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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Iris Henderson
... Gilbert
... Dr. Hartz
... Miss Froy (as Dame May Whitty)
... Mr. Todhunter
... Mrs. Todhunter
... Caldicott
... Charters
... Baroness
Emile Boreo ... Hotel Manager
... Blanche
Sally Stewart ... Julie
Philip Leaver ... Signor Doppo
Selma Vaz Dias ... Signora Doppo (as Zelma Vas Dias)
... 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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The Film That Made ALFRED HITCHCOCK Master of Suspense! See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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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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The plot has clear references to the political situation leading up to World War II. The British characters, originally trying their hardest to keep out of the conflict, end up working together to fight off the jack-booted foreigners, while the lawyer who wishes to negotiate with the attackers by waving a white flag gets his just deserts. See more »

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In Europe, the hotel manager says it is "spring" when talking about the avalanches. However, the two English travelers are trying to get back to England for the Manchester cricket test, which was always played in July. See more »

Quotes

Caldicott: [because the hotel is full, Charters and Caldicott have been forced to share the maid's room] They might at least have given us one each?
Charters: What?
Caldicott: The room at least.
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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
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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