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Young and Innocent
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Director:
Writers:
Josephine Tey (based on the novel entitled "A Shilling For Candles" by)
Charles Bennett (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
17 February 1938 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A romantic murder-mystery drama!
Plot:
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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Cast

  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Young and Innocent" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
80 min | USA:83 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
Director Cameo: [Alfred Hitchcock]outside the courthouse holding a camera as Derrick De Marney escapes.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Robert is reaching for Erica in the mine shaft, Erica alternates reaching with her left and right hands multiple times between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Husband:Christine!
Christine:Don't shout, I tell you! Don't shout!
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Soundtrack:
May I Have the Next Romance With YouSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Sweet, fast, joyous British Hitchcock..., 2 May 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

Young and Innocent (1937)

The title is appropriate to the point of being redundant, because in nearly every Alfred Hitchcock film the key theme is an innocent man accused. In this case, accused of murder, and the young man is a charming English actor, Derrick De Marney. As the police begin their hunt, he runs into the police chief's daughter, played by Nova Pilbeam, a tomboyish answer to Katherine Hepburn, and the real star of the movie.

This is a late British Hitchcock film, and it feels slightly raw around the edges, but it's so fast and likable and well constructed, you have to love it. In fact, the suspense of getting caught is balanced by some downright slapstick scenes that are brief and hilarious. And a reminder that this is a romp, the whole thing a beautiful, spritely entertainment. Never mind a killer is on the loose, because if one man is innocent of murder, another, out there somewhere, it not.

This is 1937, and by 1939 Hitchcock has moved to the U.S. to do Hollywood movies (including the amazing Rebecca in 1940), and so Young and Innocent and The Lady Vanishes (which has a similar quaint feel) wrap up his long British period. It says a lot for a movie to say I could watch it again, not because it's technically astonishing, but because it's just a joy, and very sweet. Never mind a little corniness or an inevitable ending, it's good!

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