Welcome to Where Everyone Has Gone Before, the weekly column where I continue my film education before your very eyes by seeking out and watching all of the movies I should have seen by now. I will first judge the movie before I've watched it, based entirely on its reputation (and my potentially misguided thoughts). Then I will give the movie a fair chance and actually watch it. You will laugh at me, you may condemn me, but you will never say I didn't try!

The Film: 'The 39 Steps' (1935), Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll and Lucie Manheim.

Why I Haven't Seen It Until Now: As a young movie buff, Alfred Hitchcock was the first "classic" director to resonate with me. I devoured 'Psycho,' 'The Birds,' 'North By Northwest,' 'Rear Window,' 'Vertigo' and countless others and to this day, I consider myself a huge fan and admirer of his work. Well, at least his American work. As you can infer from that list, my experience with his British films is, well, limited, at best. When I say that the only British Hitchcock I've seen is the original 'The Man Who Knew Too Much,' I promise you that my head is hanging in shame.
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