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
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Did You Know?
The character of Sir Richard Hannay (played by Robert Powell
), also appears in another John Buchan
story which has been filmed, "The Three Hostages", which has been shot twice, for television on both occasions, as a series, The Three Hostages
(1952), and as a tele-movie, The Three Hostages
(1977), the latter of which was first broadcast just the year before this motion picture debuted. See more
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
Liberal Conference Audience Member
Why don't you stop asking questions and tell us something?
Yes, I will tell you something. You're not awake! You wouldn't know if... if those two men who just walked in weren't German Sleeper Agents.
Referenced in The Last Horror Film