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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Gabriel Lopez
... Jim Masters
... John S. 'Johnny' Heming
... Nancy 'Nan' Masters
... Samuel 'Sam' Sloane
... Penny, the Housekeeper
... George
... Eddie Moore
... Buff Masters
... Tinka Masters
... Linda Masters
... Cora Masters
George Humbert ... Manuel Lopez
... 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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Four Courageous Daughters . . . and a brave mother . . . together they faced life . . . living each other's joys . . . suffering each other's sorrows ! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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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 »

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

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Corn Pickin'
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Music by Harry Warren
First tune played at the nightclub
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Excellent writing
2 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Other reviewers commented on the fine acting, casting, directing and plot as they should. I praise also the terrific screenplay, which reminded me at times of a Shakespearean romantic comedy. The dialog is fitting for the characters, who are educated Americans of the mid 20th century, none of them destined for greatness, but for the lives of average Americans, which is what most Americans hope for. The script was adept at bringing out the emotions of the characters and the interactions of family life. It was especially apropos for the two divergent wanderers, one inexperienced and the other worldly wise and jaded, but not without empathy for the other characters who need the family and what that means for many people. Well written.


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