Young and Innocent

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Overview

As early as 1937's Young and Innocent, Alfred Hitchcock was beginning to repeat himself, but audiences didn't mind so long as they were thoroughly entertaining-which they were, without fail. 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 ...
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Overview

As early as 1937's Young and Innocent, Alfred Hitchcock was beginning to repeat himself, but audiences didn't mind so long as they were thoroughly entertaining-which they were, without fail. 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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Young and Innocent plays like a warm-up for Hitchcock's later masterpieces. With some echoes of his earlier classic The 39 Steps, it follows the journey of a man wrongly accused of murder on the run with a woman who thinks he is guilty. The themes Hitchcock addresses here would return again and again in his future films, and would often be pulled off with more sophistication and style, but Young and Innocent remains entertaining and thrilling in its own right. Nova Pilbeam and Derrick de Marney lack the charm and chemistry of later Hitchcock stars, but they still give it an enthusiastic effort. Edward Rigby is good as Old Will, a bum who helps the young leads, and Mary Clare and Basil Radford give very different performances from their roles a year later in The Lady Vanishes. There are some truly Hitchcockian moments, such as the entire opening sequence (from the confrontation between a man and a woman to the discovery of her body on the beach), and the birthday party for Erica's niece. Equally impressive is a later scene when Tisdall, Erica, and Old Will flee to an old mine, and their car falls into the collapsing ground. The wrong man on the run was one of Hitchcock's favorite plots, as it allowed him to delve into some of his familiar themes; Young and Innocent falls short of the complexity of those later films, but is still a strong effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2002
  • UPC: 018111997065
  • Original Release: 1937
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  • Source: Delta
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nova Pilbeam Erica Burgoyne
Derrick de Marney Robert Tisdall
Percy Marmont Col. Burgoyne
Edward Rigby Old Will
Mary Clare Erica's Aunt
John Longden Insp. Kent
George Curzon Guy
Basil Radford Erica's Uncle
Frank Atkinson
Clive Baxter
Pamela Carne Christine Clay
Albert Chevalier
Syd Crossley
Geraldine Fitzgerald Singer
Richard George
Anna Konstam
Fred O'Donovan
Frederick Piper
Bill Shine
Peggy Simpson
Torin Thatcher
Beatrice Varley
Jack Vyvyan
Humberston Wright
George Merritt Detective Sergeant Miller
John H. Roberts Solicitor
Jerry Verno Driver
H.F. Maltby Sergeant
John Miller Police Constable
Peter Graham Scott
Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
Charles Bennett Screenwriter
Edward Black Producer
Charles Frend Editor
Edwin Greenwood Screenwriter
Alfred Junge Art Director
Bernard Knowles Cinematographer
Louis Levy Score Composer
Marianne Costumes/Costume Designer
Alma Reville Screenwriter
Gerald Savory Screenwriter
Jack Whitehead Special Effects
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Good story

    If you are lover of Hitchock movies, be sure to see this one. This has a good story line, acting and tension. The heroine has a dilemma - be "straight" with her father or help out a nice-appearing guy. With twists and turns in even paces, this movie just kind of grabs you so you have to find out if the "coat" is found and the "nice guy" wins the girl. A keeper for any movie collector

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