Stepping Up to “The 39 Steps”

25 02 2010

This Sunday, February 28 at 9pm, PBS will present a new British production of “The 39 Steps.” Here’s how the PBS website describes it:

“A suspenseful adaptation of John Buchan’s thriller “The 39 Steps,” about former intelligence officer Richard Hannay (Rupert Penry-Jones), who’s pursued by both the police for a murder he didn’t commit and German agents in the weeks leading up to WWI.”

According to Facebook’s BBC America Shop page, this will be more faithful to John Buchan’s original novel than either the 1959 or 1978 movie remakes were, yet it’s still supposed to retain some of the flavor of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 classic.

I haven’t seen the original movie version of “The 39 Steps” yet, and I don’t expect to get to Hitch’s film till sometime in May, so I will be recording this new production on Sunday. And that brings me to the point of this post.

In May, I’ll be throwing the first ever “39 Steps Fest” here on “Alfred Hitchcock and Me!” I’m going to read John Buchan‘s original 1915 novel, watch the Hitchcock film version and the new production that’s on this weekend, and maybe even more – and there may be some surprises along the way.

The 39-day countdown to “39 Steps Fest” begins here on April 7! Watch for updates coming soon!




3 responses

25 02 2010
pegi goodman

The 39 Steps is reopening off Bway on March 25. You must see it to round off your “fest”. It’s a clever theatrical adaptation of the tale told by only 4 actors playing all roles. It’s well staged, acted, costumed and propped. (I liked it so much I saw it twice). It’s where “Hitchcock meets Hilarious!”

25 02 2010

Fingers crossed, Pegi!

26 02 2010
Joe Illidge

I saw the Hitchcock original some years back, and thought it was anticlimactic.

This remake intrigues me, so I’ll set the DVR.

Thanks for the heads up!

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