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Ourselves Alone (film)

Ourselves Alone
Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst
Written by Dudley Lesley
Marjorie Deans
Denis Johnston
Philip MacDonald
Starring John Lodge
John Loder
Music by Harry Acres
Cinematography Walter J. Harvey
Brian Langley
Edited by James Corbett
Distributed by British International Pictures
Release dates
27 April 1936
Running time
68 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Ourselves Alone is a 1936 British film depicting a love story set against the backdrop of the 1921 Anglo-Irish War. The title is a mistranslation of the Irish Sinn Féin. It is directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and stars John Lodge, John Loder and Antoinette Cellier.


The film opens with an IRA ambush of a police convoy carrying two captured members of the IRA. Irish Police Inspector Hannay (John Lodge) and British Captain Wiltshire of the Royal Intelligence Corps (John Loder) both turn out to be in love with Maureen Elliot (Antionette Cellier) sister of the IRA leader. The IRA leader is subsequently shot by Wiltshire. Hannay realises that Maureen is in love with Wiltshire and, as a final gesture, takes the blame for shooting her brother himself. Maureen then helps Captain Wiltshire to escape an IRA trap.



Novelist Graham Greene, then film reviewer for The Spectator, noted in July 1936 that this film had been favourably compared to The Informer (1935) by other critics, but dissented from this opinion himself. "One of the silliest pictures which even an English studio has yet managed to turn out", he wrote.[1]

The film was voted the seventh best British movie of 1936.[2]


  1. ^ Graham Greene "Stage And Screen: The Cinema", The Spectator, 30 July 1936, p. 15
  2. ^ "BEST FILM PERFORMANCE LAST YEAR.". Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954) (Launceston, Tas.: National Library of Australia). 9 July 1937. p. 8 Edition: LATE NEWS EDITION and DAILY. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 

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