St. Anthony's College is in big financial trouble, so its president, Fr. Burke (Charles Coburn), tries to persuade former big-time football coach Steve Williams (John Wayne) to take over the small Catholic school's football program in the hope that a winning team will mean big gate
receipts. Steve, whose life is on the skids, refuses until his ex-wife (Marie Windsor) tries to gain custody of his beloved daughter Carole (Sherry Jackson). Then, to convince the authorities that he is a responsible parent, he takes the position. By calling in favors, bending admission standards,
and performing a little blackmail here and there, Steve transforms St. Anthony's pathetic squad into a winning team; however, when Fr. Burke learns the price of victory, Steve is out of a job. In the meantime, Steve and Alice Singleton (Donna Reed), who is Carole's case worker (and thinks Steve is
"positively ziggidy"), have fallen for each other. She comes to his rescue at the custody hearing, as does Fr. Burke, who rehires him. Gives you kind of a warm feeling, doesn't it? TROUBLE ALONG THE WAY is full of good old-fashioned emotions, plot twists, and performances, and, as hokey as it may
sound, there are a lot of worse ways to spend a couple of hours. Chuck Connors, TV's "Rifleman," who played baseball for the Dodgers and Cubs and basketball for the Boston Celtics, makes an early film appearance here as one of Steve's assistant coaches.
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