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The 39 Steps

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A still from the black and white film The 39 Steps of a man holding his hand over a woman's mouth in the entrance of a tunnel
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Time Out says

Other English Hitchcocks may be more provocative, but few offer such a ripping good yarn. Donat's smooth and upright Richard Hannay flees from London in pursuit of a spy ring, responsible for leaving a murdered woman in his flat; the police inevitably take him for the murderer, and the spies are after him too. His itinerary includes an overnight stop in John Laurie's crofter's cottage, a political meeting where he improvises a speech without knowing who or what he's supporting, and a period when he's handcuffed to the resentful heroine. It ends, suitably, in a music hall. The inspiration came from John Buchan's novel, though Hitchcock followed it at some distance, concocting with scriptwriter Charles Bennett what really amounts to a little anthology of Hitchcock stories and motifs. Great fun.

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Release Details

  • Duration:86 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Alfred Hitchcock
  • Screenwriter:Ian Hay, Alma Reville, Charles Bennett
  • Cast:
    • Robert Donat
    • Peggy Ashcroft
    • Godfrey Tearle
    • Lucie Mannheim
    • John Laurie
    • Madeleine Carroll
    • Helen Haye
    • Wylie Watson
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