On Sundays this October, the Middlebury Community Public Library will show classic spy films from the renowned director Alfred Hitchcock. A guest professor will provide an introduction to each film, and after the presentation she or he will lead a short discussion. The library will serve light refreshments.
Today’s featured film is The 39 Steps (1935). Ranked one of the top four 20th-century British films, The 39 Steps is a thriller starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. The film is loosely based on the 1915 adventure novel by John Buchan. A civilian in London, Richard Hannay (Donat), becomes caught up in preventing an organization of spies called “39 Steps” from stealing British military secrets. After being mistakenly accused of murdering an espionage agent, Hannay goes on the run to Scotland. There he becomes entangled with an attractive woman (Carroll) while hoping to stop the spy ring and clear his name.
Rebecca Brittenham, professor of English at Indiana University South Bend, will introduce the film and lead the discussion.
Register through the library’s website (via the events calendar on the homepage) or by calling 574.825.5601.
This program received funding from an Indiana Humanities Action Grant.