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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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Taina Elg ...
Fisher
Brenda de Banzie ...
Nellie Lumsden (as Brenda De Banzie)
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Professor Logan
Reginald Beckwith ...
Lumsden
Faith Brook ...
Nannie
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Brown
James Hayter ...
Duncan Lamont ...
Kennedy
Jameson Clark ...
McDougal
Andrew Cruickshank ...
Sheriff (as Andrew Cruikshank)
Leslie Dwyer ...
Milkman
Betty Henderson ...
Mrs. McDougal
Joan Hickson ...
Miss Dobson
Sidney James ...
Perce
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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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The Most Suspenseful Manhunt in History!


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1.66 : 1
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The actress first cast as Mrs McDougal was very ill when she turned up to film her scenes, so she was sent home and Betty Henderson was cast at short notice. See more »

Goofs

The label on Miss Fisher's case on the train referred to "St Catharine's" with two "a"s as did the notice board within the school advertising The Winter Lectures. The sign outside the school and the Roll of Honour board outside the lecture theatre said "St Catherines" with only one "a" 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 39 Steps (1935) See more »

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Does it matter if the film is not true to the book.
21 September 2001 | by (umbria, italy) – See all my reviews

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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