Daughters Courageous

Daughters Courageous is a 1939 American drama film starring John Garfield, Claude Rains, Jeffrey Lynn and featuring the Lane Sisters: Lola Lane, Rosemary Lane and Priscilla Lane. Based on the play Fly Away Home by Dorothy Bennett and Irving White, the film was directed by Michael Curtiz. It was released by Warner Bros. on June 23, 1939.

Daughters Courageous
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Curtiz
Produced byHenry Blanke
Hal B. Wallis
Written byDorothy Bennett
Irving White
Julius J. Epstein
Philip G. Epstein
StarringJohn Garfield
Claude Rains
Jeffrey Lynn
Fay Bainter
Music byMax Steiner
CinematographyJames Wong Howe
Edited byRalph Dawson
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
June 23, 1939 (1939-06-23)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States


Freewheeling Jim Masters returns home after a 20-year absence, during which he was declared dead, to find that his wife, Nancy, is about to marry Sam Sloane, a stable local man in Carmel, California. She must now choose between her ex-husband and her new fiancé. The Masters daughters are also upset that their irresponsible father has re-entered their lives after so long an absence. Meanwhile, the youngest daughter, Buff, is drawn to tough-guy Gabriel Lopez, a man that reminds Jim Masters of himself.


Four Daughters film series

Daughters Courageous follows 1938's Four Daughters, by the same stars and director, but is unrelated to the other three films in the Lane Sisters' series because it is about a different family. However, the storyline of Four Daughters and the Lemp family is continued in the 1940 film, Four Wives, and 1941's Four Mothers.


Frank S. Nugent of The New York Times called the film " a thoroughly pleasant entertainment—howbeit reminiscent—with a thoroughly pleasant cast to grace it."[1] Variety wrote: "Few of the situations can stand up under too close scrutiny, but the flavor of the film as a whole is entertaining, amusing, and occasionally emotional."[2] Harrison's Reports called it "Good entertainment ... Although it is not as impressive as 'Four Daughters,' it nevertheless holds one's attention well, since one is in sympathy with all the characters."[3] Film Daily called it "A production with a high voltage of sentimental of romantic appeal" with a "super-duper" cast.[4] John Mosher of The New Yorker wrote that Garfield added "a touch of color or adventuresome liveliness" to help along the story, but found "a quantity of bungalow patter that wears one down at times" and "a slight dullness" to the picture.[5]

Home media

Warner Archive released the film on DVD in August 1, 2011. The film was also released by Warner Archive in the "Four Daughters Movie Series Collection".


  1. Nugent, Frank S. (June 24, 1939). "Movie Review – Daughters Courageous". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  2. "Film Reviews". Variety. New York: Variety, Inc. June 21, 1939. p. 16.
  3. "Daughters Courageous". Harrison's Reports. New York: Harrison's Reports, Inc.: 103 July 1, 1939.
  4. "Reviews". Film Daily. New York: Wid's Films and Film Folk, Inc.: 6 June 16, 1939.
  5. Mosher, John (June 24, 1939). "The Current Cinema". The New Yorker. New York: F-R Publishing Corp. p. 80.
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