Young and Innocent (1938)

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In this Alfred Hitchcock film, Derrick De Marney finds himself in a difficult situation when he is wrongly accused of murder. While a fugitive from the law, De Marney is helped by heroine Nova Pilbeam. The actual villain, whose identity is never in doubt, is George Curzon.

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Cast

Derrick De Marney
as Robert Tisdall
Nova Pilbeam
as Erica Burgoyne
Percy Marmont
as Col. Burgoyne
Edward Rigby
as Old Will
Mary Clare
as Aunt Margaret
John Longden
as Inspector Kent
Basil Radford
as Uncle Basil
Pamela Carme
as Christine Clay
George Merritt
as Sgt. Miller
J.H. Roberts
as Henry Briggs
H.F. Maltby
as Sergeant
Alfred Hitchcock
as Clumsy Photographer
John Miller
as Police Constable
Torin Thatcher
as Nobby's Lodging House Caretaker
Peggy Simpson
as Bathing Girl
Anna Konstam
as Bathing Girl
Beatrice Varley
as Accused Man's Wife in First Court Case
William Fazan
as Bit Part (uncredited)
Frank Atkinson
as Petrol Pump Attendant
Fred O'Donovan
as Bit Part (uncredited)
Albert Chevalier
as Bit Part (uncredited)
Richard George
as Policeman
Jack Vyvyan
as Police Constable at Grand Hotel
Clive Baxter
as Burgoyne Boy
John H. Roberts
as Solicitor
Pamela Bevan
as Bit Part (uncredited)
Humberston Wright
as Bit Part (uncredited)
Syd Crossley
as Policeman
Frederick Piper
as Bit Part (uncredited)
Bill Shine
as Manager of Tom's Hat Cafe
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Critic Reviews for Young and Innocent

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

Lacks the vivid outlines and clear characterizations of previous Hitchcock films, but is, nevertheless, a fair sample of Hitchcock devices.

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Not top-notch Hitchcock, but engrossing enough.

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

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

Jan 28, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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

Jun 2, 2015 | Full Review…

One of Hitchcock's more charming efforts.

May 1, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Young and Innocent

Once again a early work by Hitchcock that makes me think that his English years were his best years. The wrong man (the photogenic Derrick De Marney), accused of murder (And the rational behind this is not really important) and on the run, falls for the young woman (the equally photogenic Nova Pilbeam) who helps him try to prove his innocence. Romance While On The Run it might've been called. It's a sterling presentation all in all, and perhaps proof for those Brits that there's was a superior culture. Hitchcock's England is indeed enchanting. Loved this.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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
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
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

½

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
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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