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Director  Dorothy Arzner
Music director  Ernst Toch
Country  United States
6.4/10 IMDb

Genre  War, Drama
Duration  
Language  English
First Comes Courage movie poster
Release date  July 29, 1943 (1943-07-29)
Based on  Commandos, novel by Elliott Arnold
Writer  Elliott Arnold (novel), Melvin Levy (screenplay), Lewis Meltzer (screenplay), George Sklar (adaptation)
Screenplay  Elliott Arnold, Lewis Meltzer, Melvin Levy
Cast  Merle Oberon (Nicole Larsen), Brian Aherne (Capt. Allan Lowell), Carl Esmond (Maj. Paul Dichter), Isobel Elsom (Rose Lindstrom), Fritz Leiber (Dr. Aanrud)
Similar movies  Related Dorothy Arzner movies
Tagline  I married you to destroy you!

First comes courage


First Comes Courage is a 1943 American war film, the final film directed by Dorothy Arzner, one of the few female directors in Hollywood at the time. The film was based on the 1943 novel Commandos by Elliott Arnold, adapted by George Sklar, with a screenplay by Melvin Levy and Lewis Meltzer. It stars Merle Oberon and Brian Aherne.

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Plot

Nicole Larsen (Merle Oberon) is a member of the Norwegian resistance in a small town, about to be married to the Nazi commandant (Carl Esmond). When his superiors begin to suspect her, the Allies land an assassin to kill him - an assassin who happens to be her former lover, Capt. Allan Lowe (Brian Aherne).

Cast

  • Merle Oberon as Nicole Larsen
  • Brian Aherne as Capt. Allan Lowell
  • Carl Esmond as Maj. Paul Dichter
  • Isobel Elsom as Rose Lindstrom
  • Fritz Leiber as Dr. Aanrud
  • Erville Alderson as Soren
  • Erik Rolf as Ole
  • Reinhold Schünzel as Col. Kurt von Elser
  • Production

    First Comes Courage had the working title of "Attack by Night". The film was originally to have been set in France, but was changed to Norway because of the public's interest at the time in the occupation of that country.

    When director Dorothy Arzner had an attack of pleurisy, she was replaced by Charles Vidor. The film would turn out to be Arzner's final film.

    Some scenes were filmed on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, with military units providing extras for the scenes of the commando attack.

    References

    First Comes Courage Wikipedia
    First Comes Courage IMDb First Comes Courage themoviedb.org


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