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The Thirty Nine Steps (1978)





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This 1978 re-remake of The 39 Steps adheres more closely to the source novel by John Buchan than Alfred Hitchcock's better-known original, restoring the pre-World War I time frame of the Buchan story. Hannay (Robert Powell) is an innocent bystander, suspected by enemy agents of having intercepted their secret war plans. Pursued by both the spies and the police, Hannay runs for his life in the company of Alex (Karen Dotrice). The Thirty-Nine Steps ends with a "high and dizzy" sequence on the face of Big Ben, borrowed from the 1942 Will Hay comedy My Learned Friend.

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Robert Powell
as Richard Hannay
David Warner
as Sir Edmund Appleton
John Mills
as Scudder
Eric Porter
as Chief Supt Lomas
George Baker
as Sir Walter Bullivant
Andrew Keir
as Lord Rohan
Robert Flemyng
as Magistrate
David Collings
as Tillotson
John Welsh
as Lord Belthane
Edward de Souza
as Woodville
John Grieve
as Police Constable Forbes
Joan Henley
as Lady Nettleship
Leo Dolan
as Milkman
Artro Morris
as The Scott
Paul Jerricho
as Police Constable Scott
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Critic Reviews for The Thirty Nine Steps

All Critics (1)

A smooth, rapid, sophisticated, international spy piece, perfectly produced by the British.

April 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Thirty Nine Steps


I actually enjoy more of this version of the Buchan novel than the Hitchcock version, possibly due to the set-pieces like the climax on Big Ben and the paralysis scene in the health spa. Powell is a very good Hannay and I'd be keen to see him as the same character in the TV series that followed. The direction isn't as flashy as the Hitchcock version and it's more like a TV movie than a big screen version but with a strong cast and some good sequences this is well worth checking out.

David Sayers
David Sayers

Super Reviewer


Far better than Hitchcock's overrated adaptation

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


Although the Hitchcock version is superior, this does have its moments.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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