Arise, My Love


Comedy / Drama / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 845

Keywords:   escape, reporter

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Ray Milland as Tom Martin
Claudette Colbert as Augusta Nash
1013.81 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 50 min
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Reviewed by MartinHafer 9 / 10

1940--the year Hollywood finally took off the gloves...

Up until 1939 when Warner Brothers took Nazi Germany in "Confessions of a Nazi Spy", Hollywood was very silent about Hitler and the Third Reich. Part of this was because the American public was staunchly neutral towards Germany and the war. In fact, Hitler had been a rather popular guy in America! Another reason films didn't criticize this repressive regime was because Congress had enacted some unconstitutional legislation that prevented Hollywood for taking a stance towards or against any side in the conflict in Europe! However, starting in 1940, the studios finally declared their independence and a wide variety of anti-Nazi films were released--the tide had finally turned though it wouldn't be until almost 1942 that the US finally got pulled into the war. With films like "Storm Warning", "Escape" and "Arise, My Love" were just a few of the 1940 anti-Nazi films.

The movie finds Ray Milland in a Spanish prison awaiting execution after his capture by Franco's Nationalist troops. If you don't remember your history classes, these Nationalists were allies with the Germans and they provided assistance during this civil war--as they wanted to try out all their cool new weapons on the Republican soldiers. As Milland is awaiting death, he laments that he wishes he could live long enough to fight the Nazis directly--a distinctly anti-neutrality statement! However, just before he is shot, his wife shows up and is granted a pardon if he just agrees to leave the country. However, Milland is NOT married and Colbert is actually a crazy reporter who is trying to do a good thing AND get a great story! When this is discovered, the two beat a hasty retreat across the border to France.

Soon, the couple are hanging out in Paris. Milland is now a bit of a celebrity and Colbert decides to stick by him to get a story--though the story seems over and you wonder what Colbert really wants. Not surprisingly, the two soon fall in love. But, oddly, Colbert fights hard NOT to fall for Milland and only when she shares a train car on the way to a new assignment in Berlin does she finally give in to Milland's advances. Instead of continuing the journey, they take a brief vacation together--during which WWII begins when the Germans invade Poland. Now the couple are unsure what to do next. Should they go back to America and settle down to a life or domesticity or should they stay and do their part to battle the Fascists? When they chose the safer life in America, things don't go as they'd expect as the ship is sunk by a Nazi sub. This ship, the SS Athenia, was actually the first British ship sank in the war. They survive but what's next?! Try seeing the movie yourself to find out what the two lovers decide to do now.

This film is among the most romantic films Milland or Colbert made in their very distinguished careers. But, it is unusual in that it also has such a highly serious side to it as well--and you know the romance is fated as well--providing a wistful tone of the film. It comes off very well and the dialog sparkles...and it has a timely political message as well. Extremely well done and enjoyable.

Reviewed by dbdumonteil 8 / 10

Directed with gusto

Mitchell Leisen was one of the few directors who could introduce tragedy into comedy and vice versa .The first part is absolutely dazzling.Incredible though it may seem ,it's full of unexpected twists,of fine lines ("it's my first execution" says the Padre /It's mine too" says the prisoner).The chemistry between Claudette Colbert and Ray Milland is perfect and their husband-and-wife act compares favorably with that of the actress as a "baroness ,her husband and her children" in "midnight" .The movie loses steam in its second part but it does show Mitchell's fondness for France .Unlike too many American movies,there are plenty of French words and the French speak French between them.I particularly like this sentence "Three sisters used to live in this country :Liberté ,Egalité Et Fraternité " as the German army is marching past the streets of Paris.This francophilia is also present in Leisen's "hold back the dawn" or "Frenchman's creek" .

The last third may be considered a propaganda one ,but many other directors (Hitchcock,Lang,Hathaway,Borzage etc) had theirs too,and Leisen's is certainly smarter than most of the others.Solomon's prayer (which provides the title) is to be taken literally.Augusta is a go-getter ,she plays the heroine just for the sake of fame .After the beautiful scene in the forest ,where the animals run for their lives ,she does arise .The scene in the Compiègne Car is as incredible as Marlene Dietrich as a gypsy entering an inn full of Nazis in "golden earrings" .But the Spanish extravagant tale had warned us:this is not to be taken seriously ,but in a way,it is.

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 6 / 10

The first reel is must-see material. Frank Puglia is terrific!

Director: MITCHELL LEISEN. Screenplay: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder. Adapta¬tion: Jacques Thery. Original story: Ben¬jamin Glazer, John S. Toldy. Photographer: Charles Lang, Jr. Film editor: Doane Harrison. Art directors: Hans Dreier and Robert Usher. Set deco¬rations: A.E. Freudemann. Costumes: Travis Banton. Music composed and directed by Victor Young. Producer: Arthur Hornblow, Jr.

Copyright 8 November 1940 by Paramount Pictures Inc. New York opening at the Para¬mount: 16 October 1940. U.S. release: 8 November 1940. Australian release: 30 Janu¬ary 1941. 12 reels. 9,915 feet. 110 minutes.

SYNOPSIS: Girl reporter rescues rebel leader from Spanish prison - exciting, ingeniously cliff-hanging stuff - but, alas for the good of the rest of the picture, they fall in love.

NOTES: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handed their Annual Award to Benjamin Glazer and John S. Toldy for Best Original Story (defeating Comrade X, Edison the Man, My Favorite Wife, and The Westerner). Also nominated for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards for black-and-white photography (won by George Barnes for Rebecca); black-and-white art direction (won by Pride and Prejudice); Best Music Score (won by Alfred Newman for Tin Pan Alley).

COMMENT: Made by the same team responsible for Midnight a year earlier, but this time the Brackett-Wilder script is the weakest link. Despite a really huge cast with some magnificent players, after a very exciting first reel, this movie goes slowly but steadily downhill until all we are left with of interest is Walter Abel periodically exclaiming, "I'm not happy!" But that first reel is must-see material. Frank Puglia is terrific!

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