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Definete change of pace for the
It almost seemed odd to see John Wayne in street clothes and not either in the military or on a horse. I found the dialouge the best part of the movie,especially between father and daughter. The supporting cast was solid with the reliable Dabs Greer and an early look at Chuck Conners. If you don't blink, you get a glimpe of James Dean as a college student. I was ready for the predictable but was surprised to see it not delivered. I thought the movie was enjoyable without trying to do too much.
Surprisingly Timely Themes for 1950s Era Movie
I love this movie. I watched it again today and remember how surprised I was after watching it for the first time on TCM. Football coach John Wayne is raising Carol, his precocious young daughter by himself. Wayne took Carol after walking in on her mother having an affair while daughter Carol slept upstairs. Wayne loses his job at a major football school, but ends up getting an offer to coach at a sad-sack, run down Catholic college in NYC. This is where it gets so interesting. For a movie to be made during the Eisenhower 50s that shows college football players getting money from coaches as the norm, that shows a mother who clearly dislikes motherhood and has no interest in her child, and shows the stresses on child welfare workers....But the biggest surprise is Sherry Jackson, the child actress who plays Carol, and the lines she says/attitude she is allowed to portray. Her relationship with John Wayne is wonderful and the heart of this movie. If you think about kids in 50s-era TV shows well...this child isn't one of them. Carol's sarcasm and accurate assessment of her parents is something more out of the 90s: wry, cynical. I love the football aspects of this movie, and I love the relationship between John Wayne and his priestly boss. Donna Reed, as the social worker/female lead is good, too, and nice that she got two hard bitten roles (From Here to Eternity was the same year) to balance out her "good girl" roles. But the best part is the interaction between John Wayne and Sherry Jackson. This is good for Saturday afternoon movie watching!
trouble along the way
Better than most football movies of the era this fim features the always excellent Charles Coburn. The back and forth dialogue between John Wayne and Sherry Jackson, who plays his daughter, is excellent. The movie ends with a thud, which makes me wonder if the writers hit a brick wall trying to think up an ending??