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Young and Innocent Reviews

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August 9, 2016
I guess I'm a sucker for these wrongly-accused-man films. Young And Innocent is a Hitchcock masterpiece!!!
July 15, 2016
Not a bad early Hitchcock 'man on the run trying to prove his innocence' thriller, but definitely done better in other films, including 'Saboteur' and obviously, ' The Fugitive'. Pilbeam is good as the 'young' Erica who falls for Robert (De Marney), the 'innocent'. She helps him avoid the police, including her father, the commissioner (Marmont) long enough to track down the real murder - who conveniently just confesses. Why were the band at the end all in blackface? Is that just because it was Britain in 1937? Anyway, a decent film, but not terribly dramatic or exciting.
October 15, 2015
Snappy British Hitchcock film made between Sabotage and The Lady Vanishes - that is, right in the middle of a string of exceptional thrillers (that also included The 39 Steps, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Secret Agent). One reason why this might be less well known is that the killer is finally discovered playing drums in a blackface. Setting aside this particular awfulness (if you can) does reveal a playful film with Hitch's characteristically smart-ass use of sound, perfectly timed cuts and montages, and romantic banter between the leads (Nova Pilbeam and Derrick De Marney). The MacGuffin is a missing belt from a trenchcoat which may or may not have been the murder weapon. Of course, poor Tisdall (De Marney) can't find his coat or the belt and thus is held on suspicion of murder...until he escapes...with the Chief Constable's daughter (Pilbeam). Rather a merry romp, all things considered with a great tracking shot near the end (only to be rivalled by Notorious's later track from great heights into Bergman's hand). On some days, I like the British Hitchcocks even more than the American ones.
March 25, 2015
A charming mix of comedy and thriller, like the rest of Hitchcock's output around this time it's very light, but there's enough of a hook combined with the director having perfected the prolonging of suspense throughout its runtime that it sustains interest from start to finish with a lot to enjoy in the ride along the way.
½ March 15, 2015
The recurring Hitchcock theme of the wrongly accused man. It is interesting that this followed on from The 39 Steps, which is referenced on the poster artwork used on this website. Young and Innocent follows almost identical path to The 39 Steps, however it is the lesser of the two films, partly by virtue of 39 Steps being such a good film. Young and Innocent is funny and exciting it its own right and the only criticism is that the ending is perhaps a bit to neat but then again this was the Thirties.
½ September 3, 2014
A man at the wrong place at the wrong time is accused of murdering a young actress when he is found running from the scene after she was strangled by the belt of a raincoat, but he claims his raincoat was stolen. He then goes on a quest with the reluctant help of a young girl (and daughter of the Chief Inspector of the Police) to find the stolen coat to prove his innocence and find the real murderer. It is a decent thriller from Hitch, but it isn't a brilliant piece of art. Well made and entertaining for the most part however.
June 20, 2014
An early Hitchcock romantic thriller film, not the one that will keep you on the edge of your seat but it is still entertaining with an outstanding Nova Pilbeam.
June 13, 2014
Very good and suspenseful, with a great ending. A-
½ February 6, 2014
Thrilling tale with good characters and an overall sense of satisfaction. It has the Hitchcock style and story while keeping good pacing. The story is straightforward.
September 19, 2013
This largely forgotten Hitchcock film is one of my favourites. It was made between Sabotage and The Lady Vanishes and, in its low-key way, it is just as captivating as either of those films. It's chock-a-block with brilliant scenes, such as the hilarious fist fight at Tom's Hat and Basil Radford's character persuading his annoyingly interrogative wife into playing Blind Man's Buff so Erica and Robert can escape, but the best comes at the end. The Master uses the most audacious crane shot which sweeps around and above the ballroom of the Grand Hotel before coming to rest on the twitching eyes of the murderer. The acting of the two leads isn't the subtlest but to me it makes them one of the most likeable pairings in the Hitchcock canon.
½ September 8, 2013
Movie night with Iris.

In many ways a massive rehash of The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes, but this oozes charm and humour. Great fun.
½ March 18, 2013
Well Alfred Hitchcock was never innocent, but he was young when this British "Wrong Man" movie was released in 1937. Innocence ( and youth) is represented by Erica, Nova Pilbeam and Robert, Derrick De Marney. He's falsely accused of murder; she's the Constable's daughter who saves him. It's lots of fun with little pretension. Hitchcock's first choice for Rebecca was Pilbeam, producer David O. Selznick demurred. This film shows shows that Nova would have been a great second Mrs. De Winter.
March 17, 2013
My favorite Hitchcock movie. I think I've seen it like five times. Funny, for a mystery. It might actually be funnier than it is mysterious. That's okay. Also, don't think it's a 39 Steps repeat. Maybe basic plot-wise, but not character-wise or atmospherically.
November 23, 2012
That one shot that's the long take to the drummer's twitching eye is fantastic. Enjoyable but barely suspenseful: much less so than The Lady Vanishes. A treasure nonetheless. Nova Pilbeam was lovely.
September 30, 2012
People talking in rooms.
August 2, 2012
One of the most entertaining and thrilling films that Hitchcock directed in Great Britain. Although the story is very similar to the one presented in The 39 Steps, it is still a perfectly enjoyable and suspenseful movie, which shows one man's struggle to prove his innocence, as he embarks on a journey to self-redemption, filled with burning romance and fast chases. Mistaken identity cases is Hitchcock's realm, and he shows that with utmost precision.
July 25, 2012
Typical Hitchcock 'man-on-the-run' thriller is judiciously augmented by touches of sheer cinematic brilliance and some fascinating supporting characters.

Worth watching for the shot of the killer's identifying 'twitch' in the ballroom scene alone.
½ June 15, 2012
I'm not usually a big fan of Hitchcock's British films, not because they're not good, but because they've aged poorly. I thought this was quite good, however, with some great camerawork and two solid lead performances. The pacing works very well.
June 5, 2012
Probably Hitchcock's greatest film of the 1930's.
May 30, 2012
Nice Hitchcock touches elevate this film above your usual mystery romance--Don't Blink!!
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