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The Thirty-Nine Steps (1978)

 -  Crime | Mystery | Thriller  -  2 May 1980 (USA)
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The year is 1914 and Richard Hannay, Mining Engineer who is visiting Britain for a short time before returning to South Africa, is shocked when one of his neighbours, Colonel Scudder, ... See full summary »

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Sir Walter Bullivant
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Bayliss
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Marshall
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Porton
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Andrew Keir ...
Lord Rohan
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Harkness
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McLean
David Collings ...
Tillotson
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The year is 1914 and Richard Hannay, Mining Engineer who is visiting Britain for a short time before returning to South Africa, is shocked when one of his neighbours, Colonel Scudder, bursts into his rooms one night and tells him a story that Prussian 'sleeper' agents are planning to pre-start World War I by murdering a visiting foreign minister. However, Scudder is murdered and Hannay is framed for the death by the 'sleepers'. Fleeing to Scotland Hannay attempts to clear his name and to stop the agents with the aid of Alex Mackenzie but not only is he is chased by Chief Supt Lomas for Scudder's death but by the agents who is headed by Appleton who has managed to hide himself in a high-placed position in the British Government... Written by Anonymous

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Though not in the source John Buchan novel, the use of famous London landmark Big Ben clock in this film, was a Hitchcockian type story element. Alfred Hitchcock directed the first filmed version The 39 Steps (1935) and a number of Hitch's films notably had suspense sequences set on famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty in Saboteur (1942), Mt Rushmore in North by Northwest (1959), and the Golden Gate Bridge in Vertigo (1958). Other Hitchcock films featured such famous landmarks as the Albert Hall, Piccadilly Circus, the British Museum, and the Forth Rail Bridge. See more »

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The train that Hannay travels to Scotland is far too modern. The coaches were built by the LMS railway company which was formed in 1924 and the loco was built in after WW2. See more »

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Not really a remake
18 March 2007 | by (Penarth, Wales) – See all my reviews

It's hardly fair to compare this to the Hitchcock version (which was made when Buchan was not yet a well-known author). I think the Hitchcock film is the better as a film, although there are a few stodgy moments (with the crofter, for instance), but lots of lovely visual ideas to compensate (the Bridge scene, the missing digit, and the ending). But Hitchcock's is not a filming of Buchan's novel. It's something quite different. The first remake (with Kenneth More) was a remake of the Hitchcock film, not the book. With this version, we were told it would be faithful to the original, but, yes, the ending is stolen from an old Will Hay film (which was very much before its time, with its black humour). So this is not really a remake of the Hitchcock film, but neither is it faithful to Buchan (which I must re-read). But it is enjoyable, the period feel is good, and I personally like Ed Welch's concerto score.


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