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Arise, My Love (1940)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  8 November 1940 (USA)
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A dashing pilot and a vivacious reporter have romantic and dramatic adventures in Europe as World War II begins.

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Dick Purcell ...
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Prison Governor
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Father Jacinto
Esther Dale ...
Susie
Paul Leyssac ...
Bresson
Ann Codee ...
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Lionel Pape ...
Lord Kettlebrook
Aubrey Mather ...
Achille
Cliff Nazarro ...
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In 1939, American Tom Martin, who fought in the Spanish Civil War, awaits execution at the hands of the Fascist victors when reporter Augusta 'Gusto' Nash, for a scoop, aids him in an audacious escape. Of course, Tom tries to romance Gusto; but though she likes him, her career comes first, and Tom himself prefers freedom-fighting to settling down. Comedy becomes drama as their mixed feelings lead them on a circuitous path through the deepening chaos and catastrophe of the early days of World War II. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Here's the gay, glorious story of a war correspondent and a war ace...a romance that could happen only in 1940!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Arrivederci in Francia  »

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Mitchell Leisen insisted that the stars drink real alcohol in the scene where Milland tries to get Colbert drunk. The director concocted what Milland termed a "ghastly mixture" of creme de menthe and champagne. According to the actor, they got it right on the third take, but Mitchell insisted on a fourth. Milland was able to stagger away, but Colbert and Walter Abel were so drunk that the studio ambulance had to take them home. See more »

Quotes

Tom Martin: You know, it's a funny thing that you of all people should be sitting beside me. You're precisely my type.
Augusta Nash: Mmm-hmm. How long were you in that prison?
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References Test Pilot (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Dream Lover
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Victor Schertzinger
Lyrics by Clifford Grey
Sung and hummed by Claudette Colbert
Introduced in The Love Parade (1929)
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Have a poo instead
20 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Ray Milland (Tom) is awaiting execution in Franco's Spain when he gets a last minute reprieve courtesy of his wife's intervention. Only his wife, Claudette Colbert (Augusta) isn't really his wife. She's a reporter looking for a story. They make a run for it when their deception is discovered and then the film plays out as a romance set against the beginning of World War 2.

Basically, nothing happens in this film. It's very talky. The actors are just given too many words to rattle off to each other without the film ever going anywhere. After about an hour, when nothing had happened, I paused the film and went to have a poo. This gave me the very welcomed experience of actually being entertained as I got to read another chapter of my book – "And I Don't Want To Live This Life" by Deborah Spungen, mother of Nancy Spungen (as of Sid and Nancy fame/legend). When I resumed the film, it just continued in a very boring manner with not a lot happening and lots of words.

Question – where are the Hebrides? The answer according to this film is off the coast of Ireland. Yeah, just like Spain is off the coast of Norway. At the beginning of the film, the best part, the soldier being executed marches in time with his executors to his fate. No way. Why is he marching in time to the tune of his enemy killers? While the 2 leads, Colbert and Milland, do work well together and are very likable stars, they unfortunately just get bogged down with sappy shenanigans. The story is just unbelievable tosh. I can't recommend it because the film is boring.


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