The Thirty-Nine Steps

  • U
  • Ralph Thomas (1959)
  • UK
  • 91 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Alfred Hitchcock cast a long and large shadow, leaving many a director in debt to a master film-maker. But this remake of his 1935 classic thriller - some of the shots seem identical - is totally overwhelmed by the original. Kenneth More battles bravely to take on the role of Richard Hannay that Robert Donat made so very suavely his own, but succumbs to a bout of overplayed bravado. The Hitchcock impetus still pulses through some of the action, but director Ralph Thomas and writer Frank Harvey should have been ashamed.

Plot Summary

Spy thriller starring Kenneth More. While on holiday in England, Richard Hannay goes on the run from police and enemy agents after he is wrongly accused of murder.

Cast and crew

Cast

Richard Hannay
Kenneth More
Fisher
Taina Elg
Nellie Lumsden
Brenda de Banzie
Professor Logan
Barry Jones
Lumsden
Reginald Beckwith
Nannie
Faith Brook
Brown
Michael Goodliffe
Mr Memory
James Hayter
Kennedy
Duncan Lamont
McDougal
Jameson Clark
Sheriff
Andrew Cruikshank
Milkman
Leslie Dwyer
Mrs McDougal
Betty Henderson
Miss Dobson
Joan Hickson
Perce
Sidney James

Crew

Director
Ralph Thomas

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U
Distributor:
Video Collection
Categories
Drama

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