39 Steps, The (1935)

Date: 1935
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Production Company: Gaumont British

Stars: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie
Location(s): Hertfordshire, London, Lothian, Scottish Highlands (Scotland)

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A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and he stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring trying to steal top secret information. Spies, plots, Nazis, hypnotism and false accusations. Gripping stuff!

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Also known as ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’.

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Richard Hannay leaves the milk float that helps him escape from London. Park Crescent, Regent's Park, London.

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A "later" rather than a "now"!

Establishing shot of the Forth Bridge, South Queensferry, Edinburgh in Lothian.

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The tree is still there but another tree has grown next to it and would have obscured the view of the bridge if I'd included it. SD

Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) arrives at Professor Jordan's home in Alt-na-Shellach. Alan Watt advises that this gateway is located just over the River Coe beyond the village of Glencoe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. The gateway is the entrance in to the now very plush Glencoe House Hotel.

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Alan also provides this shot of how the elusive location looked in 2014 but adds that he is saddened to note that both pillars have since been knocked down and the little gatehouse is in an even worse state.

Hannay and Pamela are driven away by agents masquerading as policemen. Looking North on the pedestrianised part of High Street, Fort William in the Scottish Highlands located by Alan Watt.

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Another comparison from Allan taken in August 2014

Pamela (Madeleine Carroll) arrives at the theatre towards the end of the film. Noel Chow notes that 'This looks very much like the entrance to the The London Palladium on Argyle Street W1.'

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And Noel also provides the proof, the portico and the main doors certainly look the same.