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The 39 Steps (1959) Poster

(1959)

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Film debut of Peter Vaughan.
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Unlike the version made by Alfred Hitchcock, the 1959 "39 Steps" film was filmed extensively around Scotland.
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Taina Elg was cast as the female lead after a number of British and American performers had passed on the role and the Rank Studios and Kenneth More had vetoed a number of others.
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Reginald Beckwith was cast as Lumsden at short notice after the originally cast actor withdrew because of an accident.
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Film debut (uncredited) of Jill Haworth.
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During the filming of Kenneth More being chased, he pulled a leg muscle but insisted on carrying on without a stand in stunt man even at one point jumping 30 feet from a top story window into a passing lorry containing straw.
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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.
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The copyright year in Roman numerals displayed near the beginning of the titles is malformed. If the correct copyright year is '1959' then the correct Roman numeral would be: 'MCMLIX'. However, the displayed Roman numeral is 'MCMLVIX' which is nonsensical. The displayed number would be: '1950+5+9' if it were valid. It is surmised that the designer thought '50' and added a '5'.
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The actress first cast as Mrs McDougal was very ill when she turned up to film her scenes, so she was sent home and Betty Henderson was cast at short notice.
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Bill Simpson and Andrew Cruickshank went on to play Dr Finlay and Dr Cameron respectively in Dr Finlay's Casebook.
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A book by Charles Thurley Soneham is being read by the nanny at the beginning.
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First film of Jill Haworth .
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