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Rating: 7.5 stars


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Seen 2 times

Seen on: 09/04/2014, 11/24/2011 (rewatch)

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The 39 Steps (1935)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Mystery | Comedy | Thriller

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A heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps follows Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) as he stumbles upon a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors—a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the pursued—as well as into an unexpected romance with the cool Pamela (Madeline Carroll).

Rated NR | Length 86 minutes


Hilda Trevelyan | Frederick Piper | Godfrey Tearle | Quinton McPherson | Elizabeth Inglis | Carleton Hobbs | Alfred Hitchcock | Pat Hagate | Matthew Boulton | Peggy Simpson | Wylie Watson | Gus McNaughton | Jerry Verno | Frank Cellier | Helen Haye | John Laurie | Peggy Ashcroft | Lucie Mannheim | Madeleine Carroll | Robert Donat

Viewing Notes

Went over to Siskel Film Center to catch the last film in the Hitchcock Series they were running. Sad I couldn’t make it to the others but at least got to revisit this movie in 35mm. Been wanting to see this again since my first viewing was not ideal. Gave me a chance to really focus on the film which is so much better than my initial opinion.

More humor than any other Hitchcock film I’ve seen. Terrific chemistry between Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. Love the cat and mouse stuff around the mystery. Super entertaining and great dialogue.


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