A heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps follows Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) as he stumbles upon a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors—a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the pursued—as well as into an unexpected romance with the cool Pamela (Madeline Carroll). Adapted from a novel by John Buchan, this classic wrong-man thriller from the Master of Suspense anticipates the director’s most famous works (especially North by Northwest), and remains one of his cleverest and most entertaining films.

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4.0 out of 5
46 Ratings
46 Ratings

96% TOMATOMETER

  • Average 8.9/10
  • Fresh 44
  • Rotten 2

Critics Consensus: Packed with twists and turns, this essential early Alfred Hitchcock feature hints at the dazzling heights he'd reach later in his career.

11+ COMMON SENSE

Classic Hitchcock suspense, some drinking and smoking.

Information

Studio
The Criterion Collection
Genre
Drama
Released
Copyright
© 1935 Carlton Film Distributors

Languages

Primary
English (United Kingdom) (Stereo)
Additional
English (United States)

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