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THE 39 STEPS
UK: Park Circus
Cast: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Godfrey Tearle, Lucie Mannheim, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie, Wylie Watson, Helen Haye, Frank Cellier, Peggy Simpson
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
UK: 86 mins
UK Certificate: U contains mild violence and threat
UK Release Date: 11 April 2008 (Limited Re-release - London, BFI and Edinburgh, Filmhouse)
The original version of the classic thriller, starring legendary British heart-throb Robert Donat, was a highlight of Hitchcock's career.
While sitting in a London theatre watching a man perform dazzling memory tricks, Richard Hannay and the rest of the audience flee after hearing a gunshot. Making his way to the exit, Hannay encounters a young woman who asks if she may come along with him. Fascinated by her apparent terror he agrees.
During the night, however, she is murdered in his flat forcing Hannay to become involved in a search for a master spy trying to obtain British Defence secrets - and avoiding the police long enough to find the real killers and clear his name.
Filmed in black and white.