The 39 Steps The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

Alfred Hitchcock

 
The 39 Steps (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1935
  • 86 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #56

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.

Cast

Richard HannayRobert Donat
PamelaMadeleine Carroll
Annabella SmithLucie Mannheim
Professor JordanGodfrey Tearle
Margaret, the crofter's wifePeggy Ashcroft
John, the crofterJohn Laurie
Mrs. JordanHelen Haye
SheriffFrank Cellier
Mr. MemoryWylie Watson

Credits

DirectorAlfred Hitchcock
Adapted from the novel byJohn Buchan
AdaptationCharles Bennett
ContinuityAlma Reville
DialogueIan Hay
PhotographyBernard Knowles
Art directorO. Werndoff
EditorD. N. Twist
Sound recordistA. Birch
WardrobeMarianne
Dress designerJ. Strassner
Musical directorLouis Levy

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Alfred Hitchcock scholar Marian Keane
  • Hitchcock: The Early Years (2000), a British documentary covering the director’s prewar career
  • Original footage from British broadcaster Mike Scott’s 1966 television interview with Hitchcock
  • Complete broadcast of the 1937 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation, starring Ida Lupino and Robert Montgomery
  • New visual essay by Hitchcock scholar Leonard Leff
  • Audio excerpts from François Truffaut’s 1962 interviews with Hitchcock
  • Original production design drawings
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic David Cairns

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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Thirty-Nine Steps to Happiness

By David Cairns June 25, 2012

For this Edinburgh-based writer and filmmaker, Hitchcock’s Scottish caper is both fantasy and reality. Read more »


Film Essays

The 39 Steps

By Marian Keane November 23, 1999

The occasion of the 100th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s birth rewards us with a new release of one of his greatest films, The 39 Steps (1935). This DVD provides a newly restored transfer, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The 39 Steps

By Michael Wilmington December 09, 1985

Movie thrillers may come and go, but after half a century, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps still reigns supreme. And not only for the sheer, breathless excitement of the story; the seamless . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

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Thirty-Nine Steps to Happiness

By David Cairns June 25, 2012

For this Edinburgh-based writer and filmmaker, Hitchcock’s Scottish caper is both fantasy and reality. Read more »


Three Reasons


Photo Galleries

12 Title Designs We Love

February 28, 2012


Clippings

J. D. Salinger, Movie Lover

February 03, 2010

In the wake of J. D. Salinger’s death last week, at age ninety-one, appreciations of the reclusive Catcher in the Rye author will undoubtedly be sprouting up for quite some time. A new . . . Read more »


Clippings

Movie Lines

December 17, 2009

When thinking of a movie you’ve seen, what do you first recall? An actor’s face, a snatch of music, a plot twist? For artist Paul Rogers, it all seems to come down to settings and objects; his . . . Read more »


Clippings

DONAT GETS LEGEND TREATMENT

April 28, 2009

For his ongoing series “Philip French’s Screen Legends,” begun in January 2008 on the Guardian’s website, the British film critic has been profiling the “great actors in film, choosing their key . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The 39 Steps

By Marian Keane November 23, 1999

The occasion of the 100th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s birth rewards us with a new release of one of his greatest films, The 39 Steps (1935). This DVD provides a newly restored transfer, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The 39 Steps

By Michael Wilmington December 09, 1985

Movie thrillers may come and go, but after half a century, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps still reigns supreme. And not only for the sheer, breathless excitement of the story; the seamless . . . Read more »

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