Trouble Along the Way

Synopsis: 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 bring back to football respectability.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Michael Curtiz
110 min

Come in.

Father Burke, you'll have to come right

down. The provincial is here unexpectedly.

He brought the procurator with him.

I'll finish this chapter and join them.

Caesar is about to invade Gaul.

The provincial wasn't due until next month.

Don't you think you should hurry?

lf the suspense is killing you,

Father Peterson...

...we shall find out

what he has on his mind.

You've got them off again.

ln the Mohammedan religion,

I couldn't receive visitors any other way.

Have you been reading

without your glasses again?

- Now, you're eyes won't stand that.

- Please, l'm not a child.

When l'm so old that

my failing eyesight needs assistance...

...I'll be happy to turn over my desk

to the first replacement. Even you.

Well, you know you can't see a thing

without them.

Sometimes that may be a blessing.

Please don't take my arm.

That's not a Boy Scout uniform

you're wearing.

- Well, the doctor said--

- Never mind what the doctor said.

Good afternoon, Father Burke.

I thought you were waiting

for me below.

- l'd climb stairs for you any day.

- Didn't think I could make it?

- Good afternoon.

- Hello, George.

Oh, I hope that's money you have

in that satchel.

St. Anthony's could use a little.

Get those plans we've been working on

for the addition to the library.

I figured it out to a penny.

Won't cost over 4000. Or was it 8?

- Twelve thousand.

- I know it was in the neighborhood.

Didn't we add on to the library in 1932?

Well, there have been two

or three volumes written since then.

Would you have the college subscribe to the

Book-of-the-Month Club, and call it quits?

I don't think you could afford even that.

Excuse us, Father Peterson,

and never mind those plans.

Oh, yes, excuse me.

Difficulties, Ed?

Yes, Father, we've just had a meeting...

...of the province advisors

concerning your school.

St. Anthony's debt

is now over $ 170,000.

You aren't doing anything to decrease it.

Well, George, when I take a vow

of poverty, I go all the way.

You've been going a little too far, Father.

As far as I can make out, 85 percent

of your students aren't even paying tuition.

Eighty-five percent, eh?

That's even better that I thought.

The order appreciates your generosity.

But how do you expect the college

to pay its way?

Well, if I may coin a phrase,

''The Lord will provide.''

What the Lord doesn't, the order has to.

I think we'll do better this term.

I have some figures here.

Now, let me see.

- Father Peterson!

- lt won't be necessary.

You see, we've given this

a great deal of thought.

St. Anthony's College is to be closed.

Times have changed, Father.

Small colleges are picturesque,

but uneconomic.

Read the figures for yourself.

I think you will find it's for the best.

Besides you're too valuable a man

for us... let you ruin your health

in this backbreaking job.

Too valuable, Ed?

- Or too old?

- You're not being put out to pasture, Father.

Santa Carla's wanted you

on its faculty desperately.

That was my school.

Santa Carla is one of the finest universities

in the country. Like Notre Dame.

Outstanding in scholarship and athletics.

Which one do they want me for?

Our order has a wise precept.

No man is left in one position long enough

to form an attachment for it.

ln my case, it was an oversight.

I first came to St. Anthony's

little more than a boy.

I returned a few years later

as an instructor.

Shortly after, as a professor.

You were one of my students, Ed.

Finally, they set me back

as father rector.

Most of us have no home.

Unfortunately, I have one.

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Melville Shavelson

Melville Shavelson (April 1, 1917 – August 8, 2007) was an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and author. He was President of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAw) from 1969 to 1971, 1979 to 1981, and 1985 to 1987. more…

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