The 39 Steps

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More an attempt to copy Hitchcock than to re-film Buchan, and it suffers by the comparison. The few changes are not for the better (Peggy Ashcroft's wistfully frustrated crofter's wife, for instance, becomes a man-hungry spiritualist, played by Brenda de Banzie), since they broaden the characterisations into caricature. For the rest, the tension is dismally slack, the comedy overdone, and the Scottish scenery ladled out in travelogue dollops.

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Duration: 93 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ralph Thomas
Screenwriter: Frank Harvey
Cast: Kenneth More
Taina Elg
Barry Jones
Brenda de Banzie
Faith Brook
James Hayter
Michael Goodliffe
Sidney James
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