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The Lady Vanishes -- 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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The Lady Vanishes -- In Alfred Hitchcock's most quick-witted and devilish comic thriller, the beautiful Margaret Lockwood, traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming spinster (Dame May Whitty), who then seems to disappear into thin air. The younger woman turns investigator and finds herself drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure.


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Release Date:
1 November 1938 (USA) See more »
Comedy! Chills! Chuckles! in a Mystery Express! See more »
While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
One of Hitchcock's Best! See more (179 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Margaret Lockwood ... Iris Henderson

Michael Redgrave ... Gilbert

Paul Lukas ... Dr. Hartz

Dame May Whitty ... Miss Froy
Cecil Parker ... Mr. Todhunter
Linden Travers ... 'Mrs.' Todhunter
Naunton Wayne ... Caldicott
Basil Radford ... Charters
Mary Clare ... Baroness
Emile Boreo ... Hotel Manager

Googie Withers ... Blanche
Sally Stewart ... Julie
Philip Leaver ... Signor Doppo
Selma Vaz Dias ... Signora Doppo (as Zelma Vas Dias)
Catherine Lacey ... The Nun (as Catherine Lacy)
Josephine Wilson ... Madame Kummer
Charles Oliver ... The Officer
Kathleen Tremaine ... Anna
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernest Blythe ... Foreign Office Man (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man in London Railway Station (uncredited)
Roy Russell ... Violinist (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
Writing credits
Ethel Lina White (based upon the story: "The Wheel Spins" by)

Sidney Gilliat (screen play) (as Sidney Gilliatt) and
Frank Launder (screen play)

Produced by
Edward Black .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Louis Levy (uncredited)
Charles Williams (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Jack E. Cox (photography) (as Jack Cox)
Film Editing by
R.E. Dearing (editing)
Set Decoration by
Alex Vetchinsky (settings) (as Vetchinsky)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Ward Baker .... assistant director (uncredited)
Tom D. Connochie .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Maurice Carter .... assistant set designer (uncredited)
Albert Jullion .... assistant set designer (uncredited)
Albert Whitlock .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Sydney Wiles .... recording (as S. Wiles)
Claude Hitchcock .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Leslie Gilliat .... camera operator (uncredited)
Len Harris .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Leo Harris .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Maurice Oakley .... location photographer (uncredited)
Jack Parry .... location photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Alfred Roome .... cutting
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
Cecil Milner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Alma Reville .... continuity
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Gainsborough Pictures (presents) (as GB Pictures) (as A 'Gainsborough' picture) (as A Gainsborough Picture also)
DistributorsOther Companies
  • Excelsior Films  Googie Withers by permission of (as Excelsior Film Productions Ltd.)

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (British Acoustic Film Full - Range Recording: at Islington, London)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG (alternate rating) | Australia:G (original rating) | Canada:PG | Finland:K-12 (1995) | Germany:12 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1939) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (2003) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1993) (1998) (2002) (2003) (2004) (2005) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #02144) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

The cricket match that is being talked about in the movie by Charters (Basil Radford) is the description of the actual third Ashes test between England and Australia at Manchester in 1938. The result of the test match quite rightly was shown in the end through a newspaper headline - "Match abandoned due to rain".See more »
Continuity: When the manager comes into Gilbert's room in response to the complaint of noise, Gilbert is playing his clarinet. He removes it from his mouth, and yet another note is played.See more »
Gilbert:Come on, sit down, take it easy. What's the trouble?
Iris Henderson:If you must know, something fell on my head.
Gilbert:When, infancy?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Knight and Day (2010)See more »
Colonel Bogey MarchSee more »


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39 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
One of Hitchcock's Best!, 30 December 2006
Author: ( from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"The Lady Vanishes" is one of Director Alfred Hitchcock's best British made films, in fact I think it's one of his all time best.

Set in pre-WWII somewhere in Europe, A group of people board a train bound for England after having spent the previous night in an overcrowded hotel. Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood) befriends a kindly old governess/teacher, Miss Froy (Dame May Witty). When Iris is struck by a falling flowerpot, Miss Froy promises to take care of her as they board the train.

After having tea together, the two women return to their compartment where Iris falls asleep. When she awakes, Miss Froy is gone, totally vanished. The people sharing the compartment, "The Baroness" (Mary Clare), Signor and Signora Doppo (Philip Leaver, Selma Van Dias) deny ever having seen Miss Froy. Doctor Hartz (Paul Lukas) comes to her aid and is convinced that the bump Iris received to her head may have caused a memory lapse.

Iris then meets Gilbert Redman (Michael Redgrave) whom she had met the previous evening at the hotel. He offers his help. Skeptical at first, he soon comes to believe Iris' story. Eric Todhunter (Cecil Parker) and "Mrs." Todhunter (Linden Travers) deny seeing Miss Froy because they are in the midst of an extra marital affair. Two British "gentlemen", Caldicott (Naughton Wayne) and Charters (Basil Radford) though having seen Miss Froy with Iris, don't wish to become involved.

When Dr. Hartz brings a patient aboard the train, Gilbert and Iris become suspicious and.......................................

As was his custom, Hitchcock pits his heroine against all odds in her quest to find Miss Froy. The suspense builds as the situation becomes more hopeless. This would be a theme that the master of suspense would use throughout his career. He also liked to work trains into many of his plots, including this film of which three quarters takes place on board a train.

The scene in the hotel showing Caldicott and Charters sharing a bed (and a pair of pajamas) never would have gotten by the American censors. The relationship between the Todhunters as well, was quite obvious and rare for the American cinema of the day.

This is one of Hitchcock's best films and hasn't suffered because of age. Highly recommended.

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