Young and Innocent
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As early as 1937's Young and Innocent, Alfred Hitchcock was beginning to repeat himself, but audiences didn't mind so long as they were thoroughly entertaining-which they were, without fail. Derrick De Marney finds himself in a 39 Steps situation when he is wrongly accused of murder. While a fugitive from the law, De Marney is helped by heroine Nova Pilbeam, who three years earlier had played the adolescent kidnap victim in Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much. The obligatory "fish out of water" scene, in which the principals are briefly slowed down by a banal everyday… More

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"Not top-notch Hitchcock, but engrossing enough."
‑ , Time Out
"One of Hitchcock's more charming efforts."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"swift pace and dry humor far more entertaining than most late night offerings"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Watch her and wonder."
‑ , Film4
"Terrific early Hitchcock, though it has dated rather badly."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Alfred Hitchcock, England's jovial and rotund master of melodrama, has turned out another crisply paced, excellently performed film."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Exciting chase with typically excellent Hitchcock touches"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Breezy, romantic Hitchcock; an underrated gem."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Vintage Hitchcock. The tracking shot near the end is priceless, a great example of using the camera to let the audience in on something while the hero remains in the dark."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"One of the most entertaining of Hitchcock's English films."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Brilliantly filmed finale."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"An unassuming chase thriller by the youngish though not quite so innocent Alfred Hitchcock."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Breezy thriller fun from start to finish with all the Hitchcockian flourishes you want (and the cameo, yes)."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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