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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 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

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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:

Adelante, mi amor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Claudette Colbert once said that this was her favorite of all of her films. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Phillips: Gusto Nash, you're fired, as of immediately!
Augusta Nash: Oh, it's not true!
Mr. Phillips: I know it's not true. I just wanted to taste the words. Sheer rapture!
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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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Smart but uneven blend of comedy and drama against background of impending WWII...
29 April 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Mitchell Leisen gets superb performances from CLAUDETTE COLBERT and RAY MILLAND in ARISE, MY LOVE.

It's a comedy/drama with Claudette as a journalist tired of covering fluffy stories who decides to get into serious journalism by rescuing a man about to be executed during the Spanish Civil War (Milland) so that she can be the first writer to get a scoop on a great story. As soon as she and her prisoner meet, the deft comic timing of these two pros are given great support from Billy Wilder's clever script. Early on, there's a scene of mistaken intentions that has Ray thinking Claudette wants to seduce him. He's oblivious to the fact that she merely wants to take some photos of him for the article she intends to write. The double entendre dialog has seldom been matched, in this scene alone.

Personally, I prefer "Midnight," another Leisen/Colbert film shown before this one on TCM. It's even wittier and much funnier. The trouble with ARISE, MY LOVE is that it attempts to do too many things at once and emerges as an uneven romantic comedy with a war background. For the ending, Claudette gets to deliver a flag waving speech that is obviously meant for 1940 audiences who were facing the prospect of getting involved in WWII.

Lots of laughs along the way with both stars delivering excellent performances.


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