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Richard Hannay witnesses a hit-and-run involving a woman pushing a pram. Looking in the pram he sees a gun instead of a baby. He tracks the woman down and she reveals that she is a secret agent trying to stop foreign spies leaving the country with important military secrets. Later that night she is murdered in Hannay's flat. Hannay takes it on himself to thwart the enemy agents. This involves travelling to Scotland and keeping one step ahead of the police who are looking for him in connection with the murder of the woman. Written by
"Nanny" Robinson is murdered at Hannay's flat on Thursday 6 September 1958 (the date is on the theatre tickets where he meets her). Two days later, when it would be Saturday, the sheriff arrests Hannay for "the murder of a woman at Oswell Court, London, on Tuesday last". That same day, as Hannay goes into the school, the noticeboard for the lecture gives the date as Wednesday. See more »
Does it matter if the film is not true to the book.
An enjoyable adventure, notable for good location shots of London, not the obvious tourist's traps, and the highlands of Scotland. Having identifiable locations increases the local tourist trade, many people want to visit the"scene of the crime".
Does it matter that the film didn't follow the book too carefully. Was it entertainment in its own right, or do we want to follow the scenes and dialogue, like some old theatre and concert goers with their carefully annotated "libretti". No,the movie industry stands on its own feet, and of course it uses literature. Didn't the original author not take classical themes, innocent man accused of criminal activity, trustworthy persons in power turn out to be the baddies, boy meets girl, loses girl, refinds girl. There really cannot be total originallity in any modern work of creativity, all is based on what has gone before.
Thirty nine steps, a ripping good yarn, to be enjoyed in the spirit in which it was offered.
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