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Young and Innocent (1938)

Young and Innocent




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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: Josephine Tey, Charles Bennett
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On DVD: Jul 30, 2002
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Critic Reviews for Young and Innocent

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

Not top-notch Hitchcock, but engrossing enough.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Alfred Hitchcock, England's jovial and rotund master of melodrama, has turned out another crisply paced, excellently performed film.

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

One of the most entertaining of Hitchcock's English films.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Innumerable small touches show Hitchcock's keen and penetrating observation and his knowledge of human nature. Comedy, romance, and thrills are skilfully blended.

Full Review… | June 2, 2015
Monthly Film Bulletin

One of Hitchcock's more charming efforts.

Full Review… | May 1, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Though not one of Hitchcock's strongest UK films, the tale is entertaining and it contains many ideas and visua motifs that would appear in later, better works.

Full Review… | March 4, 2012

Audience Reviews for Young and Innocent

This is a good attempt at the story of a man who has to prove his innocence, but I didn't like the ending, plus it's a predictable movie. I kind of liked it, but kind of didn't, so I say it's average.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

charming early hitchcock similar to saboteur minus the propaganda. daughter of chief constable helps fugitive find real killer. featuring hitch's trademark blend of action, humor and suspense

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


A decent early British film from Hitchcock. Not his first, but still an early one. The roots of his brilliance (that would fully bloom later on) and future trademarks (such as themes/motifs) can be seen here and there throughout as well. Overall, a decent film, neither spectacularly good nor spectacularly bad.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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