Aug 09, 2019DanglingConversations rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
the commentary was patronizing and not useful for modern audiences but the movie is an historical gem. Acting styles are so old fashioned... over telegraphing their internal emotions. Really interesting.
This was a rather entertaining film; a clever plot; suspenseful; the viewer often does not know where the story is heading. For such an old film (1935) its rather smooth, not clunky as one might anticipate.
Sep 30, 2017ba_library rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Don't think I had seen this Hitchcock film before. Classic spy mystery involving secret agents with crucial information that must be protected. Unfortunately, it falls into the hands of an innocent couple who are pursued through the…Read moreRead more of this comment
Sep 26, 2016Onewhoissaved rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
"The 39 Steps", written by John Buchan in 1915 is a terrific movie and a book. (Buchan himself is quite the man in real life.) World War I was a year old and now one was unaware of sabotage and its potential devasting effects on…Read moreRead more of this comment
One of the all-time great capital-R Romantic movies. Mistaken identity, kidnap, handcuffed to a naïve young beauty, a dark and lonely road, moonlight, fog, babbling brook, open moors, dastardly foreign agents, quirky British characters…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jul 06, 2016akirakato rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
This is a 1935 British spy-thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1915 adventure novel "The Thirty-Nine Steps" by John Buchan.
Richard Hannay becomes caught up in preventing an organization of spies called "The 39…Read moreRead more of this comment
May 21, 2014hoacornell rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Made several times over the years but none better than the original "39 Steps" with Robert Donat in the leading role. The movie keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. This is a story of spies, coded messages, and a…Read moreRead more of this comment
Nov 01, 2013THUD55 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed it but not as much as The Lady Vanishes. Robert Donat was better than in his other movies. I still don't know how or why he won on Oscar that year he won. I had never seen Madeleine Carroll in a film. she was very good. it's…Read moreRead more of this comment
Aug 27, 2013Liber_vermis rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
A fast paced tale of an innocent man falling into the murderous web of a spy network. It often seems quaint and prudish compared to contemporary social norms. The at times slap-stick actions and nuanced word play serve to relieve the…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jul 30, 2013MeReneG rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
An earlier (1935) "Hitch" film than expected, but that added to the enjoyment. Certainly had all the elements noted by AtomicFez. Certainly more drama than comedy, but some tongue-in-cheek situations and black humour arise (e.g., dinner…Read moreRead more of this comment
Dec 28, 2011GManBruce rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Alfred Hitchcock, if he never made another movie, would still be among the best of the best having created this gem. So many other directors have used his ideas to push forward their stories in the drama genre it is easy to see even this…Read moreRead more of this comment
Aug 14, 2011AtomicFez rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
The original version, as it was re-made in 1959, then again in 1978, and for TV in 2008. It's also being developed into another future movie following the original's story-line, so stay tuned for that.
There's so much one can find in…Read moreRead more of this comment