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The Girl Was Young (1937) More at IMDbPro »Young and Innocent (original title)

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The Girl Was Young -- When a man discovers his murderd lover's body, a witness mistakes him for the murderer as he runs to get help.


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Josephine Tey (based on the novel entitled "A Shilling For Candles" by)
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Release Date:
17 February 1938 (USA) See more »
A romantic murder-mystery drama!
Man on the run from a murder charge enlists a beautiful stranger who must put herself at risk for his cause. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Atkinson ... Petrol Pump Attendant (uncredited)
Clive Baxter ... Burgoyne Boy (uncredited)
Pamela Bevan ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Albert Chevalier ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Syd Crossley ... Policeman (uncredited)
William Fazan ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Gerry Fitzgerald ... Singer (uncredited)
Pat Fitzpatrick ... Boy (uncredited)
Richard George ... Policeman (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Photographer Outside Courthouse (uncredited)
Mike Johnson ... Tramp at Tom's Hat Cafe (uncredited)
Anna Konstam ... Bathing Girl (uncredited)
Fred O'Donovan ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Frederick Piper ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Bill Shine ... Manager of Tom's Hat Cafe (uncredited)
Peggy Simpson ... Bathing Girl (uncredited)
Torin Thatcher ... Nobby's Lodging House Caretaker (uncredited)
Peter Thompson ... Erica Burgoyne's Bespectacled Brother (uncredited)
Beatrice Varley ... Accused Man's Wife in First Court Case (uncredited)
Jack Vyvian ... Police Constable at Grand Hotel (uncredited)
Humberston Wright ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
Writing credits
Josephine Tey (based on the novel entitled "A Shilling For Candles" by)

Charles Bennett (screen play) &
Edwin Greenwood (screen play) &
Anthony Armstrong (screen play)

Gerald Savory (dialogue)

Alma Reville (continuity)

Produced by
Edward Black .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Jack Beaver (uncredited)
Louis Levy (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Bernard Knowles (photography)
Film Editing by
Charles Frend (film editor)
Art Direction by
Alfred Junge (art direction)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pen Tennyson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Albert Whitlock .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
A. O'Donoghue .... recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen Dade .... camera operator (uncredited)
Reg Johnson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marianne .... wardrobe
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
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Also Known As:
"Young and Innocent" - UK (original title)
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80 min | USA:83 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PG | Finland:K-12 (1995) | Germany:6 | Iceland:12 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: There is much inconsistency in the newspaper reports of Christine Clay's murder: one is published on Friday September 3rd 1937, but the next is dated Monday January 6th 1936. Another seems to be merely dated Tuesday.See more »
[first lines]
Christine:Don't shout, I tell you! Don't shout!
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May I Have the Next Romance With YouSee more »


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39 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
well worth catching, 22 March 2001

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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