The 39 Steps


The 39 Steps

Classic Hitchcock mystery. A man is pursued by the police for a murder he did not commit, and by an international spy ring for information he does not possess.


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JAUNTY MUSIC PLAYS

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Stalls, please.

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APPLAUSE AS MUSIC ENDS

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Ladies and gentlemen, with your attention and permission,

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I have the honour to present one of the most remarkable men alive!

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< How remarkable? He's sweating!

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LAUGHTER And is that a surprise? Every day he commits to memory 50 new facts.

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And he remembers every one! > Facts from history, geography, newspapers - millions of them.

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Think of the strain involved by his prodigious feats!

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< His feet ain't half as big as yours!

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I'm referring to his feats of memory.

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Test him, please. Ask him your questions and he will answer fully and freely. Mr Memory!

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APPLAUSE

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I ought to add before retiring that Mr Memory has left his brain to the British Museum.

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-A question, please. Ladies first.

-Where's my old man gone?

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Out with his bit!

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-LAUGHTER

-A serious question, please.

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What won the Derby in 1921?

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-Mr Jack Jones' Humorous by a length at odds of 6 to 1. Am I right, sir?

-Right!

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-< What won in 1936?

-Come back in 1937 and I'll tell you, sir!

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-How far is Winnipeg from Montreal?

-What won the Cup in 1926?

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-Waterloo or football?

-Football!

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-When did Chelsea win it?

-63 BC in front of the Emperor Nero!

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What causes pip in poultry? Ssh! Don't be so common! Well, our fowls have got it!

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How many races did Mick the Miller win? How old is Mae West?

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- Who was the last British heavyweight champion of the world? - My old woman!

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Bob Fitzsimmons. He defeated Jim Corbett at Carson City, Nevada, in October, 1897.

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He was 34 years old. Am I right?

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-How old is Mae West?

-I know, sir, but I never tell a lady's age!

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Next, please.

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What causes pip in poultry?

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How far is Winnipeg from Montreal?

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-Miss Winnie who, sir?

-How far is Winnipeg from Montreal?

-Ah! A gentleman from Canada!

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Winnipeg, the third city of Canada and capital of Manitoba province.

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-Distance from Montreal... 1,424 miles. Am I right, sir?

-Yes.

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-Next, please.

-BABBLE FROM CROWD

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How old's Mae West?

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How old's Mae West? >

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< Hey! You! How old's Mae West?

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Gentlemen! Please, you're not at home!

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What causes pip in... causes pip...in poultry?

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SCREAMING

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-Play! For God's sake play something and stop this panic!

-PLAYS MR MEMORY'S THEME

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Well, there we are.

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-May I come home with you?

-What's the idea?

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-I'd like to.

-It's your funeral. Come on, then. There's a bus.

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-You don't stay here always?

-I'm only over from Canada for a few months.

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By the way, am I allowed to know your name?

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-Smith?

-All right.

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-What do you think I do for a living?

-Actress?

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-Not in the way you mean.

-Chorus?

-No!

-I'm sorry.

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-Freelance.

-Out for adventure, eh? I've had the decorators in.

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-Wait till I find the switch.

-Not yet.

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Now!

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Mr Hannay, would you be very kind and turn that mirror with its face to the wall?

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-You'd be happier with curtains?

-Yes.

-Sorry.

-PHONE RINGS

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There's the phone. Just a minute.

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-Mr Hannay, don't answer the telephone!

-Why not?

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I think it's for me. Please don't answer.

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Just as you say.

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Won't you sit down?

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Thanks. Would you please kick that footstool over to me?

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-You needed that.

-I did.

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Thank you.

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-I owe you an explanation.

-Don't bother about me.

-We cannot talk here.

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All right.

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Just a minute.

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-OK?

-Mm-hmm.

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-Cigarette?

-No, thank you.

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PHONE RINGS

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-Your friend again.

-Take no notice.

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-Would you think me very troublesome if I asked for something to eat?

-Sure.

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-Do you like haddock?

-Yes, please.

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-I suppose your name isn't really Smith?

-It depends where I am.

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-You may call me Annabella.

-Annabella Smith.

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-GAS IGNITES Oh!

-Nervy? Upset by those shots tonight?

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I fired those shots.

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-What?

-To create a diversion.

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I had to get away quickly. There were two men there who wanted to kill me.

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-Be more careful with your gentlemen friends.

-You don't understand.

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A beautiful, mysterious woman pursued by gunmen? It sounds like a spy story.

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-That's exactly what it is. Only, I prefer the word "agent".

-Who for?

-Anyone who pays me.

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-What IS your country?

-I have none.

-Born in a balloon, eh? We'll let that go.

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Now I suppose you're over here to dig up some big State secret?

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No. I'm here to save a secret from being dug up.

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Not because I love England, but because it pays me better.

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A very brilliant foreign agent

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is on the point of obtaining a secret vital to your air defence.

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I tracked two of his men tonight,

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-but they recognised me. They're after me.

-That's too bad.

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Ever heard of persecution mania?

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-You don't believe me?

-Frankly, I don't.

-Go and look down in the street.

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-You win.

-Are they there?

-Yes.

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I hoped I'd shaken them off.

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I'm going to tell you something that's not very healthy to know,

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but now you are in it as much as I am.

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-How do you mean?

-Have you ever heard of The 39 Steps?

-Is it a pub?

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Never mind. But what you were laughing at just now is true.

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These men will stick at nothing. Only I can stop them.

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It's only a matter of days or hours before it's out of the country.

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-Why don't you tell the police?

-They wouldn't believe me either.

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And they would take too long. These men act quickly. You don't know how clever their chief is.

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-Clever and ruthless.

-Who is he?

-He has a dozen names.

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And he can look like 100 people.

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But one thing he cannot disguise.

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Part of his little finger's missing.

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-If you meet a man with no top joint there, be very careful.

-Thanks(!)

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-Meanwhile, what will you do?

-First, I'll eat my haddock.

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-And then, if you don't turn me out, have a good night's rest.

-You're welcome to my bed.

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I'll get a shake down on the couch.

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-Anything else I can get you?

-A map of Scotland.

-Why Scotland?

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There's a man in Scotland I must visit if anything is to be done.

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Are The 39 Steps in Scotland by any chance?

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Perhaps I'll tell you tomorrow.

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Clear out, Hannay! They'll get you next!

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PHONE RINGS

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What you were laughing at just now is true.

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These men will stop at nothing.

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PHONE CONTINUES RINGING

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There's a man in Scotland whom I must visit next if anything is to be done.

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It is only a matter of days, perhaps hours,

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before the secret is out of the country.

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The police would not believe me any more than you did.

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I tell you, these men act quickly.

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Quickly...quickly...

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Morning, sir. You're up early.

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-Could you use a pound?

-Eh?

-I want to borrow your cap and coat.

-What's the big idea?

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-I want to make a getaway.

-What have you been up to?

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-There's been a murder committed on the first floor.

-By you?

-No.

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By those two men out there.

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I see. And now they're waiting for a copper to arrest them(!)

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It's true. They're foreign spies. And now they're waiting for me.

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Oh, come off it!

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All right. I'll tell you the truth.

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-Are you married?

-Yes, but don't rub it in.

-I'm not, you see. I'm a bachelor.

-Are you?

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-A married woman lives here.

-Yes?

-And I've just paid her a call.

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And now I want to go home.

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-What's preventing you?

-Her brother and her husband!

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Why didn't you tell me before?

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Kidding me with a lot of tales! 'Ere, put on my little hat.

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-Take a pound note.

-No, sir. You'd do the same for me one day.

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Leave the pony round the corner.

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-So long, old sport.

-Thank you.

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Oi! The empties!

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Papers, magazines, chocolates, cigarettes...

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WHISTLE BLOWS

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There he is!

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TRAIN "SCREAMS"

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Well, for one thing, they're prettier than 20 years ago.

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-Free and easy.

-Better than the old sort. All bones and no bend!

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-But the old ones lasted longer.

-Mine last about a year. Here, I'll show you.

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There's a big demand for these now.

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-The old-fashioned sort.

-Brrrr(!) My wife!

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Take a look at these - our new streamlined model No. 1.

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-Anything to go with it?

-I should say so! Put a pretty girl in those!

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-Bring it back when it's filled!

-I will. ..Hello, what's this? Edinburgh, Waverley.

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-I hope you'll pardon us, sir.

-Certainly.

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-Good day, sir.

-Good day.

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-Broad-minded old geezer!

-I bet he's good at charades!

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-I wonder what won the 2 o'clock at Windsor.

-I'll get a paper.

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Say, son. Speak-a de English? Despatch.

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-Hello!

-What won it?

-There's been another woman murdered in a West End flat.

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-Sex dramas don't appeal to me. What won?

-Bachelor Buck.

-Oh, good.

-Portland Mansions.

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-By the BBC! That's a nice place to put someone to sleep.

-"Goodnight!"

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-What was she like?

-"A well-dressed woman of about 35. The tenant, Mr Hannay, is missing."

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You surprise me!

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"At 7 o'clock this morning, the charwoman..." What a liberty!

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-What?

-Is there NO honesty at all?

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"The new bodyline rubber corset. On sale today. McCutcheon Brothers, Princes Street.

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"Price, 17/9. Brassiere to match, 4/11."

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1/3 cheaper than our Streamline! No use going to Aberdeen now!

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-May I see your paper?

-Certainly.

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-Thank you.

-That's all right.

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There's enough evidence there to hang any man.

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-Can I help you, sir?

-Where does that train stop next?

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I'm not a porter! Away you go!

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-I've got a better one than that.

-That was very funny!

-You liked it?

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Have you heard the one about the young lady from Ongar?

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"There was a young lady of Ongar..."

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-Taking tea, sir?

-Yes. Thank you.

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Darling! How lovely to see you!

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A free meal!

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I'm sorry. My name's Hannay. They're after me. I'm innocent. You've got to help me.

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Have you seen a man passing?

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This is the man you want, I think.

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-But...

-He pushed in. His name is Hannay.

-Is it?

-No!

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-Coming to tea, sir?

-Right along.

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Pull that cord!

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BRAKES SCREECH

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Right! Go on, man!

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Get on with it!

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Why did you pull the cord? To stop the train, you fool! A man jumped off.

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He jumped off here, but I can't see him.

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There he is! That's a passenger. It's he, I tell you!

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NEWSBOYS CALL OUT: Hannay escapes! Paper!

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Hannay escapes! Extra special paper!

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RADIO: Height, about five foot ten. Small moustache.

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Last seen wearing a dark suit, but he may have changed clothing.

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-Good day!

-And to you.

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-What'll your business be?

-I'm a mechanic looking for work.

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-Not round here.

-No big houses?

-Only Sir Andrew. He won't want you.

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-He's had his chauffeur for 40 years.

-I didn't know there'd been cars that long.

-He was a coachman!

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-What's that?

-The manse.

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-Are there no newcomers?

-Aye, an Englishman. A professor.

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-Yes?

-He lives at Alt-na-shellach, across the loch.

-Near that village?

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It is.

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-Thanks. I'll try there.

-Not tonight. It's 14 miles.

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-Would that van give me a lift?

-No, bound the other way.

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I guess you're right.

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-Could you put me up somehow?

-Free?

-No, I'll pay.

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-Can you eat herring?

-Half a dozen!

-And sleep in a box-bed?

-I can try.

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-2/6.

-Take it now. Thank you.

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The gentleman will stay with us till tomorrow morning.

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-Your daughter?

-My wife!

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-Will ye no' come in?

-Thank you.

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Here's your bed. I'll lift these things.

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-Could you sleep there?

-Try and stop me!

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You'll be tired?

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I'll say I am! I'm on the tramp looking for a job.

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-Won't you sit down, please?

-Thank you.

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-Have you been in these parts long?

-No, I'm from Glasgow.

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-Did you ever see it?

-No.

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You should see Sauchiehall Street with all its fine shops

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and Argyle Street on Saturday night with the trams and their lights.

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It's Saturday night tonight.

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-You certainly don't get those things out here!

-No.

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Do you miss them?

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-Sometimes.

-I HAVE been to Edinburgh, Montreal and London.

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-I'll tell you about London later.

-John wouldn't approve of that.

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-Why not?

-Those places are wicked.

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Why not listen now before he comes back? What do you want to know?

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-Is it true that all the ladies paint their toenails?

-Some of them.

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-Do London ladies look beautiful?

-Yes, but not compared to you.

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-You ought not to say that.

-Say what?

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I was just saying that I prefer the town to the country.

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God made the country.

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Is the supper ready, woman?

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-Mind if I look at your paper?

-I don't mind.

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-You didnae say your name.

-Hammond.

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-Well, Mr Hammond, if you'll put down that paper, I'll say a blessing.

-Yes, of course.

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Sanctify these bounteous mercies to us miserable sinners.

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Make us truly thankful for them and all Thy manifold blessings.

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And continually turn our hearts from wickedness

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and from worldly things... unto Thee.

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Amen.

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I mind I forgot to lock the barn.

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CAR HORN BEEPS

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HORN BEEPS AGAIN

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-The police are coming. You best be going.

-Thank you.

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-I'll never forget you for this. Which way do I go?

-I'll show you.

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Aye, I might have known.

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Makin' love behind my back!

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-Get out!

-But...

-You, too!

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-Aye, go!

-And leave you? No fear!

-It's your chance of liberty!

-CAR HORN BLARES

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-She's only trying to help me!

-To bring shame and disgrace to me!

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-To escape from the police!

-Police?

-They're after me for murder.

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She was only trying to warn me. I had to tell her last night.

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Say I'm not here. I'll pay you.

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-How much?

-£5.

-Do you have that much? Give it to me!

-After they've gone.

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Get back into bed. Hide him.

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-No! I don't trust him.

-But he took the money.

-He couldn't resist it!

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MUFFLED CONVERSATION

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Have you seen a stranger about? >

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I was right. He's asking if there's a reward if you get catched.

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In a moment he'll let them in. Now's your time.

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Your jacket's too light-coloured.

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-You best take this one.

-Is it your husband's coat?

-His Sunday best. Never mind.

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-And you? He won't ill-treat you?

-No. He'll pray at me, no more.

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-What's your name?

-Margaret.

-I'll never forget you.

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There he goes!

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Spread out!

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-Is the master in?

-What name, sir?

-Mention Miss Annabella Smith.

-Would you wait here, sir?

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We better ask here. Somebody may have seen him.

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There's been a car here! The murderer didn't have one!

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Good day to you. Have you seen any strangers?

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There's no strangers here.

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Any suspicious-looking bodies calling at the hoose?

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Nobody's been near here, sir.

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-You're from Annabella Smith?

-Yes.

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We're having a few drinks for my daughter's birthday. Give me 5 minutes, then we'll talk.

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-Come and meet my wife. ..Louisa! This is Mr...? I am sorry.

-Hammond.

-Mr Hammond.

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He's come all the way from London.

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-It's the police at the door, sir.

-At the door?

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All right. I'll deal with it.

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Come and meet my daughters. This is Patricia.

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Mrs Bailey and Mrs Huntley.

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-Hilary, this is Mr...

-Hammond.

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How do you do, Mr Hammond? Do forgive the orgy!

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-This is Captain Ogilvie. Drink, Mr Hammond?

-Thank you.

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And this is Sheriff Watson. You've got to be polite to him.

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He'll give you 6 months' hard as soon as look at you!

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It's all right. Don't worry. I've sent them away.

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Come and see the view, Mr Hammond.

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We're rather proud of it.

0:38:250:38:28

< By the way, Sheriff, when are you going to catch that murderer?

0:38:310:38:36

The Portland Place murderer. He's here in the district!

0:38:360:38:41

He's been on the moors. Sheriff, you wouldn't want me stuck in the back with a knife, would you?

0:38:410:38:50

< If you catch him, I'LL convict him!

0:38:500:38:54

-We must let the Professor have his lunch.

-If you must go...

0:38:540:39:00

Pat! Ring for Captain Ogilvie's car, would you?

0:39:000:39:05

BUZZ OF CONVERSATION

0:39:050:39:08

Whenever you do catch him, I'm at the Sheriff Court at 10am.

0:39:140:39:19

Louisa, my dear, excuse us. Mr Hammond and I want to have a chat before lunch.

0:39:210:39:26

Now, Mr Hannay. I suppose it's safe to call you by your real name now.

0:39:340:39:40

-What about our friend Annabella?

-She's been murdered!

-Murdered?

0:39:400:39:45

-Oh, the Portland Mansions affair? What they're after you for.

-I didn't do it!

-Of course not.

0:39:450:39:52

But why come here to tell me?

0:39:520:39:55

I believe she was coming here about Air Ministry secrets. She was killed by a foreign agent.

0:39:550:40:03

-Did she describe him?

-No, but part of his little finger is missing.

0:40:030:40:08

-Which one?

-This one, I think.

-Sure it wasn't...this one?

0:40:080:40:13

SOMEONE AT THE DOOR

0:40:220:40:25

-Lunch is ready, dear.

-I'm coming.

0:40:330:40:36

Well, Mr Hannay, I'm afraid I'm guilty of leading you down the garden path.

0:40:360:40:43

Or should that be up?

0:40:430:40:46

It seems to be the wrong garden, all right!

0:40:460:40:50

Well... what are we going to do?

0:40:500:40:54

Exactly. What ARE we going to do?

0:40:540:40:58

You see, I live here as a respectable citizen.

0:40:580:41:02

My whole existence is jeopardised if it is known that I am not what I seem.

0:41:020:41:09

Why have you come here? Why force me into this difficult position?

0:41:090:41:15

I can't lock you up in a room. There's my wife and daughters.

0:41:150:41:20

I don't know what to think. Really I don't.

0:41:200:41:25

What makes it doubly important that I don't let you go

0:41:260:41:30

is that I'm about to convey some very vital information out of the country.

0:41:300:41:38

I'm afraid poor Annabella was too late.

0:41:380:41:41

-Well, that's that.

-Yes. What about it?

-What?

-Yourself?

0:41:450:41:50

-There's only one way out.

-Which is?

0:41:500:41:52

Supposing I left you alone with this revolver?

0:41:570:42:01

The papers would say the Portland Place murderer took his own life.

0:42:010:42:07

-We're all waiting, dear! Will Mr Hammond be staying?

-I don't think so, dear.

0:42:070:42:13

Well? What do you think, Mr Hannay?

0:42:140:42:18

I'm afraid you leave me no alternative.

0:42:250:42:28

I cannae find my hymn book!

0:42:350:42:38

-Where did you leave it?

-The breast pocket of my overcoat.

0:42:380:42:43

John, I...I'm afraid I gave it to that gentleman who was staying here that night.

0:42:430:42:50

-SLAP!

-Aaaaaah!

0:42:500:42:54

I've never seen it happen to a hymn book, except in movies!

0:42:540:42:59

The bullet stuck in the hymns! I'm not surprised. Some of them are terrible hard to get through!

0:42:590:43:06

I'm not complaining, Sheriff. "Hymns that have helped me," eh?

0:43:060:43:11

Yes! That's a good one, Mr Hannay! And to think I was drinking his champagne!

0:43:110:43:18

Never mix with doubtful company on the Sabbath! How did you escape?

0:43:180:43:24

If you look out there, you'll see. They put the, er - well, the body -

0:43:240:43:28

in the dressing room. When I came to, I pinched his car!

0:43:280:43:34

Sheriff, I don't want to hurry you, but this IS serious, you know.

0:43:340:43:39

-And I face a murder charge!

-Never heed the murder, Mr Hannay.

0:43:390:43:45

I'm sure you'll convince Scotland Yard as easily as you convinced me.

0:43:450:43:50

All I need is a short statement to forward to the authorities. The police will take it down.

0:43:500:43:57

You wanted me, Sheriff? Indeed!

0:44:000:44:03

This man is a murderer!

0:44:030:44:06

-Murderer!?

-< Certainly! You're under arrest for the murder at Portland Mansions!

0:44:060:44:15

-Sheriff, you must believe me!

-Hannay, we're not so daft here as some smart Londoners may think!

0:44:150:44:22

The Professor is my best friend! ..Get Professor Jordan.

0:44:220:44:27

-Then where is the bullet from?

-One of your pursuers on the moor. I shot at him myself.

0:44:270:44:35

-Let me phone the High Commissioner for Canada!

-Do it from London. It'll save the cost of a trunk call.

0:44:350:44:41

That's the car. Hannay must be spilling the beans.

0:44:490:44:53

Stop him, someone!

0:44:540:44:57

BAND PLAYS ROUSING TUNE

0:45:030:45:06

Oh, how do you do? We're all waiting for you.

0:45:470:45:51

Pamela's gone to the station. This way!

0:45:510:45:55

I welcome this opportunity of discussing another question

0:45:570:46:03

vital to the import of our country at this critical and momentous hour.

0:46:030:46:10

But first, I shall occupy your time... You've occupied too much!

0:46:100:46:17

< We've had enough of you!

0:46:170:46:20

Ladies and gentlemen, I'm now going to call upon the speaker of the evening.

0:46:230:46:29

MUMBLING: There's no need for me to tell you who he is.

0:46:290:46:35

< Speak oot!

0:46:350:46:38

He's one of the foremost speakers in the political world in London. >

0:46:380:46:43

I will ask him to tell you... < About time, too!

0:46:430:46:48

..why in this constituency, at this crucial by-election, our candidate should be returned.

0:46:480:46:56

I now ask for Captain Fraser. LOUD APPLAUSE

0:46:560:47:01

Ladies and gentlemen, I apologise for my hesitation in rising.

0:47:160:47:21

I entirely failed, while listening to that flattering description,

0:47:210:47:26

-to realise he was talking about me!

-LAUGHTER

0:47:260:47:31

From the bottom of my heart and with the utmost sincerity,

0:47:310:47:36

may I say how delighted and relieved I am to find myself in your presence at this moment.

0:47:360:47:41

Delighted, because of your friendly reception,

0:47:450:47:50

relieved because, so long as I stand on this platform,

0:47:500:47:55

I am delivered from the cares and anxieties of a man in my position.

0:47:550:48:01

When I journeyed up to Scotland over the Forth Bridge, a monument to Scottish engineering,

0:48:010:48:11

I had no idea I should find myself addressing this important meeting.

0:48:110:48:17

No idea! I had planned a very different programme for myself.

0:48:170:48:22

-You'd be for the moors to shoot something?

-Or somebody! I'm a rotten shot!

0:48:240:48:31

I never thought I'd be speaking for that brilliant young statesman, the, er...gentleman on my right.

0:48:310:48:38

He is already destined to make no uncertain mark in politics.

0:48:380:48:44

Your future MP, your candidate, Mr...eh...

0:48:440:48:48

..McCrocodile!

0:48:480:48:51

-< He doesn't know his name!

-I was using the friendly nickname by which he is already known

0:48:510:49:00

in anticipation...anticipation, mark you, at Westminster.

0:49:000:49:06

Now, what topic shall we discuss?

0:49:060:49:09

Herring! Unemployment!

0:49:090:49:12

-What about the idle rich? >

-That's an old topic. I'm not rich and was never idle!

0:49:120:49:19

I'm pretty busy!

0:49:190:49:21

-Ever work with your hands?

-Yes! I know about being lonely and helpless. No-one should feel that!

0:49:210:49:30

And I ask your candidate to set himself resolutely to make this world a happier place,

0:49:300:49:37

where no nation plots against nation,

0:49:370:49:42

where everyone gets a square deal and a sporting chance, where people help and don't hinder,

0:49:420:49:49

a world without suspicion or fear. That's the world I want! Is that the world you want?

0:49:490:49:56

WILD CHEERING

0:49:560:50:00

That's all I have to say. Goodbye!

0:50:000:50:03

-I tried to keep them going.

-You're a difficult man to follow!

0:50:150:50:21

You must think you're damn clever!

0:50:250:50:28

-Tell him not to insult me!

-I told you the truth on that train! Couldn't you see I was genuine?

0:50:280:50:36

Well, anyway, would you phone the High Commissioner for Canada

0:50:360:50:42

and tell him that vital secrets are being stolen by a foreign agent?

0:50:420:50:47

-Has that penetrated?

-Right to the funny-bone(!) Tell me another.

0:50:470:50:52

Have you NO sense!? Make that call, I beg you, and refer them to me!

0:50:520:50:57

-Will you do this?

-No! Goodnight.

0:50:570:51:00

-Would you come too, Miss?

-Why?

-To identify the prisoner formally.

0:51:000:51:05

-Would you come to the station?

-All right. Let's get it over.

0:51:050:51:11

-Now, you.

-Must I sit next to him?

-It's only for a short time, Miss.

-Do hurry.

0:51:240:51:30

All right.

0:51:340:51:36

Isn't that the police station?

0:51:440:51:47

-Sorry, Miss. We're not going to this police station.

-Where, then?

0:51:470:51:53

-To Inveraray.

-Inveraray!?

-Yes, Miss. He's to be questioned by the Sheriff Principal.

-And me?

0:51:530:52:01

I'll see you're sent back at the earliest moment.

0:52:010:52:06

-How far is it?

-40 miles.

-Quiet! We'll be there in 2 hours, Miss.

0:52:060:52:11

-Do you think I'm going to spend half the night with you?

-Yes!

0:52:110:52:16

Isn't the man going the wrong way? THAT's the way to Inveraray!

0:52:490:52:54

There's a bridge down, Miss. We'll have to go round.

0:52:540:52:59

-Might I see your warrant?

-Shut your mouth!

0:53:020:53:06

WHISTLES MR MEMORY'S THEME

0:53:070:53:10

Would you like a small bet with me?

0:53:100:53:13

I'll lay 100 to 1 that your Sheriff Principal has the top joint of his little finger missing.

0:53:160:53:24

What about it?

0:53:240:53:26

I win.

0:53:280:53:30

-Hello! What's this?

-Oh, a flock of detectives!

0:53:300:53:35

CAR HORN BEEPS

0:53:350:53:38

Go and clear them away. What about him? >

0:53:400:53:44

I'll soon fix that. There - you're a Special Constable! If you stay, he stays.

0:53:440:53:51

Yes, and if I go, you go!

0:53:530:53:56

Stop them! They've got away!

0:53:570:54:00

-Come on!

-I won't!

0:54:020:54:05

You're hurting me!

0:54:210:54:24

See if they've gone that way!

0:54:240:54:26

Where the Devil have they gone?

0:54:360:54:39

Help! Help! Let me go! Let me go!

0:54:570:55:02

One yip and I'll shoot you!

0:55:360:55:39

There's nobody down here! >

0:55:580:56:01

Spread out and find them!

0:56:010:56:04

We must be a mile away by now.

0:56:220:56:25

Don't do that!

0:56:250:56:28

Oh, do stop whistling! Why are you doing this? What chance have you got tied to me?

0:56:280:56:36

-Keep that one for your husband! You are the white man's burden!

-I'm so glad(!)

0:56:360:56:43

-They'll get you in the daylight.

-They're not policemen.

0:56:430:56:48

-And when did you find that out?

-That wasn't the road to Inveraray.

0:56:480:56:53

-God help us if they catch us again!

-I see. Still sticking to your penny novelette spy story?

0:56:530:57:00

There are 20 million women here and I have to get chained to you!

0:57:000:57:05

Look, I'm telling you the truth.

0:57:050:57:08

I told you on the train, at the meeting and again now -

0:57:080:57:13

there's a dangerous conspiracy and only we can stop it!

0:57:130:57:18

A gallant knight to the rescue(!)

0:57:180:57:21

All right. Then I'm just a plain, common murderer...

0:57:210:57:26

who stabbed an innocent woman in the back. How do you like that?

0:57:260:57:32

I don't know about innocent, but you're a woman and you're alone and you're manacled to a murderer!

0:57:320:57:40

-Do you prefer that situation?

-I'm not afraid of...

0:57:400:57:45

Perhaps I murder a woman a week.

0:57:460:57:49

From now on, do every single thing I tell you to do and do it quick!

0:57:510:57:57

You big bully!

0:57:570:58:00

I like your pluck! Come on.

0:58:000:58:03

HE WHISTLES MR MEMORY'S THEME

0:58:030:58:06

-We're going in there.

-What for?

-Remember, a civil tongue or...

0:58:100:58:15

We're going in and you'll back up everything I say. Got that?

0:58:150:58:21

Put your hand in my pocket and look as if you're in a hurry.

0:58:210:58:26

Oh, come away in!

0:58:310:58:34

-You're all wet!

-We had an accident with our car.

-Staying the night?

0:58:340:58:39

-Yes.

-We've just the one room with the one bed in it. You won't mind that?

-Oh, no, no.

0:58:390:58:47

-You're man and wife?

-Oh, yes!

-Em...yes.

0:58:470:58:51

-Have you any luggage?

-In the car.

-I could lend the lady a nightgown.

0:58:510:58:56

Would you please to register? James!

0:58:560:59:00

-Would you be needing your supper?

-A large whisky and some sandwiches. Oh, and a glass of milk.

0:59:000:59:08

(I can't write with my left hand, but I CAN shoot with it!)

0:59:080:59:14

You sign, darling. You better get used to your new name.

0:59:140:59:19

There we go. Mr and Mrs Henry Hopkinson, The Hollyhocks, Hammersmith.

0:59:190:59:26

I'll be back in a minute, sir.

0:59:300:59:33

-Now, off with that skirt of yours and I'll dry it in the kitchen.

-Oh, it'll dry at the fire OK.

1:00:251:00:32

-The gentleman will take care of you. Goodnight, sir. Goodnight, ma'am.

-Goodnight.

1:00:321:00:40

Goodnight!

1:00:411:00:43

-Are they married, do you think?

-I dinna ken and I dinna care! They're so terrible in love!

1:00:451:00:50

-I'm going to tell them!

-They'll hang me for a murder I didn't commit!

-I don't care!

1:00:501:00:57

-I'm not staying!

-Of course you are!

1:00:571:01:01

KNOCK ON DOOR Can I come in, sir?

1:01:011:01:04

Come in!

1:01:061:01:08

-Oh, we were just getting warm!

-Would you like this?

-A hot water bottle! Oh, we would, wouldn't we?

1:01:111:01:20

-(Say, "Yes, darling!")

-Yes, darling(!)

1:01:201:01:24

-I say, please don't go!

-Why not? Is anything wrong?

1:01:241:01:29

-She wants to tell you something. We're a runaway couple.

-I kenned it all the time!

1:01:291:01:36

-Are they after you?

-Please don't give us away!

-Of course we won't!

1:01:361:01:41

-Goodnight to you both. You'll no' be disturbed.

-But...

1:01:411:01:46

Thank God for a bite to eat! Come along. There you are.

1:01:551:02:01

-What's next?

-Get these things off!

-Right. How will we set about it?

1:02:041:02:09

Anything in that bag of yours? Scissors or a hair pin?

1:02:091:02:14

-A nail file!

-It'll take 10 years, but we can try!

1:02:141:02:19

Let's get comfortable. That skirt of yours is pretty damp. You don't want pneumonia.

1:02:191:02:26

-Take it off.

-I'll keep it on!

-And that...is that.

1:02:261:02:31

-I'll take my shoes and stockings off.

-Talking sense at last!

1:02:311:02:36

-Can I be of assistance?

-No!

1:02:361:02:39

-Here, hold this.

-Oh, yeah.

1:02:471:02:50

Half a minute!

1:02:591:03:01

-Thank you.

-Don't mention it. Do you want your milk?

-Not yet.

1:03:101:03:15

Cheerio!

1:03:161:03:18

-That's better. Feet warm again?

-Yes, thanks.

-Well, come on.

1:03:201:03:24

Kindly place yourself on the operating table!

1:03:271:03:32

-Nobody's going to hurt you.

-I won't lie on this bed!

-Yes, you will. We're Siamese twins!

1:03:321:03:39

-Don't gloat!

-I don't want to see your unwashed and shiny face in the morning!

1:03:391:03:46

Give me that nail file. ..Thank you.

1:03:471:03:52

-HE WHISTLES

-I wish I could get that damn tune out of my head!

1:03:521:03:57

I wonder where I heard it.

1:03:571:04:00

-You sound very sleepy.

-Sleepy? I'll say so.

1:04:001:04:05

I last slept in a bed on Saturday and that was only a few hours.

1:04:051:04:10

-What wakened you? Dreams?

-Dreams?

1:04:101:04:13

Murderers have terrible dreams.

1:04:131:04:15

Only at first.

1:04:151:04:18

I got over that a long time ago.

1:04:181:04:20

I used to be quite squeamish.

1:04:201:04:23

I used to wake up screaming, but one gets hardened.

1:04:231:04:28

How did you start?

1:04:281:04:31

In a small way. Pilfering pennies at school.

1:04:311:04:36

Then car pinching, smash and grab,

1:04:361:04:39

plain burglary.

1:04:391:04:40

I killed my first man at 19.

1:04:401:04:43

In years to come, you'll be able

1:04:451:04:48

to see me at Madame Tussaud's!

1:04:481:04:50

-Which section?

-It's early to say.

1:04:501:04:53

But I'll be there somewhere.

1:04:531:04:56

You'll point and say, "If you knew how matey I was with him..."

1:04:561:05:02

-What's the matter?

-These handcuffs are pinching my wrist.

-Sorry.

1:05:021:05:07

-It all began at Madame Tussaud's.

-What?

-My career of crime.

1:05:071:05:12

-My great uncle Penruddock.

-Who?

1:05:121:05:15

You've never heard of him? The Cornish Bluebeard?

1:05:151:05:21

-I thought your family came from Canada.

-That's where they went after the Penruddock incident.

1:05:211:05:28

He murdered three wives. His mother-in-law tried to get him arrested, but he was too quick.

1:05:281:05:37

He took her a walk to Land's End and shoved her into the ocean!

1:05:371:05:42

He's in Madame Tussaud's all right. I must go and see him some time.

1:05:421:05:47

He's the third on the left. Red whiskers and a hare-lip.

1:05:471:05:53

And that, lady, is the sad story of my life.

1:05:531:05:57

Poor orphan boy who never had a chance. Are you still set on giving me to the police?

1:05:571:06:04

-Is everything all right?

-Yes. He can't have much time.

1:06:231:06:28

-Once I pick up...you know what, I'll leave the country.

-Be careful. Wire to me.

1:06:281:06:35

Goodbye, my dear!

1:06:391:06:42

A DOOR SLAMS

1:08:511:08:54

VOICES IN HALL

1:08:571:09:00

< Is that Prof. Jordan's house? Can I speak to Mrs Jordan?

1:09:021:09:07

< Is that Mrs Jordan? Oh, he's gone to London already, has he?

1:09:081:09:15

I'd like that whisky hot.

1:09:151:09:19

The girl handed him over to us > thinking we were detectives. We had to take her as well.

1:09:191:09:27

Very good, ma'am. Yes.

1:09:291:09:32

Well?

1:09:321:09:34

The old man's got the wind up. He's cleared out already. Why?

1:09:341:09:39

It's too dangerous. He's warning the whole 39 Steps. >

1:09:391:09:44

Has he got the...you know?

1:09:441:09:47

Yes. He's picking him up at the London Palladium.

1:09:471:09:52

-That'll be half a Crown.

-And the phone call?

-We'll say a shilling.

1:09:521:09:59

-Is this a hotel as well?

-Aye.

-Do you have people staying?

-Aye!

1:10:021:10:08

-You must get a few odd people?

-Oh, aye.

1:10:081:10:12

-Did you have anyone in tonight? >

-Aye.

1:10:121:10:15

They weren't a young couple?

1:10:151:10:19

James! Mercy me!

1:10:191:10:23

What kind of silly creature are you? Do you want to get us all jailed?

1:10:231:10:28

-What did you charge?

-Half a Crown.

1:10:281:10:31

Oot! The pair of you! And dinna let on to anybody you got a drink here after hours!

1:10:341:10:41

You old fool! You wouldn't give away a young couple, would you?

1:10:491:10:54

Morning!

1:12:371:12:39

What's the idea? How did we get out of these?

1:12:421:12:46

-We didn't. I slipped out of mine last night.

-Why didn't you run away?

1:12:461:12:53

I discovered that you were speaking the truth, so I decided to stay.

1:12:531:12:58

-What made your brain work at last?

-Those two men were here.

-What did they say?

1:12:581:13:05

-A lot of stuff about The 39 Steps.

-You don't...

-What?

-No, go on.

1:13:051:13:11

-Someone's going to warn them. How can you warn steps?

-Go on.

1:13:111:13:16

And someone's got scared and is clearing out

1:13:161:13:20

-and is picking up someone at the London Palladium.

-Palladium?

1:13:201:13:25

Is that the Professor? Our friend with the finger missing? What does he want to go there for?

1:13:251:13:32

-I feel such a fool, not having believed you.

-Oh, that's all right.

1:13:361:13:40

Em...we, we ought to get a move on.

1:13:421:13:45

What room are those two men in?

1:13:451:13:48

-No room. They went as soon as they'd telephoned.

-They WHAT!?

1:13:481:13:54

-Didn't I tell you?

-You let them go after hearing that? You button-headed little idiot!

1:13:541:14:01

-Four or five hours wasted! You must have known it was important!

-Why not let well alone?

1:14:011:14:08

I'm accused of murder! To clear myself, I must expose these spies!

1:14:081:14:14

-They're going to the Palladium!

-First house or second house(?)

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-The show will suit you!

-What?

-Crazy Month!

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You're quite right, madam.

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The Air Ministry has a new thing that interests a lot of people,

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but no papers are missing that could be of any use to a spy.

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But I'm certain! There's a man leaving tonight with something!

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Since you phoned us from Scotland, we have made the minutest inquiries.

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-I'm wasting my time!

-Just a moment, Miss, please. One thing you haven't told us.

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Where's Richard Hannay?

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I haven't the faintest idea!

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Look, Miss, you can't...

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-You're in the phone book?

-Yes.

-Well, if anything crops up, we'll give you a ring. Thank you.

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Get a taxi to follow that girl. She'll lead us to Hannay all right.

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MUSIC AND LAUGHTER

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# Love is a song... #

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Cover every exit and let no-one leave the building.

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ALL: Ladies and gentlemen, we shall now sing!

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Come on, move along there, please.

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Sorry, sir. No-one can leave. We want a drink!

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-I've got a seat in the stalls. Can I go through?

-Very good.

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She's seen him. She's going down to the stalls.

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LAUGHTER

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May I borrow your opera glasses?

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Excuse me. May I take your place?

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-He's up in that box!

-I've been to Scotland Yard.

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-Nothing's been stolen from the Air Ministry.

-But those men said...

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We could take him now, sir.

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What'll you do? Nothing's missing. There's an end to it.

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MR MEMORY'S THEME TUNE PLAYS

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Hear that tune? It's the damn thing I couldn't get out of my head!

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I heard it at that music hall! Annabella...!

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Ladies and gentlemen, with your kind attention and permission,

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I present to you one of the most remarkable men in the world.

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-It's the same little man!

-< Every day he commits to memory 50 new facts and remembers them!

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< Facts from history, geography, newspapers,

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< from scientific textbooks. Millions of them. Test him, ladies and gentlemen.

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< Ask him any question!

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Of course no papers are missing! All the information is inside Memory's head!

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-I don't understand.

-He memorised the details and they were replaced before anyone found out!

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-He's here to take Memory away!

-But surely...

-There are some gentlemen here, sir.

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A question, please.

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When did Florence Nightingale die? >

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-Are you Richard Hannay?

-There's something you have to know!

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-That man...

-You don't want to spoil people's entertainment.

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What are The 39 Steps?

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Come on, answer! What are The 39 Steps?

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The 39 Steps is an organisation of spies collecting information for...

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BANG!

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SCREAMING

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Please! Keep your seats! Keep your seats! There's no need for alarm.

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I don't want a chair. I'll rest here. I'm all right.

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-Take it easy now.

-I'm all right...

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Get the girls on!

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The girls!

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Mr Memory, what was the secret formula you were taking away?

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Would it be all right telling you, sir?

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-It was a big job to learn it. I don't want to throw it all away.

-It's quite all right.

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The first feature of the new engine is its increased compression ratio,

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represented by R - 1/R to the power of gamma. R represents the ratio of compression and gamma...

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The axis of the cylinder, angle of 65 degrees...

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Dimensions of cylinders as follows.

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This device renders the engine completely silent. Am I right, sir?

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-Quite right, old chap.

-Thank you, sir. Thank you...

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I'm glad it's off my mind at last.

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Subtitles by Greig Forbes BBC Scotland

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Classic Hitchcock mystery based on John Buchan's novel. A man is pursued by the police for a murder he did not commit, and by an international spy ring for information he does not possess. He finds himself fleeing across the desolate Scottish moors - handcuffed to a beautiful blonde.


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