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The Lady Vanishes (1938) - Plot Summary Poster

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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 who she had a not so pleasant encounter at the inn the evening before. As Iris and Gilbert go on their quest throughout the train, they believe there is a conspiracy amongst many of the passengers against the validity of there being a Miss Froy. But if there is a conspiracy, Iris and Gilbert still have to find Miss Froy and find out why anyone would want to kidnap a middle aged English governess.

    - Written by Huggo
  • Iris Henderson has been holidaying in Mandrika, a small European country, and decides to return to London. Just prior to her departure she meets and befriend the elderly Miss Froy, a governess who will be traveling on the same train. Once aboard they share the same compartment and go to the dining car for tea. A short later while however, Iris is not only unable to locate Miss Froy but no one will even admit to having seen her. She's convinced there is a conspiracy but Dr, Hartz suggests she may be delusional owing to a bump on the head she received just before their departure. She does have one ally in the form of a musician, Gilbert, and work together to resolve the mystery.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • Travellers on a trans-European train are delayed for a night due to bad weather in a small fictional country called Mandrika. The passengers cram into the small village hotel where socialite Iris Henderson meets an old governess called Miss Froy. Shortly after the journey restarts, Miss Froy disappears.

    - Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>
  • Travelers on a trans-European train are stopped for the night due to bad weather and are hosted by a local hotel. Iris Henderson meets an old woman, Miss Froy who disappears as the journey begins again. Iris, helped by the musician, Gilbert, decides to find her.

    - Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>
  • On a train through Europe, Iris Henderson meets the kindly old woman Miss Froy, and they meet several other passengers over the course of their conversation. Iris later wakes up from a nap to discover that Miss Froy is nowhere to be found, and none of the people they met seem to have any recollection of her. A psychiatrist on the train suggests that Miss Froy never existed: Iris was bumped on the head before boarding, and the conversation may have only taken place in her head. However, Iris is certain that something more sinister is going on, and teams up with another acquaintance, the musician Gilbert, to find her before the train reaches its destination.

    - Written by rmlohner

Synopsis

In a fictional country in a highly mountainous region of Europe, a motley group of travelers is delayed by an avalanche that has blocked the railway tracks...

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