The Thirty Nine Steps (1978)

Dir. Don Sharp / UK / Colour / 102m

This 1978 re-remake adheres more closely to the source novel by John Buchan than Alfred Hitchcock's better-known original, restoring the pre-World War I time frame of the Buchan story.

Hannay (Robert Powell) is an innocent bystander, suspected by enemy agents of having intercepted their secret war plans. Pursued by both the spies and the police, Hannay runs for his life in the company of Alex (Karen Dotrice). The film ends with a dizzying sequence on the face of Big Ben, borrowed from the 1942 Will Hay comedy ‘My Learned Friend’.

Where Hitchcock had Hanney flee to Glen Coe via the Forth Rail Bridge, here the hero goes on the run through Durisdeer, Forest of Ae and the wide glens of Dumfries & Galloway.

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Dumfries & Galloway, Drumlanrig Castle, Durisdeer, Forest of Ae, Morton Castle

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