Synopsis by Hal Erickson
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.
war, agent [representative], Britain, captain [military], capture, commando, espionage, extramarital-affair, Germany, love, major, meeting, mission [quest], Nazism, Norway, officer, rescue, romance, secret-mission, secrets, seduction, underground [counterculture], wit