Richard Hannay, a mining engineer on holiday from the African colonies, finds London socialite life terribly dull. Yet it's more then he bargained for when secret agent, Scudder, bursts into his room and entrusts him a coded notebook with map, concerning the impending start of World War I. In no time both German agents and the British law are chasing him, ruthlessly coveting the Roman numerals code, which Hannay believes he must crack himself. Masquerading as a liberal party pundit, Richard also gets stuck with parliamentary candidate Sir George Sinclair's sister Victoria. They must survive with the secrets and decide who they can trust and how to keep it from others. Written by
Did You Know?
The three cars which feature in the film (the grey Morris that Hannay and Victoria steal, the Germans' green Darracq and Hellory's blue Humber) were all registered in the mid 1920s and are models which would not have been available in 1914 when the action in the film takes place. See more
Why don't we steal that car and leave it in the next town.
Because it belongs to those two men up there. They're German spies who are chasing me with a view to ending my life.
You're not just a murderer but a delusional maniac - just my luck.
Version of The 39 Steps