The 39 Steps

1935 NR 1h 26m Blu-ray / DVD

The 39 Steps

1935 NR 1h 26m Blu-ray / DVD
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Richard Hannay is vacationing in England when a terrified woman begs him 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.
Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie, Helen Haye, Frank Cellier, Wylie Watson, Peggy Simpson
Alfred Hitchcock
Blu-ray DVD
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
Full Screen 1.33:1
English SDH
English: PCM Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA. NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The 39 Steps is Hitchcock at his best. All the plot twists and turns, suspenseful surprises, and subtle clues are in effect here. While the violence is not graphic (especially by today's standards), characters are shown dying from being stabbed or shot. As was standard in 1930s films, characters smoke cigarettes and pipes. Some tame sexual innuendo, too. Overall, for fans of Hitchcock, and suspense films in general, The 39 Steps is essential viewing.

Sexual Content

There's some flirtatiousness between a man and a woman, and as much sexual innuendo (tame by today's standards) as a film could get away with in the 1930s -- a woman raising her skirt to remove her stockings, a man and a woman in bed together sharing handcuffs after the police had taken them away, kissing.


A woman is mysteriously stabbed in the back and falls dead onto a bed. A man is shot, but is not killed. Another man is shot and killed in a theater. A bar fight breaks out -- characters throw punches while other characters try to restrain them. When a husband discovers that his wife gave away his best coat, he starts to slap her and she screams. The slaps aren't shown, but heard.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The idea that you should stand up for yourself if wrongly accused is certainly a theme, but the character's methods are questionable.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

As a film of the 1930s, characters smoke. Social beer drinking. A man offers an agitated woman a tall glass of whiskey, which she downs in one gulp. Characters are shown holding glasses of champagne.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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