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Still shot from the movie: The 39 Steps (1935).

The 39 Steps (1935)

Although we've all been told to beware of strangers, Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) does not heed such sage advice. A Canadian living abroad, he is sampling London's nightlife when two gunshots abruptly change the evening's entertainment. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: B
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 88
Theater Release: 01 Sep 1935
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MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

This movie exemplifies how fads and trends effect what is deemed “politically correct.” Made in 1935, this film contains many portrayals of people smoking (including the main character). How often do you see smoking on the silver screen today? Is it the “good guys” or the “bad guys” who are most likely to light up? On the other hand, how many swear words did you hear in this Hitchcock flic? What has happened to our tolerance for language over the last 75 years?

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