History Literature / TheThirtyNineSteps

6th Nov '15 8:15:26 PM nombretomado
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** "Through the door?" No! Through the RearWindow!!"
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** "Through the door?" No! Through the RearWindow!!"Film/RearWindow!!"
30th Sep '15 9:01:02 PM PaulA
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Adapted four times for film, once for TV, once for the stage, and at least once for radio.
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Adapted four times for film, film (including [[Film/The39Steps1935 once by Hitchcock]]), once for TV, once for the stage, and at least once several times for radio.

'''The 1935 Creator/AlfredHitchcock film''' A loose adaptation of the book, moving the setting to the 1930s, turning Hannay into a Canadian (a possible nod to original author Buchan being made Governor-General of Canada in 1935), Scudder into a female spy of Central European origin and changing the nature of the secrets (a formula for a silent aircraft engine). Starring Robert Donat, it also adds a love interest to the story. In this version the 39 steps are a ring of foreign spies intent on stealing military secrets. This is the best known version. !!!This film contains examples of: * AdaptationDistillation - Hitchcock addressed the biggest flaw of the novel's plot: In the novel Hannay heads to the Scottish countryside to hide from both the police and the foreign agents pursuing him in London, and out of sheer bad luck walks right into his enemy's headquarters. The film gives a reason why Hannay heads right to the enemy's stronghold. * AlmostDeadGuy: Annabella makes it back to Richard's room and manages to tell him to run before keeling over with a knife in her back. * AnonymousRinger: The unnamed country is pretty clearly meant to be Germany. For one thing, the only two countries that call their foreign ministry an "Office" are the UK and Germany. * ArcNumber: The numbers 3 and 5 appear quite frequently. A couple examples include the numbers 5 and 10 (5 x 2) appearing in the corners of the film, the title being "39" (3 and 3 x 9, or 3 x 13), and the scenes being roughly 3 - 5 minutes in length. The significance is not present in the film itself, but a theme of bread and fish is seen throughout the film as an alleged reference to The Bible, where Jesus Christ takes 3 fish and loaves of bread to feed 5,000 people. * BrandishmentBluff: Richard tells Pamela that the tobacco pipe in his coat pocket is a gun. * ChainedHeat: Only for a couple of scenes, though. Pamela and Richard have been handcuffed together by the bad guys, but manage to escape. They make their way to a hotel, where they have to conceal the fact that they are cuffed to each other. Pamela manages to work her smaller hand out of the cuffs that night. * ChekhovsGunman / ChekhovsSkill: Mr. Memory is performing at the vaudeville hall where Richard meets Annabella in the opening scene. It seems like an espionage version of MeetCute. Then in the last scene Mr. Memory pops up again, and Richard realizes that Memory is working for the 39 Steps and has memorized the secret information. * ClearMyName: Richard has to prove he didn't murder Annabella. * CoolTrain: The London and North Eastern Railway's [[http://ukrailways1970tilltoday.me.uk/Doncaster_openday_A3_2003.jpg Flying Scotsman]], as shown in the film poster. * CreatorCameo: As required in an Alfred Hitchcock film. Here he is seen taking out a cigarette and throwing the empty pack on the ground as Richard and Annabella board a bus. * DeadpanSnarker: Hannay, like when Pamela refuses to believe he's innocent, so he instead invents a whole criminal career. * DreamMelody: Richard can't get a jingle out of his head. He realizes at the end that it's Mr. Memory's stage music. * FakeOutMakeOut: Subverted. The police are hunting for Richard on the train. He dives into Pamela's cabin and kisses her in an effort to hide his face. She then turns him in. * HumanHardDrive: How the 39 Steps are getting the information out of the country, by having Mr. Memory memorize it. * LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Richard's reaction to Annabella's tale of espionage. --> "A beautiful mysterious woman pursued by a gunman? Sounds like a spy story." * MacGuffin: In true Hitchcock fashion, it's something that isn't really explained very much--"a secret vital to your air defense", apparently a silent plane engine. * MatchCut: From a cleaning lady screaming after finding Annabella's corpse to a train whistle's shriek. * MistakenForSpecialGuest / PushedInFrontOfTheAudience: Richard, running from the cops, dives into a building. He winds up on the stage at a political rally, where he's mistaken for the guest speaker. He gives a RousingSpeech. * OohMeAccentsSlipping: Robert Donat starts out trying to sound Canadian. By the end, not so much. * PocketProtector: Hannay is shot square in the chest by the bad guy, but he's saved by the Bible that was in his coat's pocket. * ScienceMarchesOn: The secret being smuggled out is implied to be a silent bomber engine, useful at a time when the only means of detecting attacking bombers was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acoustic_location acoustic location]]. As it happened though there really ''was'' a secret being protected at the time that would make such an invention obsolete -- radar. * SmithicalMarriage: Pamela and Richard have to pretend they are married to get a room in an inn.
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'''The 1935 Creator/AlfredHitchcock film''' A loose adaptation of the book, moving the setting to the 1930s, turning Hannay into a Canadian (a possible nod to original author Buchan being made Governor-General of Canada in 1935), Scudder into a female spy of Central European origin and changing the nature of the secrets (a formula for a silent aircraft engine). Starring Robert Donat, it also adds a love interest to the story. In this version the 39 steps are a ring of foreign spies intent on stealing military secrets. This is the best known version. !!!This film contains examples of: * AdaptationDistillation - Hitchcock addressed the biggest flaw of the novel's plot: In the novel Hannay heads to the Scottish countryside to hide from both the police and the foreign agents pursuing him in London, and out of sheer bad luck walks right into his enemy's headquarters. The film gives a reason why Hannay heads right to the enemy's stronghold. * AlmostDeadGuy: Annabella makes it back to Richard's room and manages to tell him to run before keeling over with a knife in her back. * AnonymousRinger: The unnamed country is pretty clearly meant to be Germany. For one thing, the only two countries that call their foreign ministry an "Office" are the UK and Germany. * ArcNumber: The numbers 3 and 5 appear quite frequently. A couple examples include the numbers 5 and 10 (5 x 2) appearing in the corners of the film, the title being "39" (3 and 3 x 9, or 3 x 13), and the scenes being roughly 3 - 5 minutes in length. The significance is not present in the film itself, but a theme of bread and fish is seen throughout the film as an alleged reference to The Bible, where Jesus Christ takes 3 fish and loaves of bread to feed 5,000 people. * BrandishmentBluff: Richard tells Pamela that the tobacco pipe in his coat pocket is a gun. * ChainedHeat: Only for a couple of scenes, though. Pamela and Richard have been handcuffed together by the bad guys, but manage to escape. They make their way to a hotel, where they have to conceal the fact that they are cuffed to each other. Pamela manages to work her smaller hand out of the cuffs that night. * ChekhovsGunman / ChekhovsSkill: Mr. Memory is performing at the vaudeville hall where Richard meets Annabella in the opening scene. It seems like an espionage version of MeetCute. Then in the last scene Mr. Memory pops up again, and Richard realizes that Memory is working for the 39 Steps and has memorized the secret information. * ClearMyName: Richard has to prove he didn't murder Annabella. * CoolTrain: The London and North Eastern Railway's [[http://ukrailways1970tilltoday.me.uk/Doncaster_openday_A3_2003.jpg Flying Scotsman]], as shown in the film poster. * CreatorCameo: As required in an Alfred Hitchcock film. Here he is seen taking out a cigarette and throwing the empty pack on the ground as Richard and Annabella board a bus. * DeadpanSnarker: Hannay, like when Pamela refuses to believe he's innocent, so he instead invents a whole criminal career. * DreamMelody: Richard can't get a jingle out of his head. He realizes at the end that it's Mr. Memory's stage music. * FakeOutMakeOut: Subverted. The police are hunting for Richard on the train. He dives into Pamela's cabin and kisses her in an effort to hide his face. She then turns him in. * HumanHardDrive: How the 39 Steps are getting the information out of the country, by having Mr. Memory memorize it. * LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Richard's reaction to Annabella's tale of espionage. --> "A beautiful mysterious woman pursued by a gunman? Sounds like a spy story." * MacGuffin: In true Hitchcock fashion, it's something that isn't really explained very much--"a secret vital to your air defense", apparently a silent plane engine. * MatchCut: From a cleaning lady screaming after finding Annabella's corpse to a train whistle's shriek. * MistakenForSpecialGuest / PushedInFrontOfTheAudience: Richard, running from the cops, dives into a building. He winds up on the stage at a political rally, where he's mistaken for the guest speaker. He gives a RousingSpeech. * OohMeAccentsSlipping: Robert Donat starts out trying to sound Canadian. By the end, not so much. * PocketProtector: Hannay is shot square in the chest by the bad guy, but he's saved by the Bible that was in his coat's pocket. * ScienceMarchesOn: The secret being smuggled out is implied to be a silent bomber engine, useful at a time when the only means of detecting attacking bombers was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acoustic_location acoustic location]]. As it happened though there really ''was'' a secret being protected at the time that would make such an invention obsolete -- radar. * SmithicalMarriage: Pamela and Richard have to pretend they are married to get a room in an inn.[[Film/The39Steps1935 its own page]].'''
1st Jul '15 10:39:14 PM Herbieriffer
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* CoolTrain: The London and North Eastern Railway's [[http://ukrailways1970tilltoday.me.uk/Doncaster_openday_A3_2003.jpg Flying Scotsman]], as shown in the film poster.

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* TheCameo TheCameo: (a lot of them)them) * CoolTrain: The LNER again plays a role in the remake, this time providing a [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/64/Peterborough_North_3_geograph-2284111-by-Ben-Brooksbank.jpg streamlined A4 Pacific.]]
13th Mar '15 11:44:45 AM mlsmithca
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Only one N in "Donat". (I always call him "Robert Doughnut" myself.)
A loose adaptation of the book, moving the setting to the 1930s, turning Hannay into a Canadian (a possible nod to original author Buchan being made Governor-General of Canada in 1935), Scudder into a female spy of Central European origin and changing the nature of the secrets (a formula for a silent aircraft engine). Starring Robert Donnat, it also adds a love interest to the story. In this version the 39 steps are a ring of foreign spies intent on stealing military secrets.
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A loose adaptation of the book, moving the setting to the 1930s, turning Hannay into a Canadian (a possible nod to original author Buchan being made Governor-General of Canada in 1935), Scudder into a female spy of Central European origin and changing the nature of the secrets (a formula for a silent aircraft engine). Starring Robert Donnat, Donat, it also adds a love interest to the story. In this version the 39 steps are a ring of foreign spies intent on stealing military secrets.
5th Jan '15 11:36:33 AM TheUnsquished
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For the 2008 Christmas season, TheBBC did another adaptation of the book, but added another love interest and moved the setting very slightly forward (it's now June 1914). The 39 steps are [[spoiler:steps leading down to a Scottish loch]].
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For the 2008 Christmas season, TheBBC Creator/TheBBC did another adaptation of the book, but added another love interest and moved the setting very slightly forward (it's now June 1914). The 39 steps are [[spoiler:steps leading down to a Scottish loch]].
27th Dec '14 2:50:28 PM SilentHunterUK
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* AnonymousRinger: The unnamed country is pretty clearly meant to be Germany.
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* AnonymousRinger: The unnamed country is pretty clearly meant to be Germany. For one thing, the only two countries that call their foreign ministry an "Office" are the UK and Germany.
17th Dec '14 3:19:28 PM nightkiller
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John Buchan was one of the world's first spy novelists, and did a similar job for the genre as Creator/JRRTolkien did for fantasy. ''The Thirty-Nine Steps'' is his most famous work, written in the run-up to WorldWarOne. It was a huge popular success and owed much to its 1903 predecessor, Erskine Childers' ''The Riddle Of The Sands'', and the adventure stories of Creator/HRiderHaggard. Buchan began his writing career as a journalist, but enlisted at the start of the First World War, working away from the front lines producing propaganda for the War Office. His experiences of the war, interwoven with a strong sense of national pride, a love of Africa and a belief in the strength of the British character, are themes in many of his novels.
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John Buchan was one of the world's first spy novelists, and did a similar job for the genre as Creator/JRRTolkien did for fantasy. ''The Thirty-Nine Steps'' is his most famous work, written published in 1915 and set during the run-up to WorldWarOne. It was a huge popular success and owed much to its 1903 predecessor, Erskine Childers' ''The Riddle Of The Sands'', and the adventure stories of Creator/HRiderHaggard. Buchan began his writing career as a journalist, but enlisted at the start of the First World War, working away from the front lines producing propaganda for the War Office. His experiences of the war, interwoven with a strong sense of national pride, a love of Africa and a belief in the strength of the British character, are themes in many of his novels.
21st Jun '14 3:13:03 PM jamespolk
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* MistakenForSpecialGuest: Richard, running from the cops, dives into a building. He winds up on the stage at a political rally, where he's mistaken for the guest speaker. He gives a RousingSpeech.
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* MistakenForSpecialGuest: MistakenForSpecialGuest / PushedInFrontOfTheAudience: Richard, running from the cops, dives into a building. He winds up on the stage at a political rally, where he's mistaken for the guest speaker. He gives a RousingSpeech.
21st Jun '14 3:10:07 PM jamespolk
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* MistakenForSpecialGuest: Richard, running from the cops, dives into a building. He winds up on the stage at a political rally, where he's mistaken for the guest speaker. He gives a RousingSpeech.
21st Jun '14 3:07:11 PM jamespolk
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* HumanHardDrive: How the 39 Steps are getting the information out of the country, by having Mr. Memory memorize it.
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