YOUNG AND INNOCENT
THE GIRL WAS YOUNG
1937, BFI, 83 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Charged with murder, young Robert Tisdall (Derrick De Marney) figures he’s better able to prove his innocence on the run than in court; joining him on his quest for exoneration is the police chief’s equally fresh-faced daughter (Nova Pilbeam, the kidnapped teen in THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH and utterly beguiling here). The climactic crane shot revealing the real killer is justly famous.


RICH AND STRANGE
1931, Rialto Pictures, 83 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Released in America as EAST OF SHANGHAI, this quirky mix of satire and adventure, with vestiges of silent film, is also a rewarding look at marital relationships (and is said to be an early favorite of its director). London couple Fred and Emily Hill (Henry Kendall and Joan Barry) are roused from their humdrum lives by an inheritance from a rich relative, which they use to travel the world - until the now-wealthy couple are tugged apart by the promise of shipboard romances.


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