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Daughters Courageous (1939)

 -  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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Gabriel Lopez
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Jim Masters
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
Lola Lane ...
Linda Masters
Gale Page ...
Cora Masters
George Humbert ...
Manuel Lopez
Berton Churchill ...
Judge Henry Hornsby
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Storyline

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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Four Courageous Daughters . . . and a brave mother . . . together they faced life . . . living each other's joys . . . suffering each other's sorrows ! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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22 July 1939 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The play "Fly Away Home" (on which this film was based) opened in New York on 15 January 1935. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung by Rosemary Lane, Priscilla Lane, Lola Lane and Gale Page
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Some Great Character Actors Make This Work
16 April 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This is an odd digression from the series begun with "Four Daughters." Claude Rains has left the Lane sisters and their mother. She is about to remarry. John Garfield reappears and Pricilla Lane is drawn to his bad-boy ways.

I found the mother, Fay Bainter, the most poignant player. Bainter is always touching. She is given many close-ups -- which allow us to see her beautiful eyes. They are amazingly warm. I have a similar fondness for Bealah Bondi. She isn't in this -- but May Robson, another real charmer is. She plays the family housekeeper.

Bainter's beau is played beautifully by the versatile Donald Crisp. He gives a fine performance as a stuffy but goodhearted man.

And of course there is Rains. I suppose he was too major a star to be called a character actor. But was he a romantic lead? He was extraordinarily versatile and seemingly incapable of turning in a bad performance.


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