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The 39 Steps (1935)

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A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

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Storyline

Richard Hannay is a Canadian visitor to 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 accepts 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 to break the spy ring. Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>

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She Hated to be Mastered... But She Learned to Like it from the Man who put the MAN in roMANce See more »


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1 August 1935 (USA)  »

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Les 39 marches  »

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(British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording System: at Shepherd's Bush London)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Donat suffered from an illness that would cause him to shake and tremble, meaning that the actor would often fight shy of long takes. Nevertheless, the scene where he has to make an impromptu speech to a paying crowd shows that he was able to mask this ailment. See more »

Goofs

When Hannay and Pamela are in the hotel room, he dries her stockings by placing them under two china ornaments on a shelf over the fireplace. Later, when she removes her stockings from the shelf, the two china ornaments are now spaced much further apart, with another ornament in between them. See more »

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[first lines]
Music hall announcer: Ladies and Gentleman, with your kind attention, and permission, I have the honor of presenting to you one of the most remarkable men in the world.
Heckler in Audience: How remarkable? He's sweating!
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One of Hitchcock's most enjoyable films
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One of the most enjoyable Hitchcock thrillers.Still as good after repeated viewing.Robert Donat stars as the innocent man with a murder charge on his head and accidently mixed up in a spy story.Trying to expose a spy-ring and clear his name he flees to Scotland and encounters a lot of people who help and hinder him.

Robert Donat gives one of his best performances of his career as the protagonist.The chemistry between him and Madeleine Carroll,and especially a young Peggy Ashcroft (A brilliant performance)is wonderful to behold.John Laurie must also be mentioned,as the sinister farmer. One of the best chase-movies ever. Rating: ***** out of *****


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