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Young and Innocent (1937)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Romance | 23 November 1939 (Sweden)
A man on the run from a murder charge enlists a beautiful stranger who must put herself at risk for his cause.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Josephine Tey (novel), Charles Bennett (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 George Curzon ... Guy
Basil Radford ... Erica's Uncle
Pamela Carme Pamela Carme ... Christine Clay
George Merritt ... Det. Sgt. Miller
J.H. Roberts ... Mr. Briggs - Solicitor
Jerry Verno Jerry Verno ... Lorry Driver
H.F. Maltby H.F. Maltby ... Police Sergeant
John Miller John Miller ... Police Constable
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Storyline

An actress is murdered by her estranged husband, who is jealous of all of 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

23 November 1939 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl Was Young See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Nova Pilbeam was only seventeen when she made this movie, while Derrick De Marney (Robert), who falls in love with Erica (Pilbeam) was thirty-one. See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
Husband: Christine!
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Sweet, fast, joyous British Hitchcock...
2 May 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

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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