So This Is London (1939 film)

So This Is London is a 1939 British comedy film directed by Thornton Freeland and starring Robertson Hare, Alfred Drayton and George Sanders.[1] It is adapted from the 1922 play So This Is London by Arthur Goodrich which had previously been adapted into a 1930 film.[2] An American clashes with an Englishman over the merits of their respective countries, only to find that their children have fallen in love. It was made at Pinewood Studios by 20th Century Fox's British subsidiary.[3]

So This Is London
Directed byThornton Freeland
Produced byRobert Kane
Screenplay byTom Phipps
Ben Travers
William M. Conselman
Douglas Furber
Based onplay So This Is London by Arthur Goodrich
StarringRobertson Hare
Alfred Drayton
George Sanders
Berton Churchill
Music byBretton Byrd
CinematographyOtto Kanturek
Edited byJames B. Clark
Distributed byTwentieth Century Fox
Release date
  • March 1939 (1939-03) (UK)
  • 3 May 1940 (1940-05-03) (USA)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Critical reception

TV Guide gave the film two out of four stars, and commented, "(Mavis) Clair, in a minor role, gets in a few laughs as a sleepwalker."[4]


  1. "BFI | Film & TV Database | SO THIS IS LONDON (1939)". 16 April 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  2. Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). "The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film". Walter de Gruyter via Google Books.
  3. FILMS COMING TO BOMBAY: "Wuthering Heights" The Times of India (1861-current) [New Delhi, India] 10 June 1939: 14.
  4. "So This Is London".


  • Low, Rachael. History of the British Film: Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985 .
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