The Lady Vanishes

  • U
  • Alfred Hitchcock (1938)
  • UK
  • 92 min
The Lady Vanishes
Film Review
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5 out of 5

A close second behind The 39 Steps as the best film of Alfred Hitchcock's British period, this sublime comedy thriller was co-scripted by Alma Reville (Mrs Hitchcock) and the dynamic duo of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat. There isn't a wasted frame, as Michael Redgrave and Margaret Lockwood search a Balkan express train for dotty Dame May Whitty. Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne drew all the plaudits as the cricket-mad Charters and Caldicott, but the support playing of Paul Lukas, Mary Clare and Cecil Parker is also first class. Hitchcock cameo fans should keep their eyes peeled during the London station scene.

Plot Summary

Classic thriller starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave. One moment Miss Froy was sitting there, on the London-bound train from the Tyrol. The next she had vanished. Some passengers claimed she was never there, but Iris Henderson is convinced that she saw her. Was it her imagination?

Cast and crew


Iris Henderson
Margaret Lockwood
Michael Redgrave
Dr Hartz
Paul Lukas
Miss Froy
Dame May Whitty
Mr Todhunter
Cecil Parker
"Mrs" Todhunter
Linden Travers
Naunton Wayne
Basil Radford
Mary Clare
Hotel manager
Emile Boreo
Googie Withers
Sally Stewart
The nun
Catherine Lacey
Man in London railway station
Alfred Hitchcock


Alfred Hitchcock

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Park Circus
Available on video and DVD
Released 11 Jan 2008
Certificate U

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