The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

Synopsis

Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) picks up the exotic Annabella Smith (Lucie Mannheim) at a music hall. The next morning he discovers she's been killed and finds himself in the frame for murder. Way ahead of its time in terms of its pace, black comedy and the sexual chemistry between the charismatic leads (particularly when Carroll removes her stockings while handcuffed to Donat), The 39 Steps is among Hitchcock's finest and has been voted into the BFI's Top Five Favourite British Films.