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The Lady Vanishes (1-Nov-1938)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Writers: Sidney Gilliat; Frank Launder

From novel: The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White

Keywords: Thriller

Set in interwar Europe near the Swiss Alps, Iris befriends a Miss Froy, a delightful and eccentric former governess who will be boarding the same train, final destination England. But after they enjoy a spot of tea together, Miss Froy is absent from her compartment and nowhere to be found. Clever dialogue and and occasional foolery in this thriller brimming with suspense. Hitchcock's final British film.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Margaret Lockwood
15-Sep-1916 15-Jul-1990 Cast a Dark Shadow
Paul Lukas
26-May-1887 15-Aug-1971 Watch on the Rhine
Cecil Parker
3-Sep-1897 20-Apr-1971 The Ladykillers
Michael Redgrave
20-Mar-1908 21-Mar-1985 Mourning Becomes Electra
Linden Travers
27-May-1913 23-Oct-2001 No Orchids for Miss Blandish
Naunton Wayne
22-Jun-1901 17-Nov-1970 Obsession
May Whitty
19-Jun-1865 29-May-1948 Night Must Fall
Googie Withers
12-Mar-1917 15-Jul-2011 One of Our Aircraft Is Missing


Margaret Lockwood   ...   Iris Henderson
Michael Redgrave   ...   Gilbert
Paul Lukas   ...   Dr. Hartz
May Whitty   ...   Miss Froy (governess)
Cecil Parker   ...   Mr. Todhunter
Linden Travers   ...   Mrs. Todhunter
Mary Clare   ...   Baroness
Naunton Wayne   ...   Caldicott
Basil Radford   ...   Charters
Emile Boreo   ...   Hotel Manager
Googie Withers   ...   Blanche
Sally Stewart   ...   Julie
Philip Leaver   ...   Signor Doppo
Zelma Vas Dias   ...   Signora Doppo
Catherine Lacy   ...   The Nun
Josephine Wilson   ...   Mme. Kummer
Charles Oliver   ...   The Officer
Kathleen Tremaine   ...   Anna (maid)


Review by anonymous (posted on 22-Oct-2006)

A very classy predecessor to any of the 'who-done-it' mystery movies of today. Michael Redgrave is charmingly handsome, witty, and clever. The plot draws you in from the beginning when a group of travelers are stranded in an oddly funny hotel. The assortment of characters makes for a bizzare mix, as they are bound for a train ride where the mysterious dissaperance of a matronly English lady baffles a young man and woman. Though the movie is an old one, and it lacks the special effects of today, the acting and the direction of "The Lady Vanishes" makes it a MUST SEE!

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