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Genre  Drama, Romance
Country  United States
6.7/10 IMDb

Director  Michael Curtiz
Music director  Max Steiner
Language  English
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Writer  Dorothy Bennett, Irving White, Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein
Release date  June 23, 1939 (1939-06-23)
Screenplay  Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein
Cast  John Garfield (Gabriel Lopez), Claude Rains (Jim Masters), Priscilla Lane (Buff Masters), Rosemary Lane (Tinka Masters), Lola Lane (Linda Masters), Gale Page (Cora Masters)
Similar movies  Related Michael Curtiz movies

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Daughters Courageous is a 1939 drama film starring John Garfield, Claude Rains, Jeffrey Lynn and featuring the Lane Sisters: Lola Lane, Rosemary Lane and Priscilla Lane. Based on the play Fly Away Home by Dorothy Bennett and Irving White, the film was directed by Michael Curtiz. It was released by Warner Bros. on June 23, 1939.


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Freewheeling Jim Masters returns home after a 20-year absence, during which he was declared dead, to find that his wife, Nancy, is about to marry Sam Sloane, a stable local man in Carmel, California. She must now choose between her ex-husband and her new fiancé. The Masters daughters are also upset that their irresponsible father has re-entered their lives after so long an absence. Meanwhile, the youngest daughter, Buff, is drawn to tough-guy Gabriel Lopez, a man that reminds Jim Masters of himself.


  • John Garfield as Gabriel Lopez
  • Claude Rains as Jim Masters
  • Jeffrey Lynn as Johnny Heming
  • Fay Bainter as Nancy Masters
  • Donald Crisp as Sam Sloane
  • May Robson as Penny
  • Frank McHugh as George
  • Dick Foran as Eddie Moore
  • Priscilla Lane as Buff Masters
  • Rosemary Lane as Tinka Masters
  • Lola Lane as Linda Masters
  • Gale Page as Cora Masters
  • George Humbert as Manuel Lopez
  • Berton Churchill as Judge Henry Hornsby
  • Four Daughters film series

    Daughters Courageous follows 1938's Four Daughters, by the same stars and director, but is unrelated to the other three films in the Lane Sisters' series because it is about a different family. However, the storyline of Four Daughters and the Lemp family is continued in the 1940 film, Four Wives, and 1941's Four Mothers.


    Frank S. Nugent of The New York Times called the film " a thoroughly pleasant entertainment—howbeit reminiscent—with a thoroughly pleasant cast to grace it." Variety wrote: "Few of the situations can stand up under too close scrutiny, but the flavor of the film as a whole is entertaining, amusing, and occasionally emotional." Harrison's Reports called it "Good entertainment ... Although it is not as impressive as 'Four Daughters,' it nevertheless holds one's attention well, since one is in sympathy with all the characters." Film Daily called it "A production with a high voltage of sentimental of romantic appeal" with a "super-duper" cast. John Mosher of The New Yorker wrote that Garfield added "a touch of color or adventuresome liveliness" to help along the story, but found "a quantity of bungalow patter that wears one down at times" and "a slight dullness" to the picture.

    Home media

    Warner Archive released the film on DVD in August 1, 2011. The film was also released by Warner Archive in the "Four Daughters Movie Series Collection".


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