The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes

Anthony Page (1979)

95min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This watchable remake of the much-loved 1938 Hitchcock classic is slicker than the original - gone are the amateur model shots - but was given critical short shrift on its release in 1979. It may lack the charm and the atmosphere of impending war that gave the original so much power, but there are other fringe benefits. As before, Miss Froy (Angela Lansbury in high-camp mode) goes missing on a train, leaving hapless Elliott Gould and flighty heiress Cybill Shepherd trying to find her. The two stars are upstaged somewhat by lovable old coves Arthur Lowe and Ian Carmichael in the Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne roles of cricket-mad Charters and Caldicott. However, the detective duo also revel in a brash and breezy chemistry, and swap the sort of snappy banter that Shepherd was to refine to great effect when she co-starred with an unknown Bruce Willis in hit TV series Moonlighting six years later.

Summary

An American heiress befriends an elderly lady on a continental train journey, but wakes one morning to find she has disappeared and the other passengers deny having ever seen the missing woman - leading to suspicions that a conspiracy is afoot. Remake of Hitchcock's 1938 mystery, starring Elliott Gould, Cybill Shepherd, Angela Lansbury, Herbert Lom, Arthur Lowe and Ian Carmichael.

Cast & Crew

Robert Condon Elliott Gould
Amanda Kelly Cybill Shepherd
Miss Froy Angela Lansbury
Dr Hartz Herbert Lom
Charters Arthur Lowe
Caldicott Ian Carmichael
Mr Todhunter Gerald Harper
Baroness Kisling Jean Anderson
Mrs Todhunter Jenny Runacre
Trainmaster Vladek Sheybal
Jenny, the Nun Madlena Nedeva
Helmut Wolf Kahler
Miss Rose Flood-Porter Madge Ryan
Director Anthony Page
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Swearing.Available on: video and DVD
Drama