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First Comes Courage(1943)

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  • first comes courage

    • kevin sellers
    • 3/19/16

    Ben Mankewiecz's comparing this film to "Casablanca" really sinks it, cause once you go down THAT road then you have to take all the way. So let's do that. Let's compare the Epsteins' witty, evocative script, with its gallery of immortal lines, to the dull blather you have here, where there is not one line that even approaches the memorable. Next, let's put Brian Aherne up against Bogie. Need I say more? Then we move on to a comparison of Ingrid Bergman, who was never anywhere close to being over the top in her entire career, to TCM's star of the month, who should be nicknamed Pacwoman for her relentless ability to swallow the scenery. (I will admit, however, that Oberon is easily as sexually arousing as the Sublime Swede.) And of course there is not a single character in this film that inhabits even a corner of the realm of ambiguity where Claude Raines gloriously resides for 90% of "Casablanca."Finally, we compare Michael Curtiz's watertight pacing and strong sense of place to Dorothy Arzner's egregiously cheesy sets and drawn out, rather unexciting love making and action sequences. Indeed, about the only thing that is superior in this film is Carl Esmond's evil Nazi to Conrad Veidt's version. At least Esmond provides a bit of layering, with his class resentment of his commanding officer and his sappy vulnerability to Merle Oberon's beauty. Ergo, let's give this film a well deserved C. P.S. The Nazi wedding scene with Oberon and Esmond sure was interesting, huh? It looked like something out of Leni Riefenstahl. It prominently sticks out of this otherwise visually dull film. Wonder if it was Arzner's contribution or Charles Vidor, who took over when Arzner became ill?

  • Merle,Brian,Carl Esmond

    • Nana
    • 1/30/13

    The Moon Is Down,with the good guys winning.Good flick

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