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December 7th, 2017

The 39 Steps

The best film version of this classic adventure yarn

The 39 Steps

Don Sharp 1978, UK, 102 mins.

There have been at least four film versions of John Buchan's novel The Thirty-Nine Steps, including one by Alfred Hitchcock, but this is by far the best. It has dash, brio, great acting and sticks to the original story. A synopsis:

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 is headed by Appleton who has managed to hide himself in a high-placed position in the British Government ... (IMDB)

The film will be preceded by a short talk by regular audience member Mark Eade.