The 39 Steps [1935] [Criterion] (DVD)

Alfred Hitchcock

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Synopsis

The best known of Hitchcock's British films, this civilized thriller follows the escapades of Richard Hannay (Robert Donat), who stumbles into a conspiracy that involves him in a hectic chase across the Scottish moors - a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the pursued. This classic Hitchcock "wrong man" thriller includes a stop in John Laurie's crofter's cottage, a political meeting where Hannay improvises a speech without knowing who or what he's supporting, and a period where he's handcuffed to the resentful heroine (Madeleine Carroll). Adapted from John Buchan's novel, The 39 Steps encapsulates themes that anticipate Hitchcock's biggest American thrillers (especially North By Northwest), and is a standout among his early works.

Product Details

  • Starring: Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie, Helen Haye, Frank Cellier, Wylie Watson
  • Format: Black & White, DVD, Live, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 56

Special Features

  • Audio essay by Hitchcock scholar Marian Keane
  • The Complete 1937 broadcast of the Lux Radio Theatre adaptation, performed by Robert Montgomery and Ida Lupino
  • The Art of Film: Vintage Hitchcock, a Janus Films documentary detailing the director's British period
  • Excerpts from the original 1935 press book
  • Original production design drawings
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