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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.

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Cast

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 ...
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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A romantic murder-mystery drama!


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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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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

During the performance of the first song heard and seen at the Grand Hotel, the drummer's visible playing (tapping on the drum head) does not nearly match the percussion sounds (cymbal strikes, drum rolls, rim shots, etc.) on the soundtrack. 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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Wonderful Hitchcock Fare
19 August 2004 | by (Topeka, KS) – See all my reviews

A truly charming film from the Master of Suspense. Being a rather huge Hitch fan, I recently sought out some lesser known films from his early period. Of those I viewed ("Number 17," & "Murder!" among others) this one was my favorite--among the best of his Pre-Hollywood films. There is the usual mixture of humor and suspense, some nice camera work (including a wonderful precursor to the "key-in-hand" shot of "Notorious"), and most importantly, Nova Pilbeam. I'm not sure how this actress managed to play her scenes SO appealingly, and yet managed to have fallen SO completely off the acting radar. How many people today have her name rattling about their cerebral attic? Virtually none, I'd hazard, and yet she is terrific here--worth the effort of finding the video for her performance alone.

This film certainly is not in the same league as Hitch's best, but still is vastly superior to the average suspense film coming out of Hollywood today--or any other day, for that matter.


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