First Comes Courage Film Details
Overview: Nicole Larsen is detested by her countrymen because they suspect she is collaborating with the occupying Germans. In reality she is working for the Norwegian underground, risking her life passing secrets to the resistance fighters.
Tagline: I married you to destroy you!
Review: She’s hated in her Norwegian town for being an alleged Nazi spy, but only a select few know the truth, that she’s working for the underground to destroy them, not help them. Old friends curse at her in the streets, fellow dancers on the floor in a restaurant walk off the floor when she comes on with Nazi officer Carl Esmond. But for Merle Oberon, it’s all in a days work, and she holds her head up high as she goes on with her mission. A British officer (Brian Aherne) falls in love with her while in a local hospital, and together, they fight the Nazi’s with dignity and courage, willing to die for the cause of freedom. It’s another “Edge of Darkness”, the excellent Warner Brothers film of the same year that echoed with the words ” Let them look to Norway” as the peace fighters of the world gathered together to fight against fascism. That Errol Flynn/Ann Sheridan movie was excellent in every detail, and while this is a good film, it can’t hold a candle to “Edge of Darkness”. Resistance films since “The Mortal Storm” have covered the same territory, and each one has its purpose, its high points, and a few its flaws. Oberon was so much more than a ravishing beauty; she was extremely talented as well, and is excellent here. Of the large supporting cast, I have to single out character actress Isobel Elsom as a nurse who risks her life to help Aherne. When she is confronted by the Nazi’s, she momentarily gasps in horror, then regains her composure and smirks. As Aherne warns Oberon, a resistance worker has a length of six months before they are caught, but as Oberon reminds him, it’s worth the risk. Oberon and Aherne have some very romantic moments, so while “Edge of Darkness” is stronger in detail, “First Comes Courage” is a reminder that freedoms of all kinds are at risk when mad men are allowed to control the world. The wedding scene between Oberon and Esmond is dramatically scored, giving the impression of the horror going through Oberon’s mind.
Country: United States
Language: German, English
Duration: 88 min
Genre: Drama, War
Also known as: Attack by Night,Duel dans la nuit,Crepúsculo sangriento,Duel in de nacht,Crepúsculo Sangrento,First Comes Courage,Pe primul loc este curajul,Sacrificio supremo,Adamastoi iroes