The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes

Alfred Hitchcock (1938)

92min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

A traveller strikes up a conversation with a scatterbrained elderly lady when their train is delayed, but after the journey resumes, her new friend mysteriously vanishes. Almost everyone else on board pleads ignorance about the matter, prompting her and a fellow passenger to investigate the intriguing occurrence. Alfred Hitchcock's mystery, starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, May Whitty, Paul Lukas and Cecil Parker.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Park CircusAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Jan 2008
Drama