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The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 1 November 1938 (USA)
While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.

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Miss Froy (as Dame May Whitty)
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Blanche
Sally Stewart ...
Julie
Philip Leaver ...
Signor Doppo
Selma Vaz Dias ...
Signora Doppo (as Zelma Vas Dias)
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The Nun (as Catherine Lacy)
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Passengers on a scheduled train out of the mountainous European country of Mandrika are delayed by a day due to an avalanche, and thus get up close and personal with each other out of necessity in the only and what becomes an overcrowded inn in the area. Once the train departs, the one person who it is uncertain is on the train is a middle aged English governess named Miss Froy. Iris Henderson, who was vacationing in Mandrika with girlfriends before heading back to England to get married, is certain that Miss Froy was on the train as they were in the same compartment and they had tea together in the dining car, but all those people who can corroborate her story don't seem to want to do so. Iris' thoughts are easily dismissed as a possible concussion as Iris was hit over the head just before boarding the train. Iris will take anyone's help in finding Miss Froy, even that of an Englishman named Gilbert, a musicologist with whom she had a not so pleasant encounter at the inn the evening ... Written by Huggo

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Spies! Playing the game of love - and sudden death! See more »

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1 November 1938 (USA)  »

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The Lost Lady  »

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(British Acoustic Film Full - Range Recording: at Islington, London)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the film's themes occur in the 2005 thriller Flightplan with Jodie Foster, such as someone vanishing from a moving vehicle, a dizzy woman as only witness, writing on the window as proof, etc. See more »

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Two or three shots after Miss Froy writes her name on the window the writing is not only different, but in a different place. See more »

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Charters: You can't expect to put the two of us up in the maid's room.
Hotel Manager: Well don't get excited. I'll remove the maid out.
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Closing credits: The Characters in "THE LADY VANISHES" were played by: See more »

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Featured in Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius (1999) See more »

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Colonel Bogey March
(1914) (uncredited)
Music by Kenneth Alford
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Delightful comedy thriller, the best of Hitchcock's British films
26 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Lady Vanishes is a wonderful piece of fluff, the culmination of Hitchcock's British period, after which he started to explore more serious themes in his American films. Of course the basic plot is absurd, centering around the most ridiculous way to get a secret message through one can think of, and why did.....o well, never mind, it's the handling that matters, and Hitchcock achieves a near perfect balance here of humour and suspense that he only really matched on one other film, North By Northwest.

The film spends 20 or so minutes just introducing it's characters, but they are all so great, especially the two men so obsessed with returning to a cricket match that a case of disappearance and possibly murder is relatively unimportant, that it hardly matters, while Michael Redgrave and Margaret Lockwood simply sparkle as the main couple who of course initially can't stand each other. Once on the train, the ensuring mystery and sleuthing are riveting,and full of fantastic little details- the name on the window, the nun with high heeled shoes, the fight amidst a magician's paraphenalia The final shootout is excellently staged and still quite exciting. The laughs are constant, with some helarious lines, but they never detract from the suspense. Of course there's those shoddy model shots, but hell, this is a film from 1939!

Hitchcock had countless classics to come, including such complex masterpieces as Vertigo and Rear Window, but the delightful, hugely enjoyable The Lady Vanishes is a little masterpiece of it's own.


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