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We Are Not Alone (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, History | 25 November 1939 (USA)
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.

Director:

Edmund Goulding

Writers:

James Hilton (novel), James Hilton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Muni ... Dr. David Newcome
Jane Bryan ... Leni Krafft
Flora Robson ... Jessica Newcome
Raymond Severn 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 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 May Beatty ... Mrs. Patterson
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Warners' publicity releases, intended for newspapers,on this film state that Paul Muni worked closely with James Hilton on the adaptation of Hilton's book for this film. Given that most publicity releases of the time (and also now) are best when taken with several grains of salt, this may or may not be true: Dr. David Newcome lives with his wife Jessica and son Gerald in the small English town of Calderbury. Jessica, conventional and somewhat stupid, is unable to understand the sensitive little boy and her stern, unsympathetic discipline aggravates Gerald's nervousness. The doctor is called to care for Leni, an Austrian dancer stranded in England, who has tried to commit suicide, and he decides she is just the person to hire as a governess for Gerald based on, evidently, no logic at all but it does move the plot. Jessica learns the true story of Leni's background and demands she be discharged. Dr. Newcome arranges to have Leni enrolled in a music school. Gerald, being sent away to ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

25 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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After one week of filming, Jane Bryan replaced Dolly Haas in the role of Leni, because Haas suffered a nervous collapse due to the "highly emotional nature of her role". See more »

Quotes

Dr. David Newcome: Strange how words can be true, and yet have no truth in them.
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Rondo in A-, K.511
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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A doctor takes care of a patient proving a hard test for the conscience of humanity
2 March 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This was James Hilton's most upsetting novel, a parallel to Hans Fallada's "Was nun, kleiner Mann?" about the plight of small humble people at the mercy of a world of inhumanity. Paul Muni makes one of his finest performances ever as a good and decent but not very clever small town doctor, who is governed by a bit too orderly wife (Flora Robson), who doesn't like music, while Paul Muni actually plays the violin and does it well. As one of his patients he takes care of a young dancer who has broken a delicate bone, but she is foreign (Austrian) and has no one to turn to when she falls out of luck, deserted by her dancing company and attempting suicide in her abandoned despair. She proves to have a very good hand with children, and the doctor and his wife need a nanny for their young son (about 5 or 6), so even Flora welcomes her. But she becomes such good friends with both the son and the musical doctor, that Flora feels bypassed and takes action, ordering her to leave. There the trouble begins.

It coincides with the outbreak of the first world war, and as an Austrian the delicate Jane Bryan finds herself a declared enemy in a very hostile country, where the small town folk don't hesitate to lynch local Germans. And so it goes from bad to worse.

Edmund Goulding has much of the credit for this extremely human and touching film, which could make anyone's heart melt. A sure thing is you will never forget it. It completely dwarfs "Good-Bye Mr Chips" of the same author and almost the same year for its deeper human poignancy. "We Are Not Alone" refers to the fact which the doctor quietly observes, that those who suffer as martyrs for meaningless hatred in local places indeed are not alone, since hundreds of thousands of innocents are martyred at the same time in the trenches of the war.

There are many delicate details in this film making it worth seeing again now and then, since situations like this always will remain actual and important reminders.


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