The Thirty Nine Steps (1978)

This third film version of The Thirty-Nine Steps stays much closer to the plot of John Buchan’s novel than previous adaptations and moves the story’s setting back to the eve of The First World War.

Colonel Scudder (John Mills) is a British spy who has uncovered a plot to assassinate the Greek premier on his visit to London, something that will spark a crisis in the Balkans and likely lead to war in Europe. When he finds himself pursued by enemy agents determined to kill him and take possession of his evidence against them, Scudder seeks sanctuary in the apartment of a neighbour in his building, Richard Hannay (Robert Powell). Read more …

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  1. First saw the Donat 39 Steps a few years ago when I got the nod it was a fun fast paced action flick. I loved it. Never crossed my mind there wasn’t 39 Steps in the story lol…

    I haven’t seen the Kenneth More version. I see it doesn’t get favorable reviews but I will give it a go one day soon.

    Haven’t seen the Jesus one since a kid. Remember some the scenes being pretty tense, esp the iconic Big Ben set piece where he engaged his spiritual force powers to hang on. Really should revisit it for a proper watch. Though I do feel the pull to have fun with the Hitch one once more.

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    1. Lol, the Jesus one. I think it’s a lot of fun and it has a good cast. It’s on TV quite a bit, a lot of people seem to like it. I quite like the Kenneth More version as well, but it’s mainly nostalgia and because it has a sort of cosiness about it, it isn’t an especially good film


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