The 39 Steps (1959)





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Richard Hannay witnesses a hit-and-run involving a woman pushing a pram. Looking in the pram he sees a gun instead of a baby. He tracks the woman down and she reveals that she is a secret agent trying to stop foreign spies leaving the country with important military secrets. Later that night she is murdered in Hannay's flat. Hannay takes it on himself to thwart the enemy agents. This involves travelling to Scotland and keeping one step ahead of the police who are looking for him in connection with the murder of the woman.
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Kenneth More
as Richard Hannay
Taina Elg
as Fisher
Barry Jones
as Professor Logan
Brenda De Banzie
as Nellie Lumsden
Faith Brook
as Nannie
James Hayter
as Mr. Memory
Duncan Lamont
as Kennedy
Jameson Clark
as McDougal
Leslie Dwyer
as Milkman
Betty Henderson
as Mrs. McDougal
Joan Hickson
as Miss Dobson
Brian Oulton
as Mr. Pringle
Sam Kydd
as Dining Steward
Michael Brennan
as Detective on Train
Marianne Stone
as Hospital Administrator
Leslie Dwyer
as Milkman
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Critic Reviews for The 39 Steps

All Critics (1) has its moments and makes a worthy successor to the more delightful Hitchcock rendering.

Full Review… | May 29, 2011
Movie Metropolis

It does a respectable job not only with the story's adventure but with its humor.

Full Review… | May 29, 2011
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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.

D Harrison
D Harrison

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?

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

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A decent enough mystery, but it didn't really wow me.

Brandon Klaus
Brandon Klaus

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