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The Thirty Nine Steps ()


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In March 1914, a mining engineer named Richard Hannay tries to prevent Prussian Agents from executing a political assassination designed to trigger World War I.

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Hannay
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Sir Edmund Appleton
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Lomas
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Alex
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Scudder
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Sir Walter Bullivant
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Bayliss
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Marshall
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Porton
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David
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Lord Rohan
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Magistrate
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Harkness
Paul McDowell ...
McLean
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Tillotson
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Fletcher
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Lord Belthane
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Woodville (as Edward De Souza)
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Admiral
John Grieve ...
P.C. Forbes
Andrew Downie ...
Stewart
Donald Bisset ...
Renfrew
Derek Anders ...
Donald
Oliver Maguire ...
Martins (as Oliver Maquire)
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Lady Nettleship
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Perryman
Leo Dolan ...
Milkman
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Miller
Artro Morris ...
The Scot
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Crombie
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Guide
Paul Jerricho ...
P.C. Scott
Michael Bilton ...
Vicar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leslie Adams ...
Man at Meeting (uncredited)
Lewis Alexander ...
Bystander at Albert Court (uncredited)
John William Ault ...
Man at Meeting (uncredited)
Frances Baker ...
Woman in Street (uncredited)
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Train traveller (uncredited)
Peter Childs ...
Man at Meeting (uncredited)
Ian Clowe ...
Piper (uncredited)
Harold Coyne ...
Man at Meeting (uncredited)
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Man at Liberal Party Meeting (uncredited)
Anthony Dawes ...
Butler (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
Jill Goldston ...
Nun (uncredited)
Gerald Home ...
Sailor (uncredited)
Billy Jardine ...
Tramp (uncredited)
Cyril Kent ...
Man at Meeting (uncredited)
Roy Lansford ...
Official (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ...
Lady on Stairs (uncredited)
Tommy Little ...
Man at Meeting (uncredited)
John More ...
Diner (uncredited)
Maureen Nelson ...
Guest (uncredited)
James Payne ...
Onlooker (uncredited)
Charles Price ...
Guest (uncredited)
Bob Raymond ...
Guest (uncredited)
Mike Reynell ...
Servant (uncredited)
Henry Roberts ...
Man at Meeting and Street (uncredited)
Pat Ryan ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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General (uncredited)
Fred Stroud ...
Man in Street (uncredited)
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Parliamentary Committee Member (uncredited)
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Minister (uncredited)
Rita Tobin-Weske ...
Nun (uncredited)
Del Watson ...
Man in Street (uncredited)

Directed by

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Don Sharp

Written by

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Michael Robson ... (screenplay)
 
John Buchan ... (novel)

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Frank Bevis ... associate producer
James Kenelm Clarke ... executive producer
Greg Smith ... producer

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Ed Welch

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John Coquillon ... director of photography (as John Coquillion)

Film Editing by

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Eric Boyd-Perkins

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Irene Lamb

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Harry Pottle

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Jeanette Freeman ... hairdressing supervisor
Tom Smith ... makeup supervisor

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Ray Frift ... production supervisor

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Mike Higgins ... assistant director (as Michael Higgins)
Barry Langley ... first assistant director
Roy P. Stevens ... assistant director (as Roy Stevens)

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Peter Childs ... assistant art director
Denise Exshaw ... set dresser
Percy Godbold ... prop buyer
Jack Notman ... assistant art director
Stephen Hargreaves ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Ken Barker ... dubbing mixer
Vernon Messenger ... dubbing editor
Terry Poulton ... dubbing editor
Peter Sutton ... sound mixer
Don Wortham ... boom operator
Peter Desbois ... sound assistant (uncredited)
John Hayward ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

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Ron Ballanger ... special effects supervisor

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Colin Skeaping ... stunt coordinator

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James Bawden ... additional photography (as Jimmy Bawden)
Joe Pearce ... stills photographer
Herbert Smith ... camera operator
John Swan ... gaffer
Johnny Swan ... gaffer
Harry Waxman ... additional photography
Geoff Mulligan ... aerial cameraman (uncredited)

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Joyce Stoneman ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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David Alexander ... location manager

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Ed Welch ... conductor

Script and Continuity Department

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Pamela Mann ... continuity

Additional Crew

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Valerie Chamberlain ... production assistant
Bruce Cowan ... project manager and technical supervisor: Carlton International Media Limited
Geoff Freeman ... unit publicist
Jack Hawtree ... production accountant
Christine Hoy ... producer's assistant
Paul Shersby ... assistant to executive producer
James Payne ... stand-in for Robert Powell (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

The year is 1914, and Richard Hannay (Robert Powell), a mining engineer who is visiting Britain for a short time before returning to South Africa, is shocked when one of his neighbors, Colonel Scudder (Sir John Mills), bursts into his room one night and tells him a story that Prussian sleeper Agents are planning to start World War I by murdering a visiting foreign Minister. However, Scudder is murdered, and Hannay is framed for the death by the sleepers. Fleeing to Scotland, Hannay attempts to clear his name and to stop the agents, with the aid of Alex Mackenzie (Karen Dotrice), but not only is he is chased by Chief Superintendent Lomas (Eric Porter) for Scudder's death, but by the agents, who are headed by Appleton (David Warner), who has managed to hide himself in a high-placed position in the British Government.

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Taglines Every second counts in the adventure of a lifetime! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps (Canada, English title)
  • Les 39 marches (France)
  • 39 escalones (Spain)
  • Els trenta-nou esglaons (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Sanshíjiu jí táijie (China, Mandarin title)
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  • 102 min
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Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Robert Powell was cast in the lead role of Richard Hannay due to his popularity from starring in Jesus of Nazareth (1977). See more »
Goofs Whilst 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 whilst he is changing in the bedroom. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Clock (2010). See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: Early in 1914 a coded cable was sent from a European power to a house in west London. Decoded it read : "LET THE SLEEPERS AWAKE" See more »
Quotes Hannay: I thought he was a harmless lunatic!
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