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Young and Innocent

Young and Innocent was produced in 1937 and released in 1938.

Alfred Hitchcock to Francois Truffauf on the long shot ending with an extreme close-up shot of the killer's twitching eyes

"So the girl dresses up the old tramp in a good suit of clothes and she takes him to this big hotel where a thé dansant is in progress. There are lots of people there, and the tramp says, "Isn't it rIdiculous to try to spot a pair of twitching eyes in a crowd of this size." Just then, right on that line of dialogue, I place the camera in the highest position, above the hotel lounge, next to the ceiling, and we dolly it down, right through the lobby, into the big ballroom, and past the dancers, the bandstand, and the musicians, right up to a close-up of the drummer. The musicians are all in blackface, and we stay on the drummer's face until his eyes fill the screen. And then, the eyes twitch.· The whole thing was done in one shot."


Nova Pilbeam... Erica Burgoyne
Derrick De Marney... Robert Tisdall (as Derrick de Marney)
Percy Marmont... Col. Burgoyne
Edward Rigby... Old Will
Mary Clare... Erica's Aunt
John Longden... Det. Insp. Kent
George Curzon... Guy/"Drummer man"
Basil Radford... Erica's Uncle
Pamela Carme... Christine
George Merritt... Det. Sgt. Miller
J.H. Roberts... Solicitor
Jerry Verno... Lorry Driver
H.F. Maltby... Police Sergeant
John Miller... Police Constable

One of the first things the lawyer says to Mrs Paradine (Alida Valli) in The Paradine Case (1947) when he arrives at the police station, is: "We mustn't despair. Above all things we mustn't despair." That is exactly what the silly lawyer says to the accused in Young and Innocent.

Young and Innocent (1938) titles


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Bird Motif in Hitchcock's Films

Birds are often an ominous sign in Hitchcock's films and/or representatives of evil and horror.

The Lodger, 1926/1927  
Blackmail, 1929 Alice has a canary bird twittering ominously after the murder
Sabotage, 1936 The bomb is made in a bird shop.
"The birds will sing at 1:45"
Who Killed Cock Robin?
Young and Innocent, 1937/1938 When the two women see the body, they turn away and Hitchcock cuts to extreme close-ups of gulls and then back to the women again.
The Lady Vanishes, 1937/1938 A bird cage in the inn is seen right after the camera has entered through the window
Charters calls Miss Froy «a queer sort of bird» in the restaurant at the inn
When Droppo and Gilbert starts to fight there is a bird in front of the camera.
Saboteur, 1942 When Pat is begging her uncle to give up Barry, a bird is seen in the same frame.
Foreign Correspondent, 1940 Van Meer is talking a lot of birds.
To Catch a Thief, 1954/1955  
Vertigo, 1957/1958 Novak wears a Hummingbird pin on her lapel.
Psycho, 1959–60/1960 Norman Bates is stuffing birds.
Birds are predominant in the dialogue scene in Norman's office.
The Birds, 1962/1963 The birds are attacking.
Topaz, 1968-69/1969

Gulls are stealing the French loaf that the Cuban resistance people had hidden their cameras in. This reveals them to the Cuban militaries.

Family Plot, 1975/1976 Mrs "Rainbird" is the reason Blanche starts her investigation.


Black people in Hitchcock's Films


In Marseille there is a black man among the sailors who says that Roddy (Ivor Novello) is "dotty – he’s seein’ things."

The Ring

At the fair people can throw balls on a black man to make him fall down. Two boys throw an egg at him, to the crowd's amusement.

One of the members of "One-Round" Jack's team is black.


The black servant brings a telegram to the father (Gordon Harker) who scorns him. He is extremely servile and walks around almost as a chimpanzee.

Gordon Harker Gordon Harker

A black man works as a bartender in the restaurant.

Young and Innocent

The killer (drummer man) performs in a band performing in blackface.

Shadow of a Doubt

When Charlie goes to Santa Rosa by train, the railroad porter is black.


Canada Lee in Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat"

Canada Lee (1907–1952) as Joe Spencer.

Strangers on a Train

The senator's servant is black.


After Marnie steals from Rutland, and she is descending the stairs, a black man is seen on the left.


Philippe Dubois (Roscoe Lee Browne) takes the identity of a black journalist from Ebony, sneaks into the Cuban embassy, manages to take photos of some of the important documents and then runs away, chased by Cuban revolutionaries.

Family Plot

One of the FBI agents questioning Arthur Adamson in his jewel store.



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