The 39 Steps
United Kingdom, 1935, 86 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Archival, Based on a Book, Thriller
35mm archival print - Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) is vacationing in England when he gets caught in a web of mystery in this Hitchcock thriller. Shots ring out at a show, and a terrified woman (Lucie Mannheim) begs Hannay to help her. He's certain she's crazy -- until she appears at his flat with a map in hand and a knife in her back, muttering something about 39 steps. Eluding the police, Hannay travels through Scotland to unearth the truth.
THE 39 STEPS, a madcap spoof on Hitchcock’s 1935 film, opens the Denver Center Theatre Company’s 2010/11 season. The comedy, which has become a hit in the UK and US since the Patrick Barlow’s script debuted in 2005, is a hilarious send-up of the film noir thriller. Hitchcock’s film The 39 Steps could be considered the boilerplate for the film noir espionage thriller, with all the typical Hitchcock elements: a handsome everyman, a high-stakes international caper, a reluctant femme tossed by fate into the everyman’s adventure, vast spy rings, double-crossing, deadly secrets and a villain with a corps of thugs. Barlow’s stage script pushes the envelope of this source material, going slightly over the edge with the intrigue, suspense and overblown situations to reveal the delightfully ridiculous underpinnings of the tale. THE 39 STEPS plays the Ricketson Theatre September 10-November 14. Tickets are on sale now, at www.denvercenter.org
DIRECTOR: Alfred Hitchcock
Principal Cast: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie, Helen Haye, Frank Cellier, Wylie Watson, Peggy Simpson
US Distributor: MGM