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The Girl Was Young (1937)
"Young and Innocent" (original title)

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Man on the run from a murder charge enlists a beautiful stranger who must put herself at risk for his cause.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nova Pilbeam ...
Erica Burgoyne
Derrick De Marney ...
Robert Tisdall (as Derrick de Marney)
Percy Marmont ...
Col. Burgoyne
Edward Rigby ...
Old Will
Mary Clare ...
Erica's Aunt
...
Det. Insp. Kent
George Curzon ...
Guy
Basil Radford ...
Erica's Uncle
Pamela Carme ...
Christine
George Merritt ...
Det. Sgt. Miller
J.H. Roberts ...
Solicitor
Jerry Verno ...
Lorry Driver
H.F. Maltby ...
Police Sergeant
John Miller ...
Police Constable
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Storyline

A film actress is murdered by her estranged husband who is jealous of all her young boyfriends. The next day, writer Robert Tisdall (who happens to be one such boyfriend) discovers her body on the beach. He runs to call the police, however, two witnesses think that he is the escaping murderer. Robert is arrested, but owing to a mix up at the courthouse, he escapes and goes on the run with a police constable's daughter Erica, determined to prove his innocence. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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police | escape | beach | murder | boy | See All (151) »

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A romantic murder-mystery drama!


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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

17 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coins for Candles  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Though the film is officially based on the novel "A Shilling for Candles" by Elizabeth Mackintosh (writing under the name "Josephine Tey"), Alfred Hitchcock and his writers only used about one-third of the novel and changed the identity of the murderer. See more »

Goofs

There is much inconsistency in the newspaper reports of Christine Clay's murder: one is published on Friday September 3rd 1937, but the next is dated Monday January 6th 1936. Another seems to be merely dated Tuesday. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Husband: Christine!
Christine: Don't shout, I tell you! Don't shout!
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May I Have the Next Romance With You
(uncredited)
Written by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel
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Nice Hitchcock touches elevate this film above your usual mystery romance.
6 March 2003 | by (Louisville, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

In this near classic from director Alfred Hitchcock, a police detective's daughter and a writer get tangled up in a murder case, and the chase is on! While they are being pursued by the authorities, they themselves are searching for clues that might prove the writer is innocent. Nice Hitchcock touches elevate this film above your usual mystery romance. Nova Pilbeam and Derek DeMarney deliver charismatic performances as the two leads in the film. As usual, Hitchcock has paid careful attention to detail, continuity and pacing of the story, and the result is still entertaining decades later. This is a film which has aged rather well. There are so many delightful scenes in this movie that it is hard to pick a favorite. This film reveals all of the signs of genius that Hitchcock would continue to display for many years after this 1937 outing. "Young and Innocent" is said to be one of Hitchcock's personal favorites from the films that he made in Great Britain before his "Hollywood" era began. In my estimation, "Young and Innocent" is just a hair's width from being as good as the other two early directorial triumphs made by him in his British era which are considered classics: "The Thirty Nine Steps" and "The Lady Vanishes." For Hitchock fans, this is one of his must see films. 86/100.


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