The 39 Steps


Review: While on vacation in London, Canadian Richard Hannay picks up the exotic “Annabelle Smith” at a music hall. The next morning he discovers she’s been killed and finds himself in the frame for her murder so he goes on the run to save himself and to stop a spy ring that is trying to steal top-secret information.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Actors: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie, Helen Haye, Frank Cellier, Wylie Watson, Gus McNaughton, Jerry Verno, Ivor Barnard, Charles Bennett and Matthew Boulton
Year: 1935
Genre: Crime, Mystery and Thriller
Conclusion: 5/5
Adapted from a novel by John Buchan. This is a tense and funny film both at the same time. This has all the ingredients of a classic Hitchcock film. Don’t forget to look out for Alfred Hitchcock’s really short and brief cameo at the beginning of the film. Out of all the films that Alfred Hitchcock directed he always regarded this one as one of his favourite movies. The most famous line in this is Richard Hannay “What are ‘The 39 Steps’?”. The late film critic Barry Norman once produced a list in The Radio Times of the 50 Greatest British Films and this was listed as one of them.


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