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'The 39 Steps': An early Hitchcock gem

The DVD includes vintage interviews with Hitchcock himself

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The 39 Steps

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Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat
Alfred Hitchcock

We gave it an A

Alfred Hitchcock’s thrillers from the 1950s get most of the attention (Vertigo, Rear Window), but he was cranking out ”wrong man” classics long before he came to Tinseltown. Take The 39 Steps (1935, Not Rated, 1 hr., 26 mins.), which has just been given a glorious digital face-lift from Criterion. Robert Donat plays an innocent man accused of murder who races across the Scottish moors one step ahead of the police and a smooth spy with a missing finger. It’s like North by Northwest in black and white. You’ll want to stick around for the EXTRAS, which include vintage interviews with the always entertaining auteur himself. A