The 39 Steps (1935)
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I noticed one big flaw. The two guys waiting outside managed to magic a knife into her back while she was inside. Now if they were in there and they wanted to kill the guy, as they did, why wouldn't they finish the job instead of running back outside to wait for him to come out?
One of Hitchcock's very greatest. Very witty and endlessly entertaining, with a perfect combination of humor and thrills.
With the exception of the magic knife at the beginning, it's a wonderful Hitchcock classic and serves as the herald of things to come in Hitchcock's young career at that point. The way that Hitchcock weaves the plot around the suspense is fantastic and it yields to a wonderful conclusion of the movie that brings us full circle. It's years ahead of its time and if you have the opportunity try to feast your eyes on the Criterion remastered version.
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This movie ranks #4 in BFI's Top 100 British Films
This movie ranks #5 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #8 in Time Out’s The 100 Best Thrillers
This movie ranks #13 in Time Out's The 100 Best British Films
This movie ranks #26 in Leonard Maltin's 100 Must-See Films of the 20th Century
This movie ranks #56 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #90 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
This movie ranks #92 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #119 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #164 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #168 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #179 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #576 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #881 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #923 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life