The 39 Steps (1935)

Richard Hannay is a Canadian visitor to London. At the end of “Mr Memory”‘s show in a music hall, he meets Annabella Smith who is running away from secret agents. He accepts to hide her in his flat, but in the night she is murdered. Fearing he could be accused on the girl’s murder, Hannay goes on the run to break the spy ring.

(Plot summary written by Claudio Sandrini )


Runtime original: 01:26:00 —> Runtime at 90to5: 00:05:50

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: John Buchan (novel), Charles Bennett (adaptation), Ian Hay (dialogue)

Editor: Derek N. Twist

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90to5 Editor Bio: Aspiring film and TV editor. After having done an undergraduate degree in Spain and a 6-week editing course in New York, I’m about to start the master’s degree Post Production Editing in Bournemouth, England.

I chose this film because I’m a big Hitchcock fan. The whole process of editing this has been both frustrating and educational. The 39 Steps was never meant to be a short film and I’ve found the editing quite complicated due to the cause and effect structure of the plot. However, at the same time I’ve got to see how the story was built in detail, so it’s been a valuable lesson in terms of pace and storytelling. No wonder this contest is called a challenge!

— Miguel E. Rebagliato



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2 Responses

  1. Good work Miguel.
    Just a thing. Although I like your summary, I think you can improve the pace. As you’ve said, it’s complicated because everything is connected. Nonetheless, I’d think twice if every “subplot” you’re showing is really important to elaborate a beautiful edit. If it this is not the case, I’d consider to delete some things and trim once again other cuts.
    Be as it may, congratulations mate!

    • Thanks Pablo! Unfortunately I’ve seen this too late and now I don’t have time to change anything – I wish I had had the time. Editing this was a bit frustrating, to be honest – totally worth it though. I realised that the parts I enjoyed most in the film were the subplots. It’s not that the whole spy story is as futile as a macguffin, but the subplots are what make the film special to me.

      By the way, I’ve been reading your blog every now and then, great work! I’d love to talk to you and share experiences sometime.



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