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The Thirty-Nine Steps [1935]

Director:Alfred Hitchcock
Writer:Charles Bennett
Composer:Charles Williams
Hubert Bath
Jack Beaver
Length:83 minutes
(1 hour 23 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Mystery
IMDB Rating:8.0/10
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A London man tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and he stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring trying to steal top secret information.

Reaction: Interesting and well made.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Alfred Hitchcock => Director / Passerby Near the Bus (uncredited)
Charles Bennett => Writer / Second Passerby Near the Bus (uncredited)
Charles Williams => Composer
Hubert Bath => Composer
Jack Beaver => Composer
John Buchan => Novel
Elizabeth Inglis => Professor Jordan's Daughter (uncredited)
Ex-Det. Sergt. Bishop => Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Frank Cellier => Sheriff Watson
Godfrey Tearle => Professor Jordan
Helen Haye => Mrs. Jordan
Ivor Barnard => Political Meeting Chairman (uncredited)
John Laurie => John - Crofter
Lucie Mannheim => Annabella aka Miss Smith
Madeleine Carroll => Pamela
Matthew Boulton => Fake Police Officer (uncredited)
Miles Malleson => Palladium Manager (uncredited)
Pat Hagate => M.C. Who Introduces Mr Memory (uncredited)
Peggy Ashcroft => Margaret - Crofter's Wife
Robert Donat => Richard Hannay
Vida Hope => Usherette (uncredited)
Wylie Watson => Mr. Memory

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Director Cameo: Alfred Hitchcock about seven minutes in, tossing some litter as Richard and Annabella run from the music hall.
  • The 62 imported sheep, upon arriving at the sound stage, immediately went to work on the bracken and bushes that had been brought with them. The infuriated crew had to replace the real plants with ones hastily bought from a local nursery.
  • Madeleine Carroll suffered at the hands of Alfred Hitchcock's quest for realism, right down to the real welts on her wrists from the long days of being handcuffed to Robert Donat.
  • One day on the set Alfred Hitchcock handcuffed Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll together and pretended for several hours to have lost the key.
  • According to one of his sons, John Buchan (upon whose 1915 novel the film was based) was impressed with the film, despite its departures from his original plot.