The 39 StepsThe 39 Steps (2008) Review

In The 39 Steps, it is right before the outbreak of WWI, and Richard Hanna (who has just returned from Africa) is bored out of his mind. Then, by chance, a secret agent runs into Richard’s apartment to escape men who are chasing him. He tasks Richard with getting a coded book to the right authorities because it is the only way to stop the coming war.

When the secret agent gets killed, Richard is blamed and is soon on the run from German spies and the police who believe him to be a murderer. While he’s on the run, Richard crosses paths with a suffragette named Victoria. Together, they attempt to decipher the code and save England, all while being chased by spies. But with spies all around, who is it they can trust?

The 39 Steps

Victoria and Richard
Photo: BBC

For a short TV movie, this spy movie is a lot of fun. Not only is it a quick watch, but an engaging one as well. It doesn’t hurt that the ever so handsome Rupert Penry-Jones (Persuasion) is the leading man either. The romance between the bantering Richard and Victoria (an opinionated suffragette) just made this short movie even more enjoyable for those looking for a period drama with adventure, romance, and intrigue.

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Sure, The 39 Steps is not one of the best period dramas of all time (and certainly not in the same league as the Hitchcock version). And while The 39 Steps doesn’t do anything groundbreaking, somehow it’s still an enjoyable fluff movie to watch when you just want simple entertainment. I know I enjoyed it!


three and a half corset rating

“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful



four heart rating

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My

feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me

to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

You can catch The 39 Steps on Hulu or Amazon.

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