Young and Innocent (1937)

Derrick De Marney finds himself in a 39 Steps situation when he is wrongly accused of murder. While a fugitive from the law, De Marney is helped by heroine Nova Pilbeam, who three years earlier had played the adolescent kidnap victim in Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much. The obligatory "fish out of water" scene, in which the principals are briefly slowed down by a banal everyday event, occurs during a child's birthday party. The actual villain, whose identity is never in doubt (Hitchcock made thrillers, not mysteries) is played by George Curzon, who suffers from a twitching eye. Curzon's revelation during an elaborate nightclub sequence is a Hitchcockian tour de force, the sort of virtuoso sequence taken for granted in these days of flexible cameras and computer enhancement, but which in 1937 took a great deal of time, patience and talent to pull off. Released in the US as The Girl Was Young, Young and Innocent was based on a novel by Josephine Tey.

Directing:
  • Alfred Hitchcock

Writing:
  • Charles Bennett
  • Anthony Armstrong
  • Gerald Savory

Stars:
Release Date: 1937-11-01
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  • Country: GB
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 83
Nova Pilbeam
Nova Pilbeam
Erica Burgoyne
George Merritt
George Merrit...
Detective Sergeant Miller
John Longden
John Longden
Det. Insp. Kent
Mary Clare
Mary Clare
Ericas Tante Margaret
Basil Radford
Basil Radford
Ericas Onkel Basil
Edward Rigby
Edward Rigby
Old Will
Derrick De Marney
Derrick De Ma...
Robert Tisdall
Percy Marmont
Percy Marmont
Col. Burgoyne
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