The 39 Steps: movie review

: Thriller

Year of release: 1935

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Summary: Richard Hannay is a Canadian visitor to London. At the end of "Mr. Memory's show in a music hall, he meets Annabella Smith, who is running away from secret agents. He agrees to hide her in his flat, but she is murdered during the night. Fearing that he could be accused of the murder, Hannay goes on the run to break the spy ring.

Review:  Now began a cat and mouse chase across Britain. Base on the book by John Buchan. This is one of Hitchcock's earlier films. Some of the earlier techniques that are used here will become more prominent in his later films.

The plot is tight and not one scene is wasted. The actors give it their best giving a distinct take on their character.

Afore watching a terrible movie I had to fall back on to something I know is good. This movie does not fail at that.


Fun Facts: 
  • Before filming the scene where Hannay (Robert Donat) and Pamela (Madeleine Carroll) run through the countryside, Alfred Hitchcock handcuffed them together and pretended for several hours to have lost the key in order to put them in the right frame of mind for such a situation.
  • The sixty-two imported sheep, upon arriving at the soundstage, immediately went to work on the bracken and bushes that had been brought with them. The infuriated crew had to replace the plants with ones hastily bought from a local nursery.
  • During a private screening, Alfred Hitchcock asked John Buchan, whose original plot had been used only very loosely, what he thought of the movie so far. Buchan replied: "Fascinating! I wonder how it will end."

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