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"Aventure Malgache" (originally titled "Madagascar Landing") was the second of two French-language propaganda shorts that Alfred Hitchcock made for the British Ministry of Information. The activities of the French Resistance in Madagascar during World War II, aided by the wily lawyer Clarousse, whose enmity with the local police chief drives his mission.
In May 1914, Europe is close to war and spies are everywhere. Richard Hannay has just returned to London from Rhodesia in order to begin a new life, when a freelance spy called Franklin P. Scudder calls on him to ask for help. Scudder reveals to Hannay that he has uncovered a German plot to murder the Greek Premier and steal British plans for the outbreak of war. Scudder claims to be following a ring of German spies called the Black Stone.Author John Buchan:
A few days later, Hannay returns to his flat to find Scudder murdered...
...was a Scottish novelist and Unionist politician who served as Governor General of Canada (1935-1940)...
With the outbreak of the First World War, Buchan went to write for the British War Propaganda Bureau and worked as a correspondent in France for The Times. He continued to write fiction, however, and in 1915 published his most famous work, The Thirty-Nine Steps, a spy-thriller set just prior to World War I.
...In 1935, Buchan's literary work was adapted to the cinematic theatre with the completion of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, starring Robert Donat as Richard Hannay, though with Buchan's story much altered.
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