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
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Captain Kell refers to his colleague as "Leftenant Commander". The Royal Navy at that time pronounced "Lieutenant" as "L'tenant". See more
I was the talk of London, you know. Now I'm reduced to travelling third class.
Version of The 39 Steps