Release dateJuly 29, 1943 (1943-07-29) Based onCommandos, novel by
Elliott Arnold WriterElliott Arnold (novel), Melvin Levy (screenplay), Lewis Meltzer (screenplay), George Sklar (adaptation) ScreenplayElliott Arnold, Lewis Meltzer, Melvin Levy CastMerle Oberon (Nicole Larsen), Brian Aherne (Capt. Allan Lowell), Carl Esmond (Maj. Paul Dichter), Isobel Elsom (Rose Lindstrom), Fritz Leiber (Dr. Aanrud) Similar moviesRelated Dorothy Arzner movies
TaglineI 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.
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).
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
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.