Common Sense Media says

Classic Hitchcock suspense, some drinking and smoking.

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Adult Written byBestPicture1996 January 5, 2015

Hitchcock showing the potential for what was to be

This mystery has all the elements of classic Hitchcock: mistaken identity, a man on the run, those infamous Hitchcock blondes. I found this one a little harder to understand with the espionage aspects, but you come for Donat's charismatic performance and that banter between him and Madeleine Carroll is pretty electric. It's got twists and turns, and even though it's not his best work, it provides a good template for youngsters who want to start off with Hitch's early work.
Teen, 14 years old Written byFILMCRITIC500 February 15, 2013

OK Hitchcock thriller has low action but excellent filmmaking

Hitchcock may have made some really good films, The 39 Steps is not one of his best works. sure, its a classic and has a few chase scenes, but viewers may lose interest quickly. there is some violence, with a woman dying from a knife in her back and a man getting shot onscreen. there is scuffle at the begginning and a there are 2 tense chases. otherwise, there is 1 use of da*n.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing