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
Every second counts in the adventure of a lifetime!
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Did You Know?
The only big-screen cinema version of John Buchan
's "The 39 Steps" novel which was not set in the same year that the movie was made and released (which was 1914) as was the case with the two earlier films, 1935's The 39 Steps
(1935) and 1959's The 39 Steps
(1959). See more
When the police and Hannay search Appleton's house, they find a dummy head with false hair, beard and moustache for Appleton to impersonate Sir Walter. Appleton had already left to go to Westminster to carry out his plan, but how could he without these vital items? See more
I thought he was a harmless lunatic!
Referenced in Shanghai Knights