The 39 Steps 1935

Critics score:
98 / 100

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TIME Magazine: The Thirty-Nine Steps neatly converts its essential implausihility into an asset by stressing the difficulties which confront its hero when he tries to tell outsiders about the predicament he is in. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: As an artist, Alfred Hitchcock surpassed this early achievement many times in his career, but for sheer entertainment value it still stands in the forefront of his work. Read more

Andre Sennwald, New York Times: If you can imagine Anatole France writing a detective story you will have some notion of the artistry that Hitchcock brings to this screen version of John Buchan's novel. Read more

Geoff Brown, Time Out: Great fun. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: It's melodrama and at times far-fetched and improbable, but the story twists and spins artfully from one high-powered sequence to another while the entertainment holds like steel cable from start to finish. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: In Hitchcock's hands, however, this well-known espionage adventure provided the basis for a new sort of thriller and a new sort of comedy. Read more