“If it’s any consolation to you, I want you to know that I’m innocent.”
When a young writer (Derrick De Marney) is falsely accused of murder, the local constable’s daughter (Nova Pilbeam) helps him track down the true culprit.
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “very entertaining” Hitchcock thriller is “sadly overlooked” — indeed, I just saw it for the first time myself last week. De Marney and Pilbeam — relatively unknown actors — are hugely appealing in the lead roles; it’s difficult not to root for them as they doggedly track down the evidence they need while simultaneously falling in love.
As indicated in the alternate title (The Girl Was Young), the film goes beyond Hitchcock’s standard tropes of false accusations and amateur sleuthing to focus on Pilbeam’s transformation from an independent yet sheltered girl to someone who brazenly follows her heart rather than her head. While Peary argues that the film “would have been a bit more exciting if [the couple] were ever in more serious danger than just being arrested”, I disagree, given that Pilbeam’s character is already risking quite a bit simply by abetting a suspected criminal.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Nora Pilbeam as the (initially) unwilling accomplice
- Handsome Derrick De Marney as the falsely accused yet ever-hopeful young suspect
- Creative settings, such as the birthday party where Pilbeam’s aunt begins to suspect something is wrong
- J.H. Roberts as the “veddy British” solicitor assigned to De Marney’s case
No, but it’s recommended, and must-see viewing for Hitchcock fans.