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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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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
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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 »

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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 »

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[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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well worth catching
22 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

I hold with what seems to be the majority opinion here, i.e. that this early Hitchcock effort is a neglected gem. Though certainly not as well-done as some of his more noteworthy movies, I found it to be thoroughly captivating and entertaining, with the blend of suspense and humor that one finds in, say, "To Catch a Thief" or "Family Plot". Derrick deMarney as the romantic lead does a particularly fine job; sort of a foreshadowing of the kind of thing Cary Grant later did so well.

One thought is that the title is perhaps a bit of a double entendre; we always associate the phrase "Young and Innocent" with a female, but the story is really about the attempt of the lead character - a young man - to prove his innocence. Then again, is he really the lead, or is the story about the girl after all? I'm sure Hitch intended this touch of ambiguity.

Once again I have to thank American Movie Classics for bringing us another worthy movie from the past. Hitchcock fans should not miss this one (come to think of it, the only dog that I have seen from Hitch is "The Paradine Case").


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