Monday Matinee

Filmmaker and actor Orson Welles referred to the film as a “masterpiece”. Screenwriter Robert Towne remarked, “It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that all contemporary escapist entertainment begins with The 39 Steps.”[Wikipedia]

It’s an unusual case, not of the film better than the book or vice-versa but of the two being quite different and equally as good, each in their own way:

http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/558/pg558.txt

Gutenberg have other variants for reading the novel.

5 comments for “Monday Matinee

  1. dearieme
    October 21, 2019 at 13:54

    It’s an excellent film.

    P.S. How d’ye like this from a grauniad obituary?

    “She praised the benefits of inner-city life over the suburbs, despite her neighbour being stabbed to death.”

  2. Geoffrey Miller
    October 21, 2019 at 17:56

    It’s a good film but not “The 39 Steps” – I always preferred the 1978 version.

  3. October 22, 2019 at 02:56

    It’s an unusual case, not of the film better than the book or vice-versa but of the two being quite different and equally as good, each in their own way

    That’s a pretty fair judgment. I love both.

    It’s a pity that there weren’t more Buchan adaptations. Greenmantle is a wonderful book.

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