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
A game of terror begins. The only clues... Are the victims.
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Did You Know?
The film was made and released about forty-three years after the first version of the movie The 39 Steps
(1935), about nineteen years after the first remake and second version, The 39 Steps
(1959), and about thirty years before the fourth made-for-television 2008 version The 39 Steps
(2008). See more
As Hannay looks out the train window as Police Board the train, a "First Class" symbol appears on the window. This is in the BR "Totem" style, which did not appear until 1948 when the UK Railways were nationalized. See more
Version of The 39 Steps