steve brings in new players. After his first game nets the school $31,000, an investigation into his shady recruiting methods threatens both his job and custody battle.
Director
Michael Curtiz
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 4, 1953, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2008
Runtime
1h 50m
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