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The 39 Steps


Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle View All


Alfred Hitchcock (Director) View All

Release: Jun. 6th, 1935
Runtime: 1 hour, 26 minutes
Richard Hannay 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.
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Quite possibly the first great film that Hitchcock ever directed (though I concede that I have not seen all of them), The 39 Steps gave me the same feeling that I got when I first watched Hayao Miyazaki's Laputa: Castle in the Sky, namely that I was watching a cinematic master coat the silver screen with all his raw creativity but with the caveat that many of these same concepts would definitely be refined in the director's later, greater films.
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On the other hand I haven't seen many of Hitch's earlier sound films made in England, only: Jamaica Inn, The Lady Vanishes & The Man Who Knew Too Much, and now I can say I've seen The 39 Steps and liked it too.