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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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Nova Pilbeam obituary
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Nova Pilbeam obituary
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The Man Who Knew Too Much star Nova Pilbeam dies, aged 95
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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
Crew verified as complete

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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 »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: During the performance of the first song heard and seen at the Grand Hotel, the drummer's visible playing (tapping on the drum head) does not nearly match the percussion sounds (cymbal strikes, drum rolls, rim shots, etc.) on the soundtrack.See more »
[first lines]
Christine:Don't shout, I tell you! Don't shout!
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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Don't Blink!, 2 May 2003
Author: Bucs1960 from West Virginia

I have always been partial to Hitchcock's British films (Murder, Blackmail, 39 Steps, et al) and I consider this one another star in the crown. Granted, it may not be as sophisticated as his later films but few films from the 30's are. It has a certain charm and suspense that will hold your interest.

This film is filled with Hitchcock's cadre of actors that he used again and again in his early films.....and what a group they are! Nova Pilbeam (The Man Who Knew Too Much) was a rather strange looking girl but is perfect for the part of the young woman who helps a stranger; Percy Marmont (Secret Agent) as her father; Mary Clare and Basil Radford (The Lady Vanishes) as the aunt and uncle; John Longden (Blackmail) in his usual role as the detective......all these players are top drawer. Derrick de Marney is rather effete as the man on the run but is very effective in the part.

Several scenes are particularly outstanding. The opening beach shots are beautifully done and the chase is on! You hold your breath in the sinking car scene even though you know that Miss Pilbeam won't be lost so early in the story, unlike Janet Leigh in Psycho. But of course, the long tracking shot in the hotel as it zooms in on the drummer man is the one that most people remember and talk about. It's dynamite.

The rural setting is delightful and Hitchcock seldom used that slice of life in his films (with the exception of The Manxman). That may be what gives the film it's more easy going pace, it's more casual feel. Regardless, Young and Innocent (which is a rather awkward title), holds up after 66 years as just another example of the artistry of the Master. Enjoy's worth it.

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