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.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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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
Jerry Verno
as Driver
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
John H. Roberts
as Solicitor
Clive Baxter
as Burgoyne Boy
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 (17) | Top Critics (3)

Not top-notch Hitchcock, but engrossing enough.

Full Review… | June 23, 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 27, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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

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 3, 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
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


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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