By Ygal Kaufman
Corvallis, your good taste in movies and dedication to local exhibitors was never in question, but after the last two weeks of you packing the house at the Darkside to support The Advocate and watch a classic flick, we can only upgrade our opinion of you from “high” to… “swooning.” So it’ll come as no surprise that we can’t wait to see you again on Tuesday night for the third installment of Corvallis Advocate Community Movie Night, as we screen Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1935 murder mystery and spy thriller The 39 Steps.
The film features legendarily handsome gent and Oscar-winner Robert Donat as Richard Hannay, a man who gets unwittingly roped into a complex political conspiracy. Led along a twisty path by femme fatale Madeleine Carroll, Donat’s character must pull off many daring escapes and risk life and limb to find out “What are the 39 Steps?”
One of Hitchcock’s most enduring and popular early films, 39 Steps has been remade three times as feature films, most recently in 2008, several times on stage and as radio plays, including a famous version with Orson Welles in the lead, and as a TV show following the further exploits of the Hannay character. The original version was recently voted the fourth-greatest British film of all time by the British Film Institute (BFI).
As with the past screenings, 39 Steps will be preceded by newsreels from the year it came out, and some classic cartoons. We can’t wait to see you there again this week, and not just because we accept donations…
Corvallis Advocate Community Movie Night will screen The 39 Steps at the Darkside Cinema on Tuesday, July 22 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to all ages. A small donation is always welcome, but never required.