Posts Tagged ‘Nova Pilbeam’
The Lady Vanishes and The 39 Steps are considered the best of Hitchcock’s British films. I’d agree, but I’m also very partial to Young and Innocent. I think Nova Pilbeam steals the film (if the leading star can steal a film). It’s a shame she didn’t do more films. She’s also in the original version of The Man Who Knew Too Much in which she plays the daughter. I think I read somewhere that Hitchcock was considering her for the lead actress in Suspicion. But producer David Selznick felt he needed a bigger star. If only she had been cast in the movie perhaps she would have been a major Hollywood star. In addition she had the perfect name for a Science Fiction Heroine of the 40s–Nova Pilbeam, Maiden of the Spaceways! Has a nice ring to it, eh?
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