#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: Richard Hanney has a rude awakening when a glamorous female spy falls into his bed — with a knife in her back. Having a bit of trouble explaining it all to Scotland Yard, he heads for the hills of Scotland to try to clear his name by locating the spy ring known as “The 39 Steps.”
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Great Hitchcock thriller
Great spy-thriller from Alfred Hitchcock. Plot seems basic, but has some interesting twists, especially towards the end. Usual deft direction from Hitchcock.
Solid performances from Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. Good supporting cast too.
Hitch and the Music Hall
The 39 Steps is a neatly made thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and a nice companion piece to the director’s The Man Who Knew Too Much, made the previous year. As is so often the case with Hitchcock, the plot revolves around a someone in flight from people he doesn’t know for reasons he doesn’t understand. In this case it’s a Canadian named Hannay, who finds a murdered woman in his flat and is then pursued by the police, ending up in Scotland, where he runs into a pack of spies, who also begin chasing him,–he’s now handcuffed to a beautiful woman–and the two flee to London, where the film concludes, as it began, in a music hall. There’s much humor in the man-woman situation, which, due to the strict censorship of the time, leaves much to the viewer’s imagination, such as how they deal with matters pertaining to the bathroom.
The script, co-authored by frequent Hitchcock collaborator Charles Bennett, has somewhat more serious situations than was typical of the director at this time, and there are certain scenes that seem almost to have been written by Hitchcock, such as the one in which the criminal chief shows Hannay the stump of his missing little finger.
Robert Donat makes a dashing hero, though he can’t conceal a certain dourness. To paraphrase a friend of mine’s comment on Jeff Bridges, “He’s a fine actor, but not a fun one”. Madeline Carroll makes a gorgeous heroine and nice counterpart to Donat, as she at least seems more in tune with the director’s intentions. Also good is FDR lookalike Godfrey Tearle, as Mister Big. A nice touch. Peggy Ashcroft has a small part as the wife of a morally rigid, highly religious Scottish farmer whose baleful and suspicious disposition makes Donat look like Danny Kaye.
The exteriors in the film are none too convincing, though the editing and photography are first rate. There’s a rhythmic, musical quality to the picture that’s difficult to pinpoint. Hitchcock was still in the process of finding a style, and here, as in The Lady Vanishes, we see him working somewhat apart from the story, constructing his film almost as a composer puts together a symphony. There’s humor, suspense, drama, surprise, sadness and joy, as we can sense the director working on how to present his work to maximum effect, and rejoice with him as he finds just the right angle, pace and mood to nail down a particular scene.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 26 min (86 min)
Genre Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Director Alfred Hitchcock
Writer John Buchan (adapted from the novel by), Charles Bennett (adaptation), Ian Hay (dialogue)
Actors Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination.
Production Company Gaumont British Picture Corporation Ltd.
Sound Mix Mono (recorded on) (British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording System: at Shepherd’s Bush London)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,383.85 m (8 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm