Trouble Along the Way

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Trouble Along the Way
TroubleAlongtheWay.jpg
Directed byMichael Curtiz
Produced byMelville Shavelson
Written byRobert Hardy Andrews (story)
Douglas Morrow (story)
Jack Rose
Melvill Shavelson
James Edward Grant (uncredited)
StarringJohn Wayne
Donna Reed
Charles Coburn
Music byMax Steiner
CinematographyArchie Stout
Edited byOwen Marks
Distributed byWarner Brothers
Release dates
  • April 4, 1953 (1953-04-04)
Running time110 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$2.45 million (US)[1]
 
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Trouble Along the Way
TroubleAlongtheWay.jpg
Directed byMichael Curtiz
Produced byMelville Shavelson
Written byRobert Hardy Andrews (story)
Douglas Morrow (story)
Jack Rose
Melvill Shavelson
James Edward Grant (uncredited)
StarringJohn Wayne
Donna Reed
Charles Coburn
Music byMax Steiner
CinematographyArchie Stout
Edited byOwen Marks
Distributed byWarner Brothers
Release dates
  • April 4, 1953 (1953-04-04)
Running time110 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
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.

Synopsis[edit]

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]

Cast[edit]

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

Production[edit]

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

Reception[edit]

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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