The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

Robert Donat
Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Robert Donat
Robert Donat
, Madeleine Carroll
Madeleine Carroll
, Godfrey Tearle
Godfrey Tearle
Alfred Hitchcock

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Overview

This classic British thriller was one of Alfred Hitchcock's first major international successes, and it introduced a number of the stylistic and thematic elements that became hallmarks of his later work. Richard Hannay (Robert Donat), a Canadian rancher on vacation in England, attends a music hall performance by "Mr. Memory" (Wylie Watson); in the midst of the show, shots ring out and Richard flees the theater. Moments later, a terrified woman (Lucie Mannheim) begs Richard to help her; back at his room, she tells him that she's a British spy whose life has been threatened by international agents waiting outside. Richard is certain that she's mad until she reappears at his door in the morning, near death with a knife in her back, a map in her hand, and muttering something about "39 Steps." Discovering that a group of thugs are indeed waiting outside, Richard slips away and takes the first train to the Scottish town on the dead woman's map. Richard learns that he's now wanted by the police for murder, and he must find a way to clear his name. He begins trying to do so with the help of a woman he meets en route, Pamela (Madeleine Carroll), who serves as his unwitting assistant, even after she tries to turn him in. The 39 Steps was later remade in 1959 and 1978 -- both without Hitchcock's participation.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2009
UPC: 0715515050715
Original Release: 1935
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 36,324

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Donat Richard Hannay
Madeleine Carroll Pamela
Godfrey Tearle Prof. Jordan
Peggy Ashcroft Margaret
Lucie Mannheim Miss Smith/Annabella
John Laurie John
Wylie Watson Mr. Memory
Helen Haye Mrs. Jordan
Frank Cellier Sheriff Watson
Jerry Verno Voyager
Peggy Simpson Young Maid
Miles Malleson Director of the Palladium
Gus McNaughton Voyager
Marianne Stone Actor

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
Michael Balcon Producer
Charles Bennett Screenwriter
Ian Hay Screenwriter
Albert Jullion Production Designer
Bernard Knowles Cinematographer
Louis Levy Score Composer
Ivor Montagu Producer
Alma Reville Screenwriter
Joe Strassner Costumes/Costume Designer
Derek N. Twist Editor
Otto Werndorff Production Designer
Jack Whitehead Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Essential Art House: The 39 Steps
1. Opening Credits / Mr. Memory [7:04]
2. Annabella Smith [10:16]
3. Tales About Murderers and Foreigners [2:26]
4. "Very Good at Charades" [7:52]
5. The Crofter and his Wife [8:44]
6. Alt-Na-Shellach [8:15]
7. "Hymns that Have Helped Me" [2:33]
8. Difficult Man to Follow [6:50]
9. Flock of Detectives [4:47]
11. Escape [8:24]
10. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hopkinson [10:31]
12. "What are the 39 Steps?" [8:25]

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