The 39 Steps (1959)
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as Richard Hannay
as Professor Logan
as Nellie Lumsden
as Mr. Memory
as Mrs. McDougal
as Miss Dobson
as Mr. Pringle
as Dining Steward
as Detective on Train
as Hospital Administrator
Critic Reviews for The 39 Steps
...it has its moments and makes a worthy successor to the more delightful Hitchcock rendering.
Audience Reviews for The 39 Steps
I enjoyed this movie as I did the earlier Hitchcock version, however both took incredible liberties in regards to the Buchan book they claim to adapt. I remember picking up the Buchan book in university expecting to read an adventure novel along the lines of these two movies and was disappointed to discover that the book bore hardly any resemblance to the movies whatsoever. Perhaps the most faithful adaptation is the 1978 version starring Robert Powell. No matter, Kenneth More makes a very appealing Richard Hannay and is a much better actor than 1935's Donat and the color is well used to highlight some beautiful Scottish scenery.
Almost a scene-by-scene remake of Hitchcock's 1935 original, again a contemporary version, this time the secret plans are for a ballistic missile. In some ways its better than the original, colour cinema, no more hammy acting, and real location shots add something but somehow the plot isn't revealed quite so clearly, perhaps too many location shots make the plot exposition scenes more rushed?
A decent enough mystery, but it didn't really wow me.
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