The 39 Steps (1935)

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A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.




  • Madeleine Carroll and Robert Donat in The 39 Steps (1935)
  • Robert Donat and Godfrey Tearle in The 39 Steps (1935)
  • Madeleine Carroll and Robert Donat in The 39 Steps (1935)
  • Madeleine Carroll and Robert Donat in The 39 Steps (1935)
  • Madeleine Carroll and Robert Donat in The 39 Steps (1935)
  • Madeleine Carroll and Robert Donat in The 39 Steps (1935)

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13 January 2007 | howardmorley
| "Mr Memory" Inspiration for Terry Jones of Monty Python fame?
I could not get out of my head the thought that Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) gained inspiration from "Mr Memory" when he played his fussy, boring, bureaucratic characters in the famous comedy series.With Hitchcock you get a first rate thriller coupled with sophisticated comedy - a very entertaining mix.

For 1935 there is quite an erotic scene where Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll are handcuffed together while lying down on a double bed.I would be surprised if this scene got through the American film censors at the time, after all, "Extacy" (1932) starring Hedy Lamarr had been banned over there initially.I believe these two films were before the American "Hays Code" in Cinema had been been created.1940s censorship by contrast was far more draconian.My DVD shows the British Board of film censors certificate as an "A" which means for adults only.Even after 70 odd years the scene where Madeleine is pulling off (to dry) and putting on her stockings again is still quite erotic!I really liked the way Hitchcock gradually built up their initial hostile relationship into romance.He uses a similar device to "hook" the viewer in "The Lady Vanishes" (1938).

Oh how I wish Hitchcock had filmed sequels to both these films as he left this viewer wanting to see more of their leading men and ladies playing their respective characters!!.

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