The ultimate film which introduced (to my knowledge) a couple that "loved-hated each other and were trapped together with handcuffs like in matrimony". All the classic Hitchcock elements are here in what is one of Hitchcock's best British productions. It is a fast-moving"wrong man on the run" film with great villains and a satisfying "MacGuffin". Fantastic film that never overstays it's welcome.
THE 39 STEPS one of the best movie from director Alfred Hitchcock (along with THE LADY VANISHES) before he moved to Hollywood. THE 39 STEPS is thrilling, suspensful, and full of twists & turns. At first, this movie has a serious theme. Then I was kinda surprised when this movie (slightly) become a some sort of screwball comedy. But don't worry, THE 39 STEPS still can keep its suspense and focus on its storytelling...
While perhaps not as finely polished as some of his later masterworks, this film is still a great early example of Hitchcock's brilliance. It features his trademark mixture of quality suspense and wit, sprinkling elements of screwball comedy over a densely-layered mystery story. Topped off with some clever uses of the camera, it's easy to see why it's considered one of the best of Hitchcock's British period.
Superbe suspense tourné de main de maître dans la fameuse lande écossaise ; un film complet, totalement captivant et non dénué d'un constant humour sous-jacent. Remakes en 1958 par " Ralph Thomas" et en 1979 par "Don Sharp" . Inutile, bien sûr, de préciser l'absence du moindre intérêt de ces quelconques "reprises"... www.cinefiches.com
As Hitchcock fans we were extremely disappointed in this film. We watched it hoping to see flashes of early Hitchcock brilliance, but found very little to recommend it. A few good humorous moments and some good character acting, but not a gem, not awesome, not classic, not delightful, and not something 'not to be missed'! We confess that it is a little sobering to read so many highly positive reviews on Mubi.
Wow, eine derartige Inszenierung im Jahr 1935, da erstarre ich nur wieder in Ehrfurcht vor diesem Meister des Kinos. Nach diesem genial umgesetzten Film muss ich nun unbedingt all die weiteren UK-Werke von Hitchcock gucken. Was ein Narr ich war, zu glauben, dass Hitchcocks UK-Werke noch nicht ausgereift genug wären. The 39 Steps war mir ein Hochgenuss.
Times have changed, tastes have changed - but this film has stood the test of time. It is vintage Hitchcock but unmistakenly Hitchcock. All his trademarks are here: an innocent man on the run, playing with black and white in every sense, great chemistry between the leads, wit and sarcasm, profoundly clever use of frame, camera position, editing and music (or lack thereof). Somewhat dated but still full of suspense.