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Title: The 39 Steps (1935)

Description: Robert Donat (Friedrich Robert Donath; March 18, 1905-June 9, 1958), left, awakes to find secret agent Lucie Mannheim (April 30, 1899-July 18, 1976) sprawled dead on top of him, a knife plunged into her back, in the 1935 film, The 39 Steps, directed by Alfred Hitchcock (Alfred Joseph Hitchcock; August 13, 1899-April 29, 1980). Donat is wrongly accused of murdering Mannheim and goes on the run, from England to Scotland, many times narrowly escaping death by pursuing foreign agents while, at the same time, hunted by the law. He nevertheless uniquely exposes the spy network and ends up with a beautiful girl. This tense spy film, made in England, was one of Hitchcock's first big international hits that established him as a master of suspense films. The grim showing of "stab-in-the-back" scenes see repeated use by Hitchcock throughout his career. Sharp instruments of all kinds, or edged weapons, disturbed Hitchcock throughout his life and he had a real fear of them, as he displayed in his first international thriller, Blackmail (1929), where his naive heroine defends herself from a would-be rapist by driving a huge breadknife into him. Knives, forks, scalpels in an operating room, bedevil an amnesiac and suspected killer the 1945 Hitchcock film, Spellbound; a secret agent is stabbed to death in the back in the teeming marketplace at Marrakesh in the 1954 (remake) of Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much; a home invader intent on killing the female occupant in Dial M for Murder (1954) is stabbed to death in the back by his intended victim as she wields a deadly scissors in defending herself; a diplomat at the United Nations in New York is stabbed to death in the back in front of dozens of witnesses, who believe the man conversing with the victim is the killer, in North by Northwest (1959). This kind of painful and graphically disturbing type of murder weapon and its gruesome use was employed by Hitchcock not only for its visual shock value, but to grimly define the kind of ruthless people he was profiling.

Category: Motion Pictures

Keywords: The 39 Steps, Robert Donat, Lucie Mannheim, Alfred Hitchcock, Blackmail, Spellbound, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Dial M for Murder, North by Northwest, actors, film directors, motion pictures, suspense films, movies, spies, spying, spymasters, espionage, spy networks, spy organizations, pursuits, chases, England, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Scotland, moors, knives, murders, homicides, killings, beds, innocent persons, victims, bodies, scissors, scalpels, forks

Orientation: Landscape

Dimensions: 2400 x 1845 (4.43 MPixels) (1.30)

Print Size: 20.3 x 15.6 cm; 8.0 x 6.2 inches

File Size: 12.70 MB (13,318,984 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000352765

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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