Arise, My Love

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Arise, My Love
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mitchell Leisen
Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr.
Written by Billy Wilder
Charles Brackett
Jacques Théry
Benjamin Glazer (story)
Hans Székely (story) (as John S. Toldy)
Starring Claudette Colbert
Ray Milland
Dennis O'Keefe
Music by Victor Young
Cinematography Charles Lang
Edited by Doane Harrison
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • October 16, 1940 (1940-10-16)
Running time 110 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Arise, My Love is a 1940 American romantic comedy film made by Paramount Pictures, directed by Mitchell Leisen, written by Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett and Jacques Théry, and starring Claudette Colbert and Ray Milland.

Colbert once said that this was her favorite film of her own.[1][2]


Notable for its interventionist message, it tells the love story of a pilot and lady journalist who meet in the latter days of the Spanish Civil War and follows them through the early days of World War II. Filming began in June 1940 and the script was continuously updated to incorporate actual events, such as the sinking of the S.S. Athenia and the signing of the armistice between France and Germany in the Forest of Compiègne.

The character of Augusta Nash was, seemingly, based on that of Martha Gellhorn.



  • Father Jacinto: "This is my first execution."
  • Tom Martin: "Don't worry, Father, it's mine too."

  • Tom Martin: "You know, it's a funny thing that you of all people should be sitting beside me. You're precisely my type."
  • Augusta Nash: "Mmm-hmm. How long were you in that prison?"

  • Mr. Phillips: "Gusto Nash, you're fired, as of immediately!"
  • Augusta Nash: "Oh, it's not true!"
  • Mr. Phillips: I know it's not true. I just wanted to taste the words. Sheer rapture!"

  • Mr. Phillips: "I'm not happy. I'm not happy at all!"



Composed by Victor Schertzinger, lyrics by Clifford Grey, sung and hummed by Claudette Colbert, introduced in The Love Parade (1929)

Awards and nominations[edit]

It won the Academy Award for Best Story (Benjamin Glazer and Hans Székely), and was nominated for Best Music (Victor Young), Best Cinematography (Charles Lang) and Best Art Direction (Hans Dreier and Robert Usher).[3]


Arise, My Love was adapted as a radio play on the June 8, 1942 episode of Lux Radio Theater with Milland joined by Loretta Young. It was also presented on the June 1, 1946 episode of Academy Award Theater, with Milland reprising his role.


The film is based on the true story of Harold Edward Dahl. During the Spanish Civil War Dahl, who was fighting as a pilot for the Spanish Republican Air Force, was shot down and taken as prisoner of war. Initially sentenced to death, there were some diplomatic movements to free Dahl. His first wife Edith Rogers, a known singer of impressive beauty, was said to have visited Francisco Franco herself to plead for his life. He remained in prison until 1940 and then returned to the United States.


  1. ^ "Claudette Colbert - Pure Panache - Biography". Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  2. ^ "Claudette Colbert Biography (1903-1996) - Lenin Imports". Archived from the original on 17 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  3. ^ "NY Times: Arise, My Love". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 

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