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The Lady Vanishes (1938)

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

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Ethel Lina White (based upon the story by: "The Wheel Spins"), Sidney Gilliat (screen play) (as Sidney Gilliatt) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Lockwood ... Iris Henderson
Michael Redgrave ... Gilbert
Paul Lukas ... Dr. Hartz
May Whitty ... Miss Froy (as Dame May Whitty)
Cecil Parker ... Mr. Todhunter
Linden Travers ... 'Mrs.' Todhunter
Naunton Wayne ... Caldicott
Basil Radford ... Charters
Mary Clare ... Baroness
Emile Boreo Emile Boreo ... Hotel Manager
Googie Withers ... Blanche
Sally Stewart Sally Stewart ... Julie
Philip Leaver Philip Leaver ... Signor Doppo
Selma Vaz Dias Selma Vaz Dias ... Signora Doppo (as Zelma Vas Dias)
Catherine Lacey ... The Nun (as Catherine Lacy)
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Storyline

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 (Dame May Whitty). Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood), 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 (Sir Michael Redgrave), a musicologist with ... Written by Huggo

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


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | French | Italian

Release Date:

1 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lost Lady See more »

Filming Locations:

Islington, London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,776
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (British Acoustic Film Full-Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS or DVD copy of the movie. Therefore, many of the versions of this movie available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duplicated from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the movie. As of November 2018, this movie is available on a Criterion Collection Blu-ray. See more »

Goofs

The train scenes were filmed in England, where train ride on the left track. In continental Europe (except most of France), where the story is supposed to take place, trains ride on the right track. See more »

Quotes

Iris: Boris? Miss Henderson speaking. Look, someone upstairs is playing musical chairs with an elephant. Move one of them out, will you? I want to get some sleep.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

A brief segment where the hotel maid bends down to pick up a hat from under the bed in the hotel room she shares with Charters and Caldicott discover they have to share a bedroom is missing from most US releases, including the original 1-disc DVD from Criterion but is intact in all European editions of the film. It has been restored for Criterion's 2-disc remastered edition of the film. See more »

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References Covered Tracks (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Colonel Bogey March
(1914) (uncredited)
Music by Kenneth Alford
Hummed by Michael Redgrave
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Classic Hitchcock!
16 December 2005 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Dame Mae Witty gives a memorable performance as the old woman who goes missing. The rest of the cast is great with Margaret Lockwood as the woman she befriends on the train. Sir Michael Redgrave also is wonderful as the obvious love interest of Lockwood. The film is truly filled with Hitchcock's stamp all over it. He takes a simple story and makes us not only intriguing but entertaining as well. They remade the film again in 1978 more than 40 years after this film debuted in British cinema. This classic film should not be mixed up with that one. I enjoyed this film. It had its humorous moments. I think this film is really wonderful to watch without being too much. Nowadays filmmakers can take note by Hitchcock's genius and talent. You do not need grand special effects today to create a memorable film but great actors and decent writing. This film is a great film about a good old fashioned mystery without deterring the audience. This film is good old fashioned movie making at its best.


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