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The 39 Steps (1935)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 1 August 1935 (USA)
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A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

John Buchan (adapted from the novel by), Charles Bennett (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Donat ... Hannay
Madeleine Carroll ... Pamela
Lucie Mannheim ... Miss Smith
Godfrey Tearle Godfrey Tearle ... Professor Jordan
Peggy Ashcroft ... Crofter's Wife
John Laurie ... Crofter
Helen Haye ... Mrs. Jordan
Frank Cellier ... The Sheriff
Wylie Watson ... Memory
Gus McNaughton ... Commercial Traveller (as Gus Mac Naughton)
Jerry Verno Jerry Verno ... Commercial Traveller
Peggy Simpson Peggy Simpson ... Maid
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Storyline

Richard Hannay is a Canadian visitor to London. At the end of "Mr Memory"'s show in a music hall, he meets Annabella Smith, who is running away from secret agents. He agrees to hide her in his flat, but she is murdered during the night. Fearing that he could be accused of the murder, Hannay goes on the run to break the spy ring. Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>

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From the World Famous Novel by JOHN BUCHAN - Canada's New Governor General (original print ad-Canada) See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

39 escalones See more »

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Budget:

£60,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording System: at Shepherd's Bush London)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The date in the Church Hymnary that stopped the bullet is signed by Margaret in 1928, but is dated 1932. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Music hall announcer: Ladies and Gentleman, with your kind attention, and permission, I have the honor of presenting to you one of the most remarkable men in the world.
Heckler in Audience: How remarkable? He's sweating!
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Flawless Masterpiece !
1 February 2007 | by AsphyxiodSee all my reviews

I wondered how would I enjoy an age old film when I rented the DVD of this Magneficient Movie. I am a hardcore Hitchcock fan and started watching oldies when I almost got deprived of good plots from modern-day flicks and started craving for more original plots.

Thus, began my visual journey of great movies starting from Hitchcock's later Movies of 60s and then 50s and then 40s ..... and then 30s ! Although personally, I had a halt there on watching Movies of the 30s as I could hardly enjoy some of the movies made during that decade.

But, this Movie struck me so hard that it left a great impact on my Mind. Undoubtedly, The 39 Steps(1935) remains as the greatest movie ever made till date. Its still a step ahead then other great classics such as "Vertigo" & "North by Northwest".

Amongst the many reasons why this Movie is great, are its almost flawless & moving script, precise editing & great dialogs. And finally, the impact which it creates on us through medium of various emotions of all the characters.

Its a story about a Charming Young Man 'Mr. Richard hannay' played by Robert Dannat, who gets entangled in a spy chase when he tries to shelter a counter-espionage agent in his house. When the Agent is killed by the Spies, he is on his run from the Police and the killers from London all the way to Scotland country side. Almost after the second half, he gets handcuffed to the lead lady 'Pamela' played by Madelline Carol who also thinks that he is the murderer. In his aggression to claim his innocence, together both the leads continue the journey further, resolving the clues which they get, and finally arriving to the memorable end with dramatic twist.

The detailed thought which was put in while drafting the screenplay of this Movie is surely remarkable. Like how Hannay directs Pamela to fill the registration book of the Hotel as he cannot write since his right hand was handcuffed to her, And Like how good Hannay delivers a great speech in a political gathering, telling only the truth, being misunderstood as a political addresser, And like the perfect handling of the conversation between Hanny and the Unhappy Housewife during their very short acquaintance, And many many more.

The Beauty of the Movie is that it creates a strong bond with the viewers. We get involved into the Movie and enjoy the charm, erotism, fear & curiosity, throughout. This is the Magic of Alfred Hitchcock.

Watch it on priority. Relish this magnum opus of perfect 10/10 thriller ever made in the history of cinema !


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