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Daughters Courageous

Daughters Courageous
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Produced by Henry Blanke
Hal B. Wallis
Written by Dorothy Bennett
Irving White
Julius J. Epstein
Philip G. Epstein
Starring The Lane Sisters
Gale Page
John Garfield
Claude Rains
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Edited by Ralph Dawson
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
June 23, 1939 (1939-06-23)
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Daughters Courageous is a 1939 drama film starring the three Lane Sisters (Lola, Rosemary and Priscilla), with the fourth sister being played by Gale Page. The movie also stars John Garfield and Claude Rains. Based on the play Fly Away Home by Dorothy Bennett and Irving White, the film was directed by Michael Curtiz.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Four Daughters film series 3
  • Reception 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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.


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."[1] 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."[2] 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."[3] Film Daily called it "A production with a high voltage of sentimental of romantic appeal" with a "super-duper" cast.[4] 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.[5]


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