The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1935 • United Kingdom

A heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps follows Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) as he stumbles upon a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors, a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the pursued, as well as into an unexpected romance with the cool Pamela (Madeline Carroll). Adapted from a novel by John Buchan, this classic wrong-man thriller from the Master of Suspense anticipates the director's most famous works (especially North by Northwest), and remains one of his cleverest and most entertaining films.

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The 39 Steps
  • The 39 Steps

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1935 • United Kingdom

    A heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps follows Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) as he stumbles upon a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors, a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the...

Extras

  • The Borders of the Possible

    In this 2012 video essay, film historian Leonard Leff discusses Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of John Buchan’s novel “The Thirty-Nine Steps” and the hallmarks of Hitchcock’s style.

  • Hitchcock-Truffaut: THE 39 STEPS

    In 1962, François Truffaut interviewed Alfred Hitchcock for approximately fifty hours, with the help of his collaborator and translator Helen G. Scott. Those interviews would form the basis of Truffaut’s landmark 1967 book “Hitchcock.” Presented here are excerpts from Truffaut’s original audio re...

  • THE 39 STEPS: Lux Radio Theatre Adaptation

    Presented here is the December 13, 1937, “Lux Radio Theatre” adaptation of THE 39 STEPS, starring Robert Montgomery and Ida Lupino and hosted by Cecil B. DeMille. The recording includes the broadcast’s original commercials and a special intermission guest, Major C. E. Russell, formerly of the U.S...