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Daughters Courageous (1939)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  22 July 1939 (USA)
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Nan Masters, a single mother living with her four marriageable daughters, plans to marry Sam Sloane, businessman. Out of the blue her 1st husband Jim returns after deserting the family 20 ... See full summary »

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Jeffrey Lynn ...
John S. 'Johnny' Heming
Fay Bainter ...
Nancy 'Nan' Masters
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Samuel 'Sam' Sloane
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Penny, the Housekeeper
Frank McHugh ...
George
Dick Foran ...
Eddie Moore
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Buff Masters
Rosemary Lane ...
Tinka Masters
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Linda Masters
Gale Page ...
Cora Masters
George Humbert ...
Manuel Lopez
Berton Churchill ...
Judge Henry Hornsby
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Nan Masters, a single mother living with her four marriageable daughters, plans to marry Sam Sloane, businessman. Out of the blue her 1st husband Jim returns after deserting the family 20 years earlier. The worldly wanderer Jim gets a cool family reception at first but his warm personality gradually wins the affections of his four daughters. In fact, youngest daughter Buff, who has her eye on a maverick of her own in Gabriel Lopez, is pleased when Jim grants his stamp of approval on her relationship. Buff plans to elope with Gabriel on her mother's wedding day, but 'unpredictable' is Gabriel's middle name. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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It's Another 'Four Daughters' Hit! And they're gayer than ever, sweeter than ever, better than ever before! See more »

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22 July 1939 (USA)  »

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Because John Garfield was playing a Mexican general in Juarez (1939) when the Epstein brothers were writing the screenplay to this movie, they made his character Hispanic as a joke. See more »

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After Buff tells Gabriel she came and will be going home from the nightclub with Johnny, Gabriel leaves and leaves his accordion with the coat-check girl. However, before sunrise the next morning he and Buff are on his father's boat. He is playing his accordion and she is singing. See more »

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Version of Always in My Heart (1942) See more »

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Music by Paul Mann and Stefan Weiß
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Sung by Priscilla Lane
Played as background music throughout
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The resumé of the kind of values the dream factory encouraged.
25 April 1999 | by (San José, Costa Rica) – See all my reviews

This merely acceptable movie depicts the kind of moral and social values Hollywood was encouraging during the aftermath of the depression. The "Daughters" series had better production values and less clowning than the Andy Hardy ones. But Daughters Courageous manages to present the family values as terrible dull. As dull as the daughters' beaux. The picture itself is nothing. The four daughters are as interchangeable as the pieces of an Erector set. The only positive features are John Garfield and Claude Rains. Garfield caused the picture to be made, and repeated unashamedly his character of Four Daughters, with less redeeming features. His performance had the high standard to be expected of him. But the real star of the picture is Rains. His part is not very well written; the Epsteins and Michael Curtiz forgot to explain him and his motivations. But what an actor! He gives life to the picture, makes you love one of the most despicable characters in movie history, and you go all the way with him even if you know that he is poison to the whole life of his former wife and former(?) daughters. One cannot root for the sort of dull life Fay Bainter, Donald Crisp, the daughters and the daughters' beaux embodiy. But you cannot root either for the kind of social irresponsibility Rains and Garfield represent. But, anyhow, the picture is very entertaining and Priscilla Lane was adorable.


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