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
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: John Buchan (novel), Charles Bennett (adaptation), Ian Hay (dialogue)
Editor: Derek N. Twist
90to5 Editor: Miguel E. Rebagliato
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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!