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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

Writers:

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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Taglines:

"I married you to destroy you!"

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Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was one of a handful of movies that were all released around the same time that dealt with the Norwegian Resistance in World War II. The movies include They Raid by Night (1942) aka "The Commandos Have Landed"; Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942); and Edge of Darkness (1943). 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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A very solid WWII propaganda film about self-sacrifice.
18 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Merle Oberon plays Nicole Larsen, a Norwegian who is playing a VERY high stakes spy game. She is working for the Resistance AND at the same time dating* the local Nazi commander. However, the plan has always been that the commander gets too close to discovering her true identity that the British would send in commandos to kill him. They don't want to use local talent because the murder would lead to serious retribution towards the local populace. So, the plan is to have an agent specifically target this Nazi during a raid to hide the true purpose of the attack. Now this is a pretty simple plan...perhaps too simple. So the writer throws in a monkey wrench. The commando who is sent in to kill the man is also Nicole's former lover, Captain Lowell (Brian Aherne). And then, to further muddle things, the Nazi wants to marry Nicole and Nicole wants to go through with it and NOT have the man killed. Why? Well, see the film.

This is a very nice espionage film that strongly emphasizes self- sacrifice and patriotism. I am sure the message was being pounded hard in order to bolster the war effort at home, but it was done deftly enough that it did not come off as preachy of obvious like many propaganda films. Overall, well acted and worth seeing...so good I almost gave this one an 8.


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