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The 39 Steps (Jun-1935)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Writers: Charles Bennett; Ian Hay

From novel: The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan

Keywords: Thriller, Mystery, Espionage

During a London theatrical performance mining engineer Richard Hannay meets the mysterious Annabella Smith, claiming to be pursued by spies; sheltered in his flat overnight she is murdered, and Richard becomes the primary suspect. He heads for the Scottish countryside looking for a man he thinks can clear his name. Intended as a low-budget programmer, Hitchcock instead created an influential masterpiece. Remade as The 39 Steps (1959) and The Thirty-Nine Steps (1978).

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Peggy Ashcroft
22-Dec-1907 14-Jun-1991 A Passage to India
Madeleine Carroll
26-Feb-1906 2-Oct-1987 The 39 Steps
Robert Donat
18-Mar-1905 9-Jun-1958 Goodbye, Mr. Chips
John Laurie
25-Mar-1897 23-Jun-1980 Pvt. James Frazer on Dad's Army
Godfrey Tearle
12-Oct-1884 8-Jun-1953 The 39 Steps


Robert Donat   ...   Hannay
Madeleine Carroll   ...   Pamela
Lucie Mannheim   ...   Miss Smith
Godfrey Tearle   ...   Prof. Jordan
Peggy Ashcroft   ...   Crofter's Wife
John Laurie   ...   Crofter
Helen Haye   ...   Mrs. Jordan
Frank Cellier   ...   The Sheriff
Wylie Watson   ...   Memory
Gus MacNaughton   ...   Commercial Traveller
Jerry Verno   ...   Commercial Traveller
Peggy Simpson   ...   Maid


Review by anonymous (posted on 19-Jan-2007)

I loved this vintage Alfred Hitchcock. I had no idea it would be a comedy as well. I did not know who the actors were when I first saw it so I looked them up. I was surprised at some of them. It's the kind of movie that will keep you guessing what the 39 steps are. Until three quarters of the way through I did not know. The main two women in the story are Madeline Carroll and Peggy Ashcroft. Both show classic beauty even for an old black and white movie. Have fun and enjoy

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