The Thirty-Nine Steps, 1978
- Robert Powell
- Karen Dotrice
- John Mills
- David Warner
- Timothy West
- George Baker
- Tony Steedman
- Andrew Keir
visit the film locations
The Thirty-Nine Steps location: Richard Hannay hangs from the clock face: Big Ben, Westminster, London
The Thirty-Nine Steps location: Richard Hannay’s apartment: Albert Court, Kensington, London SW7
The flat of Richard Hannay (Robert Powell) is now Albert Court, alongside the Albert Hall, Kensington, SW7.
The killing of Scudder (John Mills) takes place at Marylebone Station. Marylebone is not only picturesque, but generally a quiet station, and so quite popular for filming. The Beatles departed from – and then arrived at – Marylebone Station under the opening credits of their first feature film A Hard Day’s Night. And when Julie Christie left ‘Bradford’ for London at the end of Billy Liar, she left from –erm – London’s Marylebone.
The railway scenes were filmed on the Severn Valley Railway, and instead of the Forth Bridge, we get the Victoria Bridge over the River Severn at Arley.
The Scottish locations include: the moors at Mitchellslacks; Morton Castle, a ruin near Thornhill; the village of Durisdeer; the Forest of Ae; and the Drumlanrig Estate.
The movie’s famous climax, though, uses a film set. Hannay dangles – not surprisingly – from a mock-up of the clockface of Big Ben in Parliament Square.