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The Lady Vanishes (1979)

PG | | Action, Comedy, Mystery | March 1980 (USA)
Whilst traveling in pre-war Nazi Germany, a young couple realise a passenger seems to have been kidnapped off their train, but, no other passenger aside from themselves, recalls her.

Director:

Anthony Page

Writers:

George Axelrod (screenplay), Sidney Gilliat (based on the screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Gould ... Robert
Cybill Shepherd ... Amanda
Angela Lansbury ... Miss Froy
Herbert Lom ... Dr. Hartz
Arthur Lowe ... Charters
Ian Carmichael ... Caldicott
Gerald Harper Gerald Harper ... Todhunter
Jenny Runacre ... Mrs. Todhunter
Jean Anderson ... Baroness
Madlena Nedeva Madlena Nedeva ... Nun
Madge Ryan ... Rose Flood Porter
Rosalind Knight Rosalind Knight ... Evelyn Barnes
Vladek Sheybal ... Trainmaster
Wolf Kahler ... Helmut
Barbara Markham ... Frau Kummer
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Storyline

On a train traveling through pre-WW II Germany, American heiress Amanda Kelly befriends a Miss Froy, an older nanny. But when Miss Froy disappears, everyone Amanda asks denies ever having seen her. Eventually Amanda persuades American photographer Robert Condon to help her search the train, during which they discover that Miss Froy wasn't quite what she seemed. Written by measham

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Nuns in high heels, cricket fanatics, a madcap heiress and an English nanny who suddenly isn't there... See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La dama desaparece See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Second of two late 1970s remakes of Alfred Hitchcock movies from Hitch's English black-and-white 1930s talkies period, this film being a remake of 1938's The Lady Vanishes (1938). The first had been 1978's The Thirty Nine Steps (1978) (a remake of 1935's The 39 Steps (1935)). See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, when the train is backed up to the yard, and Amanda has switched the points, she runs towards the train as it is leaving. The track they pass over passes the locomotive when the camera shows Robert reaching for her, but when the camera shows her running, she has yet to run over the track until the end, when Robert picks her up. See more »

Quotes

Robert: She's indestructible. She's an English nanny!
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Version of The Lady Vanishes (1938) See more »

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A Cybill Shepherd comedy, whereas Hitchcock's original was a mystery
5 February 2013 | by ejchriSee all my reviews

Remake of a British 1938 Michael Redgrave film with Dame Mae Witty and Margaret Lockwood. The 1979 version, done as a Cybill Shepherd and Elliott Gould vehicle, pushes mainly its comedic/farcical elements instead of it being s legitimate mystery itself. The political intrigues and treacheries of the years between the First and Second World Wars made a better basis for the 1938 film than the 1979 film had. Alfred Hitchcock had still been in Britain when his 1938 film was made. Hitchcock had a sure hand utilizing the looming dangers and unease of the time, just one year prior to Britain's actual 1939 entry into WWII. The 1979 film isn't rotten but it simply doesn't hold up when weighed against Hitchcock's original. If you watch the 1979 movie, do so expecting a comedy not a mystery, and do so before you ever have seen the Hitchcock version.


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