History Literature / TheThirtyNineSteps

25th Jun '17 11:29:04 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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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, published in 1915 and set during the run-up to UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. 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 World War I, 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 [[SpyLiterature spy novelists, novelists]], and did a similar job for the genre as Creator/JRRTolkien did for fantasy. ''The Thirty-Nine Steps'' is his most famous work, published in 1915 and set during the run-up to UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. 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 World War I, 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.
28th May '17 12:34:03 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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''The Thirty-Nine Steps'' is a thriller novel by John Buchan.

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''The Thirty-Nine Steps'' is a thriller {{thriller}} novel by John Buchan.
28th Feb '17 5:26:54 AM benda
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* ConspiracyTheory: One involving vengeful Jewish financiers in the first book, [[spoiler:but this is later jossed in-universe when it turns out that the man who told this to Hannay wasn't 100% sure if he could trust Hannay with his findings on the ''real'' conspiracy (which didn't involve Jewish people at all) and instead just made something up using the prevailing bigotry of the time. Alternatively, as BunnyEarsLawyer, he might even have himself believed what he said, but the novel is pretty clear that the Jews have nothing to do with what actuyally happens.]].

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* ConspiracyTheory: One involving vengeful Jewish financiers in the first book, [[spoiler:but this is later jossed in-universe when it turns out that the man who told this to Hannay wasn't 100% sure if he could trust Hannay with his findings on the ''real'' conspiracy (which didn't involve Jewish people at all) and instead just made something up using the prevailing bigotry of the time. Alternatively, as BunnyEarsLawyer, he might even have himself believed what he said, but the novel is pretty clear that the Jews have nothing to do with what actuyally actually happens.]].



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Scudder presents the conspiracy as being masterminded by the Jews, but it's later revealed that this is a flight of fancy based on his own prejudices.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Scudder presents the conspiracy as being masterminded by the Jews, but it's later revealed that this is a flight of fancy based on his own prejudices.prejudices; what's more, no one of those he talks to takes the possibility of Jewish conspiracy seriously in the first place.
28th Feb '17 5:24:37 AM benda
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* ConspiracyTheory: One involving vengeful Jewish financiers in the first book, [[spoiler:but this is later jossed in-universe when it turns out that the man who told this to Hannay wasn't 100% sure if he could trust Hannay with his findings on the ''real'' conspiracy (which didn't involve Jewish people at all) and instead just made something up using the prevailing bigotry of the time]].

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* ConspiracyTheory: One involving vengeful Jewish financiers in the first book, [[spoiler:but this is later jossed in-universe when it turns out that the man who told this to Hannay wasn't 100% sure if he could trust Hannay with his findings on the ''real'' conspiracy (which didn't involve Jewish people at all) and instead just made something up using the prevailing bigotry of the time]].time. Alternatively, as BunnyEarsLawyer, he might even have himself believed what he said, but the novel is pretty clear that the Jews have nothing to do with what actuyally happens.]].
26th Feb '17 4:52:30 PM nombretomado
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Several, but especially Karolides (for Franz Ferdinand) and Sandy Arbuthnot (for [[LawrenceOfArabia T.E. Lawrence]]).

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Several, but especially Karolides (for Franz Ferdinand) and Sandy Arbuthnot (for [[LawrenceOfArabia [[Film/LawrenceOfArabia T.E. Lawrence]]).
15th Feb '17 2:23:25 PM LongTallShorty64
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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Ida Lupino, playing an Englishwoman in the 1937 radio adaptation by the Lux Radio Theatre.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Ida Lupino, Creator/IdaLupino, playing an Englishwoman in the 1937 radio adaptation by the Lux Radio Theatre.
27th Oct '16 11:16:42 AM dlchen145
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* FourStarBadass: Hannay's rapid promotion to Major-General is entirely due to him being one determined BadAss.

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* FourStarBadass: Hannay's rapid promotion to Major-General is entirely due to him being one determined BadAss.badass.
31st May '16 8:04:24 PM PaulA
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Adapted [[Film/The39Steps four times for film]] (including [[Film/The39Steps1935 once by Hitchcock]]), once for TV, [[Theatre/The39Steps once for the stage]], several times for radio, and recently as a (linear) visual novel.

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Adapted [[Film/The39Steps four times for film]] (including [[Film/The39Steps1935 once by Hitchcock]]), once for TV, [[Theatre/The39Steps once for the stage]], several times for radio, and recently as a (linear) visual novel.
31st May '16 11:06:33 AM flashcactus
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Adapted [[Film/The39Steps four times for film]] (including [[Film/The39Steps1935 once by Hitchcock]]), once for TV, [[Theatre/The39Steps once for the stage]], and several times for radio.

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Adapted [[Film/The39Steps four times for film]] (including [[Film/The39Steps1935 once by Hitchcock]]), once for TV, [[Theatre/The39Steps once for the stage]], and several times for radio.
radio, and recently as a (linear) visual novel.
12th Apr '16 8:43:34 PM PaulA
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Scudder in ''The Thirty-Nine Steps'' is a spy who, while very competent, believes in every anti-Semitic conspiracy theory under the sun. He ends up assassinated, showing the problems which come from pursuing false conspiracies and overlooking real ones, but he is still treated with respect by his colleagues prior to that.



* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: Scudder

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* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: ScudderImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin:
** Scudder and his notebook at the beginning of ''The Thirty-Nine Steps''.
** In ''Greenmantle'', a dying man staggers into a Kashnir outpost carrying a bit of paper on which is scrawled, 'Kasredin', 'v1' and 'cancer'. Cue race against time to decipher same.


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!!Adaptations with their own trope pages include:

* ''Film/{{The 39 Steps|1935}}'' - the 1935 Hitchcock film
* ''Film/The39Steps'' - other film adaptations
* ''Theatre/The39Steps'' - the comedic theater adaptation in which four actors play LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles

!!Other adaptations provide examples of:

* ForDoomTheBellTolls: The 1938 radio adaptation by The Mercury Theatre on the Air starts off with the ringing of heavy, ominous church bells as Richard Hannay, a murder suspect on the run from the police and enemy secret agents, is trying to catch a train.
* InMediasRes: The 1938 radio adaptation by The Mercury Theatre on the Air starts with Hannay already on the run. Later, Hannay recounts in a long flashback how things came to this.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Ida Lupino, playing an Englishwoman in the 1937 radio adaptation by the Lux Radio Theatre.
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