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THE 39 STEPS

by | Read by a Full Cast

Audio Theater • 1 hr. • Audio Program • © 1947

This enjoyable 1947 radio adaptation of John Buchan's 1916 thriller comes from the vaults of the CBC. More faithful to Buchan's novel than was Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film adaptation, Charles Rittenhouse's script also makes fine use of the sound medium. Musical chords punctuate dramatic moments. A montage of train sounds and conversational snatches succinctly maps hero Richard Hannay's escape from London and the clutches of a spy ring. After he disguises himself in the garb of a cooperative milkman, Hannay's innocent whistling lets us trace his steps as he nonchalantly slips past the police. Two badly muffled passages turn up, as expected with historic radio transcriptions, but the play is fast-paced fun. G.H. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 02]

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Formats

Book pak • Scenario Productions • 2000

CS ISBN 1894003195 $14.99 • One CD cassettes

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