The 39 Steps (1935) parents guide

The 39 Steps (1935)

Overall B

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.

Release date September 1, 1935

Violence C+
Sexual Content B
Profanity A
Substance Use C

Why is The 39 Steps (1935) rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated The 39 Steps (1935) Not Rated

Run Time: 88 minutes

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The 39 Steps (1935)
Rating & Content Info

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Why is The 39 Steps (1935) rated Not Rated? The 39 Steps (1935) is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

Overall: B
A man, falsely accused of murder, must try to find the real culprits in order to clear his name. This early Hitchcock mystery/thriller contains minimal violence and mild suspense, with a twist of humor.

Violence: C+
Rowdy patrons engage in bar brawl. Gunshots during a public gathering cause people to panic while trying to exit a building. Dieing character is shown with a knife protruding from back. It is implied that a man slaps a woman. Suicide is mentioned. Two characters are shot. Men wrestle, and one tumbles down a small embankment. Man verbally threatens a woman.

Sexual Content: B
Man questions woman’s intentions when she asks to go home with him. Adultery is alluded to. Lingerie salesman displays and discusses his wares. On two occasions, a man kisses a woman. A couple, pretending to be married, shares a bed. Woman removes her wet stockings.

Language: A
None.

Alcohol/Drug Use: C
Men smoke and drink in a music hall setting. Main character smokes cigarette and carries a pipe. Houseguests drink at a birthday party. Alcohol served at a hotel/pub.

Miscellaneous Concerns
‘Man on the run” theme conveys the impression that no one can be trusted.

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The 39 Steps (1935)
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video NA

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Cast and Crew

The 39 Steps (1935) is directed by Alfred Hitchcock and stars Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim .

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Rear Window is a later Hitchcock film that offers more suspense and a clearer definition of his unique style. For a slightly different take on the “man on the run” theme, try Chicken Run.