Synopsis:A young starlet washes up on a seaside beach and is found by Robert Tisdall (Derrick Demarney). Running to get help, he is spotted by a group of local girls who report him to the police as the...A young starlet washes up on a seaside beach and is found by Robert Tisdall (Derrick Demarney). Running to get help, he is spotted by a group of local girls who report him to the police as the murderer fleeing the scene. Taken in for questioning, Tisdall quickly realizes that as a stranger in town with circumstantial evidence pointing to him, he has little chance of beating the murder rap. His escape gives him an opportunity to prove his innocence, and not unlike the Hannay character in THE 39 STEPS, he finds a young woman who will believe his story. The woman (Nova Pillbeam), however, proves to be the daugher of the local police constable, which generates a humorous set of complications. Nonetheless, the police and local authorities are not taking the escaped murderer lightly. The ensuing manhunt tests the wills of the father and daughter as well as the resolve of the innocent man. The film is based on the novel A SHILLING FOR CANDLES by Josephine Tey.
The more time I spend watching Alfred Hitchcock's British films from the 1930's the more I like them. The latest film I have sampled is 1937's "Young and Innocent". Released in the U.S. as "The Girl Was Young" this motion picture grabbed my attention from the compelling opening scene and simply never let go. As is so often the case in a Hitchcock film the plot revolves around an ordinary person who finds … more