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Daughters Courageous (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 22 July 1939 (USA)
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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Michael Curtiz
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Garfield ... Gabriel Lopez
Claude Rains ... Jim Masters
Jeffrey Lynn ... John S. 'Johnny' Heming
Fay Bainter ... Nancy 'Nan' Masters
Donald Crisp ... Samuel 'Sam' Sloane
May Robson ... Penny, the Housekeeper
Frank McHugh ... George
Dick Foran ... Eddie Moore
Priscilla Lane ... Buff Masters
Rosemary Lane ... Tinka Masters
Lola Lane ... Linda Masters
Gale Page ... Cora Masters
George Humbert 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Family Affair See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ernest Haller took over as director of photography when James Wong Howe was stricken with the flu. 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

Featured in The John Garfield Story (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Jeepers Creepers
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Music by Harry Warren
Played at the nightclub
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Very engaging.
13 December 2001 | by Hermit C-2See all my reviews

This is the first of the "Four Daughters" series that I've ever seen, or was even aware of. Judging by this film, it's a wonder that they don't have a better reputation than they do. This movie is very engaging and entertaining throughout. The story may be a little too by-the-numbers, but the likability of the three Lane sisters plus one helps to overcome that mild complaint easily. The dialog is as snappy as that of a contemporary sitcom and the direction is fresh and forward-looking for a film over sixty years old. Claude Rains shines in his role. This also marks the first time I've understood why John Garfield commands the devoted following he has. "Daughters Courageous" should be enjoyed by anyone who likes the older Hollywood films and will likely appeal to a significant percentage of younger viewers if they give it a chance.


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