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The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Godfrey Tearle

Blu-ray (Subtitled / B&W)

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Overview

This classic British thriller was one of Alfred Hitchcock's first major international successes, and it introduced a number of the stylistic and thematic elements that became hallmarks of his later work. Richard Hannay (Robert Donat), a Canadian rancher on vacation in England, attends a music hall performance by "Mr. Memory" (Wylie Watson); in the midst of the show, shots ring out and Richard flees the theater. Moments later, a terrified woman (Lucie Mannheim) begs Richard to help her; back at his room, she tells him that she's a British spy whose life has been threatened by international agents waiting outside. Richard is certain that she's mad until she reappears at his door in the morning, near death with a knife in her back, a map in her hand, and muttering something about "39 Steps." Discovering that a group of thugs are indeed waiting outside, Richard slips away and takes the first train to the Scottish town on the dead woman's map. Richard learns that he's now wanted by the police for murder, and he must find a way to clear his name. He begins trying to do so with the help of a woman he meets en route, Pamela (Madeleine Carroll), who serves as his unwitting assistant, even after she tries to turn him in. The 39 Steps was later remade in 1959 and 1978 -- both without Hitchcock's participation.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2012
UPC: 0715515096317
Original Release: 1935
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 359

Special Features

•New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural
•Audio commentary by Alfred Hitchcock scholar Marian Keane
•Hitchcock: The Early Years (2000), a British documentary
•Original footage from broadcaster Mike Scott's 1966 TV interview with Hitchcock
•Complete broadcast of the 1937 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation
•Visual essay by Hitchcock scholar Leonard Leff
•Excerpts from Francois Truffaut's 1962 audio interview with Hitchcock
•Original production design drawings
•English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
•PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Cairns

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Donat Richard Hannay
Madeleine Carroll Pamela
Godfrey Tearle Prof. Jordan
Peggy Ashcroft Margaret
Lucie Mannheim Miss Smith/Annabella
John Laurie John
Wylie Watson Mr. Memory
Helen Haye Mrs. Jordan
Frank Cellier Sheriff Watson
Jerry Verno Voyager
Peggy Simpson Young Maid
Miles Malleson Director of the Palladium
Gus McNaughton Voyager
Marianne Stone Actor

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
Michael Balcon Producer
Charles Bennett Screenwriter
Ian Hay Screenwriter
Albert Jullion Production Designer
Bernard Knowles Cinematographer
Louis Levy Score Composer
Ivor Montagu Producer
Alma Reville Screenwriter
Joe Strassner Costumes/Costume Designer
Derek N. Twist Editor
Otto Werndorff Production Designer
Jack Whitehead Special Effects

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The Criterion DVD of Hitchcok's THE 39 STEPS is vastly superior to any other edition. The print is pristine, the sound is very good and, all in all, one feels it might even look better than it did on the big screen in the 1930s. This is my favorite of the movies Hitchcock made in Britain. It actually comes very close in spirit to Capra's IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT. Perhaps movies like these could only plausibly have been made in the age of censorship. You wait for the couple thrown together to begin falling in love. This is a fun, suspenseful adventure.
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