The 39 Steps (1935)
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One of Hitchcock's very greatest. Very witty and endlessly entertaining, with a perfect combination of humor and thrills.
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?
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 100
This movie ranks #5 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #13 in 100 Best British films
This movie ranks #26 in 100 Must-See Films Of The 20th Century
This movie ranks #56 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #87 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #90 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
This movie ranks #119 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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This movie ranks #168 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
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