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First Comes Courage (1943)




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With Dorothy Arzner in the director's chair, it's no wonder that First Comes Courage has a more feminist slant than most WWII "underground" films. Merle Oberon plays Nicole Larsen, a member of the Norwegian resistance. To obtain important war information, Nicole romances Nazi major Paul Dichter Carl Esmond, enduring the slings and arrows of those villagers unaware of her motives. Her mission is further complicated when she is reunited with British commando Allan Lowell Brian Aherne, with whom she'd had a prewar affair. Forced to choose between love and duty, Nicole makes the only decision possible under the circumstances. First Comes Courage was based on The Commados, a novel by Elliot Arnold.


Merle Oberon
as Nicole Larsen
Carl Esmond
as Maj. Paul Dichter
Brian Aherne
as Capt. Allan Lowell
Fritz Leiber
as Dr. Aanrud
Reinhold Schünzel
as Col. Kurt von Elser
Isobel Elsom
as Rose Linstrom
William Martin
as Dichter's Chauffeur
Dick Ryan
as Dr. Hoff
Lewis Wilson
as Dr. Kleinich
John Elliott
as Norwegian Patient
Frederick Brunn
as German Guard
Gordon B. Clark
as Commandos
Greta Granstedt
as Girl Assistant
William 'Bill' Phillips
as Aanrud's Assistant
Pietro Sosso
as Janitor
Conrad Binyon
as Small Boy
Arno Frey
as Sergeant
Eric Feldary
as Private
Hans Von Morhart
as German Guard
John Royce
as German Orderly
Frederic Brunn
as German Guard
Lloyd Ingraham
as Old Norwegian
Louis Adlon
as Nazi Lieutenant
Niels Bagge
as Thorsten
Rex Williams
as Young Nazi Officer
Otto Reichow
as Young Nazi Officer
Fern Emmett
as Dress Designer
Bob McKenzie
as Justice of the Peace
Guy Kingsford
as Sub Commander
George O'Flaherty
as Cipher Expert
Emerson Fisher-Smith
as Cipher Expert
Tom Stevenson
as Blakeley
Miles Mander
as Col. Wallace
Evan Thomas
as Ship's Captain
Richard Ryen
as Dr. Hoff
Larry Parks
as Capt. Langdon
Marten Lamont
as Lieutenant Colonel
Byron Foulger
as Norwegian Shopkeeper
Rolf Lindau
as Jr. Officer
Charles Irwin
as Capt. Lungden
Paul Langton
as Commando
Gordon Clark
as Commando
Paul Power
as English Officer
Leslie Denison
as English Officer
Pat Moriarity
as Irish Top Sergeant.
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Critic Reviews for First Comes Courage

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

While the ending of First Comes Courage is a little far-fetched... You won't mind because the events leading up to that are presented convincingly, thanks to Dorothy Arzner, who directed this film with a great deal of skill.

December 22, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[The stars] play with a nice sincerity and Dorothy Arzner has given them and the slightly frayed material the benefit of her sound directional talent.

December 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Aherne and Miss Oberon are convincing actors and make the old stuff look up-to-date and even worthwhile. The shoddiness is of story rather than acting or direction.

December 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Merle Oberon plays with the verve of a wooden doll, Brian Aherne's commando is a bore, and Carl Esmond's Nazi a stodge. The action is fumbled by bad direction.

April 1, 2019 | Full Review…

This WWII propganda film, starring Merle Oberon as a spy, is the last festure to be directed by Dorothy Arzner, the only female director during the studio system.

January 7, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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