Young and Innocent ()

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Man on the run from a murder charge enlists a beautiful stranger who must put herself at risk for his cause.


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Erica Burgoyne
Robert Tisdall (as Derrick de Marney)
Col. Burgoyne
Old Will
Erica's Aunt
Det. Insp. Kent
George Curzon ...
Erica's Uncle
Pamela Carme ...
Christine Clay
Det. Sgt. Miller
Mr. Briggs - 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 ...
Little Girl at Party (uncredited)
Albert Chevalier ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Syd Crossley ...
Policeman (uncredited)
William Fazan ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Gerry Fitzgerald ...
Orchestra Vocalist (uncredited)
Pat Fitzpatrick ...
Harold - Little Boy (uncredited)
Richard George ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Photographer Outside Courthouse (uncredited)
Mike Johnson ...
Tramp at Tom's Hat Cafe (uncredited)
Anna Konstam ...
Elsie - Bathing Girl (uncredited)
Fred O'Donovan ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Frederick Piper ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Manager of Tom's Hat Cafe (uncredited)
Peggy Simpson ...
Alice - Bathing Girl (uncredited)
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 Vyvyan ...
Police Constable at Grand Hotel (uncredited)
Humberston Wright ...
Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by

Alfred Hitchcock

Written by

Josephine Tey ... (novel "A Shilling for Candles")
Charles Bennett ... (screen play) &
Edwin Greenwood ... (screen play) &
Anthony Armstrong ... (screen play)
Gerald Savory ... (dialogue)

Produced by

Edward Black ... producer (uncredited)

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

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

Other crew

Alma Reville ... continuity
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • The Girl Was Young (United States)
  • Coins for Candles (United States)
  • Jeune et innocent (France)
  • Jung und unschuldig (Germany)
  • Innocència i joventut (Spain, Catalan title)
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  • 80 min
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Trivia The hand that pulls Nova Pilbeam's character Erica Burgoyne out of the hole in the mine scene was that of her future husband Pen Tennyson; they met on this film. They were married from October 19, 1939 until he was killed in a plane crash on July 10, 1941 at the age of 28. See more »
Goofs About 50 minutes into the film, when Erica Burgoyne and Robert Tisdall have taken refuge at night in a small town, by parking her car next to a siding just before where the railroad underpasses a bridge, the entire scene has been staged and shot as an obvious miniature, as revealed by three mistakes: the somewhat jerky motion and unnatural lighting of an automobile (indicating that it was pulled) as it moves across the bridge, above the railroad; the express train speeding under the bridge drags a length of cord behind it, as it disappears from view; the camera tracking in closer to the parked automobile hidden in the shelter of freight trains on sidings, reveals that the figures of Erica and Robert are actually modeled and painted figurines, motionless until the shot suddenly changes to a medium close-up shot of the two actors. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hitch: Alfred the Great (1999). See more »
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Crazy Credits The screen credits list (seventh in order) a character "Guy", but no character is ever named "Guy" in the movie. The actor matched up in the credits with this non-existent character is George Curzon; Curzon in fact plays the husband of Christine Clay and has a substantial scene with her in the opening scene of the movie. See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Erica Burgoyne: Father, don't you think we ought to ask Mr. Tisdall to dinner?
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