A chance meeting with a female spy on the run from assassins sends Richard Hannay deep into a government conspiracy. When he is accused of her murder, he must go on the run in search of the real culprits in order to clear his name.
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"WHAT ARE THE 39 STEPS?" This early film by Hitchcock gives me a whole new perspective on what I've seen of his later filmography, which seems to me attempts to recrystallize the elements brought together on this film. A consummate and perfect proto-noir with hints of Kafkaesque conspiratorial beats; a surprising favorite so far from this master.
one of those overrated films that people who don't really know american classic cinema history elect as a masterpiece. the story is superficial and boring (how many times does the hero have to escape so the audience understands he is the hero??) and, in the end, unrewarding. there are no actual characters, just figures in a boring plot, saved from total wreck by ocasional but unsufficient flashes of direction.