The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes
  • 1938
  • UK
  • 1h 35min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Written by: Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder
  • Cast: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, Dame May Whitty

Hitchcock's wonderfully entertaining pan-European railway thriller feels as fresh today as it must have back in the appeasement years. Beginning in a fictitious Eastern European principality, an old lady does a disappearing act on a train. Suspicious, a young man and woman investigate. Though often dismissed as one of Hitchcock's more lightweight films, this was and is an allegory of Britain when Blimpish complacency was believed to be the best deterrent to war.

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The Lady Vanishes

31 Jan 20084 stars

(U) 95min

Originally released in September 1938, a few days before Neville Chamberlain stepped off a plane at Heston airport waving the stationary which was to end his political career, Alfred Hitchcock’s splendidly entertaining pan-European railway caper looks…

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