Daughters Courageous


1h 43m 1939
Daughters Courageous

Brief Synopsis

A father returns to the family he left years earlier and tries to solve their problems.

Film Details

Also Known As
A Family Affair, American Family, Family Reunion, Fly Away Home
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Adaptation
Release Date
Jul 22, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Suggested by the play Fly Away Home by Dorothy Bennett and Irving White (New York, 15 Jan 1935).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
12 reels

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, 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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Film Details

Also Known As
A Family Affair, American Family, Family Reunion, Fly Away Home
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Adaptation
Release Date
Jul 22, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Suggested by the play Fly Away Home by Dorothy Bennett and Irving White (New York, 15 Jan 1935).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
12 reels

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Daughters Courageous


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.

Producer: Henry Blanke, Hal B. Wallis
Director: Michael Curtiz
Screenplay: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, based on the play Fly Away Home by Dorothy Bennett & Irving White
Cinematography: James Wong Howe, Ernest Haller
Art Direction: John Hughes
Music: Max Steiner
Film Editing:
Cast: John Garfield (Gabriel Lopez), Claude Rains (Jim Masters), Fay Bainter (Nan Masters), Jeffrey Lynn (Johnny Heming), Donald Crisp (Sam Sloane), May Robson (Penny), Frank McHugh (George).
BW-107m. Closed Captioning.
Daughters Courageous

Daughters Courageous

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. Producer: Henry Blanke, Hal B. Wallis Director: Michael Curtiz Screenplay: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, based on the play Fly Away Home by Dorothy Bennett & Irving White Cinematography: James Wong Howe, Ernest Haller Art Direction: John Hughes Music: Max Steiner Film Editing: Cast: John Garfield (Gabriel Lopez), Claude Rains (Jim Masters), Fay Bainter (Nan Masters), Jeffrey Lynn (Johnny Heming), Donald Crisp (Sam Sloane), May Robson (Penny), Frank McHugh (George). BW-107m. Closed Captioning.

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Trivia

The play "Fly Away Home" (on which this film was based) opened in New York on 15 January 1935.

Ernest Haller took over as director of photography when 'Howe, James Wong' was stricken with the flu.

Because 'Garfield, John' was playing a Mexican general in Juarez (1939) when the Epstein brothers were writing the screenplay to this movie, they made his character Hispanic as a joke.

Notes

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 February 1939 Hollywood Reporter 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 Hollywood Reporter 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. Hollywood Reporter 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.