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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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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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Storyline

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

Several Loyola Marymount football players played in the football scenes. See more »

Goofs

When Father Burke first announces his intention to solve the school's financial crisis, he says that his plan is in "Deuteromony" (rather than Deuteronomy), chapter 32, verse 15, a mispronunciation unlikely for a seasoned cleric. Additionally, when the others look it up, they read a paraphrase of an excerpt only, not the whole verse. See more »

Quotes

Steve Williams: What do you know about love? I think love is watching your child go off to school for the first time alone... sitting beside a sick kid's bed waiting for the doctor, praying it isn't polio... or that cold chill you get when you hear the screech of brakes, and know your kid's outside on the street some place... and a lot of other things you get can't get out of books, 'cause nobody knows how to write 'em down.
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Referenced in Remember the Titans (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Some Sunday Morning
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome and Ray Heindorf
First tune played during the first restaurant scene
Second tune played during the second restaurant scene
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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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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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