One of Alfred Hitchcock’s early films, while he was still in Great Britain, was 1935’s The 39 Steps. With themes that he would return to time and time again, it tells the story of a man in London who tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.
The film stars Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. Others in the cast are Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie, Frank Cellier and Wylie Watson. It also features a cameo by Hitchcock himself.
The film was written by Ian Hay and Charles Bennett, adapted from the novel by John Buchan. The 39 Steps was adapted for the stage in the early 2000s and won two Tony Awards.
The mystery starts tonight at 7pm at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater. Admission is $5 with concessions available for purchase.