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The Lady Vanishes

  • Mystery
  • Drama
  • 1979
  • Anthony Page
  • 95 mins
  • PG

Summary

Remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller, starring Elliott Gould, Cybill Shepherd and Angela Lansbury. American heiress Amanda Kelly is taken ill on a train ride back to England and befriended by a kindly British nanny, Miss Froy, who mysteriously disappears, and no one except Amanda can remember seeing her. Together with photographer Robert Condon, Amanda attempts to solve the mystery of the vanishing lady in a race against death.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Robert CondonElliott Gould
Amanda KellyCybill Shepherd
Miss FroyAngela Lansbury
Dr HartzHerbert Lom
ChartersArthur Lowe
CaldicottIan Carmichael
Mr TodhunterGerald Harper
Baroness KislingJean Anderson
Mrs TodhunterJenny Runacre
TrainmasterVladek Sheybal
Jenny, the NunMadlena Nedeva
HelmutWolf Kahler
Miss Rose Flood-PorterMadge Ryan

Crew

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DirectorAnthony Page

Details

Languages
English | German
Guidance
Swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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