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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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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

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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May I Have the Next Romance With You
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Written by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel
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Underrated but great
19 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I believe that this movie is very underrated Hitchcock. Young and Innocent is about another seemingly docile situation that blows up in a young man's face. While wandering the beach, he comes across the dead body of a woman he knew (we saw the brief fight the woman had with her husband at the very beginning of the movie). As he runs to go get help, two ladies think he is running away from the body. As his trial proceeds, he is able to duck out and go on the lam with the daughter of the chief of police. With her help, they go to prove his innocence.

One can't help but feel for the young couple as they go on their adventure. Mainly, Hitchcock really works the camera on this one. There is one scene in particular, a great panoramic shot that comes to focus on a single pair of eyes, those twitching eyes from the very beginning of the movie.

Maybe it is because it doesn't have a big name or didn't have any real "jump out and get you" moments that it is forgotten. It is worth a look and I recommend seeing it, especially if you like old movies.


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