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Young and Innocent Details


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 Derrick De Marney 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 Nova Pilbeam. 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 10, 1938


Nova Pilbeam
as Erica Burgoyne
Derrick de Marney
as Robert Tisdall
Percy Marmont
as Col. Burgoyne
Edward Rigby
as Old Will
Mary Clare
as Erica's Aunt
George Curzon
as Guy
Basil Radford
as Erica's Uncle
Frank Atkinson
Clive Baxter
Pamela Carme
as Christine Clay
Geraldine Fitzgerald
as Singer
Richard George
Frederick Piper
Bill Shine
Peggy Simpson
Torin Thatcher
Beatrice Varley
Jerry Verno
as Driver
John Miller
as Police Constable
Geraldine Fitzgerald
as Singer
Jerry Verno
as Driver


Alfred Hitchcock
Edward Black
Alma Reville
Edwin Greenwood
Gerald Savory
Josephine Tey
Book Author
Charles Bennett
Bernard Knowles
Louis Levy
Composer (Music Score)
Charles Frend
Alfred Junge
Art Director
Jack Whitehead
Special Effects