We Who Are About to Die

We Who Are About to Die

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Directed by Christy Cabanne
James Anderson (assistant)
Produced by Edward Small
Written by John Twist
Based on book by David Lansom
Starring Preston Foster
Ann Dvorak
John Beal
Edited by Arthur Roberts
Distributed by RKO
Release dates
January 8, 1937
Country USA
Language English

We Who Are About to Die is a 1937 film. It was based on a book by David Lansom, who was tried four times for murdering his wife before being set free.[1]


A man is kidnapped by mobsters after quitting his job, then wrongly arrested, tried, and sentenced to death for murders they committed. A suspicious detective thinks he's innocent and works to save his life.


Lansom was hired by producer Edward Small to work on the script.[2]


  1. Bernard Butcher, "Was it Murder?', Stanford Magazine, January/February 2000 accessed 25 May 2000
  2. Lamson's Book, "We Who Are About to Die," Will Be Produced as Film: Author Will Adapt; Beal May Be Starred Story of Father Damien's Experiences in Leper Colony Considered; Alex Esway of England to Seek Players Here Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 11 Apr 1936: 7.

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