Trouble Along the Way
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Written by Robert Hardy Andrews, Douglas Morrow, Jack Rose, Melville Shavelson and James Edward Grant
Produced by Melville Shavelson
Cinematography by Archie Stout
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Drama / Comedy / Sports
John Wayne as Steve Williams
Donna Reed as Alice Singleton
Charles Coburn as Father Burke
Tom Tully as Father Malone
Sherry Jackson as Carol Williams
Marie Windsor as Anne McCormick
Tom Helmore as Harold McCormick
Dabbs Greer as Father Peterson
Leif Erickson as Father Provincial
Douglas Spencer as Procurator
Lester Matthews as Cardinal O'Shea
James Dean as Uncredited Extra
A down and out football coach and single father, Steve Williams, is hired by an equally down and out Catholic college in New York. Steve initially refuses the college’s offer, but accepts when a social worker arrives to investigate charges that Steve is neglecting his daughter, Carol. Despite a win for the team using Steve’s questionable methods, things begin to go downhill when Steve’s ex wife shows up with her rich and influential new husband, threatening to take Carol away from her father.
Director Michael Curtiz was the director for the classic film Casablanca.
James Dean appears as a football spectator in this film, although his role is uncredited.
The outdoor scenes of the college were filmed at Pomona College. The football scenes were filmed at the Polo Grounds in New York, the field for the NFL New York Giants at the time.
Originally Trouble Along the Way was to be called Alma Mater.