The 39 Steps Reviews
February 4, 2021
[Hitchcock] tells the story clearly and convincingly and the wildly melodramatic moments are in part offset by such well observed sequences as the Scottish political meeting, the Forth Bridge episode, and the discreetly managed scene in the inn bedroom.
August 5, 2020
A noteworthy example of Hitchcock's early thrillers, riddled with plotting, backstabbing, clever twists, and the big reveal of the meaning behind the title.
August 4, 2020
The 39 Steps transcends the time period: part Bond movie, part comedic caper, and anchored by a performance that feels Ryan Goslingian, it's a black-and-white movie that feels alive and contemporary.
July 27, 2020
Made in England 1935, 'The 39 Steps' isn't the first Hitchcock film constructed around "the wrong man" conceit, but it's one where he found his touch.
October 4, 2019
The 39 Steps is as polite as Geneva and as wicked as a dozen G-men pictures in one.
June 12, 2019
The newest Gaumont British importation, The 39 Steps, should prove pretty conclusively that Alfred Hitchcock is the finest native director in England.
May 23, 2018
The 39 Steps is light, urbane, sexy as hell, and as so much of Hitchcock was so often, right about everything.
September 9, 2015
The 39 Steps is a masterclass in propulsive narrative cinema that even today's so-called blockbuster auteurs should study.
June 2, 2015
The atmosphere of adventure and mystery created at once in the opening sequence in an East End music hall is excellently maintained throughout.
December 30, 2014
The scene in which Mr Memory is asked at the London Palladium "What are the 39 Steps?" remains one of 20th-century cinema's most gripping moments.
August 5, 2014
The Thirty-Nine Steps neatly converts its essential implausihility into an asset by stressing the difficulties which confront its hero when he tries to tell outsiders about the predicament he is in.
August 5, 2014
Alfred Hitchcock brings John Buchan's novel to the screen with characteristic wit and verve.
September 4, 2012
Surprisingly fast-paced for a 1935 film, full of twists and turns, and when the unlikely couple becomes handcuffed together and are forced to pretend they are married, it really kicks into high gear. Donat and Carroll have chemistry to burn.
August 21, 2012
At its most breathtaking when both Hitchcock and his characters fully embrace the surreality of the story
July 20, 2012
Classic Hitchcock suspense, some drinking and smoking.
July 13, 2012
The 39 Steps is sexy, exciting, unexpectedly moving (thanks to Peggy Ashcroft's portrayal of a lonely woman married to a brutish farmer), and wholly unpredictable, with an ending that nicely loops back to the start.
July 8, 2012
an indelibly fun movie, one of Hitchcock's early triumphs of sheer enjoyment
July 6, 2012
The 39 Steps was the first time everything just came together: the master's favorite themes, his sense of humor, his timing and rhythm, and his personal touch. With this movie, he emerged, fully formed.