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The 39 Steps

  • Drama
  • 1935
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • 83 mins
  • U

Summary

Classic thriller starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. An innocent man accused of murder is pursued by both the police and an international spy ring. The beleaguered Richard Hannay finds himself fleeing across the desolate Scottish moors handcuffed to a beautiful woman.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Alfred Hitchcock brings John Buchan's novel to the screen with characteristic wit and verve, a style he forged in 1930s Britain with this, The Man Who Knew Too Much and The Lady Vanishes. The 39 Steps has all the ingredients of classic Hitch, not least the innocent-man-on-the-run plot, a staple all the way through to 1959's North by Northwest. In this case, it's visiting Canadian Richard Hannay (a winning Robert Donat), who gets dragged into an espionage conspiracy after an outing to a London music hall and ends up in Scotland handcuffed to an icy blonde (Madeleine Carroll). Playing "spot the recurring Hitchcock motif" is almost as thrilling as the chase itself and the chemistry between Donat and Carroll is a rare treat - particularly when they are forced to share a room (quite shocking in 1935).

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Credits

Cast

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Richard HannayRobert Donat
PamelaMadeleine Carroll
Miss SmithLucie Mannheim
Professor JordanGodfrey Tearle
Crofter's wifePeggy Ashcroft
CrofterJohn Laurie
Mrs JordanHelen Haye
Sheriff WatsonFrank Cellier
MemoryWylie Watson
Commercial travellerGus McNaughton
Commercial travellerJerry Verno

Crew

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DirectorAlfred Hitchcock

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
2008-04-11
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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