Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Girl Was Young 1937

     This film was originally titled Young and Innocent and is based on the novel A Shilling for Candles by Charles Bennett.  Robert Tisdall is walking on the cliffs above the beach and he sees a woman wash up on the sand.  He runs down to assist her and then he runs for help.  Two women see him running away and they think he has murdered the woman.  She has been strangled with a raincoat belt.  Robert has had his raincoat stolen and the belt is from his coat.  The police arrive and they don’t believe Robert’s story but they do believe the women.  He’s taken to the station and given an attorney.  He thinks the only way to clear his name is to escape and track down his stolen raincoat.  He meets Erica Burgoyne, she is the police constable’s daughter and she believes his story.
     I thought there must have been another release of this movie but I must have seen this twice?  I liked Erica’s car with the crank handle start!!  There is a cameo of Alfred Hitchcock but I didn’t see him while I was watching.  I thought the story and the characters were good.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

83 min, Crime directed by Alfred Hitchcock with Nova Pilbeam, Derrick De Marney, Percy Marmont, Edward Rigby, Mary Clare, John Longden, George Curzon, Basil Radford, Pamela Carme, George Merritt, J.H. Roberts.

Note:  Imdb 7.0 out of 10, 100% critic 63% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.5* out of 5* with 39 reviews.
Special Note:  This movie was filmed in London, Pinewood Studios and Lime Grove Studios, England, UK.  The original copyright holder did not renew the copyright and anyone could make a VHS/DVD copy and put it up for sale.  Even though this film is based on a novel, the scriptwriters used only about one third of the novel.  The identity of the murderer was also changed.

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