Saltwater screens third ‘Thirty Nine Steps’

May 02, 2014
A year after playing the lead in Franco Zeffirelli's “Jesus of Nazareth,” Robert Powell was hanging around London in “The Thirty Nine Steps.”

Thomaston — Thomaston Public Library, 60 Main St./Route 1, will host Saltwater Film Society’s screening of the thriller “The Thirty Nine Steps” Thursday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m.

Directed by Don Sharp and starring Robert Powell as Richard Hannay, along with a supporting cast that includes David Warner and John Mills, this 1978 movie is the third film adaptation of John Buchan’s 1915 novel “The Thirty Nine Steps” and is generally regarded as the closest to the book.

The year is 1914 and Richard Hannay, a mining engineer visiting Britain for a short time before returning to South Africa, is shocked when one of his neighbors, Colonel Scudder, bursts into his rooms one night and tells him that Prussian sleeper agents are planning to pre-start World War I by murdering a visiting foreign minister. Scudder is then murdered and Hannay is framed for the death. Fleeing to Scotland, Hannay attempts to clear his name and stop the agents' nefarious scheme.

Superior photography on location helps to make this version a real winner. Evenly paced, with fine performances by the entire cast, the film also has excellent production values that recreate the period flawlessly.

Admission is free. Parking is in the rear of the building. For more information about the Saltwater Film Society, visit saltwaterfilmsociety.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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