The Lady VanishesDirector: Alfred Hitchcock, Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas
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The Lady Vanishes, Alfred Hitchcock's comedy-thriller, came at the end of his British period; this film's success brought Hitchcock to the attention of Hollywood. He would complete only one other British production, Jamaica Inn, before crossing the Atlantic to working for David O. Selznick on Rebecca. The film concerns the young Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood), heading home on a train after spending the holidays in the Balkans. Iris becomes friends with a kindly old lady, Miss Froy (Dame May Whitty) after Iris gets hit in the head with a flowerpot meant for Miss Froy. On the train, recovering from the blow, Iris falls asleep. When she awakens, Miss Froy has vanished, replaced by someone else in Miss Froy's clothing. Iris talks to the other passengers, a bizarre collection of eccentrics who think that Iris is crazy for insisting on there even being a Miss Froy -- everyone denies having ever seen the old woman. Finally, Iris finds a young musician, Gilbert (Michael Redgrave), who believes her and the two proceed to search the train for clues to Miss Froy's disappearance.
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Cast & Crew
|Margaret Lockwood||Iris Henderson|
|Michael Redgrave||Gilbert Redman|
|Paul Lukas||Dr. Hartz|
|May Whitty||Miss Froy|
|Cecil Parker||Eric Todhunter|
|Linden Travers||Margaret Todhunter|
|Mary Clare||The Baroness|
|Emile Boreo||Hotel Manager|
|Philip Leaver||Signor Doppo|
|Catherine Lacey||The Nun|
|Josephine Wilson||Mme. Kummer|
|Zelma Vas Dias||Signora Doppo|
|Maurice Carter||Set Decoration/Design|
|Albert Jullion||Set Decoration/Design|
|Louis Levy||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Alexander Vetchinsky||Art Director,Set Decoration/Design|
1. Travel Begins [24:47]
2. Mystery Men [19:16]
3. Friend or Foe? [18:32]
4. Deception [33:20]
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Incredible movie. Fantastic cast. Never seems dated to me.
This early Hitchcock mystery is a wonderful, engaging film set on a European train in the 1930's. Truly one of Hitchcock's thoughtful, showpiece pictures, it combines the director's legendary aura of mystery and intrigue with a mostly English ensemble cast that, it seems, are always eager to play their part in doing justice to this film. Margaret Lockwood is the protagonist Iris, a young women coming back to England after a vacation with friends. While waiting overnight in a hotel in central Europe for her train the next morning, she meets an older woman, also waiting for the train. Hitchcock also uses the hotel as a means for introducing many of the other characters, some of who will be bound on the train. But the next day something subversive and mysterious is going on throughout the train ride, and Iris, along with delightful actor Michael Redgrave by her side, is bound to find out if the Lady really has Vanished.
I saw this movie when I was a child in the late '60's. The excitement of the chase stayed with me my entire life. Good movie! The train whistle still startles me! My children sit through the entire movie for fear of missing something. I think they love this one because Hitchcock smears this one with humor they can grasp. We love it. You will too!
Not the best of Hitchcock's efforts, this one still satisfies. If the movie suffers, it's because the sustained suspense that one expects from Hitchcock goes on holiday at times to service the budding romance between the lead actors. Sure, there are a few sparks there, but there's also more than the film's share of the annoying female hysteria you find in many early romantic comedies. Nonetheless, the pair of will-be lovers do share some chemistry, and when you add memorable supporting characters, and an at least serviceable plot, this movie is (when the tracks are clear) full steam ahead.