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The 39 Steps


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


Alfred Hitchcock (Director), Charles Bennett (Writer), Ian Hay (Writer) View All

Release: Jun. 6th, 1935
Runtime: 1 hour, 26 minutes
Richard Hanney has a rude awakening when a glamorous female spy falls into his bed -- with a knife in her back. Having a bit of trouble explaining it all to Scotland Yard, he heads for the hills of Scotland to try to clear his name by locating the spy ring known as "The 39 Steps."
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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.