During an interview conducted by Francois Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock said, "What is drama, after all, but life with the dull bits cut out." This comment is particularly appropriate in connection with The 39 Steps (1935), for in this movie, Hitchcock stripped out anything that interfered with the movie's pace. He readily sacrificed credibility in favor of a headstrong rush of exciting sequences (with magnificent results). Hitchcock would adopt a similar approach in North by Northwest (1959), and consequently, the movies are frequently compared.
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