Robert Powell, John Mills, Eric Porter,
Colonel Scudder unearths a plot to assassinate the Greek Prime Minister
in London. He confides his fears in two Cabinet Ministers, who are
mysteriously murdered. Fearing for his life Scudder takes refuge in
Richard Hannay's apartment, who consequently becomes and innocent
victim caught in the web of espionage. When Scudder is also murdered,
Hannay is the only suspect and to claim his innocence he has to solve
the mystery of the thirty nine steps.
This film is excellent,
Robert Powell was born to play Richard Hannay (that's why ten years
later he was to taken the same character for a tv series).
Just because I'm so
curious I read the novel by John Buchan and I'll just tell you that if
this film is much more closer (much more!) to the novel than the
Hitchcock one, it has NOTHING TO DO with the novel. Frankly, the film
is much better. Just let me tell you that the film is closer to the
book until the moment Hannay takes refuge in a hermit's hut. In the
book you can read 40 more pages without nothing interesting... ten more
pages and we ignore what the 39 steps are... half a page to finish the
book and we still don't know what the hell the 39 steps are.... ah!
finally everything is solved in five lines! anyway, the war was