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First Comes Courage (1943)

Approved | | War, Drama | 29 July 1943 (USA)
Nicole Larsen is detested by her countrymen because they suspect she is collaborating with the occupying Germans. In reality she is working for the Norwegian underground, risking her life passing secrets to the resistance fighters.

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Nicole Larsen
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Capt. Allan Lowell
Carl Esmond ...
Maj. Paul Dichter
Isobel Elsom ...
Rose Lindstrom
Fritz Leiber ...
Dr. Aanrud
Erville Alderson ...
Soren
Erik Rolf ...
Ole
Reinhold Schünzel ...
Col. Kurt von Elser
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Nicole Larsen is detested by her countrymen because they suspect she is collaborating with the occupying Germans. In reality she is working for the Norwegian underground, risking her life passing secrets to the resistance fighters.

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"I married you to destroy you!"

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War | Drama

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29 July 1943 (USA)  »

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Crepúsculo Sangrento  »

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This film was one of a handful of movies that were all released around the same time that dealt with the Norwegian Resistance in World War II. The movies include They Raid by Night (1942) aka "The Commandos Have Landed"; Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942); and Edge of Darkness (1943). See more »

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Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46, 1st Movement (Morning Mood)
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Music by Edvard Grieg
Played on piano at Nicole's apartment
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Nice performance by Oberon
27 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Merle Oberon and Brian Aherne star in First Comes Courage," a 1943 film directed by Dorothy Arzner. Oberon plays Nicole Larsen, a Norwegian who is seen by the other townspeople as a traitor because she's dating a Nazi (Carl Esmond). In truth, she's using him to get information to the underground. When a British beau is smuggled into the country, he is later captured, and she has to get him away from the Nazis.

Merle Oberon was underrated as an actress. She does a terrific job here (as she often did elsewhere), especially in a big, dramatic scene toward the end.

"First Comes Courage" is one of many propaganda films released during the war, and one of several that dealt with the presence of the Nazis in Norway, where politician Quisling helped the Nazis conquer his own country.

Not great, but okay.


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