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The 39 Steps
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Alfred Hitchcock's most celebrated British thriller, adapted from John Buchan's novel. Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) becomes the victim of mistaken identity when a female corpse is dumped in his flat by a spy ring. He tries to track down the true murderers whilst being pursued by the police, and hooks up with an unwilling accomplice (Madeleine Carroll). Their adventure eventually leads them to a music hall, where the secret of the 39 steps is revealed. Also included is the documentary 'Hitchcock - The Early Years'.
A high point of Hitchcock's pre-Hollywood career, 1935's The Thirty-Nine Steps is the first and best of three film versions of John Buchan's rather stiff novel. Robert Donat plays Richard Hannay, who becomes embroiled in a plot to steal military secrets. He finds himself on the run; falsely accused of murder, while also pursuing the dastardly web of spies alluded to in the title. With a plot whose twists and turns match the hilly Scottish terrain in which much of the film is set, The Thirty-Nine Steps combines a breezy suavity with a palpable psychological tension. Hitchcock was already a master at conveying such tension through his cinematic methods, rather than relying just on situation or dialogue. Sometimes his ways of bringing the best out of his actors brought the worst out in himself. If the scene in which Donat is handcuffed to co-star Madeline Carroll has a certain edge, for instance, that's perhaps because the director mischievously cuffed them together in a rehearsal, then left them attached for a whole afternoon, pretending to have lost the key. The movie also introduces Hitchcock's favoured plot device, the "McGuffin" (here, the military secret), the unexplained device or "non-point" on which the movie turns. --David StubbsSee all Product description
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Both these Hitchcock Movies are indeed Timeless Classics, Do not buy them in this form.
stood the test of time.
It is a complicated plot that twists and turns from start to finish.
It is a tale about a spy ring intent on stealing secrets from Britain on behalf of a foreign country.
The leading character gets involved quite accidentally and is kept busy throughout the story avoiding the police, the foreign spies and even jealous husbands.
A really good yarn and a must have for any collector of cinematic history.
If you watch on any screen bigger than 24 inch,it becomes hard on the eyes every quickly
Shame cos this is so much better than either the Kenneth More or Robert Powell versions
Yes.I do know it is not faithful to Buchan's story
I watched it with interest, since it is a famous Hitchcook story and felt that it was enjoyable enough given the era it was produced.
The used disc was in very good condition and since it is not likely that I would watch it again I gave it to the Oxfam shop.
The cast of the nineteen thirties 39 Steps also contains some of the best talent the British film industry produced ~ Donat, Carroll, Tearle and Laurie as well as Hitchcock of course.
Sabotage is quite an interesting commentary on our own age and a good example of Hitchcock's skill. I missed his personal appearance in both films however!