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The Girl Was Young (1937)

Young and Innocent (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Mystery, Romance | 15 January 1977 (Japan)
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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Robert Tisdall (as Derrick de Marney)
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Col. Burgoyne
Edward Rigby ...
Old Will
Mary Clare ...
Erica's Aunt
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Det. Insp. Kent
George Curzon ...
Guy
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Erica's Uncle
Pamela Carme ...
Christine Clay
George Merritt ...
Det. Sgt. Miller
J.H. Roberts ...
Mr. Briggs - 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! See more »


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15 January 1977 (Japan)  »

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Coins for Candles  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For the longest time here in the states this film was titled "Young and Innocent". Never saw reference to the title, The Girl was Young. 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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Crazy Credits

The screen credits list (seventh in order) a character "Guy", but no character is ever named "Guy" in the movie. The actor matched up in the credits with this non-existent character is George Curzon; Curzon in fact plays the husband of Christine Clay and has a substantial scene with her in the opening scene of the movie. See more »

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

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I've Got Something In My Eye
(uncredited)
Written by James V. Monaco and Charles Newman
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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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