IMDb > We Are Not Alone (1939)

We Are Not Alone (1939) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 2 | slideshow)


User Rating:
7.2/10   219 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 5% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
James Hilton (novel)
James Hilton (screenplay) ...
View company contact information for We Are Not Alone on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
25 November 1939 (USA) See more »
A husband hires a lonely pretty young woman to work as a nanny for his son. His wife becomes instantly jealous and things take turn for the worst. In the background, WWII is in the air and anti-German sentiment is on the rise. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
(3 articles)
Watch WB Stars Lose It as They Flub Their Lines
 (From Alt Film Guide. 24 May 2013, 3:30 AM, PDT)

Lr's The Blu Room: War Of The Worlds Blu-Ray Review
 (From LatinoReview. 1 June 2010, 2:08 PM, PDT)

Jane Bryan
 (From Alt Film Guide. 11 April 2009, 7:12 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
The seams show See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Paul Muni ... Dr. David Newcome

Jane Bryan ... Leni Krafft

Flora Robson ... Jessica Newcome
Raymond Severn ... Gerald Newcome

Una O'Connor ... Susan O'Connor, Newcome's Maid

Henry Daniell ... Sir Ronald Dawson
Montagu Love ... Major Millman

James Stephenson ... Sir William Clintock
Stanley Logan ... Sir Guy Lockhead

Cecil Kellaway ... Judge

Alan Napier ... Archdeacon
Eily Malyon ... Archdeacon's Wife
Douglas Scott ... Tommy Baker

Crauford Kent ... Dr. Stacey
May Beatty ... Mrs. Patterson

Billy Bevan ... Mr. Jones
Holmes Herbert ... Police Inspector
John Powers ... Charley

Colin Kenny ... George

Ethel Griffies ... Mrs. Raymond
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lowden Adams ... Detective (uncredited)
Harry Allen ... Doorkeeper (uncredited)
Phyllis Barry ... First Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Frank Baxter ... Usher (uncredited)
Barlowe Borland ... Tom Briggs (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Ben, the Lamplighter (uncredited)
Egon Brecher ... Mr. Adolf Schiller (uncredited)
Rita Carlyle ... Mrs. Deane (uncredited)
David Clyde ... Ticket Collector (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Man Carrying Leni (uncredited)
Robert Cory ... Porter (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... American at Train Station (uncredited)
Clarence Derwent ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Patient with Straw Hat (uncredited)
Lucile Fairbanks ... (uncredited)
Douglas Gordon ... Mr. Selby (uncredited)
Alec Harford ... Clerk (uncredited)
Keith Hitchcock ... Policeman (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Detective (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Extra with Cane at Train Station (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Mr. Clark (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Working Man with Apron (uncredited)
Lillian Kemble-Cooper ... Mrs. Stacey (uncredited)
George Kirby ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Connie Leon ... Mrs. Hart - Cockney Patient (uncredited)
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Jaeggers (uncredited)
Thomas R. Mills ... Judge's Chaplain (uncredited)
Viola Moore ... Second Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Courtroom Extra (uncredited)
David Newell ... Policeman in Courtroom (uncredited)

John Graham Spacey ... (uncredited)
Will Stanton ... Mr. Deane (uncredited)
Cyril Thornton ... Man (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Mr. Richardson (uncredited)
Jack Watt ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Extra on Bench in Amusement Park (uncredited)

Directed by
Edmund Goulding 
Writing credits
James Hilton (novel)

James Hilton (screenplay) and
Milton Krims (screenplay)

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio 
Film Editing by
Warren Low 
Art Direction by
Carl Jules Weyl 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jack L. Warner .... executive in charge of production
Al Alleborn .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Sullivan .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
C.A. Riggs .... sound
Special Effects by
Byron Haskin .... special effects
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator
Other crew
Leo Morton Schulman .... technical advisor (as Dr. Leo Schulman)
George Balanchine .... coach: ballet, Jane Bryan (uncredited)
Spencer Hankey .... technical advisor: British court scenes (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
112 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)

Did You Know?

Paul Muni actually played the violin and was not dubbed.See more »
Gerald Newcome:I'm not afraid anymore.
Jessica Newcome:But Gerald, what have you been frightened of?
Gerald Newcome:Of you, Mother.
See more »
God Save the King!See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The seams show, 14 April 2002
Author: jaykay-10

Part One of this interesting film concerns the loveless marriage of a kindly, patient and gentle village doctor to his cold, repressed and shrewish wife; each of them, as well as their young son, becomes a victim of this unfortunate union. Further domestic complications ensue when a young woman, adrift in the world and manifesting suicidal tendencies, enters their lives. Her obvious capacity to give and receive love captivates the doctor and his son, but increases the wife's bitterness and adds to the already considerable domestic tension. But all of this becomes secondary about 2/3 of the way through when a contrived circumstance results in the wife's death, which we know to be accidental but the law sees as a conspiracy between the doctor and the young woman to murder her. Thus, Part Two: arrest, incarceration, trial. Following a guilty verdict, the miscarriage of justice moves to the background, and we are given Part Three: scenes of stoic acceptance and acknowledgement of a highly spiritual love between the doctor and the young woman, both of whom have been condemned to die.

This promising tale loses its way not once, but twice. The unity it requires is noticeably lacking. A further distraction (because it does not meld with the main story) is the screen time devoted to villagers persecuting Germans earning a living in England as the clouds darken with the imminence of World War II.

There are excellent performances by two of the cinema's very best: Paul Muni and Flora Robson. The rest of the cast is impressive as well. If only the writers and director had been more conscientious about joining the parts.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (7 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for We Are Not Alone (1939)

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.