The Thirty Nine Steps Reviews

  • Sep 11, 2014

    wow.....thrilling....brilliant....amazing....i have just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a great movie 2 watch, its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie.....i think that robert powell, david warner, eric porter (.R.I.P.), karen dotrice, john mills (.R.I.P.), play good roles/parts throughout this movie....i think that the director of this mystery/suspense/adventure/action movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie....i think that this is such a thrilling movie 2 watch, The film was popular at the box office. Greg Smith said that John Buchan's son, Lord Tweedsmuir, was pleased the movie used more of his father's book, and that he thought his father would have liked the Big Ben ending A soundtrack album was released on United Artists Records. In addition to cues from the film, Ed Welch composed The Thirty Nine Steps Concerto, an extended piece for piano and orchestra in a vein similar to Richard Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto. Christopher Headington was the soloist, with the Rank Studio Orchestra conducted by the composer. It has not yet reappeared on CD. Williams defended the idea of adapting a previously adapted novel: The old films suffer technically against today's. The pace of modern films is much faster. The style of acting is different. Those old actors were marvelous, but if you consult the man in the street, he's more interested in seeing a current artist than someone who's been dead for years. A replica of Big Ben was built on Pinewood Studios. The idea of Hannay dangling from the hands of Big Ben came in part from a stunt performed by Harold Lloyd in the silent comedy classic Safety Last (1923). The privately owned Severn Valley Railway Company leant the film a steam engine, together with authentic rolling stock and a section of track, for shooting i think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch, its got a great cast throughout this movie....man this is such a fantastic thriller movie 2 watch, its got a great cast throughout this movie.... the whole cast::: Robert Powell as Richard Hannay David Warner as Sir Edmund Appleton Eric Porter as Chief Superintendent Lomas Karen Dotrice as Alex Mackenzie John Mills as Scudder George Baker as Sir Walter Bullivant Ronald Pickup as Bayliss Donald Pickering as Marshall Timothy West as Porton Miles Anderson as David Hamilton Andrew Keir as Lord R Robert Flemyng as Magistrate William Squire as Harkness Paul McDowell as McLean David Collings as Tillotson man this is such a thrilling movie 2 watch, its got a great cast throughout this movie.....YOU HAVE GOT TO WATCH THE END OF THE CREDITS THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE AS SOMETHING HAPPENS AT THE END OF THE CREDITS THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE.....man this is such a thrilling movie 2 watch, This version of Buchan's tale starred Robert Powell as Richard Hannay, Karen Dotrice as Alex, John Mills as Colonel Scudder, and a host of other well-known British actors in smaller parts. It is generally regarded as the closest to the novel, being set before World War I. The early events and overall feel of the film bear much resemblance to Buchan's original story, albeit with a few changes such as the re-casting of Scudder as a more immediately sympathetic character and the introduction of a love interest. It also introduces a different meaning for the "thirty-nine steps", although unlike its filmed predecessors it returns to Buchan's original notion of being an actual staircase. It is well remembered for the famous Big Ben end sequence, inspired by the 1943 film My Learned Friend, although this is its most fundamental deviation from Buchan's original story, which reaches its culmination in a coastal location in Kent. Powell later reprised the role in the ITV series Hannay in 1988 (six episodes) and 1989 (seven episodes). man this is such a thrilling movie 2 watch, with a great cast throughout this movie.....

    wow.....thrilling....brilliant....amazing....i have just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a great movie 2 watch, its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie.....i think that robert powell, david warner, eric porter (.R.I.P.), karen dotrice, john mills (.R.I.P.), play good roles/parts throughout this movie....i think that the director of this mystery/suspense/adventure/action movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie....i think that this is such a thrilling movie 2 watch, The film was popular at the box office. Greg Smith said that John Buchan's son, Lord Tweedsmuir, was pleased the movie used more of his father's book, and that he thought his father would have liked the Big Ben ending A soundtrack album was released on United Artists Records. In addition to cues from the film, Ed Welch composed The Thirty Nine Steps Concerto, an extended piece for piano and orchestra in a vein similar to Richard Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto. Christopher Headington was the soloist, with the Rank Studio Orchestra conducted by the composer. It has not yet reappeared on CD. Williams defended the idea of adapting a previously adapted novel: The old films suffer technically against today's. The pace of modern films is much faster. The style of acting is different. Those old actors were marvelous, but if you consult the man in the street, he's more interested in seeing a current artist than someone who's been dead for years. A replica of Big Ben was built on Pinewood Studios. The idea of Hannay dangling from the hands of Big Ben came in part from a stunt performed by Harold Lloyd in the silent comedy classic Safety Last (1923). The privately owned Severn Valley Railway Company leant the film a steam engine, together with authentic rolling stock and a section of track, for shooting i think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch, its got a great cast throughout this movie....man this is such a fantastic thriller movie 2 watch, its got a great cast throughout this movie.... the whole cast::: Robert Powell as Richard Hannay David Warner as Sir Edmund Appleton Eric Porter as Chief Superintendent Lomas Karen Dotrice as Alex Mackenzie John Mills as Scudder George Baker as Sir Walter Bullivant Ronald Pickup as Bayliss Donald Pickering as Marshall Timothy West as Porton Miles Anderson as David Hamilton Andrew Keir as Lord R Robert Flemyng as Magistrate William Squire as Harkness Paul McDowell as McLean David Collings as Tillotson man this is such a thrilling movie 2 watch, its got a great cast throughout this movie.....YOU HAVE GOT TO WATCH THE END OF THE CREDITS THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE AS SOMETHING HAPPENS AT THE END OF THE CREDITS THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE.....man this is such a thrilling movie 2 watch, This version of Buchan's tale starred Robert Powell as Richard Hannay, Karen Dotrice as Alex, John Mills as Colonel Scudder, and a host of other well-known British actors in smaller parts. It is generally regarded as the closest to the novel, being set before World War I. The early events and overall feel of the film bear much resemblance to Buchan's original story, albeit with a few changes such as the re-casting of Scudder as a more immediately sympathetic character and the introduction of a love interest. It also introduces a different meaning for the "thirty-nine steps", although unlike its filmed predecessors it returns to Buchan's original notion of being an actual staircase. It is well remembered for the famous Big Ben end sequence, inspired by the 1943 film My Learned Friend, although this is its most fundamental deviation from Buchan's original story, which reaches its culmination in a coastal location in Kent. Powell later reprised the role in the ITV series Hannay in 1988 (six episodes) and 1989 (seven episodes). man this is such a thrilling movie 2 watch, with a great cast throughout this movie.....

  • Dec 23, 2013

    an enjoyable romp but not as atmospheric as the original

    an enjoyable romp but not as atmospheric as the original

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    David S Super Reviewer
    Dec 22, 2013

    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.

    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.

  • Jan 09, 2013

    Don Sharp's remake of a remake is straightforward but unexciting.

    Don Sharp's remake of a remake is straightforward but unexciting.

  • Dec 05, 2012

    Far better than Hitchcock's overrated adaptation

    Far better than Hitchcock's overrated adaptation

  • Oct 06, 2012

    Good remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic. Not as good as the original, but entertaining enough. Plot is not identical to the original - less complex, more contemporary, though, interestingly, is set in an earlier period. Decent performances, though none stand out.

    Good remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic. Not as good as the original, but entertaining enough. Plot is not identical to the original - less complex, more contemporary, though, interestingly, is set in an earlier period. Decent performances, though none stand out.

  • Jul 04, 2012

    Great story-line and charismatic acting.

    Great story-line and charismatic acting.

  • Apr 12, 2012

    Much better than the Kenneth More version, this one has the clever trick of returning to the source novel - which Hitchcock ignored for his version - and telling a thrilling tale of pre-WW1 espionage, with a thrilling sequence for the climax. A great little British B-movie.

    Much better than the Kenneth More version, this one has the clever trick of returning to the source novel - which Hitchcock ignored for his version - and telling a thrilling tale of pre-WW1 espionage, with a thrilling sequence for the climax. A great little British B-movie.

  • Nov 25, 2010

    While not as good as the Hitchcock version,Don Sharps 78 reamke is far better than the wretched 1959 verssion with Kenneth Moore. Robert Powell is darn good as Richard Hannay ,with his chipper approach to derring do he creates a cracking boys own vesrsion of the story as he chased halfway across Scotland and back to London to a very exciting setpiece on Big Ben. The film has a quality sheen with David Warner as a Hissable Villain and Eric Poarter as a dogged policeman all turning in good performances. The set pieces in the film are well staged and of course the Big Ben finale is memeorable for its hold your breath moments. Ok so it doesnt have the Hitchcock humor and its a little po faced in places ,but i really enjoyed this fast paced story

    While not as good as the Hitchcock version,Don Sharps 78 reamke is far better than the wretched 1959 verssion with Kenneth Moore. Robert Powell is darn good as Richard Hannay ,with his chipper approach to derring do he creates a cracking boys own vesrsion of the story as he chased halfway across Scotland and back to London to a very exciting setpiece on Big Ben. The film has a quality sheen with David Warner as a Hissable Villain and Eric Poarter as a dogged policeman all turning in good performances. The set pieces in the film are well staged and of course the Big Ben finale is memeorable for its hold your breath moments. Ok so it doesnt have the Hitchcock humor and its a little po faced in places ,but i really enjoyed this fast paced story

  • Oct 17, 2009

    awsome view of the political side of life

    awsome view of the political side of life