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The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 1 November 1938 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miss Froy (as Dame May Whitty)
Emile Boreo ...
Sally Stewart ...
Philip Leaver ...
Signor Doppo
Selma Vaz Dias ...
Signora Doppo (as Zelma Vas Dias)
The Nun (as Catherine Lacy)


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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Release Date:

1 November 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Lost Lady  »

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Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Leslie Gilliat shot screen tests, including that of Michael Redgrave (with and without moustache), and later remembered that when testing one actress for the role of Miss Froy, Alfred Hitchcock instructed him not to put any film in the camera, since he had already secretly and successfully negotiated for May Whitty to play the part. See more »


The way Charters leans over Caldicott in bed when the maid enters changes between shots. See more »


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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Crazy Credits

Closing credits: The Characters in "THE LADY VANISHES" were played by: See more »


Referenced in This Means War (2012) See more »


Colonel Bogey March
(1914) (uncredited)
Music by Kenneth Alford
Hummed by Michael Redgrave
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Classic Movies just don't get any better than this!
7 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

A cracking plot, sparkling dialogue, great characters and sublime direction make The Lady Vanishes an all-time must see.

Marking the peak of Hitchcock's British period, it is an exquisitely crafted, finely wrought, cinematic treasure, boasting a cast which reads like a veritable Who's who of British acting talent from the Golden Age of British Cinema.

While the director, writers and supporting cast all deserve credit, the film very much belongs to its leading lady, the lovely Margaret Lockwood, who, as feisty heroine Iris Henderson, somehow manages to be heart-stoppingly beautiful, supremely sexy, spirited, cute and adorably vulnerable all at the same time! Now where can I meet a girl like that?

The Lady Vanishes is, for every reason, but especially because of Miss Lockwood, the very best of the very best; a landmark movie which is truly unmissable! Buy it, rent it, steal it if you must, but make damn sure you see it

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