A classic British spy mystery, and one of Hitchcock's best, THE 39 STEPS is the story of an innocent man who struggles to prove his... Read More
A classic British spy mystery, and one of Hitchcock's best, THE 39 STEPS is the story of an innocent man who struggles to prove his innocence. Robert Donat gets more than he bargained for when he brings home a mysterious woman (Lucie Mannheim) who confesses to be a British agent on the hot trail of a dangerous spy ring. The woman is killed in Donat's apartment and he immediately finds himself on the run, burdened with the charge for her murder and the dangerous knowledge of her mission. The film is distinguished by its pioneering use of contrapuntal sound effects, as well as the dynamism between Donat and his costar Madeleine Carroll. Minimize
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Sep 15, 2005
Handcuffed to Madeleine Carroll! Why Is that a Problem?
Pros: Intelligent, suspenseful script; atmospheric cinematography; strong performances; stellar DVD transfers for the best products
Cons: If you're not careful, you can get stuck with inferior prints for this film
Hitchcock's top pre-Hollywood film and one of the best films of the thirties. Don't hesitate to check it out just because of its age. You'll be pleasantly surprised. Read More at Epinions.com
Sep 10, 2005
It's exactly 39 steps to the video store...
Cons: Madeleine Carroll was old enough to be my grandmother... Who knew... Sigh!
The 39-Steps is a masterpiece. It works on every level. It is a quirky romance; it is a brilliant comedy; but most of all, it is edge-of-your seat suspense. Read More at Epinions.com
Mar 16, 2008
Hitchcock's First Cliffhanger: The 39 Steps
Pros: Robert Donat, action, cinematography, black humor
Cons: Dated, plot holes, cheesy special effects
A very good cliffhanger that shows the inventiveness of the fiendishly clever brain of Alfred Hitchcock. Read More at Epinions.com
May 10, 2010
An Early Glimpse at Alfred Hitchcock's Genius: 1935's THE 39 STEPS
Pros: Robert Donat, thrilling, action, shows Hitchcock's early talents
Cons: Obviously quite dated
We've all seen this type of story before, but not as stylishly. Hitchcock was a true master of his craft and he demonstrates it extraordinarily well here. Read More at Epinions.com
Jun 20, 2002
Alfred Hitchcock's-The 39 Steps-1935
Pros: Donat and Carroll, Hitchcock's early seeds of genius, a movie before it's time
Cons: Tame by today's standards, Lousy sound quality, rapid quipping often inaudible
This is an interesting movie that shows the beginnings of the Hitchcock genre. It is fun to watch, although the quality of the sound brings it down a notch. Read More at Epinions.com
Feb 23, 2006
The Moose Hole - You Win
Pros: Robert Donat, Madeline Carroll, Charles Bennett's script
Cons: almost nothing
Alfred Hitchcocks masterful adaptation of John Buchanans The 39 Steps truly stands the test of time as one of the directors most stimulating spy-thrillers Read More at Epinions.com
Sep 8, 2000
39 Steps - at a dead run!
Pros: Hitchcock, Donat, Carroll, magnificent Scotland
Cons: Occasionally abrupt continuity Read More at Epinions.com
Mar 9, 2007
39 Steps: Vintage British Hitchcock
Pros: Exciting story, good actors, believable characters, masterful direction
Cons: Sound is poor by today's standards.
If you've enjoyed other Hitchcock movies, this one is not to be missed. Read More at Epinions.com
May 2, 2000
The 39 Steps (1935)
Pros: action, direction, script
Cons: familiar story and characters Read More at Epinions.com
Feb 10, 2005
39 Steps - Early Hitchcock!
Pros: Handsome stars, a nice intrigue plot, dated acting was still present, but a good film.
Cons: Clever and double catches were not present in these plots, but still fun.
Hitchcock buffs will find this a solid effort at early film, and like the mystery afoot!, but this is not your modern intrigue! Silly scenes abound. Read More at Epinions.com
May 18, 2001
Hey Alfred! Read the book next time!
Pros: some quick, clever dialogue, fast-paced story, suspense
Cons: how many coincidences can one story take?
Don't read the novel then expect the film to be anything like it. Read More at Epinions.com