PG | | Crime, History, Mystery
In March 1914, a mining engineer named Richard Hannay tries to prevent Prussian Agents from executing a political assassination designed to trigger World War I.
Though not in the source novel, the use of the famous London landmark, Big Ben, in this movie, was a Hitchcockian type story element. Sir Alfred Hitchcock directed the first filmed version The 39 Steps (1935), and many of Hitch's movies notably had suspense sequences set on famous landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty in Saboteur (1942), Mt. Rushmore in North by Northwest (1959), and the Golden Gate Bridge in Vertigo (1958). Other Hitchcock movies featured such famous landmarks as the Albert Hall, Piccadilly Circus, the British Museum, and the Forth Rail Bridge.
I thought he was a harmless lunatic!
Appleton's beard appears and disappears.
SPOILER: Closing credits epilogue: Edward Appleton was convicted of treason in May 1914.
And thanks to Richard Hannay, Britain gained valuable time to prepare for The Great War.