Trouble Along the Way [Commemorative Packaging] [DVD] [1953]

  • SKU: 8332912
  • Release Date: 05/22/2007
  • Rating: NR
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1 out of 1)

Special Features

  • Vintage Joe McDoakes comedy short: So You Think You Can't Sleep
  • Classic cartoon: Muscle Tussle
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)


Trouble Along the Way
"Winning isn't everything -- it's the only thing." These words were spoken not by Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi but by Steve Williams, the fictional college athletics instructor played by John Wayne in Trouble Along the Way. Recently divorced, Williams has trouble finding a job due to his inability to get along with his superiors. If he doesn't find work soon, he'll lose custody of his daughter Carole (Sherry Jackson). Meanwhile, St. Anthony's College, heavily in debt, may have to close its doors. Father Burke, rector of St. Anthony's, reasons that the school could get back on its feet if it had a winning football team, thereby securing the support of the alumni. Thus, against his better judgment, Father Burke hires the troublesome Steve Williams, who'll stop at nothing to assemble a winning team. Somehow, Williams has to turn into a regular human being, and that's where social worker Alice Singleton (Donna Reed) comes in. More sentimental than most Wayne vehicles, Trouble Along the Way is well worth the ride. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • John Wayne
    John Wayne - Steve Aloysius Williams
  • Donna Reed
    Donna Reed - Alice Singleton
  • Charles Coburn
    Charles Coburn - Father Burke
  • Tom Tully
    Tom Tully - Father Malone
  • Sherry Jackson
    Sherry Jackson - Carole Williams

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not your typical Wayne movie


    John Wayne plays a former college football coach who is down on his luck and raising his "too wise for her age" daughter. His ex-wife, who is somewhat responsible for his failure, contacts the state authorities with complaints, so a child protection worker (Donna Reed) enters the picture. Wanye takes a job at a failing Catholic college in danger of being closed down to impress the court that he is a good father. I had difficulty understanding all the ins and outs of college football-recruting, suppliers, and how the finances are run-so it took a while to understand what upset some of the characters. It was fairly well acted, but at times predictable. The movie does end abruptly and one must assume how it will really end. But as classic movies can be hard to come by, and as it wasn't too expensive, it wasn't a bad way to spend an evening.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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