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Lovers Courageous (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 23 January 1932 (USA)
Aspiring playwright jumping from job to job falls for admiral's daughter.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited)

Writer:

Frederick Lonsdale (as Frederick Lonsdale's Lovers Courageous)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Willie
Madge Evans ... Mary
Roland Young ... Jeffrey
Frederick Kerr ... Admiral
Reginald Owen ... Jimmy
Beryl Mercer ... Mrs. Smith
Evelyn Hall Evelyn Hall ... Lady Blayne
Halliwell Hobbes ... Mr. Smith
Jackie Searl ... Willie as a Child
Norman Phillips Jr. Norman Phillips Jr. ... Walter as a Child
Alan Mowbray ... Lamone
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Storyline

Englishman and family black sheep travels the world working odd jobs while dreaming of being a playwright. He meets an admiral's daughter and they fall in love, but he's poor and she's engaged to a blustery aristocrat who thinks only of hunting. Will true love prevail? Written by Mig G

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Courage See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Laurel and Hardy comedy short Beau Hunks (1931) played in front of this film in many theaters during its original theatrical run. See more »

Quotes

Willie: I'd rather a million times that you never belonged to me, than I had you, and lost you.
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Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
[Played by a band as the ship leaves for England]
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A smart, witty script lovingly performed and delivered in this precode love letter to youth's passions
21 January 2006 | by Larry41OnEbay-2See all my reviews

Other internet sources state this is a rare direct-to-screen original by Frederick Lonsdale, the playwright responsible for such drawing-room comedies as THE LAST OF MRS. CHEYNEY and like the two versions of that film (1929 & 1937), this one bubbles and sparkles with great lines. From Robert Montgomery's first scene, he delivers clever observations with the clipped wit of an intelligent philosopher filled with the wonder of discovering something better in life. Lots of short funny scenes as he wanders the globe drifting from job to job, gathering experiences to enrich his writing. Lovely Madge Evans (better known for DINNER AT EIGHT & David COPPERFIELD) plays the pretty and pampered daughter of a high society stalwart member, an admiral with plans for her to marry "well." Fate introduces these two idealistic lovers in a lowly tobacconist shop and their perceptive exchange quickly shoots arrows through their hearts. They are fated to love forever before the scene ends. Starting with humor, gracefully slipping into romance, spiking with the passions of obsessive love, dipping down into harsh realities only to be tried and tested… the ending comes as only a playwrights guilty pleasure could imagine.

Bottom line, I loved it and fans of smart precode love stories will relish in this forgotten little gem! 8 out of 10!


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