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Both had already made films in Hollywood and were therefore known to American audiences. At a time when British cinema had few international stars, this was considered vital to the film's success. Weir commuted to work daily in an autogyro , and worked the aircraft into the film. Hitchcock had worked with Jessie Matthews on the film Waltzes from Vienna and reportedly did not like her very much, but as well as the fade-out music to The 39 Steps , he also used an orchestrated version of her song "May I Have The Next Romance With You" in the ballroom sequence of his film Young and Innocent.
The 39 Steps is the second film after the silent film The Lodger in a line of Hitchcock films based upon an innocent man being forced on the run, including Saboteur and North by Northwest The film contains a common Hitchcockian trope of a MacGuffin a plot device which is vital to the story, but irrelevant to the audience ; in this case, the designs for a secret silent plane engine.
This film contains an Alfred Hitchcock cameo , a signature occurrence in most of his films. At 6 minutes and 33 seconds into the film, both Hitchcock and the screenwriter Charles Bennett can be seen walking past a bus that Robert Donat and Lucie Mannheim board outside the music hall.
As Glancy points out, this was familiar ground to Hitchcock, who lived in Leytonstone and then in Stepney in the East End as a youth. The director's appearance can thus be seen as an assertion of his connection with the area, but he was by no means romanticising it. As the bus pulls up he litters by throwing a cigarette packet on the ground.
In the middle of the film, Hannay is shot in the chest with a revolver at close range, and a long fade out suggests that he has been killed.
This jarringly unusual development—the main character is apparently killed while the story is still unfolding—anticipates Hitchcock's Psycho , and the murder of Marion Crane in the Bates Motel.
Hannay, however, was not truly dead. In the next scene it is revealed that a hymn book in his coat pocket prevented the bullet from killing him. The film established the quintessential English 'Hitchcock blonde' Madeleine Carroll as the template for his succession of ice cold and elegant leading ladies.
They were blonde.
They were icy and remote. They were imprisoned in costumes that subtly combined fashion with fetishism. They mesmerised the men, who often had physical or psychological handicaps. Sooner or later, every Hitchcock woman was humiliated".
In keeping with many of Hitchcock's films, key sequences are shot in familiar locations; in this instance Kings Cross Station , Piccadilly Station and a dramatic sequence on the Forth Bridge. Contemporary reviews were very positive. Hitchcock's workshop. A master of shock and suspense, of cold horror and slyly incongruous wit, he uses the camera the way a painter uses his brush, stylizing his story and giving it values which the scenarists could hardly have suspected.
Mystery experts will enjoy the whole thing, I think. It was voted the best British film of by The Examiner in a public poll. Of the four major film versions of the novel, Hitchcock's film has been the most acclaimed. In , the British Film Institute ranked it the fourth best British film of the 20th century ;  in , Total Film named it the 21st greatest British movie ever made, and in ranked it the second-best book-to-film adaptation of all time.
The 39 Steps was one of Orson Welles ' favourite Hitchcock films, and of it he said, "oh my God, what a masterpiece. The website's critical consensus reads: Due to overlapping changing in British copyright law, the film never fell into the public domain in the UK, and is now due to expire at the end of , 70 years after Charles Bennett's death.
In countries that observe a year term e. Canada, Australia, etc. In the United States its original copyright registration was not renewed after the initial year term, and thus it fell into the public domain there. As a non-US film still in copyright in its country of origin, its US copyright was automatically restored in , with a term of 95 years from release, that will therefore expire at the end of In chapter 10 of J. Salinger 's novel The Catcher in the Rye , the protagonist Holden Caulfield recounts the admiration that he and his younger sister Phoebe have for the movie.
Grover in a film noir setting climbs a set of stairs counting each one as he ascends. Once he reaches the top he finds a brick wall. Instead of climbing back down, Grover slides down the banister. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The 39 Steps British theatrical release poster Charles Bennett Ian Hay. Jack Beaver uncredited Louis Levy uncredited. Gaumont-British Picture Corporation. Thirty-seven years after '39 Steps' Smith, Cecil.
Los Angeles Times 27 Feb The New Yorker. Pierre , pp. The 39 Steps: A British Film Guide.
University of Strathclyde. Archived from the original on 10 March Retrieved 8 December Daily Mail. Retrieved 28 December Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 9 April The New York Times: June 19, The Monthly Film Bulletin. June The New Yorker: He meets a roadman, Turnbull, and and decides he must carry on Scudders work. With both takes his place after changing clothes with him.
Hannay German spies and the police after, Hannay must solve the takes over Turnbulls work. The three German spies who riddle of the thirty-nine steps alone. Scudder tells Hannay that these spies both escape in Jopleys car. Hannay lets Scudder hide in his to escape across the countryside. Hannay reaches an old flat for several days and Scudder warns him about two mans house and the man tells him to hide inside.
Soon dangerous German spies, Julia and an old man. Scudder Hannay realises the old man is Scudders worst enemy. The following day, Hannay finds Scudder dead. Hannays lies and stories. Hannay is locked up in a room Chapter 2: Hannay decides to continue Scudders work, where he finds dynamite. He blows up the room and but he needs to run away to Scotland before Scudders manages to run out of the house and hide on a bird-house enemies, the German spies catch him.
So he leaves his roof. He then gets on a train to Chapter 7: Hannay walks to Turnbulls cottage to Galloway taking with him Scudders little book. He takes a train back to Chapter 3: While Hannay travels by train to Galloway, he London but gets off to meet the Foreign Office Secretary, reads Scudders notes and discovers that he used a special Sir Walter.
Hannay tells Sir Walter about the German plot, code. The next day, on a train to Dumfries, he reads the Scudders secret code and his own story. Sir Walter tells newspaper and finds out that the London police have Hannay that he knows who he really is and that the police discovered Scudders body and that they were looking are not looking for him any more.
Hannay and Sir Walter for him, so he decides to get off the train. Hannay runs work on Scudders code and they are shocked to hear that towards the river and up the hills and sees a plane flying Karolides has been killed.
Both men go to Scotland Yard. The police tells strong, fit and healthy, looking for fun and adventure. Hannay he is a free man.
But when Hannay leaves, he has Spies have always been important in time of war, a bad feeling and goes back to Sir Walters house. There he particularly in finding out advance information about the runs into the First Lord, a man he has never seen before enemys plans. At the time of the First World War plans and yet looks familiar. He soon realises that the man is were made in great detail.
It is interesting to note that by part of the Black Stone disguised as Lord Alloa. They now have to change made, most notably in by Alfred Hitchcock. All the men realise that they have to prevent the Discussion activities German spies from leaving England by ship.
The men discover that Scudders Put students into groups and ask them the following: code refers to a place in Kent and they all agree that the This book takes place mostly in the countryside of search operation should be in Hannays hands Scotland.
The hero of the story is escaping from his enemies. There are rivers, valleys, a few groups of trees, Chapter Once in Kent, Hannay and his men go to and quiet houses. Imagine you are trying to cross a big the place known as the Ruff and find the house they were area of countryside like this. The police are following you. When they return later, Hannay steals their car and escapes.
On his way, Hannay reflects on what he has learnt from Scudder's notes.
They contradict the story that Scudder first told to him, and mention an enemy group called the Black Stone and the mysterious Thirty-nine Steps. The United Kingdom appears to be in danger of an invasion by Germany and its allies.
By this time, Hannay is being pursued by an aeroplane, and a policeman in a remote village has tried to stop him. Trying to avoid an oncoming car, Hannay crashes his own, but the other driver offers to take him home.
When he learns of Hannay's experiences in South Africa, he invites him to address an election meeting that afternoon.
Hannay's speech impresses Sir Harry, and Hannay feels able to trust him with his story. Sir Harry writes an introductory letter about Hannay to a relation in the Foreign Office.
Hannay leaves Sir Harry and tries to hide in the countryside, but is spotted by the aeroplane. Soon he spots a group of men on the ground searching for him. Miraculously, he meets a road mender out on the moor , and swaps places with him, sending the workman home. His disguise fools his pursuers, who pass him by. On the same road he meets, in a passing touring car, a Society sycophant whom he recognises from London and whom he forces to exchange clothes with him and drive him off the moor.
The next day, Hannay manages to stay ahead of the pursuers, and hides in a cottage occupied by an elderly man.
Unfortunately, the man turns out to be one of the enemy, and with his accomplices he locks Hannay into his storage room. Fortunately, the room in which Hannay is locked is full of bomb -making materials, which he uses to break out of the cottage, injuring himself in the process. A day later, Hannay retrieves his possessions from the helpful road mender and stays for a few days to recover from the explosion.
As they discuss Scudder's notes, Sir Walter receives a phone call to tell him that Karolides has been assassinated. Sir Walter, now at his house in London, lets Hannay in on some military secrets before releasing him to go home. Hannay, unable to shake off his sense of involvement, returns to Sir Walter's house where a high-level meeting is in progress.
As one of the men, ostensibly the First Sea Lord , leaves the meeting, Hannay recognises him as one of his former pursuers in Scotland. Hannay warns Sir Walter and the other officials that the man was an impostor, and they realise the spy is about to return to Europe with the information he has obtained from their meeting. At that point, Hannay realises that the phrase "the thirty-nine steps" could refer to the landing-point in England from which the spy is about to set sail.
Throughout the night, Hannay and the British military leaders try to work out the meaning of the mysterious phrase. After some reasoning worthy of Sherlock Holmes , and with the help of a knowledgeable coastguard , the group decide on a coastal town in Kent.