The 39 Steps (1935)


39“What are The 39 Steps?” – Richard Hannay

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Oct 2016)

Brief Synopsis – After a man receives information from a female secret agent, she is killed and he is accused of her murder.  He must try and stop the enemy agents from taking the secret information out of the country before the police catch him.

My Take on it – This is yet another Alfred Hitchcock film that I’ve been meaning to see for a while and only now got around to it.

The way that Hitchcock was able to constantly make and remake films withing the genre of a wrongfully accused man” is astounding because each of his films within this field are completely different and have such unique elements that make them stand far apart from one another.

The dialogue between the characters is written extremely well and this leads to some great conversations that if one listens carefully to, you can see how much Hitchcock detested the censors because so much is said without really being said.

Really enjoyed how the story constantly flowed and how they moved so smoothly from scene to scene never making the viewer lose interest because there is always something happening along the way.

The edginess of the story works the whole way thru and helps keep us on the edge of our seat because we never really know what will happen.

One of the things that I’ve always enjoyed about Hitchcock films is the way that he likes to add elements to the story that seem extraneous, but later on, we learn the real usefulness of it all.

I guess there’s a reason he was one of the greatest storytellers…

Bottom Line – Great “innocent man” kind of film which Hitchcock was very fond of.  Liked the dialogue between the characters and the way that everyone interacted with one another.  There are no lulls in the story as things keep moving from scene to scene keeping us on the edge the whole time. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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”.(From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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