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The 39 Steps (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 13 March 1959 (UK)
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 ... See full summary »

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Professor Logan
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Sheriff (as Andrew Cruikshank)
Leslie Dwyer ...
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Mrs. McDougal
Joan Hickson ...
Miss Dobson
Sidney James ...
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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 ledostef, blackpool

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Taina Elg was cast as the female lead after a number of British and American performers had passed on the role and the Rank Studioa and Kenneth More had vetoed a number of others. See more »

Goofs

At the Palace Theatre a man with glasses is sitting directly behind Hannay as he waits for "Nanny" Robinson to arrive. When Mr Memory comes on stage a lady in blue who asks what the name of Napoleon's horse is has suddenly appeared in his place and the man is sitting further along the row. See more »

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Kennedy: [Staking out Hannay's flat] Have you ever tried suckling pig?
Brown: No.
Kennedy: Tender as a baby.
Brown: Haven't tried that either.
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Version of The Thirty-Nine Steps (1978) See more »

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24 January 2001 | by (Hobart, Tasmania) – See all my reviews

Having recently re-read John Buchan's (short) novel "The 39 Steps" and already owning the 1935 and 1959 videos, a reappraisal seemed appropriate. While the '59 version is a delightful movie, it is a long way removed from the novel. On screen, Kenneth More is more Kenneth More than Richard Hannay. There are one or two "I don't think so" scenes such as Perce's (Sid James) attitude to a wanted killer. But we'll let that pass. You have to look at the production in its own right, because as a movie version of the book, it just doesn't make it. The Hitchcock version was much better in that respect. However, the Kenneth More film is utterly enjoyable as a bit of light drama. Certainly the underlying plot is worthy and overall, I'd give it 7 out of 10.


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