A classic Hitchcock tale of suspense and intrigue is given the make-over treatment in this updated version directed by Ralph Thomas. "Being at the wrong place at the wrong time" hits home for Richard (Kenneth More) as heinnocently takes in a vaudeville show when shots ring out. Richard springs intohero mode to protect a young woman, but sadly, his efforts can't thwart the trained assassins sent to kill her. With her dying breath she tells Richard that he's got to bust up a spy ring at "the 39 steps'. Ofcourse, he'd have an easier time if he didn't accidentally handcuff himself to an attractive schoolmarm.