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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 »


Michael Curtiz




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 ... Manuel Lopez
Berton Churchill ... Judge Henry Hornsby


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 »


Drama | Romance


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Sometimes considered a sequel to "Four Daughters" (made in 1938) since it had the same cast (Claude Rains, the Lane sisters, Gale Page, John Garfield, etc.), but technically was not - the actors played different characters in "Daughters Courageous" than in the earlier film. "Four Wives" (1940) and "Four Mothers" (1941) were true sequels to "Four Daughters." See more »


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 »


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


Heaven Can Wait
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Played when the girls are in the ladies' lounge discussing Verdun
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A sort of remake
12 June 2012 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

This is more of a reworking of the previous big hit Four Daughters than an actual remake. Not as good as the original film it is still entertaining and helped by the addition of old pros Donald Crisp and the great Fay Bainter fresh off her Oscar win for Jezebel.

Garfield just as he did in the original film jumps off the screen with a charisma and sexuality the other performers just can't match. He and Claude Rains, whose character from the first film undergoes the greatest change, strike up a good rapport as two wandering spirits.

The entire cast from the first film is back in this with May Robson pushed into the background unfortunately and all the girls having less defined personalities. Priscilla still gets the featured spot and interacts well with John Garfield but the others are background dressing more or less. The one thing this has in its favor over the original is the lack of emphasis on both Jeffrey Lynn and that blank slate Dick Foran since both are such vapid screen presences that any spotlighting of them is wasted film.

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