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Ourselves Alone (1936)

1921: as Irish nationalists battle with British Forces, a young girl is torn between loyalty to her brother, unbeknownst to her an IRA leader, her fiance, a police inspector, and his comrade and rival in love, a British Army captain.


Dudley Sturrock (play), Noel Scott (play) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview:
Antoinette Cellier ... Maureen Elliott
Niall MacGinnis ... Terence Elliott (as Nick O'Dea)
Maire O'Neill ... Nanny
John Lodge ... County Inspector Hanney
E.J. Kennedy E.J. Kennedy ... District Inspector Sullivan
Pat Noonan Pat Noonan ... Sergeant Halloran
Bruce Lester ... 2nd Lieut. Lingard (as Bruce Lister)
Jerry Verno Jerry Verno ... Private Parsley
John Loder ... Captain Wiltshire
Clifford Evans ... Commandant Connolly
Paul Farrell Paul Farrell ... Hogan
Tony Quinn Tony Quinn ... Maloney
Harry Hutchinson Harry Hutchinson ... Hennessy
Fred O'Donovan ... The Publican
Cavan O'Connor Cavan O'Connor ... The Singer


1921: as nationalists battle with the Royal Irish Constabulary and British Black and Tans, a young girl finds herself under terrible pressures; she is torn between loyalty to her brother, unbeknownst to her an IRA leader, her fiance, a police inspector, and his comrade and rival in love, a British Army captain. One of the most significant films ever made about the Troubles in Ireland, Ourselves Alone is a powerful story of love and conflicting loyalties set against the battle for Ireland's independence. Co-directed by Belfast-born Brian Desmond Hurst, one of the twentieth century's most prolific and acclaimed directors, Ourselves Alone (a translation of 'Sinn Fein') was banned in Northern Ireland on its release in 1936, but with sympathetic performances from a strong cast the focus remains firmly on the human cost of conflict in uncertain times.

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Very mixed feelings
8 September 2011 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

This action drama about the black and tans against the Irish freedom fighters is sure to leave the viewer with mixed feelings.

This is a well done drama, no doubt, and the characters are very believable and identifiable, save for one very striking exception, the heroine, whose actions have no logic in plot or character.

However, the characters, with their Anglo Saxton perfection, look very much alike, and it becomes very confusing for most of the film, trying to tell one from the other.

During this time, the crux of the drama and the plot is not lost, however.

A very charismatic and responsible freedom leader is sought after by the black and tans. His sister is the object of attention of two of the men working with the black and tans, one of which is an Irishman.

A very good comic relief character and other good supporting characters help move the story in an entertaining way.

However, the motivation of the sister is bizarre at the least, and probably more in the line of unbelievable and disturbing, especially in the end.

On one hand, it is not very satisfying, and has many holes. On the other hand, the film is very entertaining, fast moving, and well constructed except for the confusion aspect.

This could have been a lot better. The fates of the characters seemed way too contrived and way too Hollywood. Well done, but needs a complete rewrite.

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26 November 1937 (USA) See more »

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