The 39 Steps


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The 39 Steps

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 movie of all time, and in 2011 named it the second greatest Best Book to Movie Adaptation.

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Actors & Characters

Robert Donat Robert Donat Richard Hannay Richard Hannay
Madeleine Carroll Madeleine Carroll Pamela Pamela
Godfrey Tearle Godfrey Tearle Professor Jordan Professor Jordan
Peggy Ashcroft Peggy Ashcroft Margaret - Crofter's Wife Margaret - Crofter's Wife
John Laurie John Laurie John - Crofter John - Crofter
Lucie Mannheim Lucie Mannheim Annabella Annabella
Helen Haye Helen Haye Mrs. Jordan Mrs. Jordan
Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Hitchcock
Gus McNaughton Gus McNaughton
Wylie Watson Wylie Watson Mr. Memory Mr. Memory


Bernard Knowles Cinematography
Alfred Hitchcock Director
Derek N. Twist Editor
Jack Beaver Music
Hubert Bath Music
Charles Williams Music
Louis Levy Music
Michael Balcon Producer
John Hay Beith Writer