Seeing “The 39 Steps” for the First Time #MovieReview #Classic

Well… That was…. not very good. I found it very dull and boring in places. There’s one point where I was more interesting in the football transfer market. Thankfully there are better Hitchcock movies on the way (Psycho being one) so I’m hoping they make up for this. The ending really was disappointing. It just ended without the story really having a real ending. Plus the constant picture brightness changing from bright to dark really bugged me. Here is what I had to say while watching 1935’s “The 39 Steps”

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Film – The 39 Steps

Year – 1935

Director – Alfred Hitchcock

Staring – Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim

IMDb Rating – 7.9/10

My Rating – 6.5/10

 

All I know about this film is that it got made into a play in London

Also my first Hitchcock movie I’ve seen so this should be interesting

Film opens with the music hall lights switching on

Hannay arrives just in time for the performance 

Don’y you just hate hecklers

We are introduced to Mr Memory on stage

Mr Memory as lent his brain the British Museum?

First question he gets – “Where’s my husband?”

He is then asked who on the cup in 1926?

Lots of these questions are sports related – Is this a old version of A Question of Sport

“How far is Winnipeg from Montreal?”

WOOP WOOP IT THE SOUND OF THE POLICE

FIGHT!!!

Scrap that – BRAWL!!!

HE’S GOT A GUN!!!

The orchestra is ordered to play something to cover for everything

Holy crap! Bus driver actually stopped for them

Hannay takes Miss Smith to his place

Miss Smith is a Freelance – I’m going to guess she’s not good at her job since Lance is still in prison

She askes Hannay to turn the mirror 

The telephone rings and she tells him not to answer it

She just downed that drink

They leave to talk somewhere better to chat… the kitchen

Miss Smith asks Hannay for some food – He gets hallibat

Her first name is Annabella

She fired the gunshots

She says that two men wanted to kill her

She wasn’t born in a country – :S

Hannay leaves the room to look for Miss Smiths stalkers

They’re there

She tells him about The 39 Steps

She says the killer is missing apart of his litte finger

She also wants a map of Scotland

“Are The 39 Steps in Scotland?”

Miss Smith walks into Hannay’s bedroom and collapses

She has a knife in her back

Miss Smith is dead!!!

Hannay spots the killer by a payphone

I’LL HAVE MY MAP BACK THANKS

WILL YOU ANSWER THAT PHONE

Was it required in the 1930’s that everyone wear long drench coats and hats

IT’S THE MILKMAN

Hannay wants to borrow the milkvan for a getaway

“Are you married? Yes don’t rub it in”

One of the killers is a spy the other is Miss Smiths husband

Hannay takes the milkman’s clothes 

At the train station

ALL ABOARD!

The Flying Scotsman rolls out of London

A woman’s scream is made into a train siren

Two men have a chat

One of the men has womens lingerie in his suitcase

We’re in Edinburgh

Hannay’s apartment was near the BBC

Hannay overhears the conversation about Miss Smiths murder

He then talks about the lingerie ad in the paper

Hannay takes the paper and gets off the train

The police are looking for him

He asks for directions for what train to catch before hopping back on the same train he was just on

Hannay moves to a different carriage

The police are on the train looking for someone

Hannay randomly kisses a woman

KISS ME BITCH!

Hannay’s been spotted by the police

Who brings dogs on a train

The train stops on a bridge and Hannay escapes

We are shown a bridge while hearing a description of Hannay

In the mountains of Scotland

Hannay walks along and ends up at a farm

Hannay asks the farmer if they have any jobs around

Hannay pays for a night with the farmer and his wife

The farmer’s wife was from Glasgow

For supper, we’re having fish

Hannay tells her about what London is like

They spelt fourth wrong – They put “Forth” (unless that’s the name of the bridge)

The farmer reads the newspaper story about the murder of Miss Smith

He says a prayer before realising he’s forgot to lock the barn

He walks outside the kitchen window and watches on

A car horn can be heard and this wakes everyone up

The farmer’s wife wakes Hannay up

The farmer accused Hannay of sleeping with his wife

Hannay brides the farmer £5 to not confess

The farmers wife helps Hannay escape

She gives him a dark coat and Hannay escapes

The hunt is on

That policeman has some good vision to find Hannay running 1000s of feet away

They sent a helicopter to try and find Hannay

Through river and over hills we go

Hannay arrives at a shelter

Hannay was just there

The maid distracts the police

Hannay is greeted to everyone in the house

Hannay changes his name to Hammond to avoid being caught

More talk about the murder

Hannay finds the man who Miss Smith described with the missing little finger

I’m finding this a bit dull

Hannay is given a gun but doesn’t take it

Hannay gets shot as a result

We rejoin the farmer who beats up his wife for giving his coat away

Hannay survived the bullet as he has a thick book in his pocket

The police get Hannay and arrest him

Hannay jumps through the police window and escapes again

He then joins a marching band?!?!

He still has the handcuffs on

Hannay leaves the band to try and hide inside a house

He’s only ended up a theatre

I can’t hear him

SPEAK UP

MUMBLE MUMBLE MUMBLE

Hannay is asked to talk

Hannay is then distracted by a woman

It’s a government meeting

The picture quality constantly changing brightness – from bright to dark

Hannay gets the name of the cannidate wrong

Hannay is mobbed by people as he tries to leave

It’s the woman from the carriage

I’m going to guess that’s Pamela as no one has said who she is

I shall call her BACKSTABBER

Winge winge winge winge winge winge winge

Shifty eyes

Whistling

Thought so, that is Pamela

SHEEP

Suddenly, sheep block the road

Pamela is then handcuffed to Hannay and they run

RUN AWAY

They hide under a waterfall

Hannay threatens to shoot Pamela is she says anything

“They are 20 million people on this planet and I had to be chained to you”

Hannay and Pamela find a hotel

JUST GO ALONG WITH IT WOMAN

SHUT THE FUCK UP WOMAN

How to shut up women the Hannay way – Choke them!

Hold my sandwich while I take my stockings off

Whiskey makes everything better

Hannay takes a nail filer to the handcuffs

Hannay thinks he will be a model in Madame Tusords (think thats how you spell it)

I’m so bored with the film I’ve found Sunderland buying Jordi Gomez from Wigan Athletic on a free transfer more interesting

She slept with a sandwich on the lap – SCRUFFER

She manages to slide her hand out of the handcuffs – SHE’S FREE

Bet she tells on him

The police arrive at the hotel

Pamela overhears their phone conversation

They have shillings in the 1930s – I wonder when they stopped them

The hotel wife just kicked the police out

Pamela is all smiles and the music is lighthearted 

She pulls the duvet over Hannay, whos still asleep and sleeps on the sofa

She then steals the duvet from Hannay

Pamela realises Hannay has been telling the truth

Pamela tells her about the conversation she overheard

Somehow we’re in London

We’re in New Scotland Yard with the police and Pamela

They question her about Hannay

IT’S CRAZY MONTH AT THE LONDON PALADIUM

WOOP WOOP IT’S THE SOUND OF THE POLICE

Is this meant to be a comedy play?

Pamela tries looking for Hannay in the paladium along with the spies

Hannay finds Professor Jordan in the box in the theatre

Hannay finds the song he’s been whistling

It’s Mr Memory

Hannay asks Mr Memory about The 39 Steps

MR MEMORY’S BEEN SHOT!!!

Did he jump out of the box

Mr Memory tells Hannay and Pamela about the secrets of The 39 Steps

Mr Memory dies after telling them that

THE END

That’s it, that ending was a bit shit

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