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  • Actors: John Wayne, Connors, Donna Reed
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O599X0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,813 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Trouble Along the Way" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 1953 WB short So You Think You Can't Sleep
  • 1953 WB cartoon Muscle Tussle
  • Theatrical trailer

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Trouble Along the Way (DVD)

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Trouble Along the Way, a John Wayne movie even John Wayne fans have tended to skip, is an intriguingly complicated entertainment that gets more interesting from reel to reel. The premise scarcely sounds like prime Duke material: Former big-time football coach with an ugly divorce behind him and a little daughter to look out for takes a job at a venerable Catholic college in danger of being shut down. The title nudgingly recalls the sentimental classic Going My Way, with school administrator Charles Coburn replacing Barry Fitzgerald in the doddering-but-sly priest role and Wayne as a nonclerical (and non-singing) substitute for Bing Crosby. In addition to the diocesan politics dooming the College of St. Anthony's, the plot is complicated by ex-wife Marie Windsor's vicious efforts to regain custody of daughter Sherry Jackson; that sparks a spiky ambivalence between social worker Donna Reed and disreputable papa Wayne, who pretty much lives out of a bar where he runs his latterday business--as a bookie.

The script was the work of future Bob Hope writers Melville Shavelson and Jack Rose, and between them and director Michael Curtiz--nearing the end of his long tenure at Warner Bros.--they scuff up Wayne's heroic image in interesting ways. To turn St. Anthony's into a winning football team overnight, Wayne indulges in some outright larceny and extortion; there's even a sly throwaway joke likening his profit-sharing plan for his co-conspirators to a form of "socialism." Instead of the anticipated big-game climax with the St. Anthony's underdogs victorious, the movie veers toward a finale in which several "happy endings" are put on hold till some point in the future. For his part, Wayne gets to deliver more syncopated dialogue than usual, and seems both refreshed and startled by the experience. --Richard T. Jameson

Customer Reviews

What can I say!
Bruce West
It was packed really good and I recommend the movie to anybody who loves to watch john wayne.
betty roper
So many GOOD actors in it & such a great love story.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hamm on November 16, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This movie features John Wayne not as a cowboy but as a football coach. It is not one of his most famous ones probably because it is not the genre of what most fans think of when they think of John Wayne, comedy. It is a good movie though. When I first watched it I was amazed. Everyone (from Wayne to the actress that plays his daughter) does an excellent job. John Wayne's first role was in a silent in which he played a football player, and he also played football at USC for a couple of years with Ward Bond. So it is a subject he knows well. Overall, it gives light to a new side of the Duke, the comical side (which isn't bad). It isn't one of the best, I grant you, but it is great because it shows Duke's acting talents with a great script and cast.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By allandale on May 31, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
"Trouble Along the Way," is one of my favorite "little" movies -- films I loved growing up in the 1950s, often for quite personal reasons, ranging from Tony Curtis in "The Great Imposter," to this gem.

Sherry Jackson, who plays Football coach Wayne's precocious daughter, also starred in the Danny Thomas show on TV and all grown up as one sexy android on Star Trek. She turned out so beautiful that I don't think she got as much of a chance to act as one might have wished. She's wonderful in this and I get a crush on her in a paternal sort of way everytime I watch it, and I can't say the same about that Star Trek role, ah hem.

Donna Reed as Wayne's love interest never looked more beautiful nor exuded more charm with the possible exception of her turn in "It's a Wonderful Life."

Charles Colburn as the old priest at suffering St. Anthony's is utterly convincing and entertaining every second he's on screen.

When I first saw this in the 50s, I liked Wayne in it very much because my father looked a bit like him, probably more in my imagination than reality. Still, as another reviewer notes, this film holds up remarkably well and I still enjoy it every time I see it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Frank J. Houlihan on November 5, 2004
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This film is still ahead of it's time,today.What a surprise it was for me one day,long ago,to sit down in front of this movie and find myself enjoying it as much as I did,and still do.A quiet masterpiece,I must agree with a previous reviewer who mentioned how mature the approach is here.If you love The Duke and haven't seen this film,do it now.You'll enjoy yourself so much.It works on so many levels,this movie is one of those for which the phrase-"They don't make 'em like they used to..." applies so well.Understated,intelligent,good-humored and sweet,all at the same time.A Classic waiting for Time to discover it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Hartman on May 24, 2007
Format: DVD
Trouble Along The Way

The Movie

A story about saint andrews church. From the very begining its clear the plot is that st andrews church needs money and teh duke is the man they think can provide. He plays Steve a former football coach who was thrown out for being dishonest. He also has a daughter who he is raising.Along comes Donna Reed as a social worker and the plot thickens.

The Video

it doesn't have the DisneyTreatment but is watchable on my 42 inch plasma. It has mments of grain and goes out of focus in some frames but its brief and barely a distraction.it is presented in. It is in Black & White and is full frame.

The Audio

It is mono 1,0 nothing that is going to rattle the walls but it works for this movie.

The Extras

So You Think You Can't Think Sleep.

A charming story of a man who can't sleep its runs about 15 minutes and is very looney tunes. I enjoyed it not sure i watch it again but was entertaining once.

Muscle Tusle

A Merrie melodies cartoon with daffy duck

Its the one wher a muscle bound duck keeps stealing daffy's gall and he tries to beef up to compete. Most viewers have seen this one many times

Theatrilce Trailer

Like most older trainlers it doesn't really tell you what the movie is about. It is not restored it looks very bad with the white blips but it is a piece of the duke

My Opinion

It turns out to be one of the more enjoyable non cowboy pictures of the duke. I bought this in the six disc set. For those who have seen it is worth a new viewing for those who havn't its a worth while effort.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Red Dragon on July 29, 2005
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I won't bore you with story details as this film has already been reviewed. Being in my mid-50's I have seen everything the Duke has done and this wonderful, light romantic comedy has been a favorite of mine for years. A divorced father raising a daughter on his own...it went against the Hollywood stereotypical ideal of family. I continue to watch this film on my off-air copy. I only wish it would come out on DVD. Let's face it, if Wayne's early Lone Star westerns can get the DVD treatment, surely this little gem deserves the same. If you've never seen "Trouble Along the Way", sit and enjoy!
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A warmhearted comedy-drama starring John Wayne? He's had a few of these, including one of my favorite John Wayne films ever, THE QUIET MAN. The Duke didn't just do westerns and cop and war flicks. He's a better actor and had more dimensions than people assume. He's so effective and natural in pictures like TROUBLE ALONG THE WAY that I wish he'd done more of it.

John Wayne plays Steve Williams, a disgraced former football coach currently making do by hustling for pool hall money and being an oddsmaker. A single parent, Steve is raising his perceptive eleven-year-old daughter Carol, and even though they're struggling, life is still good for these two. But then the icy Ms. Alice Singleton (Donna Reed), a Children's Court officer, knocks on his door. To get back at him, Steve's spiteful ex-wife is fighting for custody of Carol. Steve comments on how nice Ms. Singleton's legs are, and this doesn't help his cause.

To sway Ms. Singleton to his side by demonstrating more stability in his life, Steve accepts an offer to coach football for tiny St. Anthony College, a Catholic university in New York. St. Anthony's is deep in hock for over $170,000 (at which the college's rector, Father Burke, ruefully remarks: "When I take a vow of poverty I go all the way."). The college is doomed to get shut down in six months, and the desperate hope is that the football program will garner ample gate revenue to cover the debt. An incredulous Steve exclaims: "Why, with the material you have at St. Anthony's, you couldn't whip Vassar at tiddlywinks." But the faculty gives him carte blanche in how he goes about establishing his program, and the college shouldn't have done this. Steve is an effective coach but he'd been fired from his several major college coaching gigs for his...
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