The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes

Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas
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Overview

The Lady Vanishes

There are numerous budget editions of The Lady Vanishes to choose from but this pricier release from The Criterion Collection is the real keeper of the bunch. First off, the full-screen theatrical print has been beautifully restored, and a special chapter, gives viewers a before-and-after comparison. The Dolby Digital 1.0 audio track has also been cleaned up and is relatively free of all the scratches and pops heard on the other DVD editions of the movie. Film historian Bruce Eder is also on hand with a thorough, if slightly dry audio commentary. While Eder doesn't have Hitchcock's deadpan wit, his informative commentary is perfect for filmmakers, teachers, and students. Another excellent DVD release from The Criterion Collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/1998
UPC: 0037429122129
Original Release: 1938
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:37:00

Special Features

Restored image and sound; Additional audio track with commentary by film historian Bruce Eder

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Naunton Wayne Caldicott
Basil Radford Charter
Emile Boreo Hotel Manager
Philip Leaver Signor Doppo
Catherine Lacey The Nun
Josephine Wilson Mme. Kummer
Googie Withers Blanche
Sally Stewart Julie
Alfred Hitchcock Actor
Zelma Vas Dias Signora Doppo
Charles Oliver Officer
Kathleen Tremaine Anna

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
Edward Black Producer
Maurice Carter Set Decoration/Design
Jack Cox Cinematographer
R.E. Dearing Editor
Sidney Gilliat Screenwriter
Albert Jullion Set Decoration/Design
Frank Launder Screenwriter
Louis Levy Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Alma Reville Screenwriter
Alfred Roome Editor
Alexander Vetchinsky Art Director,Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Logos/Opening Titles [:06]
2. The Hotel [3:23]
3. The Guests [2:36]
4. Sleeping Arrangements [2:05]
5. Iris and Company [2:27]
6. "What's Happening to England?" [1:52]
7. Dining With Miss Froy [2:46]
8. Goodnights and McGuffins [2:23]
9. Gilbert's Music [3:07]
10. Gilbert and Iris Meet [2:59]
11. Music and Murder [:55]
12. A Slightly Sunburnt Offering [2:19]
13. Iris and Miss Froy [1:42]
14. "Froy - It Rhymes With Joy" [3:43]
15. "There Has Been No English Lady Here" [2:32]
16. "Never Desert a Lady in Trouble" [1:16]
17. A More Complicated Case [2:02]
18. There Is No Miss Froy [3:53]
19. A Most Fascinating Complicatin [3:17]
20. "It Isn't Her!" [2:56]
21. "You're Always Seeing Things" [3:36]
22. A Million Mexicans Drink It [1:54]
23. The Vanishing Lady [4:55]
24. "Kick Him - See if He's Got a False Bottom!" [3:25]
25. Something Wrong About the Nun [3:22]
26. "To Your Health" [3:15]
27. "The Operation Will Not Be Successful" [2:11]
28. "You Haven't Been Drugged" [2:20]
29. The Tables Turned [3:15]
30. Diverted [1:50]
31. "Things Like This Just Don't Happen" [2:36]
32. "We'll Never Get to the Match Now" [3:01]
33. A Message to the Foreign Office [2:24]
34. "We Must Get This Train Going" [5:17]
35. Home, and Unfinished Business [2:48]
36. End Credits [:32]
1. Introduction [:06]
2. Music and Model Shots [3:23]
3. Comedy's Role [2:36]
4. Lady's Influence on Other Movies [2:05]
5. Hitchcock and the Censors [2:27]
6. Origins [1:52]
7. Radford, Wayne, and Whitty [2:46]
8. Music and the McGuffin [2:23]
9. Hitchcock's Leading Men [3:07]
10. Redgrave's First Day of Shooting [2:59]
11. Borrowing From Hitchcock [:55]
12. Plot Mysteries [2:19]
13. Hitchcock and Confined Settings [1:42]
14. The Conjuring Trick [3:43]
15. Hitchcock's Heroes [2:32]
16. Redgrave as a Hitchcock Hero [1:16]
17. Clues in the Dialogue [2:02]
18. Parallels With the Book [3:53]
19. War Era Politics [3:17]
20. Hitchcock's Themes [2:56]
21. The Nature of Suspense [3:36]
22. Hitchcock's Sleight-of-Hand Revealed [1:54]
23. Screwball Comedy [4:55]
24. Redgrave's Difficulties With Hitchcock [3:25]
25. Redgrave's Career [3:22]
26. Oversized Props [3:15]
27. Launder and Gilliat's Careers [2:11]
28. Hitchcock and Religion [2:20]
29. Changes to the Original Ending [3:15]
30. Political Symbolism [1:50]
31. Adolescent Humor [2:36]
32. Hitchcock on Nuns [3:01]
33. Cast Careers After the Film [2:24]
34. The Original Vanishing Lady [5:17]
35. Loose Ends Tied Up [2:48]
36. Press Reception in America [:32]

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The Lady Vanishes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible movie. Fantastic cast. Never seems dated to me.
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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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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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.