The 39 Steps (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

The 39 Steps (1959)





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Richard Hannay witnesses a hit-and-run involving a woman pushing a pram. Looking in the pram he sees a gun instead of a baby. He tracks the woman down and she reveals that she is a secret agent trying to stop foreign spies leaving the country with important military secrets. Later that night she is murdered in Hannay's flat. Hannay takes it on himself to thwart the enemy agents. This involves travelling to Scotland and keeping one step ahead of the police who are looking for him in connection with the murder of the woman.

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Kenneth More
as Richard Hannay
Taina Elg
as Fisher
Barry Jones
as Professor Logan
Brenda De Banzie
as Nellie Lumsden
James Hayter
as Mr. Memory
Jameson Clark
as McDougal
Leslie Dwyer
as Milkman
Betty Henderson
as Mrs. McDougal
Joan Hickson
as Miss Dobson
Brian Oulton
as Mr. Pringle
Sam Kydd
as Dining Steward
Michael Brennan
as Detective on Train
Marianne Stone
as Hospital Administrator
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Critic Reviews for The 39 Steps

All Critics (3)

Director Ralph Thomas falls far short of the Hitchcock standard, but the new version deserves a "good" in the ratings.

November 13, 2019 | Full Review…

A slicked-up version of the tale and only very vaguely connected with what I remember of Buchan's book or his hero.

July 12, 2018 | Full Review…

It does a respectable job not only with the story's adventure but with its humor.

May 29, 2011 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The 39 Steps

A remake of Hitchcock's classic, it offered the same material as the original film, though the original was better, the remake was able to stand on its own.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

Almost a scene-by-scene remake of Hitchcock's 1935 original, again a contemporary version, this time the secret plans are for a ballistic missile. In some ways its better than the original, colour cinema, no more hammy acting, and real location shots add something but somehow the plot isn't revealed quite so clearly, perhaps too many location shots make the plot exposition scenes more rushed?

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer


A decent enough mystery, but it didn't really wow me.

Brandon Klaus
Brandon Klaus

Super Reviewer

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