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The Thirty-Nine Steps (1978) Poster

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Jump to: Anachronisms (3) | Character error (1) | Continuity (1) | Factual errors (3) | Plot holes (1)

Anachronisms 

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.
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While in Scotland, as a guest at the ancestral home and on the heaths, Hannay, wears Cherry Red Dr Marten Airwear boots (first invented in 1960). These are first seen under a chair while he is changing in the bedroom.
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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.
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Character error 

When working out the details of the Prussians' plans, Lomas points out that Appleton signed an order for work on Big Ben, whereas he should have said that it was signed by Bullivant.
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Continuity 

Appleton's beard appears and disappears.
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Factual errors 

At the health resort where Hannay is drugged by the Prussian agents, a concert is taking place. As the guests assemble, we see a poster advertising the concert, which gives the date as Wednesday, 13 March 1914. 13 March that year was a Friday.
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The newspaper in which Scudder learns of the murder of Lord Harkness is dated Saturday, March 4, 1914. March 4 that year was a Wednesday.
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When members of the Admiralty are being spoken to one of them has medal ribbons for medals issued at the end of WWI namely the Victory and War medals. This film is set before WWI.
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Plot holes 

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?
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