The Girl Was Young (1937) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • 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>
  • After a violent argument with her husband, a famous star is discovered by her ex-lover, Robert Tisdall, drowned on a beach. Police arrive and arrest Tisdall on the testimony of witnesses who saw him with the body. He is accused of the murder. As he is about to go on trial, he escapes from the courthouse with the help of Erica Burgoyne, the resourceful daughter of the police constable. At first, Erica doesn't really believe Tisdall is innocent, but she's so attracted to the young man, she continues to help him elude capture while searching for the real killer, risking her life and her father's reputation. Their only lead is provided by Old Will, a china mender, who can identify the murderer, a man with noticeably twitching eyes.

    - Written by alfiehitchie
  • The heroine is the Chief Constable's daughter. A Chief Constable is the most senior police officer of every territorial police force in the UK except for the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police-the heads of these two forces are known as Commissioners.

    - Written by vaggmk-1
  • The dead body of film actress Christine Clay washes ashore a British beach. Based on incriminating testimony and circumstantial evidence, struggling screenwriter Robert Tisdall, who was a casual acquaintance of Christine's, is charged with her murder, he who was the first person to discover the body. Just as he is about to enter court for the first time, Robert, who knows he is innocent and senses that his incompetent court-appointed barrister will not save him, is able to escape. Along the way, he enlists the help of feisty Erica Burgoyne, the daughter of the chief constable. The two earlier met in the police station, she fully aware of who he is. Erica's assistance is reluctant at first, but ends up being cooperative as she does end up believing his story. That help is initially only to elude capture, but then also to find out who really did kill Christine so that Robert can clear his name. That help is also at the risk of Erica and the Burgoynes' good name, especially seeing as to her father's role and her long friendship with his colleagues. As the two of them progress with trying to find the evidence to clear his name - primarily regarding a raincoat which was stolen from his car - Erica has more reason to help Robert. If they are able to discover the truth, they will find that Robert being incriminated for the murder is no accident.

    - Written by Huggo
  • Eight years after the famous movie actress, Christine Clay, thought she was rid of him, her husband shows up from nowhere. He's furious that she left him, outraged over her "silly Reno divorce" and indignant that she is now spending her time with "boys." That's his view of things, but she'll never get the chance to give her own side. The quarrel is barely over before her body washes up on the beach near her home. She didn't drown. She was strangled with the belt of a raincoat. The person who finds her is the "boy" she's supposedly seeing, Robert Tisdall, a young screenwriter, down on his luck. He runs to get help, and two young women see him. It looks as if he is escaping the scene of a crime. Soon, Tisdall is arrested for murder. But before the trial begins, he escapes, determined to find the real killer. Along the way he finds an unexpected ally in Erica Burgoyne, the police constable's daughter.

    - Written by J. Spurlin
  • Man on the run from a murder charge enlists a beautiful stranger who must put herself at risk for his cause.

    - Written by Neil-117


Christine Clay (Pamela Carme), a famous actress, receives a surprise visit from Guy (George Curzon)...

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