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First Comes Courage (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 29 July 1943 (USA)
Nicole Larsen is detested by her countrymen because they suspect she is collaborating with the occupying Germans. In reality she is working for the Norwegian underground, risking her life passing secrets to the resistance fighters.

Director:

Dorothy Arzner

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Elliott Arnold (novel), Melvin Levy (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Merle Oberon ... Nicole Larsen
Brian Aherne ... Capt. Allan Lowell
Carl Esmond ... Maj. Paul Dichter
Isobel Elsom ... Rose Lindstrom
Fritz Leiber ... Dr. Aanrud
Erville Alderson ... Soren
Erik Rolf Erik Rolf ... Ole
Reinhold Schünzel ... Col. Kurt von Elser
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Nicole Larsen is detested by her countrymen because they suspect she is collaborating with the occupying Germans. In reality she is working for the Norwegian underground, risking her life passing secrets to the resistance fighters.

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"I married you to destroy you!"

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crepúsculo Sangrento See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of director Dorothy Arzner. See more »

Soundtracks

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46, 1st Movement (Morning Mood)
(uncredited)
Music by Edvard Grieg
Played on piano at Nicole's apartment
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amateurish
19 March 2016 | by deschreiberSee all my reviews

I was able to watch for only an hour before I gave up and walked away. It's really quite awful.

Other commentators here are impressed by Merle Oberon's acting. Maybe it gets better in the last half hour, because in what I saw she wasn't called upon to do much. She was, however, stunning to look at, a real beauty, about the only thing that kept me watching for an hour.

The rest of the film was worse than mediocre. Some of the sets looked like they belonged in a Little Theatre production. The music kept intruding with exaggerated emotion. The fight scene in the barn had that odd, speeded-up, Saturday morning serial look to it, with two guys tossing each other around in the most unconvincing way. But mostly the storyline could not be believed at all sorts of crucial moments. For example, the moment Oberon falls under suspicion. Why would she put herself under the spotlight? And why didn't he suspect her long before that moment? There was nothing special about that moment that he should suddenly suspect her for the first time. Her plan to get into the restricted area of the hospital is ridiculously complex, relying on so many things going precisely the way she hoped they would. The method the optometrist uses to convey secret information back to Britain is depicted at some length, unfortunately not in a way that is very clear--something about glasses, but how it all works was a mystery to me.

It just wasn't worth watching. But Merle Oberon is an actress I will watch out for in the future. Maybe she can act, maybe she can't, but she can sure light up the screen.


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