Arise, My Love (1940)

113 mins | Drama | 8 November 1940

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HISTORY

According to a news item in HR , Joel McCrea was Paramount's first choice to play the male lead in this film, but had to turn down the role because of ill health. According to studio publicity material, after refusing a stunt double in the automobile chase and fight scenes, Claudette Colbert sprained her ankle. Later, she tripped over a rock when pushed by an artificial wave. Director Mitchell Leisen also had the responsibility of timing the kisses in the love scenes with his stopwatch, to avoid trouble with censors. In order to adhere to the timeliness of the film, the script was revised throughout production, with the insertion of up-to-the-moment news items concerning World War II, which broke out in Europe in early Sep 1939. Feuding between Leisen and writer Billy Wilder on the set was also reported by HR . Arise, My Love received an Academy Award for Best Original Motion Picture Story. It was nominated for Best Art Direction, Best Black and White Cinematography and Best Musical ... More Less

According to a news item in HR , Joel McCrea was Paramount's first choice to play the male lead in this film, but had to turn down the role because of ill health. According to studio publicity material, after refusing a stunt double in the automobile chase and fight scenes, Claudette Colbert sprained her ankle. Later, she tripped over a rock when pushed by an artificial wave. Director Mitchell Leisen also had the responsibility of timing the kisses in the love scenes with his stopwatch, to avoid trouble with censors. In order to adhere to the timeliness of the film, the script was revised throughout production, with the insertion of up-to-the-moment news items concerning World War II, which broke out in Europe in early Sep 1939. Feuding between Leisen and writer Billy Wilder on the set was also reported by HR . Arise, My Love received an Academy Award for Best Original Motion Picture Story. It was nominated for Best Art Direction, Best Black and White Cinematography and Best Musical Score. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
17 Mar 40
p. 3.
Daily Variety
28 Jun 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
17 Oct 40
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Jun 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jun 40
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jun 40
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Aug 40
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Oct 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Oct 40
p. 35.
New York Times
17 Oct 40
p. 33.
Variety
23 Oct 40
p. 14
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
2d unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score
SOURCES
SONGS
"Arise, My Love," words and music by Ned Washington and Frederick Hollander.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 November 1940
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 17 October 1940
Production Date:
began 24 June 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
8 November 1940
Copyright Number:
LP10036
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
113
Length(in reels):
12
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6477
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In Spain, during the summer of 1939, the soldiers of fortune who came to fight the Civil War from all over the world are all but gone. Among the few who remain is American daredevil flyer Tom Martin, languishing in a prison cell while awaiting execution. On the morning that he is to face a firing squad, Tom is unexpectedly granted a pardon, which was won by the entreaties of a woman posing as his wife. When the prison governor learns that Tom's wife is really an ambitious reporter named Augusta "Gusto" Nash and has perpetrated the ruse for the sake of a story, he sends the troops after them. After a narrow escape, the pair land in Paris. In the City of Lights, Tom launches a campaign to win Gusto's heart, but Gusto, determined to become a serious reporter, resists his advances. When she is on the verge of capitulation, Gusto is appointed the Berlin correspondent, but Tom pursues her and whisks her from the Berlin-bound train. As Hitler invades Poland, Tom and Gusto spend a few idyllic days in a country village until war disrupts their tranquility. Gusto convinces Tom to return to the safety of America with her, and they book passage on the ill-fated Athenia . When the ship is torpedoed by a German submarine, the icy waters of the Atlantic reawaken the fighting spirit in both Tom and Gusto, and after they are rescued, he joins the RAF while she leaves him to become a celebrated war correspondent. At the fall of Paris, Tom, disabled by a fractured arm, is reunited with Gusto, and the ... +


In Spain, during the summer of 1939, the soldiers of fortune who came to fight the Civil War from all over the world are all but gone. Among the few who remain is American daredevil flyer Tom Martin, languishing in a prison cell while awaiting execution. On the morning that he is to face a firing squad, Tom is unexpectedly granted a pardon, which was won by the entreaties of a woman posing as his wife. When the prison governor learns that Tom's wife is really an ambitious reporter named Augusta "Gusto" Nash and has perpetrated the ruse for the sake of a story, he sends the troops after them. After a narrow escape, the pair land in Paris. In the City of Lights, Tom launches a campaign to win Gusto's heart, but Gusto, determined to become a serious reporter, resists his advances. When she is on the verge of capitulation, Gusto is appointed the Berlin correspondent, but Tom pursues her and whisks her from the Berlin-bound train. As Hitler invades Poland, Tom and Gusto spend a few idyllic days in a country village until war disrupts their tranquility. Gusto convinces Tom to return to the safety of America with her, and they book passage on the ill-fated Athenia . When the ship is torpedoed by a German submarine, the icy waters of the Atlantic reawaken the fighting spirit in both Tom and Gusto, and after they are rescued, he joins the RAF while she leaves him to become a celebrated war correspondent. At the fall of Paris, Tom, disabled by a fractured arm, is reunited with Gusto, and the pair decide to return to America to exhort their countrymen to arise and defeat the Germans. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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