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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:

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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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1939 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Because John Garfield was playing a Mexican general in Juarez (1939) when the Epstein brothers were writing the screenplay to this movie, they made his character Hispanic as a joke. 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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Heaven Can Wait
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Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
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Fly Away Home
12 June 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

With John Garfield making a sensational debut in Four Daughters with an Oscar nomination there was quite the demand for a sequel. But sad to say Garfield died in Four Daughters.

Jack Warner remedied that with acquiring a play by Dorothy Bennett that ran 247 performances during the 1935 season on Broadway called Fly Away Home. It's the story of a family on the eve of the matriarch's second marriage to a respectable businessman. Out of the blue comes the first husband who left years ago and would like to reclaim his place as head of the family. He starts working a charm offensive to do just that.

Nearly the whole cast of Four Daughters slip into parts that were rewritten for them as the Masters family in Fly Away Home is not all girls. The Lane Sisters and Gale Page are the daughters again and Fay Bainter is their mother and Donald Crisp the businessman she is scheduled to marry. Bainter and Crisp are new to the ensemble.

Claude Rains is the patriarch, not the music master of Four Daughters, but the confirmed vagabond who left his family. He finds a kindred soul in John Garfield who has sparked an interest from Priscilla Lane away from playwright Jeffrey Lynn and toward himself.

If you know what happened in Four Daughters you know what happens here in terms of the pairing ups.

Rains is the best one in this cast by far. You'd go just about anywhere and do anything for him, he's got such charm and apparent knowledge of the world. In the end though he realizes he can be a bad influence as well as a good one.

The same standard for Four Daughters is maintained for Daughter's Courageous.


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