A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.
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Brenda de Banzie
Richard Hannay witnesses a hit-and-run involving a woman pushing a pram. Looking in the pram he sees a gun instead of a baby. He tracks the woman down and she reveals that she is a secret agent trying to stop foreign spies leaving the country with important military secrets. Later that night she is murdered in Hannay's flat. Hannay takes it on himself to thwart the enemy agents. This involves travelling to Scotland and keeping one step ahead of the police who are looking for him in connection with the murder of the woman.Written by
The locomotive hauling the train to Scotland was 60027 Merlin,an A4 Pacific loco that lasted just six more years until it was scrapped in 1965. Six of this class remain with preservation societies. Four in Britain, two in North America. See more »
When Hannay is on the train to Scotland he is described as having brown hair and gray eyes. However when describing himself to the inn-keeper he states that he has brown hair and hazel eyes. See more »
Does it matter if the film is not true to the book.
An enjoyable adventure, notable for good location shots of London, not the obvious tourist's traps, and the highlands of Scotland. Having identifiable locations increases the local tourist trade, many people want to visit the"scene of the crime".
Does it matter that the film didn't follow the book too carefully. Was it entertainment in its own right, or do we want to follow the scenes and dialogue, like some old theatre and concert goers with their carefully annotated "libretti". No,the movie industry stands on its own feet, and of course it uses literature. Didn't the original author not take classical themes, innocent man accused of criminal activity, trustworthy persons in power turn out to be the baddies, boy meets girl, loses girl, refinds girl. There really cannot be total originallity in any modern work of creativity, all is based on what has gone before.
Thirty nine steps, a ripping good yarn, to be enjoyed in the spirit in which it was offered.
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