International Poster Tour: THE 39 STEPS (dir. Alfred Hitchcock) 1935
— Part One —
there’s a reason that Alfred Hitchcock films aren’t known for the ugly poster work they inspired. actually, there are a *lot* of reasons why Alfred Hitchcock films aren’t known for the ugly poster work they inspired, third or fourth among them being that the posters they inspired are sublime and a half. all of the surviving one-sheets for The 39 Steps are gorgeous, regardless of their country of origin, a consistency that speaks to the truly global appeal of Hitchcock’s thrillers — even his stiff (but crackling!) early work spoke to primal elements… his MacGuffins could have been anything, and his heroes could have been anyone.
there are just a crazy number of beautiful 39 Steps posters out there, so check back for part 2 of this gallery tomorrow (which is also the day that Criterion’s fancy new edition of the film hits store shelves).