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Arise, My Love (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 November 1940 (USA)
A dashing pilot and a vivacious reporter have romantic and dramatic adventures in Europe as World War II begins.

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Charles Brackett (screen play), Billy Wilder (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Augusta Nash
Ray Milland ... Tom Martin
Dennis O'Keefe ... Shep
Walter Abel ... Phillips
Dick Purcell ... Pink
George Zucco ... Prison Governor
Frank Puglia ... Father Jacinto
Esther Dale ... Susie
Paul Leyssac Paul Leyssac ... Bresson
Ann Codee ... Mme. Bresson
Stanley Logan Stanley Logan ... Col. Tubbs-Brown
Lionel Pape ... Lord Kettlebrook
Aubrey Mather ... Achille
Cliff Nazarro ... Botzelberg
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Storyline

In 1939, American Tom Martin, who fought in the Spanish Civil War, awaits execution at the hands of the Fascist victors when reporter Augusta 'Gusto' Nash, for a scoop, aids him in an audacious escape. Of course, Tom tries to romance Gusto; but though she likes him, her career comes first, and Tom himself prefers freedom-fighting to settling down. Comedy becomes drama as their mixed feelings lead them on a circuitous path through the deepening chaos and catastrophe of the early days of World War II. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Here's the gay, glorious story of a war correspondent and a war ace...a romance that could happen only in 1940!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German | Spanish

Release Date:

8 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arise, My Love See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mitchell Leisen insisted that the stars drink real alcohol in the scene where Ray Milland tries to get Claudette Colbert drunk. The director concocted what Milland termed a "ghastly mixture" of creme de menthe and champagne. According to Milland, they got it right on the third take, but Leisen insisted on a fourth. Milland was able to stagger away, but Colbert and Walter Abel were so drunk that the studio ambulance had to take them home. See more »

Goofs

When Walter Abel tells Claudette Colbert that she has got a new assignment in Berlin and she is told she is going in 3 days time on Saturday, she receives a cable dated September 1st, 1939, from Ray Milland. September 1st, 1939, was a Friday. See more »

Quotes

Augusta Nash: Don't you think we'd better get back to the inn? What will they think?
Tom Martin: Oh, nothing. It's a French inn.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood contra Franco (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Dream Lover
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Victor Schertzinger
Lyrics by Clifford Grey
Sung and hummed by Claudette Colbert
Introduced in The Love Parade (1929)
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Doesn't fulfill its promise
29 July 2017 | by touser2004See all my reviews

As a fan of Colbert as I was looking forward to watching what she described as "her favourite film"!.Though it starts well enough ,the writing ,plot and characters don't fully convince.Though in real life Colbert and Milland were very attracted to each other ,it doesn't feel that way in the film. As someone else has commented there is too much talking .Sometimes a surreptitious glance or a nervous laugh can express a depth of love that all the "I love yous "in the world fail to match. Colbert obviously remembered this film with great affection,possibly because of her dalliance with Milland and because of its propaganda use in the war effort-the Germans had invaded her country of birth . Colbert does well within the confines of the script ,but for one scene (when she rings her boss after the sinking of her boat)it is routine for this accomplished actress. In fairness the writers predictions in the final scenes about the Third Reich failing were spot on.


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