The 39 Steps is a 1959 thriller film directed by Ralph Thomas and starring Kenneth More. It is based on the novel of the same name, although it is more a remake of the 1935 film version than a direct adaptation of the novel. As in the previous film, the setting was updated to the then-present day, and the villains were a spy ring intent on stealing British secrets.
This film provides examples of:
- The Cameo: A lot of them.
- Cool Train: The LNER again plays a role in the remake, this time providing a streamlined A4 Pacific◊.
- Not His Sled: Unlike in the novel, the mysterious phrase "the 39 steps" is the name of the spy ring.
- Token Romance: Adds a romance with a young woman Hannay meets while he's on the run.