Daughters Courageous (1939)

100 or 107 mins | Drama | 22 July 1939

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HISTORY

Working titles for this film were American Family , A Family Affair , Family Affair , Fly Away Home and Family Reunion . Contemporary sources note that cameraman Ernest Haller took over filming when James Wong Howe fell ill with the flu. A Feb 1939 HR news item noted that Irving Rapper was set as dialogue director, but his participation in the film has not been confirmed. Although not a sequel, this film was a follow-up to the 1938 Warner Bros. film Four Daughters (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.1452), which had the same cast. According to a HR pre-release news item, Jack Warner personally wrote to 14,000 exhibitors to draw their attention to the film, much in the same way he did with Four Daughters . In addition, Warner Bros. plugged the film with a contest called the "Typical Daughters Contest," the winners of which were awarded with a Hollywood screen test. HR also notes that Warner Bros. held up the release of the picture to coincide with National Daughters Day (23 July). Daughters Courageous was remade in 1942 by Warner Bros. as Always in My Heart , directed by Jo Graham and starring Kay Francis and Walter Huston; and again in 1954 as Young at Heart , directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Kay Francis and Frank ... More Less

Working titles for this film were American Family , A Family Affair , Family Affair , Fly Away Home and Family Reunion . Contemporary sources note that cameraman Ernest Haller took over filming when James Wong Howe fell ill with the flu. A Feb 1939 HR news item noted that Irving Rapper was set as dialogue director, but his participation in the film has not been confirmed. Although not a sequel, this film was a follow-up to the 1938 Warner Bros. film Four Daughters (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.1452), which had the same cast. According to a HR pre-release news item, Jack Warner personally wrote to 14,000 exhibitors to draw their attention to the film, much in the same way he did with Four Daughters . In addition, Warner Bros. plugged the film with a contest called the "Typical Daughters Contest," the winners of which were awarded with a Hollywood screen test. HR also notes that Warner Bros. held up the release of the picture to coincide with National Daughters Day (23 July). Daughters Courageous was remade in 1942 by Warner Bros. as Always in My Heart , directed by Jo Graham and starring Kay Francis and Walter Huston; and again in 1954 as Young at Heart , directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Kay Francis and Frank Sinatra. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
15 Jun 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
16 Jun 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Feb 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Feb 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Feb 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Mar 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
13 May 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jun 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jun 39
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Aug 39
p. 13.
Motion Picture Daily
15 Jun 39
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Apr 39
p. 50.
Motion Picture Herald
24 Jun 39
p. 39.
New York Times
24 Jun 39
p. 14.
Photoplay
1 Aug 39
p. 45.
Variety
21 Jun 39
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A First National Picture; Jack L. Warner in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Orchestral arr
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Suggested by the play Fly Away Home by Dorothy Bennett and Irving White (New York, 15 Jan 1935).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
A Family Affair
Family Reunion
Fly Away Home
American Family
Release Date:
22 July 1939
Production Date:
10 February--late March 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
22 July 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8979
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
100 or 107
Length(in reels):
12
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5223
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After wandering the globe for twenty years, Jim Masters returns home to Carmel, California, where his wife Nan and daughters Buff, Tinka, Linda and Cora still live. Just before Jim's unexpected return, Nan had won the approval of her daughters to marry Sam Sloane, a prosperous pillar of the community. At first the girls resent the intrusion of this stranger who calls himself their father, and make a pact to ignore him so that he will leave. However, Jim gradually wins them over with his worldly understanding of life. Buff is fascinated by Gabriel Lopez, the son of a Portuguese fisherman, but her mother, who knows Gabriel's troubled history well because she is often called upon to intervene between him and Judge Hornsby, disapproves of the match. Despite her mother's warnings, Buff begins dating Gabriel. When Jim lies to Nan about Buff's whereabouts after a missed curfew, Buff thanks him for helping her out. Jim gains even more respect when he secretly brings Nan flowers and a cake for her birthday, which everyone else had forgotten, and allows Sam to take the credit. Regardless, Sam tells Jim that he is concerned that his presence is disrupting the family and persuades him to leave. Before he goes, Nan begs Jim to take back his advice to Buff that she elope with Gabriel, sensing that Gabriel will do to Buff what Jim had done to her. In Gabriel, Jim sees his own nonconformist attitudes and wanderlust, and through Jim's persuasion, Gabriel comes to realize that he is not cut out for a conventional family life. In the end, Gabriel and Jim, two kindred spirits, ... +


After wandering the globe for twenty years, Jim Masters returns home to Carmel, California, where his wife Nan and daughters Buff, Tinka, Linda and Cora still live. Just before Jim's unexpected return, Nan had won the approval of her daughters to marry Sam Sloane, a prosperous pillar of the community. At first the girls resent the intrusion of this stranger who calls himself their father, and make a pact to ignore him so that he will leave. However, Jim gradually wins them over with his worldly understanding of life. Buff is fascinated by Gabriel Lopez, the son of a Portuguese fisherman, but her mother, who knows Gabriel's troubled history well because she is often called upon to intervene between him and Judge Hornsby, disapproves of the match. Despite her mother's warnings, Buff begins dating Gabriel. When Jim lies to Nan about Buff's whereabouts after a missed curfew, Buff thanks him for helping her out. Jim gains even more respect when he secretly brings Nan flowers and a cake for her birthday, which everyone else had forgotten, and allows Sam to take the credit. Regardless, Sam tells Jim that he is concerned that his presence is disrupting the family and persuades him to leave. Before he goes, Nan begs Jim to take back his advice to Buff that she elope with Gabriel, sensing that Gabriel will do to Buff what Jim had done to her. In Gabriel, Jim sees his own nonconformist attitudes and wanderlust, and through Jim's persuasion, Gabriel comes to realize that he is not cut out for a conventional family life. In the end, Gabriel and Jim, two kindred spirits, go off to travel the world together, leaving Nan behind to marry homebody Sam, and preventing Buff from repeating her mother's mistake. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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