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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
John Longden ...
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 more »

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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

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Erica and Robert are driving away from the police after being identified by one of the policemen, Erica turns the steering wheel multiple times but the car is shown driving straight ahead. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Husband: Christine!
Christine: Don't shout, I tell you! Don't shout!
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Connections

Referenced in Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

No One Can Like the Drummer Man
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Written by Samuel Lerner (as Lerner), Al Goodhart (as Goodhart) and Al Hoffman (as Hoffman)
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Early and Delectable
20 March 2001 | by See all my reviews



Sort of a blueprint for any number of later, more bloated Hitchcocks: The man falsely accused of murder; the sympathetic miss who helps him, the set pieces in creepy places. This one has a lighter, more picaresque feel than most of the Master's movies, with irrelevant but diverting supporting characters, Maguffins, an unstarry cast, and an unusual dollop of humor. It's also blessed by a screenplay that leaps nimbly from improbability to improbability, as much as its more famous contemporaries, like "The 39 Steps" or "The Lady Vanishes."

The light tone throughout tips us off that everything's going to turn out all right, so there's less suspense than we associate with Hitchcock. Still, it's beautifully photographed (with one really stunning crane shot), beautifully paced, and enjoyably acted. The unstoried Nova Pilbeam is a standout: She's the ideal Hitchcock heroine, blonde, slender, and spirited.


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