Combining humor and thrills in equal measure, The 39 Steps (1935) established Alfred Hitchock's name as the "master of suspense" and is the best remembered and most acclaimed of his British films. Included in this original companion to the film are the intriguing story of the film's production, an examination of its influences, including John Buchan's novel, an original and close analysis of the film, its critical legacy and a survey of the successive films also based on Buchan's novel.