There is something seriously wrong with the print of this film: about 20 minutes in the screen size seems to have been misaligned with the image: you can't see the heads of the actors, only their chests, this can't be the way Hitchcock directed it, as it is completely unwatchable.
I gave up.....
A truly charming film from the Master of Suspense. Being a rather huge Hitch fan, I recently sought out some lesser known films from his early period. Of those I viewed ("Number 17," & "Murder!" among others) this one was my favorite--among the best of his Pre-Hollywood films. There is the usual mixture of humor and suspense, some nice camera work (including a wonderful precursor to the "key-in-hand" shot of "Notorious"), and most importantly, Nova Pilbeam. I'm not sure how this actress managed to play her scenes SO appealingly, and yet managed to have fallen SO completely off the acting radar. How many people today have her name rattling about their cerebral attic? Virtually none, I'd hazard, and yet she is terrific here--worth the effort of finding the video for her performance alone.
This film certainly is not in the same league as Hitch's best, but still is vastly superior to the average suspense film coming out of Hollywood today--or any other day, for that matter.
This low rating is not a reflection of the story line but rather the quality of the film itself.
This new "remastered" transfer is terrible. Sound is awful, contrast too dark, I couldn't see 25% of the film on screen. Lots of pops and crackles in dialogue. I had to stop watching after 25 minutes out of frustration.
This is a 1937 British crime thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the 1936 novel "A Shilling for Candles" by Josephine Tey.
There were significant changes made in adapting the book for the film.
The team of screenwriters took the main suspect of the novel, Robert Tisdall, and his unexpected supporter, Erica Burgoyne, and left out all the other characters, including Tey's Inspector Alan Grant and even the original murderer, who is not the same character as in the film.
In other words, the film focuses on Tisdall as a fugitive from justice, omitting the subplots and distractions of Tey's novel.
After all, this film lacks a whodunit.
Therefore, it ends up with a silly confession of a drummer-murderer with twitching eyes.
Alfred Hitchcock in this 1937 classic is up to his usual tricks. He mixes suspense and humor together. We have a film without stars we are familiar with in Nova Pilbeam, Derrick De Marney and Percy Marmont. Hard to believe a movie had so many actors with such unusual names. No matter, they perform admirably and the movie is a winner. I am sure you will not be surprised that "Young and Innocent" is a murder mystery. This is one of his earliest classics and one that you may have missed. I hope you enjoy the film!
this was a good thriller. the copy of the DVD I received from CPL was very dark and some of the images were hard to see. I thought the ending was abrupt. this movie showed a side of the spy world we don't usually see in movies. I also wondered if Hitchcock had a cameo as he did in his later movies. I did not see him but there were crowd scenes he could have put himself in.
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