The Thirty Nine Steps

Category: Mystery
The year is 1914 and Richard Hannay, Mining Engineer who is visiting Britain for a short time before returning to South Africa, is shocked when one of his neighbours, Colonel Scudder, bursts into his rooms one night and tells him a story that Prussian 'sleeper' agents are planning to pre-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 but not only is he is chased by Chief Supt Lomas for Scudder's death but by the agents who are headed by Appleton who has managed to hide himself in a high-placed position in the British Government...

Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 1978-11-04
Run time: 102 minute / 1:42
Director: Don Sharp
Writer: Michael Robson
Production Country: United Kingdom



Robert Powell
as Richard Hannay
David Warner
as Sir Edmund Appleton
John Mills
as Scudder
Karen Dotrice
as Alex Mackenzie
Eric Porter
as Chief Superintendent Lomas
George Baker
as Sir Walter Bullivant
Ronald Pickup
as Bayliss
Donald Pickering
as Marshall
Timothy West
as Porton
Miles Anderson
as David
Andrew Keir
as Lord Rohan
Robert Flemyng
as Magistrate
William Squire
as Harkness
Paul McDowell
as McLean
David Collings
as Tillotson
John Normington
as Fletcher
John Welsh
as Lord Belthane
Edward de Souza
as Woodville
Tony Steedman
as Admiral
John Grieve
as PC Forbes
Andrew Downie
as Stewart
Donald Bisset
as Renfrew
Derek Anders
as Donald
Oliver Maguire
as Martins
Joan Henley
as Lady Nettleship
Prentis Hancock
as Perryman
Leo Dolan
as Milkman
James Garbutt
as Miller
Artro Morris
as The Scot
Robert Gillespie
as Crombie
Raymond Young
as Guide
Paul Jerricho
as PC Scott
Michael Bilton
as Vicar
Guy Standeven
as General (uncredited)
Eric Boyd-Perkins Editor

Don Sharp Director

Colin Skeaping Stunt Coordinator

Michael Robson Screenplay
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