DirectorArchie Mayo ScreenplayTom Barry LanguageEnglish
WriterWalter Anthony, Tom Barry Release dateMay 22, 1930 (1930-05-22) ProductionWarner Bros. Entertainment CastBelle Bennett (Mary Colbrook), Marian Nixon (Muriel Colbrook), Rex Bell (Lynn Willard), Richard Tucker (James Rudlin), Richard Tucker (Bill Colbrook), Blanche Friderici (Aunt Caroline) Similar moviesRelated Archie Mayo movies
Courage a short film
Courage is a 1930 American Pre-Code drama film, produced by Warner Bros. in 1929 and released early in 1930. The movie is based on a stage play of the same name by Tom Barry which was a hit on Broadway in 1928.
Bennett plays Mary Colbrook, the widowed mother of seven children living in Sioux City, Iowa. She moves with them to Cambridge, Massachusetts to educate her children with culture and give them every advantage.
Mary, who is unversed in financial matters, soon faces poverty for herself and her children. She takes out a loan from an unscrupulous lender, James Rudlin, who neglects to ask her for collateral. Mary is later only able to partially pay her creditors.
Muriel, Mary's eldest daughter, is shocked by her mother's actions and attempts to sacrifice herself to Rudlin to clear her mother's obligations, although she is engaged to marry a well-to-do Harvard undergraduate. A stern aunt appears and is hell bent on taking her brother's children away from their mother. The aunt manages to turn Bennett's children against their mother, with the exception of her son, Bill, who, fortuitously, inherits the fortune of a neighbouring spinster which allows Mary to be reunited with the rest of her children. Mary discovers noble qualities in Rudlin and agrees to become his future wife.
The film is believed to be lost. No film elements [other than stills] are known to exist. The complete soundtrack, however, survives on Vitaphone disks.