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

Unrated  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Romance  |  17 February 1938 (USA)
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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.



(based on the novel entitled "A Shilling For Candles" by), (screen play), 4 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Nova Pilbeam ...
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 ...
Basil Radford ...
Erica's Uncle
Pamela Carme ...
George Merritt ...
Det. Sgt. Miller
J.H. Roberts ...
Jerry Verno ...
Lorry Driver
H.F. Maltby ...
Police Sergeant
John Miller ...
Police Constable


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 <>

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A romantic murder-mystery drama!


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Release Date:

17 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coins for Candles  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


[first lines]
Husband: Christine!
Christine: Don't shout, I tell you! Don't shout!
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Classic Hitchcock
31 January 1999 | by (New Hope, Alabama USA) – See all my reviews

Hitchcock is in a class by himself. I'll give any of his films multiple viewings. The story and structure of "Young and Innocent" resemble "The 39 Steps," with a young woman helping a young man on the run thwart the police and prove his innocence. This film is a standout, though, not because of the story or acting (both charming), but because of a virtuoso bit of directing by the Master, in which the location of the killer is revealed. As I watched the scene unfold for the first time, I remember thinking, "This is what makes Hitchcock Hitchcock." I wish I had never seen any Hitchcock films so I could watch them all again for the first time. His is a brilliant body of work, and this is an often overlooked example of his mastery of the film art.

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