Belle Bennett, the star of the 1925 version of Stella Dallas, once again goes the "long-suffering" route in Warner Bros.' Courage. Bennett plays Mary Colbrook, the widowed mother of a large and rambunctious brood. All but one of her seven kids have inherited her late husband's nasty, selfish traits: the seventh is her loyal and loving youngest son Bill (Leon Janney). As it turns out, Bill saves the Colbrooks from financial ruin when the family's reclusive next-door neighbor, who didn't have a friend in town except Bill, wills him her entire fortune. Now free from her debts, Mary is able at long last to head westward, into the arms of her childhood sweetheart -- the man whom, some have whispered, is Bill's real father. Courage was remade in 1938 as the Kay Francis weeper My Bill.
by Hal Erickson synopsis