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Thumbnail for The 39 Steps (1935) The 39 Steps (1935)

Basics Critics:83Viewers:70Rusty:76
Category: Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Crime FictionSub-Category: Spy film, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Crime Thriller, Comedy, Crime Fiction, Romance FilmNarrative location: ScotlandRuntime: 86 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United KingdomDirector: Alfred HitchcockScreenwriter: Charles Bennett, Alma Reville, John Hay Beith, John Buchan, 1st Baron TweedsmuirBased on: The Thirty-Nine StepsCinematography: Bernard KnowlesStars: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie, Helen Haye, Frank Cellier, Wylie Watson, Gus McNaughton, Jerry Verno, Peggy Simpson, Alfred HitchcockProducer: Michael BalconStudio: Gaumont-British Picture CorporationAward details: (details at IMDb)

The 39 Steps is a 1935 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. Loosely based on the 1915 adventure novel The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan, the film is about a man in London who tries to help a counter-espionage agent prevent an organisation of spies called The 39 Steps from stealing top secret information. When the agent is killed and he stands accused of the murder, he goes on the run with an attractive woman to save himself and stop the spy ring. Of the four major film versions of the novel, Hitchcock's film has been the most acclaimed. In 1999, the British Film Institute ranked it the fourth best British film of the 20th century; In 2004, Total Film named it the 21st greatest British film of all time, and in 2011 named it the second greatest Best Book to Film Adaptation.

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