THE 39 STEPS - 1935

 

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This film is directed by Alfred Hitchcock and is a small masterpiece wich has become a classic, yet to be retold (re-made) to surpass the original.

 

 

The 39 Steps, Robert Donat in an Alfred Hitchcock film

 

The 39 Steps, Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll

in an Alfred Hitchcock film

 

 

THE PLOT

 

Richard Hannay is a Canadian visitor to 1930s London. At the end of "Mr Memory"'s show in a music hall, he meets Annabella Smith who is running away from secret agents. He agrees to hide her in his flat, but in the night she is murdered. Fearing he could be accused on the girl's murder, Hannay goes on the run, heading for Scotland to break the spy ring and prove hi innocence, where Scotland Yard are out to arrest him.

 

On the train to Scotland, he meets Pamela, a charming young lady, who he is forced to use as a cover.  Pamela tries at every opportunity to give him away, so too does a Highland farmer, but Hannay eventually manages to penetrate the spy ring and get back to London, where the trigger phrase: "The 39 Steps" starts Mr Memory going on a formula for a revolutionary engine , a military secret. In amongst all of this, true love blossoms as Pamela realises Hannay is a decent man and had been telling the truth all along.

 

Writing credits:  John Buchan (novel)  Charles Bennett (adaptation)

 

 

THE PLAYERS

 

 

Robert Donat

Richard Hannay

Madeleine Carroll

Pamela

Lucie Mannheim

Miss Annabella Smith

Godfrey Tearle

Professor Jordan

Peggy Ashcroft

Margaret Crofter

John Laurie

John Crofter

Helen Haye

Mrs. Louisa Jordan

Frank Cellier

Sheriff Watson

Wylie Watson

Mr. Memory

Gus McNaughton

Commercial Traveller on Flying Scotsman (as Gus MacNaughton)

Jerry Verno

Commercial Traveller on Flying Scotsman

Peggy Simpson

Maid

 

 

 

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