We Who Are About to Die

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We Who Are About to Die
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Directed by Christy Cabanne
James Anderson (assistant)
Written by John Twist
Based onWe Who Are About to Die
1936 book
by David Lamson
Produced by Edward Small
Starring Preston Foster
Ann Dvorak
John Beal
Cinematography Robert Planck
Edited by Arthur Roberts
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • January 8, 1937 (1937-01-08)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States

We Who Are About to Die is a 1937 American crime drama film directed by Christy Cabanne and starring Preston Foster, Ann Dvorak, and John Beal. It was based on a book by David Lamson, 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 is innocent and works to save his life.



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

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  1. Bernard Butcher, "Was it Murder?', Stanford Magazine, January/February 2000 accessed 25 May 2000
  2. Schallert, Edwin (Apr 11, 1936). "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". Los Angeles Times. p. 7.